Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Finnegan's Wake in Walpole Has Closed, Plans to Move to a New Home

A difficult-to-find Irish pub that has been featured on our sister site has closed its doors, but it is looking to reopen in a new space.

According to a source, Finnegan's Wake in Walpole is no longer in business, with the Facebook page for the Glenwood Avenue spot confirming that it shut down last month, saying that "We both have been so lucky to have made so many friends here....now we move forward to our new location!!! (Which should be announced soon)" Finnegan's Wake, which had been located in the basement of an old foundry, has been mentioned as an under-the-radar spot on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site, with the review being found here:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/FinnegansWake.html

The address for the now-closed location of Finnegan's Wake was 7 Glenwood Avenue (East Street), Walpole, MA, 02081.

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Moon Bar Opens Under Mooncusser Fish House in Boston's Back Bay

The team behind an upscale seafood restaurant in the Back Bay of Boston has debuted a more casual wine bar below the dining spot.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Moon Bar opens today on Stuart Street, two floors below Mooncusser Fish House, with the kitchen for the business being between the two places on the second floor. (The bar resides in the former Viga space.) The article says that the 48-seat bar is an "elegant yet approachable" spot that has a separate menu from Mooncusser, including seafood options such as a softshell crab BLT, grilled swordfish souvlaki, and fried scallops ravioli. In addition to wine offerings, Moon Bar also serves craft beers on tap, and a couple of dessert options are available as well. Hours for the place are 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and reservations are not accepted.

The owners of Moon Bar and Mooncusser Fish House also run 80 Thoreau in Concord.

The address for this new bar in the Back Bay is: Moon Bar, 304 Stuart Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

[Earlier Article]
Mooncusser Fish House Is Opening in Boston's Back Bay

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Brew on the Grid to Open in Cambridge, Lynn, Marlborough, and Salem

The group behind a Worcester coffee shop will be expanding the place to several locations in Eastern Massachusetts.

Eater Boston is reporting that Brew on the Grid is planning to open in Cambridge this month, Lynn this fall, Marlborough in November, and Salem next year, with Frank Peace and his New England Craft Restaurant Concepts group being behind the shops. This jibes with information from an earlier article from the Worcester Business Journal, and as reported here earlier, it looks like New England Craft Restaurant Concepts is also taking over Ecco in East Boston, which is currently closed for renovations. The earlier article here also mentioned that the restaurant group could be looking at expanding one or more of its brands nationwide, though it is not yet known which ones. (The group runs a handful of different restaurants in addition to Brew on the Grid.)

The original Brew on the Grid in Worcester offers salads, sandwiches, pastries, and more in addition to coffee. The website for the business can be found at http://www.brewonthegrid.com/

[Earlier Article]
Ecco in East Boston Closed For Renovations; Plans to Reopen in Five Weeks

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dot 2 Dot Cafe in Dorchester Is Closing

A Dorchester dining spot that has been featured on our sister site as a hidden gem is shutting down.

According to a source, Dot 2 Dot Cafe on Dorchester Avenue is closing on Friday, August 18, with a Facebook post from the place confirming this, saying that "I can't really find a way to sugar-coat this message (and that's not really my style, is it?) so I will just be blunt and to the point. I will close the doors to Dot 2 Dot Cafe..and hand over the keys to a new tenant. I am taking this opportunity to slow things down a little and to spend more time with my family." The eatery, which first opened its doors more than nine years ago, is a breakfast and lunch spot that hosts a variety of events including live music, readings, and open mic nights. The Boston's Hidden Restaurants site has featured the place (and awarded it best breakfast spot for 2013), with the review being found at this link:

http://www.hiddenboston.com/Dot2Dot.html

The address for this soon-to-close restaurant in Dorchester is: Dot 2 Dot Cafe, 1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02124.

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The Smoke Shop BBQ Is Apparently Opening at Assembly Row in Somerville

Earlier this month, we reported that a popular BBQ restaurant in Cambridge was getting ready to open at least one new location in the Boston area. Now we have learned where one of them might be.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, The Smoke Shop BBQ appears to be on its way to Assembly Row in Somerville, with a page on the Federal Realty Investment Trust website including the dining spot in a list of tenants either currently open or on their way to the development. Earlier information that we had received indicated that a new location of the barbecue spot would be coming to a space in Boston that we are still holding off on naming until it is made official, so it is possible that the Assembly Row outlet could become one of at least three Smoke Shop locations in the Boston area.

Chef and restaurateur Andy Husbands first opened The Smoke Shop in Kendall Square in June of 2016, joining Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel in Boston's South End, which he also operates.

The website for The Smoke Shop can be found at http://www.thesmokeshopbbq.com/

[Earlier Article]
Smoke Shop BBQ in Cambridge's Kendall Square to Open Second Location; More on the Way

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Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill to Open in Brockton

A chain of Jamaican restaurants the recently opened its first Boston location is getting ready to open a second outlet in the Greater Boston area.

According to an article in Wicked Local, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill is opening a new location in Brockton, moving into the space on Belmont Street where Asia One and several other dining spots had been. Once it opens, the new eatery will join another on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan along with one other Massachusetts location (in Springfield) and it will likely offer such items as pastries, soups, sandwiches, beef patties, and combo plates that include stewed chicken, braised oxtail, curried goat, and whole fish. If all goes as planned, the new location of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill could open as early as next month, according to the post.

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill first opened its doors in Mattapan in early April.

The address for this new Jamaican restaurant in Brockton is: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, 708 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA, 02301. The website for the chain can be found at http://www.goldenkrustbakery.com/

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