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Emily Kan
September 14, 2020
Yume Wo Katare Pizza & Vester Eggo Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches: The Weekly Boston Restaurant Update
Boston restaurant news for the week of 9/14/2020.
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If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Boston restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city.

For the full list of 350+ restaurants currently open for takeout and delivery, check out our guide here. And if you have any tips or questions, send us an email at newsletter@theinfatuation.com.

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Week of September 14

  • Outdoor dining is here to stay - for now, at least. Last week, Governor Baker announced that the temporary patio permits issued to restaurants will be extended for an indefinite period of time. The emergency shared streets program, which provides cities funds to repurpose outdoor areas, will also receive another $5 million in funding. Presumably, some of this money will be utilized for heat lamps as the weather cools. Boston.com has the full report.

  • Time Out Market is getting a new vendor - Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood, the take out window associated with Mooncusser, will serve lobster rolls and roast beef sandwiches starting September 16th.

  • Puritan & Co. has transformed it’s next-door event space into Puritan Provisions, offering lunch from Thurs-Sun and breakfast on the weekends. Check out their Instagram for more information.

  • Dream factory/ramen restaurant Yume Wo Katare has a new venture: pizza. During the pandemic, Yume has been selling a limited number of ramen bowls to-go, but now they’ll also be running Yume Dough Katare - at least on some nights. You’ll have to follow along on Instagram to see when you can grab some char siu garlic pies.

  • If you’re a big fan of both Eggo Waffles and breakfast sandwiches, then why not just have them both at the same time? Vester in Kendall Square has the Stranger Things-inspired mash up available from 7am, Mon-Fri.

  • The Boston Public Market will reopen to the public this week, which means you can shop for donuts and fresh seafood all in one place again. Current hours are Wed-Sat from 8am-6pm.

  • The Boston Globe reports that with the Paycheck Protection Program running out and cooler weather approaching, a lot more restaurants are likely to close this year.

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Week of September 7

  • Lamplighter Brewing has some great events in the coming weeks. On September 10th, they’re co-hosting an at-home dinner with Brato Brewhouse, and on September 17th, they’re teaming up with Mei Mei for a virtual hand-pulled noodles class. You can find more information on both events here.

  • A former chef at stellar Italian restaurant La Morra has launched an intimate BYOB named Cobble within the Coolidge Corner Arcade. The current capacity maxes out at 12, and dinners are priced at $85 per person. Boston.com has a full report here.

  • Fluff was invented in Somerville, and for the past 10 years the city has hosted an annual Fluff Festival in September. This year, the festival will be virtual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on some fluff. Gracie’s in Union Square, open Wed-Sun, has fluff cones, and Honeycomb in Cambridge is selling a S’mores ice cream taco special today (September 8th).

  • Bow Market has a new full time vendor. Perillas, a bibimbap spot that previously ran as a pop-up, is now serving lunch and dinner from Wed-Sat.

  • Loro Hobo’s brand new Seaport patio is now open from 3pm to midnight on weekdays, and noon to midnight on the weekends.

  • Closings: The Pour House and Lir in Back Bay, Bull McCabe’s in Somerville, The Friendly Toast in Cambridge, and The Fours Downtown have all closed. True Bistro in Cambridge has also announced closure, at least until potential restaurant legislation passes.

WEEK OF AUGUST 31

  • Eataly has been operating a Boylston Street patio for the last few months, but now they’ve also got a rooftop patio. It’s an extension of Terra, the on-site restaurant known for it’s wood-fired grill. Reservations can be made here.

  • It’s hard to believe that this weekend is Labor Day weekend, a three-day stretch of time that we all wish we’d had more of this summer. Enjoy being outside as much as you can by grilling with the new to-go burger kit from Bambara, or a picnic package from Cafe Landwer.

  • If you’ve been thinking “I really could use a whole pig roast right now,” then Citizen Public House has you covered. They’re selling suckling pig roasts to-go, complete with oysters, shrimp, and five seasonal sides. The recommended number of people for this meal is at least ten, just something to keep in mind if you were considering ordering a personal feast.

  • One of our favorite coffee shops, Cuppacoffee, has a new mobile espresso bar in Quincy. It’s open Tues-Fri, and they’re also selling Australian meat pies and pastries - more information here.

  • Eastie’s Cunard Tavern will be hosting a socially-distanced beer dinner with Trillium on September 10th at 7:30pm. You can find more information here.

  • Dunkin’ is seemingly collaborating with everyone in sight. After launching some Dunkin’ cereal last month, they’ve now released some beer with Harpoon. Three new flavors will be available in September - a Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, a Jelly Donut IPA, and a Boston Kreme Stout. In theory, they’ll be available wherever Harpoon is sold.

  • Closings: The Automatic in Kendall Square, Legal Test Kitchen in Seaport, Popover King in the West End, and Stella and Black Jack Pasta Kitchen in the South End have all closed. Anna’s Taqueria has also closed its original location in Brookline.

Week of August 24

  • While renowned omakase restaurant O Ya remains closed, the same team has opened a new pizza spot in Chestnut Hill. Mr. Roni Cups is apparently the result of “years of pizza research” - which is essentially just everyday life for us.

  • The much-beloved Chinatown spot Shojo has reopened for takeout. Orders can be placed here from Sunday to Wednesday for pickup on the following Saturday.

  • Puritan & Co. will be running their annual Julia Child Tribute Dinner virtually this year. The four-course dinner, which naturally features beef bourguignon, is available for $50 per person and can be pre-ordered starting today for pickup on August 28 or 29.

  • Legal Oysteria, the Italian-inspired Legal branch in Charlestown, is reopening on August 25th. It’s probably the only Legal we would go to on a first date.

  • Highland Kitchen is transforming into Highland Chicken for the rest of the summer. They’ll be serving wings, tenders, and yes, fried chicken sandwiches, for takeout from 4-10pm on Wed-Sun.

  • This Sunday, The Lexington at the Picnic Grove will be serving sundaes from 1-3pm - flavors include burnt caramel with peach swirl and mint chip brownie sandwich.

  • Gracie’s Ice Cream in Union Square already serves a salted whisky scoop, but Eater has reported that same team will plan to open a new boozy milkshake spot in Kendall Square. The opening date has not been announced yet.

  • Closings: McGreevy’s in Back Bay and Stellina in Watertown have closed. Taranta in the North End and Cheers in Faneuil Hall will both close on August 30th.

Week of August 10

  • Governor Baker addressed the recent uptick in COVID cases last week, officially stating that pretzels and potato chips do not count as food for “bars masquerading as restaurants.” You can watch the full press conference here.

  • The Boston Black Hospitality Coalition has launched the city’s first ever Black Restaurant Month, as reported by WBUR. Find a list of all the Black-owned restaurants you can support here.

  • It may be awhile before we’re all back at a concert, so the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion is turning into an outdoor dining venue. Time Out reports that there will be food from Regina Pizzeria and Legal Seafood, as well as beer from Night Shift. You can find more information here.

  • Aeronaut Brewery, one of our favorite spots, is expanding into Everett. According to Boston.com, the facility will primarily be for brewing, though there may be a taproom eventually.

  • South End Italian spot SRV has a new private patio for small groups - check out their Instagram for all the details.

  • Frank Pepe, the well-known New Haven-style pizza chain, will open a new location in Watertown next week. They also have locations in Burlington and Chestnut Hill.

  • Dine Out Boston, the city’s restaurant week, returns this year on August 16-21 and 23-28. You can see all the participating restaurants here.

  • Closings: Saltie Girl in Time Out Market, The Frogmore in JP, and Somerville Brewing Company have all closed.

Week of august 3

  • Time Out Market in Fenway has reopened and it now has an expanded patio. Crowd favorites Bisq, Mamaleh’s, and Union Square Donuts are still around, but the Craigie Burger stand has permanently closed. Current hours are 5-10pm, Wed-Fri, and 9am-10om on the weekends.

  • Black Lamb in the South End, normally a French-ish spot, is hosting a Japanese/Chinese pop-up series for the next three Monday evenings. Chef’s from Mimi’s Chuka Diner will be making dumplings and ramen - more information here.

  • Farm-to-table spot Bondir in Cambridge has been doing takeout for a while now, but the chef is bringing back his squid-ink brioche lobster roll for the month of August. Yes, you read that right - here’s some photo evidence to prove it exists.

  • Want to support a charity while still eating food from the North End? Ristorante Lucia is selling “Feast Boxes” for $30 per person, and $5 of every box will be donated to a selected charity. This week, the feast involves arancini, manicotti, a sausage and onion slider, and more.

  • Harpoon Brewery is partnering with breweries for Black is Beautiful, a movement started by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio. The goal is to raise awareness about the injustices for people of color, both in local communities and in the beer world. Harpoon’s version of the beer is a tropical stout, available now on tap and in to-go growlers - all proceeds will be donated to the NAACP.

  • If you need more Dunkin’ in your life, the coffee chain is launching a Dunkin’ cereal this month. The two flavors are Mocha Latte and Caramel Macchiato - we’re still figuring out if we should celebrate this news.

  • Closings: Pret A Manger has closed all of its Boston locations. Barlow’s in Fort Point and The Squealing Pig in West Roxbury have both closed permanently as well.

Week of July 27

  • After months of mistreatment and discrimination complaints by employees, Tatte’s CEO Tzurit Or is stepping down from her role. Earlier in July, employees also posted an open letter calling for change within the company.

  • The great Eastie spot Tawakal Cafe now has a patio, joining the other 190+ spots in Boston with outdoor dining space.

  • Bully Boy Distillers is now selling boozy popsicles in their outdoor cocktail garden, open from 4-8pm on Friday and 12-8pm on Saturday. Chefz, a local start-up born out of the pandemic, is offering live cooking shows over Zoom. This week, on July 29th, they’re featuring the chef from Taranta, one of our favorite North End spots. More information here.

  • Apparently, July 29th is also National Chicken Wing Day. Bonchon will be serving a special wasabi cucumber ranch dipping sauce on that day with all fried chicken orders.

  • Closings: The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, a frequent spot for concerts and poetry slams, is up for sale. Additionally, Regina Pizzeria has closed its Allston branch.

Week of july 20

  • The team behind Select Oyster Bar will be taking over the space previously occupied by Kamakura. They’re opening a place called “Little Rose,” a burrito spot with a rooftop tequila and mezcal bar.

  • The Red Sox opening day is slated for July 24th, and there’s a new pop-up restaurant with cocktails and pretzels that will open on the same day. It’ll be located under the Green Monster, right next to Bleacher Bar. In case you’re wondering, Bleacher Bar - with it’s Fenway Field “window” - is open from 11:30am-10pm daily.

  • Deuxave, the French fine-dining spot in Back Bay, is now selling ice cream for the summer months. Some notable flavors include burnt honey and guava sherbert. Find the full list of flavors on their website.

  • Harpoon Brewery is raising money for charity with its beer. For every case of Harpoon’s IPA sold in July, a portion of proceeds will go towards The Jimmy Fund, which raises money for Dana-Farber’s Cancer Institute. They also have a special “For The Frontline” ale that is supporting The Boston Resiliency Fund, The VT COVID-19 Fund, and Off Their Plate. More information here.

  • Closings: Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square announced that it will be closing in August. Elsewhere, Kamakura on State Street, The Field in Cambridge, and Whiskey’s in Back Bay have all closed.

Week of July 13

  • Flour Bakery + Cafe is expanding, with a ninth location in Beacon Hill. The team is aiming for a Labor day opening.

  • One of our favorite ramen spots, Red White Japanese, has a new spicy ramen on the menu. As with everything else they serve, it’s completely vegan.

  • Uni in Back Bay has launched a “Clam Shack,” serving things like fried clams and lobster rolls daily from 12-4pm. The full menu can be found here.

  • La Morra in Brookline will reopen this Wednesday for indoor dining - it’s one of the best Italian restaurants around.

  • In case you missed it, check out our photos of what Chinatown looks like right now amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The chef-owner of Angela’s Cafe in East Boston passed away last week after battling cancer.

  • The team from Puritan & Co. will open a new patio restaurant at Cambridge Crossing on July 16th, featuring lobster toast, tacos, and grilled chicken wings. More information can be found here.

  • Closings: Downtown wine bar Les Zygomates, Fenway’s Love Art Udon, and South End Italian spot Cinquecento have closed permanently.

Week of July 6

  • Phase 3 begins today, which means that gyms, movie theaters, and museums can now reopen under specific guidelines.

  • One of our favorite sushi omakase spots, Laughing Monk Cafe, has a brand new outdoor patio. Reservations can be made here.

  • After taking a short break, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen is back for outdoor dining and takeout. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Gracie’s Ice Cream in Union Square is now back open, Thurs-Sun from 2-8pm. The team is hoping to be open daily in a few weeks.

  • SRV will reopen for indoor and outdoor dining on July 9th. If you’re planning to go, you should make your reservation right now.

  • Tavern of Tales, the board game and bar spot in Mission Hill, is reopening on July 7th with outdoor patio seating. We don’t recommend playing Pandemic at this time. Hours will be 2-10pm during the week, and 2pm-12am on the weekends.

  • The Nu Do Society, which sells all types of noodle dishes, was scheduled to open its storefront in Cambridge this summer. However, they were forced to delay due to COVID, but they’re still delivering orders on Sunday afternoons. More information on Instagram.

  • Natural wine store The Urban Grape will be resuming their free virtual tasting events over Zoom on Thursday and Friday from 6-7pm. Find out more here.

  • Closings: Craigie Burger in Time Out Market has closed permanently.

Week of June 29

  • It’s hard to believe that July 4th is this weekend. A number of spots are running specials: Bondir has a three-course picnic on Gilt and Urban Hearth has a “Grill-Ready” BBQ box.

  • After receiving over 50 complaints from residents about dining violations in the North End, the Boston Licensing Board will now be closely monitoring restaurants in the neighborhood. Outdoor entertainment is banned, and random inspections will be performed.

  • Cisco Brewers is running their Seaport Beer Garden for the third year in a row at 65 Northern Avenue. Oath Pizza will also be on site - hours and additional information can be found here.

  • House of Blues in Fenway has opened up a new rooftop bar just behind the ballpark. If the MLB ever returns, you might find a baseball landing right in your pint glass. The rooftop hours are 4pm onwards from Thurs-Sun and photos of the space can be found here.

  • Closings: Parsnip, Cafe Pamplona, and Legal in Harvard Square, Wit’s End in Inman Square, Bar Louie in Fenway and Bergamot in Somerville have all closed.

Week of June 22

  • Restaurants are now able to reopen for indoor dining. There are no capacity restrictions, but tables must be at least six feet apart. Want to know more about what indoor dining looks like? Check out our FAQ feature.

  • In case you’re wondering, the North End is as busy as ever.

  • BearMoose Brewing Company just opened a brand new patio, and we added them to our list of breweries with outdoor seating.

  • Gracie’s Ice Cream in Somerville is testing out a pre-ordering system for cones this Tuesday and Thursday, featuring two new flavors: Thai tea and Tahini cocoa.

  • If you’re craving oysters, but don’t feel comfortable eating out yet, you can get oysters shipped overnight to you from Island Creek Oysters.

  • It’s hard to believe that July 4th is just around the corner. Eastern Standard Provisions, a New England pretzel company, has a new grill pack with pretzel buns and burger seasonings.

  • Boston.com is hosting a Zoom “Summer Cocktail” class on June 25th at 5pm, featuring some hard seltzer and Aperol. More information here

  • Closings: New Saigon Sandwich in Chinatown, Backyard Betty’s in Southie, Bella Luna in JP, O’Leary’s in Brookline, and Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Hotel have all closed.

WEEK OF JUNE 15

  • Just in case you missed it, we’re updating our outdoor dining guide daily - it now features over 100+ restaurants that have reopened.

  • The state recently updated the rules of Phase 2, allowing breweries, distilleries, and wineries with food service to open.

  • Harpoon Brewery will be hosting a Facebook Live event on June 17th about the 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride. This year, Harpoon will also be donating a portion of proceeds for every case of IPA sold in July.

  • In celebration of Juneteenth, Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen will be hosting a 10-hour music marathon. Follow along on Instagram for more information.

  • Lawn on D has now turned into a giant outdoor patio, open from 2-8pm every day. Tony C’s, Temazcal, and Jack’s Coal-Fired Pizza will be collaborating on the menu - follow along on Instagram for more information. Reservations are required.

  • Rebel Rebel is hosting weekly virtual wine classes - this Sunday, they’re highlighting wines from queer producers. More information here.

  • Closings: Dante in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Coda in the South End, and The Table at Season To Taste in Cambridge have all closed.

Week of june 8

  • Boston restaurants are now open for outdoor dining. We have a Q&A on what dining out looks like right now, as well as a guide to restaurants that are open for outdoor dining.

  • Boston Magazine is hosting a “Power Talks” series - this week it’s with the chef from Tiger Mama, Sweet Cheeks, and Fool’s Errand. Find out more information here.

  • Urban Hearth, a farm-to-table spot in Cambridge, is launching a new summer takeout menu on June 11th. They’ll also be offering farm share boxes from their local farmers.

  • Dorchester Brewing Company and Trillium Brewing in Fort Point will be the first local breweries to open this week.

Week of June 1

  • Harpoon Brewery has been offering beer, pretzels, and produce boxes for a while, but now they’re starting to sell pizza as well. Check out all of their offerings here.

  • Lamplighter Brewery is starting a new “Tuesday Tasting” series, where you can attend a mixed-pack Zoom beer school. Classes are from 7:30-8:30pm, and $10 from every ticket purchased goes to supporting the Boston Industry Workers group. More information here.

  • Sweet Cheeks BBQ in Fenway is now back open for takeout, just in time for the warmer weather outside. All payments must be made by card - check out their daily menus on Instagram.

  • 1369 Coffee House is reopening their Central Square location for takeout, though all orders must be placed on their website. Check out their Instagram for exact hours - no word on the Inman Square branch yet.

  • Tres Gatos in JP has now reopened for takeout on Thurs-Sun evenings. Pre-orders should be placed on their website, or by calling in at (617) 477-4851.

  • Sure, we love the dumplings at Myers + Chang, but now that they’ve got a new Spicy Taiwanese Fried Chicken, we know what we’re ordering. Oh, and they have some meal kits too, which means you can now make their Dan Dan noodles at home. More information here.

  • Sarma has now opened a lunch service window. The menu changes daily, but has featured things like lentil chili dogs and chickpea fries. They also have a new online pre-ordering system so you don’t have to call in your dinner orders anymore. Check out their Instagram for more details.

  • We’re very happy to report that Loyal Nine is back open for takeout, 12-6pm, Wed-Sun. The espresso and coffee bar is also open. Pre-order on their website, or just walk up to their patio counter.

  • Italian spot Mida in the South End now has a new lunch menu, featuring things like crispy polenta and homemade gelato. They also extended their hours, so now you can grab pasta every day for takeout or delivery, from 11:30am-8:30pm.

  • Tatte has designed a new system that allows customers to walk into their Harvard Square, Back Bay, and Brookline locations to place an order while still maintaining a safe social distance. Follow along on Instagram to see updates for other stores - delivery and takeout orders can still be placed online.

  • Idle Hands and Riverwalk Brewing are teaming up with Grainbakers on June 2nd and 3rd respectively for some bread baking classes. You’ll be provided with a bread-making kit, and at 9pm you’ll join the brewery founders over video to talk about your bread success (or failure). More info here.

  • Revival Kitchen’s Davis Square location is now open for curbside pickup. Their full coffee menu is available, and they’re selling breakfast sandwiches and pastries too. Pre-orders must be placed online.

  • Little Big Diner, the popular ramen spot in Newton, is back open for takeout, Wed-Sat, 4-8pm. You guessed it - orders should be placed online.

  • The Greenway Food Truck Program returns on June 1st, though in a reduced capacity. The current schedule can be found here, but it’s subject to change. For real-time updates, follow along on the Greenway’s Twitter feed.

  • Closings: Deep Ellum will close after its final service on Sunday June 7th.

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