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The Weekly Boston Restaurant Update

PHOTO: Natalie Schaefer
Updated July 13th, 2020

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 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 and Parsnip in Harvard Square have both 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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