MASSACHUSETTS – Welcome to Food mass, weekly roundup of the patch of food and restaurant news in Massachusetts. Scroll down for more including:
- Restaurant openings and closings this week.
- Local foodies may notice a familiar face following “Chopped” on Tuesday night on the Food Network.
- With no replenishment by Congress, more than 265,000 restaurants – including hundreds in Massachusetts – that applied for the funds will be left without pandemic aid.
- Third-party delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats haven’t seen an expected decline in business, even though in-person dining is making a comeback.
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This week’s top story
How big is the local labor shortage for restaurants? So bad that Salem, with its tourism-based economy, is helping restaurants recruiting by adding the tab for gift cards for part-time restaurant workers.
As part of the program that the city supports with MassHire, the first 150 restaurant workers hired between June 1 and July 23 who enroll in the program will receive a $ 400 Visa Gift Card when they turn six Work 15 hours or more per week for weeks. Receive a second $ 400 gift card if they stay on the job until Halloween, the highlight of the Witch Town’s tourist calendar.
The cards are paid for with money that Salem received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Cares Act.
Restaurant openings and closings
- Boston (back bay): Vegan chef Matthew Kenney opens Double zero, a 100% plant-based restaurant on Newbury Street on Friday. Other locations of the restaurant are New York, Providence, Baltimore and Venice Beach.
- Boston (downtown intersection): After its first opening on July 4, 2018 and again after the first nationwide COVID-19 emergency shutdown, Democracy brewing had to temporarily close again in November 2020. According to an Instagram post, they are happy to announce their third reopening on Sunday.
- Chestnut Hill: Known for their lavish and massively portioned breakfast, The friendly toast confirms that it will take over the former Little kiss Location in Chestnut Hill.
- Medway: TC blades has closed its stationary location, but will continue to operate its ice bus.
- Foxborough: The Foxborough Board of Selectmen last week unanimously approved the extension of the casting license for Craft Beer Garden by Shovel Town Brewingwing. In the spring the beer garden was opened, which is operated on a vacant lot next to Conrad’s restaurant. It can now stay open until Saturday, September 4th.
- Salem: The room that was once home Salem beer works will be the new home of BitBar, another Salem favorite that features retro video games.
- Somerville: All signs – including one in front of the door – point to the Thirsty scholars The closure is temporary, but the future of the pub is unclear.
- Plymouth: A new, mixed-use housing estate will be located Black lantern tavern, a restaurant with 125 seats that offers a classic Italian menu.
- Worcester: The beloved old school butcher Fairway cattle downtown Worcester closed its doors abruptly on Saturday when owners notified employees that the building had been sold. Fairway Beef was opened in the Canal District in 1946 by the Sigel family – who still own it today. The store sold all kinds of cuts of meat, as well as staples like bread, eggs, and deli cheeses.
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Eat with your eyes
Brunch in the garden: Encore Boston Harbor is kicking off its Garden Champagne Brunch Series South Lawn this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Photo: Encore Boston Harbor)
More food news from Massachusetts
MA-Koch makes Food Network debut: Local foodies may notice a familiar face as in the Tuesday night episode of “Chopped” The landing of Marble head‘s Alex Pineda is competing for a $ 50,000 chance in Alton Brown’s “Maniacal Baskets” contest. Pineda is slated to appear in the fourth and final episode of the competition’s preliminary round, in which show host Alton Brown requests social media posts in order to develop the “insane baskets” from which competitors must prepare their dishes. The winners from each of the four preliminary restaurants will advance to the finals for a chance to win $ 50,000.
Seasonal beer garden on the beach again: Dave Grishman thought he discovered some community building gold as an idea that hatched in the middle of the harsh winter of 2019 with two very successful ones Swampscott beer garden Events this summer in the fall. Almost two years later, he and the rest of those behind the craft beer, hard seltzer, food and music party at Fisherman’s Beach will finally get another chance to win gold along with some of Swampscott’s very missing neighbors beat.
Fast bites: Check out “An Eater’s Guide To Boston” compiled by Eater Boston … third-party delivery services like by Dash and Uber eats haven’t seen any expected decline in business, even as personal restaurant food is making a comeback … LGBT bars that survived the pandemic say business is almost back to normal … The Boston Globe is obsessed with Reddit’s obsession with an abandoned dunkin ‘cup at the Ashmont T station.
That’s a mouthful
“There are thousands of operators in Massachusetts who dutifully filed for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund on the first day it opened. Without Congressional action to replenish the fund, restaurants across Massachusetts will face an uncertain future with more diners but less revenue as they struggle with rising food prices and the shortage of manpower and staffing problems to fully reopen. “
- Steve Clark of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association on the Small Business Administrations decision to liquidate the Restaurant Relief Fund. With no replenishment by Congress, more than 265,000 restaurants that have requested the funds will be left without pandemic aid.
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