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April 28, 2021 – Seafood restaurants open in Back Bay and Dorchester, Uyghur food comes to Brookline, and more
The Himmel Hospitality Group, which is behind the decades-old Back Bay Steakhouse Grill 23 & Bar as well as Harvard Square Mainstay Harvest and the Bistro du Midi adjoining the public garden, opens Grand Banks Fish House In July 2021, however, Chris Himmel, former owner of the group at Post 390 at 406 Stuart St., Post 390 closed Fall 2020, citing “the current pandemic causing unprecedented uncertainty and change in our industry,” but promised that the group “exploring new and exciting things” for ideas for the two-story room of the restaurant.
Robert Sisca from Bistro du Midi will be the head chef and partner at Grand Banks, named after a fishing region in Newfoundland. According to reports, the menu will include many classic seafood dishes (chowder, baked stuffed lobster) and more chic options (plain, razor clams, and the like). The ground floor space will contain a raw food bar and cocktail bar, while the main dining room upstairs will have a large horseshoe shaped bar and open kitchen.
In other Back Bay news, the Newbury Boston – a redesign of the hotel that was last the Taj – opens on May 18 Street bar opens at the same time, followed by a rooftop restaurant. As reported in late 2019, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznicks Major Food Group (which operates restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong) will run the rooftop restaurant and oversee the food and drink in the Street Bar. Major Food Group’s existing restaurants include high-profile restaurants such as Carbone and Dirty French.
Overlooking the public garden, the Street Bar is designed to have a 1920s feel – think leather bar stools, dark wood, a fireplace, and speakeasy vibes – and serve classic cocktails and dishes inspired by New England favorites. Hotel guests have access to an exclusive seating area in an adjacent library lounge.
The rooftop restaurant on the glass – an area of 4,000 square feet – serves classic cocktails and Italian food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available.
WakuWaku Ramen & Sake will soon open at 2 Tyler Street in Chinatown, serving lunch and dinner daily – presumably with ramen and sake. According to company filings with the state, the restaurant appears to be affiliated with KLW Hospitality, which is behind Limelight Stage & Studios, Hong Kong Eatery, Quic Pic BBQ, and several other local venues.
Already announced in summer 2019, the Pearl, a seafood grill and raw food bar, opens in Dorchester’s South Bay estate in May 2021, where it will be the only un-chain restaurant. (South Bay also has Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Totto Ramen, Wahlburgers, and more.) The Pearl team is starting to post some updates on social media – here’s a sneak peek at the Holy Trinity: lobster, shrimp, and clams too a selection of curry or Fra Diavolo – and has put a menu online. Dishes include a seafood platter, two lobsters, a daily seafood stew, lobster rolls, and more. There are also cocktails inspired by birthstones.
The glitzy downtown hotel, the Langham, is about to reopen in spring 2021, which includes completely redesigned dining and drinking options. Italian restaurant money will take over the huge high-ceilinged room that used to be the great hall of the Federal Reserve Bank, serving breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch at the beginning. There will also be a lobby bar with an outdoor terrace. the Fed. Unfortunately, the Langham’s long-running chocolate buffet at Cafe Fleuri is not returning, and the Cafe Fleuri room is becoming a ballroom.
Castle Island Brewing – which is named after the Castle Island peninsula in South Boston but is based in Norwood – is finally almost ready to expand into its eponymous neighborhood in South Boston. The new taproom will open at 10 Colony Ave. in July 2021. opened. Brewery rooms, tasting rooms and event rooms, a fully equipped kitchen (including South Shore style bar pizza) and an outdoor terrace will be set up there.
Pretty close to Boston
One of the only Uighur restaurants in the region, Uighur cuisine from the Silk Roadwill expand to Brookline from its original home in East Cambridge and take over the BBQ area at Vittorio at 1398 Beacon Street. (There is also a newer Express offshoot of Silk Road in the Super 88 Food Hall in Allston.) Uyghur cuisine – which comes from the Uyghurs, a Turkish ethnic group that mainly lives in the autonomous region of Xinjiang Uyghurs in China – and is made by influenced a variety of cuisines from across China and Central Asia. The Silk Road menu includes dishes such as dry-fried hand-pulled noodles with beef, pumpkin-filled mantos (dumplings), and lamb noodle soup. And don’t miss the big chicken, a flavorful pan of hand-pulled noodles.
The Brookline location on Silk Road could open in May 2021. Silk Road is one of the few places where Uyghur food is available in the Boston area. The closest option is in Providence – the recently reopened and very worthwhile Jahunger.
In other news from Cambridge to Brookline, the Jewish delicatessen in Kendall Square Mamalehs After a successful crowdfunding campaign worth $ 180,000 on the NuMarket platform, a Brookline expansion is in the works. (Unlike a Kickstarter or Indiegogo donation, NuMarket Campaign contributors get their contributions back in the form of credits that they can use in the company. In this case, contributors receive 120% of the amount they’ve deposited over a year The plan is for this to happen before it opens this summer at 1659 Beacon St. on Brookline Washington Square.
Several more openings have been announced in the past few months in Somerville’s Assembly Row development, which already has a number of restaurants. Quirky gem in the North End Speaks is one of them slated to open later in 2021. The original location opened in 2014 under the motto “a strange dining experience” and despite having a tiny four-seat bar, has become a destination for cocktails. Some regulars take the path of the “Dungeon Masters” and work their way through a mysterious collection of 20 cocktails, supported by the role of a 20-sided dice.
Parla opens across from JP Licks in the heart of development, joining other North Enders Mikes Pastry and Ernestos in Somerville.
In the not too distant future also in Assembly Row: the first location in Massachusetts of The macaroon, a bakery chain that serves French macarons, pastries, and other desserts; international burger chain Shake shack, which has opened numerous locations in the Boston area since first arriving in Massachusetts in 2013; and lettuce chain Sweet greenthat could open this summer.
Menya JiroLegacy Place, a stand-alone ramen chain with locations in Japan and New York with plans to expand into Harvard Square, will also open in Dedham’s Legacy Place development later this year. Customers can choose between several broths (light, rich and spicy versions of a pork and chicken broth and a vegetarian miso broth), proteins, vegetables and various toppings and spices. Menya Jiro’s Dedham location is at 756 Legacy Pl. Next to Urban Outfitters and serves lunch and dinner daily. Seasonal outdoor seating will be available.
WEIRS BEACH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Juan Pedrosa, former head chef of the COJE Management Group in Boston (Lolita, Yvonne, Ruka, Mariel), left Boston to open Outgoing cash, an outdoor restaurant and bar on Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee with friend Stephen Devine. Salida Bar is located on Winnipesaukee Marketplace, once the Lakeside Hotel. A job advertisement promises “seasonal New England dishes and refreshing summer cocktails”. Keep an eye on Instagram for updates and construction insights.