It’s been yet another very busy week for the Boston restaurant scene with eight openings and only 1.5 closings. Niiiice. Let’s see how it all shakes down, shall we?
•A Brookline TAB Blog post about the new sushi restaurant coming to Washington Square featured one of our favorite paragraphs in quite some time: “You know what Brookline really needs? A good sushi restaurant. Sushi’s so great — it’s kind of healthy, it’s easy to share, it’s fun to eat, it tastes….What?…..Brookline already has 15 sushi restaurants? Oh.” Sushi restaurants are totally the new taquerias, guys.
•The South End news reports that The Upper Crust is continuing its quest to open a branch in the neighborhood. Owner Jordan Tobin had previously tried to open a location next to Nicole’s Pizza, but that was shut down by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Now Tobin is set to open at Tremont and West Newton, pending approval.
•The long empty El Rancho Restaurant space in Roslindale Square finally has a new tenant and, as Universal Hub reports, its name, at least as its printed on the sign, is quite the doozy.
•The soon-to-open Hotel Indigo in Newton will house both Seth Woods venture Prime 128 and Phi Bistro, a “hip bistro.” Hotel Indigo is owned by the same team behind the restaurant-filled InterContinental Boston, so we’ll be keeping an eye on it.
•The Newton TAB Blog reports that Newton Highlands’ Ice Cream Works has given way to Citrio, a catering/cafe operation owned by the folks behind the excellent 51 Newton. Sounds pretty exciting to us!
•Jamaica Plain’s Centre Street is set to get even fancier with the opening of Vee Vee, a “New American bistro.” It will be located in the old Cha Fahn space and will be vegetarian-friendly. Chowhounders are excited.
•Dishing brings us the news that Lobby Bar & Kitchen, a restaurant offering “New American cuisine with Global Influences, creative and innovative cocktails, and a worldly, affordable wine list” has just opened its doors in the Financial District. Expect trendy cocktails to abound.
•Excellent news! Rumor has it that recently shuttered venerable North End institution Cafe Graffiti is looking to reopen soon, possibly in the space soon to be left by Martignetti Liquors. Hurrah!
•Domani Bar & Trattoria in the Copley Square Hotel is temporarily closed due to water damage. It should reopen in late March.
•South Boston institution The Quiet Man’s kitchen will be closing on January 25 and the whole thing will shut down on February 3. The owners have no plans to reopen in a new location, so gather ye steak tips while you may.
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