After two rather slow weeks in terms of major restaurant news, we have a slew of openings and changes (and no closings!) this week. We’re just going to jump right into it, because there’s a lot to report.
•Wellesley fine dining standby Blue Ginger is coming up on its ten year anniversary and to celebrate, it’s getting renovated and expanded. The restaurant has acquired the space next door and plans to use it for a lounge which will showcase Ming’s Bings, Chef Ming Tsai’s take on Asian street food. We are unspeakably excited about this development.
•Chowhound reports that Harrison Ave is set to get even more bustling with the spring opening of Estragon, a giant tapas restaurant set to come later this spring. We were going to make an unspeakably pretentious Waiting for Godot joke here, but it turns out that “estragon” is also the French word for “tarragon.” Although: it’s a little strange for a tapas place to have a French name, no?
•The BU Free Press reports that Kenmore Square burger hotspot UBurger is opening a second location on Commonwealth Ave near BU’s West Campus, neatly filling the space (both literally and figuratively) recently departed by Grille Zone.
•Speaking of expansion, rumor has it that Somerville’s Redbones is planning a second location near Fenway Park. This would be tremendous good news for those who love both baseball and barbecue. A call to Redbones confirmed that while nothing is set in stone, they’re definitely looking into opening in the area.
•The Fenway area is also set to get another fast food spot when Framingham wing and music emporium The Chicken Bone (beloved by Ming Tsai…this post is coming full circle!) opens a second branch. Note to the unemployed: they’re hiring!
•It’s unclear whether Sofra, the Ana Sortun/Maura Kilpatrick Middle Eastern bakery and cafe will be located in Cambridge or Watertown. It is, however, clear that people (including us) are getting pretty excited.
•The rumors are true…well, sort of. There’s been a very big staff shakeup at The Biltmore with owner Rebecca Roth, chef Seth Morrison, and bartender Sean McKeown all departing. A call to the restaurant revealed that there are still a few staff members left over and it will not be permanently closing.