The Tuesday Report: A Bad Week For Italian Food

After the slow doldrums (slowldrums? Good lord, Daylight Savings Time makes us tired) of last week, we’ve got plenty to report this week, so without any further adieu, we’ll jump right in.

•Well this is exciting! The Globe reports that Guy Martin, one of France’s top chefs (which really means one of the best chefs in the world) will be opening his first-ever United States restaurant this spring in Boston! The restaurant, which will be called Sensing, will be part of the Regent Boston Hotel at Battery Wharf and will feature contemporary French cuisine with a focus on locally-produced foods. You can start counting down the minutes right about…now.
•The Boston Real Estate Blog brought us two interesting nuggets: the intersection of Mass Ave and Washington will be getting a Senegalese restaurant called Teranga. Senegalese food is delicious and underrepresented in the Hub, so this is quite exciting news. Further down Washington, Aroa, a “fine chocolates brasserie” is slated to open by month’s end.
•The Newton TAB brings news that Bobalicious, a Vietnamese bubble tea shop, has opened in Nonantum. This is certainly something new for the neighborhood and we hope it succeeds, because who doesn’t love banh mi?
•Word on the street is that the owners of Daedalus are opening a second restaurant. A call to Daedalus confirmed that the new spot will be a brick oven pizzeria and should open within a month, but no further details were given.

Boston Restaurant Talk brings us the news that well-regarded North End spot La Brace has closed.
The Hubster reports that East Boston’s Caffe Italia is closing and may be turned into a Colombian restaurant. This last detail has caused quite a bit of controversy on the blog’s comments. A call to Caffe Italia proved unable to provide a confirmation or denial.

•Coolidge Corner sushi spot Takeshima has quietly turned into Blue Ocean, a Korean and Japanese spot. Observant readers may remember that the Takeshima space was, at one time, set to be the home of Perpetual Oyster, the rumored Gwen Butler seafood restaurant.

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The Tuesday Report: A Bad Week For Italian Food