Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The East Broadway restaurant has classic Chinese staples along with some interesting Japanese fare.
Lotus Xpress, a new Asian restaurant that specializes in Chinese and Japanese cuisine, opened Jan. 31 on East Broadway, and so far, "It's been going well," according to the restaurant's manager. "The community has been very welcoming," said Alan, who didn't want to use his last name. At 167 Broadway, Lotus Xpress opened at the former site of a KFC that closed at the end of 2011. The building has been renovated for the new restaurant. Alan said, "We try to keep everything fresh" and "all dishes are made to order." The menu features classic Chinese-restaurant dishes, such as dumplings and General Gao's Chicken, and Alan said, "We have some Szechuan dishes that are quite good"—Szechuan spicy fish is white fish cooked in a spicy broth, for …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The hair salon opened earlier in January.
Ball Square is now home to Lindsay Griffin Boston Hairstylist + Co., according to an email from the salon's owner, Lindsay Griffin. Located at 106 Bristol Rd., the hair salon is taking appointments and also does lots of work with wedding hair styling, according to its website. It opened in Ball Square on Jan. 12. The website says: "[Griffin] uses a non-traditional, organic approach combining modern trends with classic styles. Lindsay focuses on creating everything from iconic updos to natural curls." You can check it out here.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Achieve Fitness will hold its grand opening on Jan. 17.
The Union Square neighborhood is getting a new gym. Achieve Fitness, at 42 Merriam St., between Union Square and Target, will hold its grand opening on Jan. 17 with raffles, give-aways and an introduction to the gym's owners and fitness philosophy, according to an announcement from the gym. The owners, Lauren Perreault and Jason Pak, will give a short talk called, "Why people fail at fat loss," and people who sign up at the grand opening will get special membership pricing, the announcement says. Based on the announcement and they gym's website, Achieve Fitness seems to place an emphasis on weekly training sessions, individual workout sessions and classes. The grand opening event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Chow n' Joy opened about a year after a fire destroyed Kee Kar Lau in Teele Square.
On Oct. 30, 2011, the owners of Kee Kar Lau, a Chinese restaurant in Teele Square, watched from a doorway across Broadway as their building burned. The fire had started in a neighboring dry cleaners, and although Kee Kar Lau was mostly spared from the flames, the whole building was eventually demolished. Now, slightly over a year later, they opened a new restaurant, Chow n' Joy, on Somerville Avenue between Porter and Union squares. According to the new restaurant's website: "The same owners of Kee Kar Lau in Teele Square has now relocated their restaurant ... We serve mainly Chinese food with a Cantonese twist, we also have a variety of other foods such as Pad Thai and curry dishes." The website says customers should try the noodle soups…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Some new businesses in the Davis Square area.
Do Wee & Rice, a fusion test kitchen that serves dishes like chicken and rice, double-fried french fries and crispy chicken hearts, officially opens Wednesday, according to the restaurant's website. The restaurant, which is opening in the Powderhouse Circle space formerly occupied by East Asia Restaurant, held a soft launch Saturday that drew a sizable crowd. Do Wee & Rice is holding its official grand opening on Sept. 15, according to its website. You can check out their Facebook page here. Somerville's own Q's Nuts, which sells small-batch roasted nuts with flavors like "Mexican chocolate pecans" and "cayenne mango and rosemary sea salt almonds," opened its first storefront, at 346 Highland Ave. in Davis Square, Saturday, according to a …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Washington D.C.-based falafel and Middle Eastern restaurant is opening in the site formerly occupied by Diva Lounge.
Amsterdam Falafelshop, which is moving into Davis Square, is getting close to being finished. The Somerville Board of Aldermen Thursday night approved a permit for the restaurant's sign and awning. Walking by, one can see that construction is well under way. The falafel shop is moving into 248 Elm St., the site recently occupied by Diva Lounge. According to Eater Boston, the Washington D.C.-based Amsterdam Falafelshop serves Middle Eastern fare as interpreted by the Dutch. The blog says it specializes in falafel and fries and that it has over 20 different types of sauce and pickles. Grub Street Boston calls it "the best falafel parlor in the known universe" and says it will open in June. Based on the status of construction at the site, …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It will move into the former site of Square Nail Studio.
Somerville Patch took this photo of a sign posted in the former Square Nail Studio at 11 Holland St. in Davis Square. The sign says, "This space is being renovated to make way for a unique green café and bakery." A message on the Square Nail Studio website, written by owner Heather Wright, says a little more: "After reaching nearly the decade point at The Square Nail Studio, I am saddened to inform you that our lease will not be renewed. The owners of our building are excited to be developing the studio space along with an adjoining space into a natural food bar/cafe." Somerville Patch poked around online and couldn't find any news of the new bakery and café. Does anyone know what it will be? On her website, Wright's message to her …