Wednesday, February 20, 2013
YUM lets you sample cuisine from around the world to support immigrants here in Somerville.
This year's "YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City," takes place April 25 at The Center for Arts at the Armory, and tickets are now available. The food event celebrates the culinary, and overall, diversity of Somerville, and it benefits The Welcome Project, a Somerville immigrant advocacy group. "YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City," features tastings from several of Somerville's ethnic restaurants, representing cuisine from places like Ethiopia, Nepal, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Italy, Portugal and elsewhere. In addition to the tasting event, residents can also purchase the YUM card. It costs $10 and provides cardholders with a 10 percent discount at participating restaurants. Here's a list of the restaurants participating in this year's YUM: You can …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The new Mexican bar will feature food from Painted Burro, craft cocktails, tequila, a jukebox and possibly Mexican bingo.
Burro Bar, a new watering hole in Davis Square that's run by the folks at Painted Burro, a Mexican restaurant next door to the new bar, is expected to open Tuesday, according to a Painted Burro Facebook post. A woman who answered the phone Monday at Painted Burro confirmed the new bar would open Tuesday at 5 p.m., even after the massive snow storm that practically shut down the Boston area over the weekend. Burro Bar has been under construction for the past few months in the 217 Elm St. space formerly occupied by Spike's Junkyard Dogs. The bar will feature food, craft cocktails, beer and Mexican bingo. Grub Street Boston says it will eventually have over 100 beers and tequilas, a menu of tortas and a jukebox. The food website says Tuesday'…
Also, some food news from Medford and Belmont.
New Deli 'Opening Soon' in East Arlington Signs for “Anthony’s East Side Deli” recently appeared in the storefront’s windows, and the signs say the deli is “opening soon.” The space at 159 Mass. Ave. is at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Marathon Street. That block has seen a lot of action lately, as Something Sweet Without Wheat, a new gluten/wheat free bakery, opened at 169 Mass. Ave. and the new Barismo opened at 171 Mass. Ave. on Dec. 20. Something Sweet Without Wheat Opens Something Sweet Without Wheat, the new gluten/wheat free bakery in East Arlington, opened on Tuesday, Jan. 29, according to a Wednesday press release from its store manager, Teresa Fiore. The Woburn-based specialty bakery, which is also 95 percent dairy free and nut …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Water was shut off to a restaurant-heavy section of Union Square late Friday afternoon, just as chefs were preparing for the Friday rush.
A part of Union Square that is home to several restaurants lost water for nearly three hours Friday afternoon, according to Thomas Champion, a spokesperson for the city of Somerville. The water failure caused some top restaurants in the area to close for Friday night. Champion said something called a "water gate" failed at about 3:15 p.m., cutting off water to the area around Union Square Plaza, which has a number of restaurants, including The Independent, Precinct, Journeyman and Casa B. Workers from the Department of Public Works and the department's contractors fixed the problem by about 6 p.m., Champion said. The water failure happened as restaurants were preparing for Friday-night business. On Facebook, Journeyman Restaurant posted: "…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Restauranteur Marty Bloom, who founded Vinny Testa's, plans revamp the restaurant into something more contemporary while leaving the historic diner's exterior untouched.
Marty Bloom, a local restaurateur who founded Vinny Testa's and owns Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport, is close to cementing a deal to purchase Davis Square's Rosebud Diner, according to Bloom, who attended a Somerville Licensing Commission meeting Wednesday night. Bloom said the completed sale would likely become final sometime in late March or early April. He was at the Licensing Commission meeting to request the transfer of Rosebud's alcohol, victualer and entertainment licenses to his company, a request the commission approved. Bloom said he plans to leave the exterior of the diner untouched. "It's iconic," he told the commission, saying, "I have talked to the historic commission in depth" about the local landmark. However, he plans to…
The Somerville restaurant will be more "rustic" and "casual" than its Cambridge cousin.
Tony Maws, chef at Cambridge's Craigie on Main, is planning to open a restaurant in Somerville in the Washington Street space formerly occupied by Kirkland Cafe. Maws attended a Somerville Licensing Commission meeting Wednesday night to secure an alcohol, victualer and entertainment license, which he received. Maws said his new restaurant doesn't have a name yet, but it would feature the "same ingredients that we cook at Craigie on Main." However, the new venture will be more "rustic" and "casual" than the popular Cambridge eatery, and it will have lower price points, Maws said, adding it would be priced to allow people to eat there more than once a week. It will feature a "straight up a la carte" menu, he said. It will also have cocktails…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The crêperie will have a new look when it reopens over the weekend.
If you're jonesing for a crepe, you'll have to fly to Paris or wait until after Jan. 18. Mr. Crepe in Davis Square closed for renovations on Monday and is scheduled to remain closed through Jan. 18, according to a sign in the door. The crêperie is getting a new counter in the dining area, new bathrooms and some new paint, according to a worker.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Somerville restaurant fans could see work begin on the long-anticipated eatery within a month, according to one person familiar with the project.
La Brasa has been one of Boston's most hotly anticipated restaurants for over a year. And for about a year, people—especially those who don't see progress at the restaurant's proposed location on Lower Broadway—have asked, "When is it coming?" One person with some knowledge of the project says work could begin soon. Mike d'Hemecourt, managing principal at Harborlight Advisors, a real estate investment and consulting firm, represents the owner of 130 Broadway, where La Brasa is moving into. "Our understanding is they're moving forward," d'Hemecourt said about the restaurant. People should "start to see stuff happening at the site within a month, hopefully," he said. La Brasa is the brainchild of Daniel Bojorquez, a portage of L'Espalier's …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
In other restaurant news from around Somerville, Barisomo opens in Arlington and another Southern comfort cuisine joint comes to Boston.
Saturday, January 5
Five Horses Tavern Coming into Former Columbus Cafe Space The South End will welcome a new bar and restaurant to Columbus Avenue in the coming months, in the space once occupied by Columbus Cafe. Five Horses Tavern, a Somerville restaurant located in Davis Square, is expanding with a second location at 535 Columbus Avenue in the South End. Estelle's, Southern Comfort Cuisine, Now Open for Business on Tremont Street As if the opening of Cinquecento wasn't enough for the foodies of the South End, Estelle's, a new southern-comfort inspired modern eatery, opened for business in early December. Located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Tremont Street (782 Tremont St.) the new restaurant is under the direction and expertise of partner …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Only Boston had more restaurants on the list than Somerville.
By our count, 11 new restaurants made it onto the Boston Globe Magazine's "Best of the New: Food" list. In Cambridge, 9 new restaurants made it onto the list. In fact, of all the communities represented in the Boston Globe Magazine's article, Boston was the only city with more restaurants on the list—27—than Somerville. And Boston is, like, way bigger than Somerville. Perhaps 2012 will be seen as the year the culinary center of gravity north of the Charles River shifted into Somerville. In addition to having tons of "best of the new" restaurants, Somerville is enticing some of Cambridge's well known chefs across the border: Brownyn and a new restaurant by Oleana's chef and owner, Ana Sortun, are expected to open in the upcoming year. In …