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A couple more dining options have been announced for the casino complex in Everett, and the chef at one of Boston's best-known restaurants will be involved with both.

According to an article in Boston Magazine, Waterfront and the Oyster Bar are opening next to each other at Encore Boston Harbor resort and casino, with both places focusing on seafood. The former will be a restaurant with "shareable, dressed-up pub food" including lobster rolls, fried oysters, and spiced pork rinks as well as craft beers, local spirits, and cocktails, while the latter will be a small space with a counter, offering a variety of shellfish along with chowders, ceviches, crudos, mini-lobster rolls, and beer and wine. The person heading up the kitchen at each place will be John Ross of Neptune Oyster, a North End restaurant that is famous for its lobster rolls.

If all goes as planned, Waterfront and the Oyster Bar could be opening late next month, as Encore Boston Harbor hopes to open on June 23.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]
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A growing local group of bakeries and cafes will be opening yet another new location in Boston, with this one being its first in the city's South End neighborhood.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Tatte Bakery & Cafe is planning to open on Harrison Avenue, joining a number of other locations in the region, including in downtown Boston (two), Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, the Fenway, the Seaport District, Northeastern University, Cambridge's Kendall Square (three), Harvard Square, and Brookline, along with an upcoming outlet at Berklee near where the Back Bay and the Fenway meet. If all goes as planned, the new location of Tatte could be debuting in the South End this fall.

The address for the upcoming location of Tatte Bakery & Cafe is 345 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118. The website for all locations can be found at http://tattebakery.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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A rapidly-growing chain of European coffee places is opening yet another shop in the local area, with this one coming to a brand new hotel in Cambridge.

According to a license commission page within the city's website, Caffe Nero is opening within the Hotel 1868 in Porter Square, while an earlier article from Cambridge Day mentioned that this will be the second location of the chain in the city, joining another outlet in Central Square. Hotel 1868, which debuted last fall, is the second new hotel to come to the Porter Square area, as the Porter Square Hotel opened on the other side of the square in 2016--and that hotel is now home to a new French restaurant called Colette which opened earlier this year.

The address for the upcoming Caffe Nero (and the Hotel 1868) is 1868 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140. The website for the chain can be found at https://caffenero.com/us/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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It looks like a new restaurant may be coming to a space near Central Square in Cambridge, and it would apparently be taking over the space where a popular restaurant, bar, and music spot had been until closing a few years ago.

According to a license commission page within the city's website, The Nu Do Society is looking to open on River Street, with the address indicating that it would be moving into the former River Gods space. The notice says that the proposed eatery would be a full-service Asian noodle and food restaurant, with the manager being Wudthipong Guygaew; it appears that this is the same Wudthipong Guygaew who was behind the old Curry Thai on Cambridge Street, a restaurant that was replaced by the now-closed Pandan Leaf and may soon be home to a spot called 9 Zaab.

River Gods, which closed in the summer of 2016 after approximately 15 years in business, was known in part for its themed music nights from a variety of DJs. In addition, the place also offered pub grub (including vegetarian items) along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for The Nu Do Society is listed as 123 River Street, while the official address for the River Gods was 125 River Street.

[Earlier Article]
River Gods in Cambridge Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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A New York-based group of restaurants known in part for its Detroit-style pizza could be making its way to the local area.

According to an article from Eater New York, Emmy Squared is making plans to expand and it is eyeing Boston as well as Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Nashville, the last of which already has one location. The post says that founders Matt and Emily Hyland (along with Nashville-based partners Howard Greenstone and Ken Levitan) are also looking to expand further into New York City, with outlets possibly coming to Midtown Manhattan, the Upper East Side, or the Upper West Side. (Currently, locations of Emmy Squared can be found in the East Village as well as Williamsburg in Brooklyn.)

In addition to Detroit-style pizza--which is basically a thick and crispy rectangular pan pizza--Emmy Square also offers burgers, chicken sandwiches, Caesar salads, and more.

Currently, there are very few options for Detroit-style pizza in the Greater Boston area, with Volo Craft Pizza in Swampscott being one spot that features it.

The website for Emmy Squared can be found at https://www.emmysquared.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Fifteen Pizzas in the Boston Area]
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An Italian cafe just west of Boston that had formerly been a popup spot--and which is run by a James Beard Award winner--is morphing into a full-service restaurant.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Ronsky's at The Street in Chestnut Hill is going to transform into Chef Ronsky's Trattoria, an Italian dining spot that will have a rotating menu that features such items as antipasti, house-made pastas and desserts, and Italian wines and beers. The person behind both the current cafe and the upcoming restaurant is Ron Suhanosky, who had been one of the founders of Sfoglia, a high-end Italian restaurant on Nantucket (now closed) and in New York's Upper West Side, and who also received a James Beard Award in 2010 for his cookbook Pasta Sfoglia.

Ronsky's was initially one of a number of rotating popups at The Street in Chestnut Hill, but in 2017, it became a permanent eatery there.

If all goes as planned, Chef Ronsky's Trattoria could be opening in early June. (Its website will be at https://www.chefronskys.com/)

[Earlier Article]
Ronsky's Pop-Up at The Street in Chestnut Hill Is Now Open Permanently

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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A new Thai restaurant has come to the western suburbs of Boston, and it takes over the space where a BBQ spot had been.

Eater Boston is reporting that Thai Noodle Cafe is now open in Belmont, with the address indicating that it resides in the former Tony G's Barbecue space on Belmont Street. The post says that the new eatery offers a variety of Thai dishes for dine-in or takeout/delivery, including stir-fry noodle plates, fried rice, noodle soups, curry items, and more.

Tony G's first opened in the summer of 2015, taking over the space where Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe had been before it moved to Waltham (Gustazo now has a second location in Cambridge as well).

The address for Thai Noodle Cafe is 289 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA, 02478. Its website can be found at http://thainoodlecafe.com/

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]
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A new dining spot that apparently focuses on Caribbean food is opening a few miles north of Boston.

According to a poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Island Spice Cafe is opening in Medford, with a picture posted indicating that the High Street eatery may actually be getting ready to have its grand opening. The photo shows a sign that says "healthy fresh food made daily" along with coffee, fresh-squeezed juices, and coconut water, though no specific food items are mentioned and there appears to be no online presence for the restaurant at this point in time. (A city council meeting page within the City of Medford site does mention Island Spice Cafe, indicating that the name of the person behind the place is Charline Francis.)

The address for Island Spice Cafe is 92 High Street, Medford, MA, 02155.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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A group of bakeries and pastry shops that closed one of its locations earlier this year has closed its other two locations, and it remains a mystery as to whether one of the two might open back up again.

According to several sources, Sweet Bakery in Chestnut Hill and downtown Boston are both closed, with one source on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page indicating that Chill Sugar Co. is replacing the Chestnut Hill location while a few sources say that a "space available" sign is apparently posted out front at the Boston location. Earlier reports from sources indicated that the Boston shop was only closed for renovations and a Yelp page mentions that it is "temporarily closed" and is scheduled to reopen on May 31. The website for all locations gives no indication that the Chestnut Hill or Boston outlets have closed, and it also shows that the shop in Cambridge's Harvard Square that shuttered earlier this year is considered to be "closed for renovation." We have reached out to Sweet Bakery to find out more information on all of this, so keep checking back for updates.(The online business for Sweet Bakery remains in operation, as does its catering.)

The aforementioned Chill Sugar Co. is slated to open in the former Sweet Bakery space in Chestnut Hill this weekend, according to its Instagram page.

The website for Sweet Bakery can be found at https://sweetcupcakes.com/

[Earlier Article]
Sweet Bakery in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Closed

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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A new Italian restaurant could be on its way to the western suburbs, and it looks like it would have a connection to a nearby steakhouse.

According to a source, Stazzione Di Federale is planning to open in Waltham, with the address given indicating that it may be moving into the space on Moody Street where Biagio Ristorante & Bar currently resides. Photos sent of a couple of legal notices posted in a local newspaper confirm this news, saying that Stazzione Di Federale would be a three-story restaurant that includes a roof deck, and that the manager listed is David Alphonse, who is one of the people behind The Federal at the 1265 Main development in Waltham.

The hearing is scheduled for May 28, so more information on Stazzione Di Federale may be known by the end of the month.

The address for the proposed Stazzione Di Federale (and Biagio Ristorante & Bar) is 123 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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