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by Marc Hurwitz

About a year ago, we reported that a new restaurant featuring live music could be coming to an increasingly-hot section of Roxbury. Now we have learned a bit more about the upcoming place.

According to an article from Universal Hub, musician and Berklee College of Music professor William Banfield is planning to open JazzUrbane Cafe within the historic Bolling Building in Dudley Square, with the place featuring food and live entertainment at night while being a space for arts organizations and community groups during the day. Banfield mentions in a statement that "I am excited for the opportunity to create a truly unique experience in Roxbury, to bring back jazz to Dudley Square, and build an establishment that will become a destination for all residents and visitors," while a Boston Magazine article says that Banfield also states the place will be "designed to bring neighbors together and celebrate through the shared love of food, art, and community in a warm and inviting venue." No opening date has been given for JazzUrbane Cafe, so stay tuned for updates.

The Bolling Building is currently home to Soleil restaurant and Dudley Cafe, though two other dining spots--Dudley Dough and Tasty Burger--no longer reside in the structure, which dates back to the 1880s.

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A local group of vegan ice cream shops that has had a mix of brick-and-mortar and pop-up shops since starting out is going to be opening another brick-and-mortar location, with this one being near one of its former pop-ups.

According to an article from Eater Boston, FoMu is planning to open in the former Emack & Bolio's space in the Fenway, with the Brookline Avenue location being less than a block away from a long-term pop-up location that the company had. Once the new spot opens, it will join other brick-and-mortar locations in Allston, the South End, and Jamaica Plain, and will likely offer dairy-free ice cream along with baked goods, smoothies, ice cream cakes, and more. (FoMu has also had pop-ups in the Back Bay and Cambridge's Inman Square in addition to the Fenway.)

If all goes as planned, the new location of FoMu could be opening in March.

The address for this upcoming vegan ice cream shop in the Fenway is: FoMu, 140 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The website for all locations of FoMu can be found at http://www.fomuicecream.com/

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by Marc Hurwitz

A couple of years ago, we reported that a food and cultural market was on its way to a complex in Boston's Fenway that is being redeveloped. Now we have learned that a few big local names will be opening places within the food hall.

According to an article in The Boston Globe, Time Out Boston at the old Landmark Center on Park Drive will see such chefs and restaurateurs as Tony Maws (Craigie on Main, Kirkland Tap & Trotter), Michael Schlow (Tico), Tim and Nancy Cushman (Hojoko, O Ya), and Peter Ungar (Tasting Counter), with Maws focusing on his famous Craigie burger, Schlow offering Italian dishes, the Cushmans setting up two kitchens featuring sushi and other Asian fare, and Ungar offering what looks to be inventive, locally-sourced dishes. The article also mentions that outposts of Anoush'ella (a South End restaurant featuring Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare) and Union Square Donuts will set up shop at the food hall as well, with the place ultimately including fifteen restaurants, two bars, a retail shop, and a demo kitchen.

As mentioned earlier, the food hall coming to the Landmark Center will be a location of Lisbon's Time Out Market, which the Time Out media company first opened in Lisbon in 2014.

[Earlier Article]
Food Hall Coming to Best Buy Space at Landmark Center in Boston's Fenway

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An eclectic eatery in Cambridge that is known for its Italian dishes is going through some changes.

According to a Facebook post from the place, City Girl Cafe in Inman Square is suspending dinner service at the end of February, with the focus being more on corporate catering and private events--though the Hampshire Street spot will continue to be open for its weekend brunch. The restaurant, which started out approximately 20 years ago, offers such Italian comfort food options as bruschetta, panini, pizza, and pasta dishes, and it has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) as an under-the-radar spot, with the review being found at this link:

https://hiddenboston.com/CityGirlCafe.html

The address for City Girl Cafe is 204 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://citygirlcafe.com/

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A new dining spot has come to downtown Boston, and it features a food item that is becoming increasingly popular in the local area.

According to an article from Eater Boston, Xi'an Rougamo is now open at the Corner Mall by the intersection of Washington Street and Winter Street, with the eatery offering hand-pulled noodles along with meat sandwiches (the word "Rougamo" refers to this food item), rice-based items, other noodle-based dishes, smoothies, and bubble tea. The restaurant joins a handful of other Boston-ara places that offer hand-pulled noodles, including Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe in Boston and Woburn, Chili Squared in Quincy, Home Taste in Watertown and Arlington, and Noodles King in the Longwood medical area.

The menu for Xi'an Rougamo can be found at http://thecornermall.com/i/XiAn-Rougamo-Menu.jpg

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It looks like a new Asian restaurant is opening on the South Shore, replacing a dining spot that was known in part for its Chinese-American food and karaoke.

According to a source, Cubist Circle is opening in Weymouth, with the restaurant moving into the former Gourmet Oriental space on Washington Street. An earlier meeting minutes page within the website for Weymouth confirms this, indicating that Cubist Circle will be an Asian fusion spot whose manager (Zhongyuan Zang) comes from Fuji Steakhouse in Needham along with other dining spots. It appears that the new eatery could have seating for more than 350, with the place including a first-floor dining room, a first-floor lounge, and two function rooms, with one in the basement.

Gourmet Oriental shuttered toward the latter part of 2017.

The address for the upcoming Cubist Circle is 625 Washington Street, Weymouth, MA, 02188.

[Earlier Article]
Gourmet Oriental in Weymouth Has Closed

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A Portuguese restaurant in Cambridge is closed for the foreseeable future after being hit by a major fire.

According to an article from Boston 25 News, the Sunset Cafe at the corner of Cambridge Street and Hunting Street was destroyed in a four-alarm blaze yesterday morning that displaced nearly 20 people and took out two structures. A Facebook post from the dining spot mentions that "the restaurant will remain closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to those with reservations. We appreciate all the good wishes and we hope to be up and running soon" while it also posts a link where people can donate online to the Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund.

Kimchi Kitchen, a Korean restaurant on the same block, is also shuttered for the time being, with a Facebook post from the place saying that "We will be closed for a few days due to a massive fire in our neighborhood."

Boston 25 News indicates that no one in the buildings was hurt, though some firefighters had minor injuries.

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A new breakfast and lunch spot has come to the North Shore, opening where a market had been for a very brief time.

According to a message sent to us from @CappyinBoston, Nick & Andy's is now open in Danvers, moving into the former Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli space on Route 1. The website for the new eatery indicates that it offers such items as omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits and gravy, salads, sandwiches, steak tips, fish and chips, turkey dinner, and more.

Gigi's first opened in March of last year, but only lasted a few months, closing its doors for good in August.

The address for Nick & Andy's is 110 Newbury Street (Route 1), Danvers, MA, 01923. Its website can be found at https://nickandandysbreakfast.com/

[Earlier Article]
Gigi's Italian Gourmet Market and Deli in Danvers Has Closed

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Another well-known name within the Boston restaurant/bar scene is saying farewell.

According to an article in northendwaterfront.com, The Living Room on Atlantic Avenue is closing its doors on January 19, as its lease is up and it was apparently not able to get a long-term lease from the owners of the Mercantile building, who bought it in 2015 and had been only offering short-term leases. (The post says that the people behind The Living Room wanted a long-term lease in order to be able to make renovations to the space.) It is not known what might become of the space at this point, so stay tuned for updates as they come in.

The Living Room started out in 1998 as a seafood restaurant called Atlantic 101, eventually reconcepting into its present form in 2005 and becoming a popular place for comfort food and cocktails while also featuring DJs and dancing.

The address for The Living Room is 101 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02110. Its website can be found at http://www.thelivingroomboston.com/

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A brand new watering hole has opened in the southern suburbs of Boston, taking over the space where a shop that focused on a popular regional food item had been.

According to a source, a new bar is now open in Holbrook, moving into the former Boston Cream Pie Company space on S Franklin Street. It appears that the drinking spot debuted on Friday, though it does not appear to have a name (no sign is up for the place) and it is apparently not serving any food at this point in time.

Boston Cream Pie Company first opened in Holbrook in the summer of 2017 only to close a year later, with the business originally selling the Boston Cream Pies (along with other pies) from tricycles stationed in Boston.

The address for this new bar in Holbrook is 783 S Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA, 02343.

[Earlier Article]
Boston Cream Pie Company in Holbrook Has Closed

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