just back in town, so I got nuthin’. But if you know of any cool openings or sad closings, here’s the spot.
Townsman is closing
Democracy Brewing supposedly opened yesterday on Temple Pl in DTX. Can’t speak to the quality of Food or Beer but walked by last week and build out looks nice.
L&K in Needham has closed
Sheger Cafe’, the new Ethiopian restaurant on Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge, appears to have finally opened.
What is L&K?
As an update, I went yesterday. The space is very nice but i’m sad to report the beer and food were sorely lacking. The pale ale tasted like my attempts at homebrewing and the saison was watery. Tried the beer cheese nachos and they were bland as well. Service was good and the management was walking around getting feedback from patrons.
My guess is that they were rushing to open for the 4th of July but weren’t really ready food or beer-wise. I’m going to give it a few months and hopefully the beer and food will see some improvement. They did say that the menu was being tuned and that they hoped to have up to 10 beers on tap in the future compared to the current 4.
Yes, Sheger Cafe is open. The space is very nice, and they say their Injera is 100% teff. I was in the area to pick up food from Qingdao next door, so did not feel I could order from them, too (plus that food is best eaten at the restaurant) so I can’t say what anything tastes like. But full marks to them for being open for breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner. I plan to eat there soon.
I ate there last night and really liked it. I’m no expert on Ethiopian food, although I have eaten it at other area restaurants. I thought the injera was excellent. The service was warm and welcoming, the atmosphere cheerful, in a small but comfortable space. I had the chicken stew (wot?), which was spicy and rich - really delicious. DC had one of the vegetarian offerings, which he said was also spicy. He liked it a lot. I was a bit surprised that there were only about 2 vegetarian options, which I thought were more plentiful at other Ethiopian places. The prices were a bit higher than expected (entrees in the $18-20 range), but the food was delicious, so no quarrel there. I will return to try other dishes.
da bomb bbq has opened in the old sabor peruvian fusion location on broadway in revere
noticed on my walk home today that there’s a sign for Finesse Patries in the old liquor store location at 594 Somerville ave. in Somerville. I guess this is something that has another location at Boston Public Market, dunno if it’s any good. It also seems like maybe there’ll be baking classes here, according to the website.
tawakal halal cuisine is re-opening as tawakal halal cafe in the old la sanghita cafe location on maverick street in east boston
Bummed about this, best beef tartare in town and other good stuff too. His website mentions making a more sustainable life for himself and his family and all of us who have worked in the restaurant business certainly get that! Glad I got a number of opportunities to eat there while it lasted.
I’m assuming that Toscano’s in Harvard Sq. will be closed for a bit, because I was just in Harvard Sq and that building was on fire and billowing black smoke. Cambridge Fire Department says it started in the restaurant.
Other Harvard Sq. note: construction has started on the &pizza/Milk Bar location at the old Nini’s corner.
Wow! This may affect Burdick as well.
We have to go there, homey! We need more food explorations soon. Best, Suselah