Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of the Eater Boston restaurant opening roundup; this page is updated occasionally throughout the season, with the most recent updates at the top, highlighting new restaurants that have opened (or have been announced) in the Boston area in recent weeks. (Here is last season archives, including Tiger Sugar, Cicada Coffee Bar, Ghost King Thai, Otto Pizza, and more.)
A number of restaurants in the Boston area have taken over catering service. Likewise, some new restaurant openings immediately offer table service in the dining room. However, this should not be considered an approval for on-site dining, as there still exist safety concerns: for up-to-date information on coronavirus cases in the state, please visit Massachusetts COVID-19 website. And for an explanation of the state’s current COVID-19 recovery guidelines, go here.
Studies indicate that there is a lower risk of exposure outdoors, but the level of risk from patio dining depends on whether restaurants follow strict social distancing and other guidelines. safety – plus, alfresco dining is not an option for many Boston area restaurants in the dead of winter, or even early spring. (The outdoor dining area has recovery in Boston, for what it’s worth.)
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A Turkish restaurant that recently moved into the space once occupied by Whole Heart Provisions is now open. The menu at Turkish Cafe Lazuri consists of a mix of American-style breakfast options (pancakes, omelets, combos of two eggs, etc.) Turkish-style pancakes), stuffed grape leaves, kofte, various kebabs. , durum (a Turkish wrap) and more. Turkish Cafe Lazuri also offers a special menu to eat there during the whole month of Ramadan. Lazuri is open seven days a week for indoor dining, take out and delivery.
A Washington, DC-based burger chain called Capital Burger recently opened in the space once occupied by Papa Razzi. The Capital Burger is affiliated with the Capital Grille. Expect burgers.
The team behind Brewer’s Fork (which makes some of the best pizzas in town and also has one of the best beer lists) recently opened the restaurant portion of their second business, Dovetail. (Dovetail also functions as a take-out sandwich shop, as well as a sort of parcel store, offering take-out beer and wine.) The restaurant serves’ American-style dishes made from local and seasonal ingredients complemented by a wine program presenting wines of small production. from around the world, as well as craft beer, âaccording to the team. Dovetail is only open for dinner at the moment, but will be opening its patio for brunch and possibly lunch in the near future.
A Chinatown restaurant known for its Chinese-American fusion cuisine seems to have moved from one space on Hudson Street to another. Wings Kitchen – which previously operated at 23 Hudson St. – has moved to the former BLR by Shojo space at 13 Hudson St., and is looking to buy the former occupant’s liquor license.
It has been known for some time that Castle Island Brewing was planning to expand to Southie. Well, now there is a date attached to the expansion. The brewery, named after Boston’s famous South Peninsula, will open its second location in July. There will be one of the best pale ales in the region (named after the hyper regional variant of bowling, Candlepin), and there will be a pizza bar on the South Shore.
The summer hut is expansion beyond its brick and mortar locations and the launch of a food truck this spring, which will debut on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on April 21 and will remain open until December. Expect fried clams, crab cakes, burgers and more.
Brookline’s darling wood-fired pizza Stoked Pizza recently expanded to Cambridge. The second store debuted on April 5, and offers wood-fired pizzas, beer and wine to go (at very reasonable prices, it should be noted), and finger foods like buffalo wings and crispy dumplings. Both locations are open for take out and delivery only for now.
Sweetgreen fancy leaf restaurant is extension to the assembly line. The salad chain already operates more than a dozen branches in Greater Boston. The newest outpost will open this summer, according to a post on the Assembly Row Facebook page.
Dolma Mediterranean Cuisine recently opened on Cyprus Street in Brookline. Chef and owner Yesim Otsuz “tested and honed his authentic culinary skills in Antalya Province before coming to Boston”, according to the restaurant website. As such, Dolma’s menu is inspired by Turkish cuisine, and diners can expect to find dishes such as borek (stuffed dough made from puff pastry); manti (Turkish dumplings); Stuffed artichokes; Stuffed peppers; and tutmac, a traditional Turkish soup made with yogurt, lentils and noodles. Note: all the meat Dolma uses in her cooking is halal. Dolma is open Wednesday through Monday for indoor dining, take out and delivery.
A Mediterranean restaurant called Kabob Grill & Pizzeria recently opened in Burlington. Diners can expect pizza (duh), falafel, shawarma and other Mediterranean delicacies.
Beloved local brewery Night Shift will open a new restaurant on April 15, this time at Encore Boston Harbor Casino in Everett. Night Shift debuted in Everett – one of its most popular beers goes by the name of Santilli Highway, where Nightshift is headquartered – so the pairing makes sense. Night Shift Brewing Kitchen & Tap will feature pub food, small bites, sandwiches and more. Head over to Everett to risk it allâ¦ on one hell of a good IPA.
March 29, 2021: Seaport gets exactly what it doesn’t need: another steakhouse
The Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton is becoming another destination for eating and drinking. Trifecta will open next to the hotel lobby sometime in may, and focus on cocktails (with names that pay homage to women of Boston’s high society past, like legendary patron Isabella Stewart Gardner and Boston Ballet founder E. Virginia Williams) and tea.
A half-century-old chain of New Jersey sub-shops is expansion in Boston. The Jersey Mike’s Subs website lists the location as “coming soon.” Also in Brighton, a pizzeria called Ziggy’s recently opened in Oak Square, and it has links with another pizzeria which operated in the neighborhood for 20 years.
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A pizzeria with roots in JP is coming home. Pizza Oggi opened 20 years ago in Hyde Square (near Haven), before moving and spending time downtown and then Harvard Square. Now, he plans to reopen in its original space on Perkins Street.
The Seaport just got exactly what it doesn’t need: another steakhouse. Eddie Merlot’s, an Indiana-based steakhouse chain, recently opened in the space of the rue du CongrÃ¨s formerly occupied by La Casa de Pedro.
Somerville is getting a new Indian restaurant called Veggie Indian Palace, though details regarding the property and location are currently rare.
Midwest Grill, which was known for its Brazilian barbecue, no longer serves Brazilian barbecue, but it is serving Korean barbecue. Ownership recently changed, and the menu too.
A new Mediterranean restaurant called Fattoush is opening in Arlington. Its menu will consist of dishes like hummus, shawarma, rice pilaf, falafel and kebbe. âWe will serve Mediterranean and vegan dishes. We have amazing recipes, generous portions, fair prices and great customer service, âowner Karam Touma told the Arlington lawyer. âWe are a family restaurant.â
Brookline is have a new tearoom called the Shared Tea, which will open this summer in the space once occupied by a women’s clothing boutique called Sana Belle.
A Mediterranean restaurant with a focus on Greek cuisine and fish plans to open in the Street Chestnut Hill development. Limani, which is a New York-based mini-chain (there are locations in Manhattan and Long Island), will overlook Hammond Pond and may open this year.
The Island Creek Oysters team recently bought the Winsor House Inn, serving as a restaurant since the 1930s. âThe addition of the Winsor House to the Island Creek family will allow them to add another aspect to the farming experience they have been creating since 2017, by combining the hospitality to educating clients about aquaculture and its role in the future of our coastal communities. the Island Creek team said in a press release. âWinsor House will join the Raw Bar on Island Creek, a relaxed outdoor oyster experience located on their 11-acre waterfront farm. Island Creek Oysters founder Skip Bennett and President Chris Sherman are grateful for the opportunity to bring a Duxbury institution into their fold.
The year promises to be busy for Newton’s culinary scene: the suburbs have a “neighborhood family restaurant” called 57 Lincoln restaurant; an outpost of the French and Asian fusion bakery chain Everyday; and a ramen shop called Coco ramen (who is a brother, and will be a neighbor, of the Thai restaurant Coconut Newton).
Restaurateur Michael Aldi and Chef Greg Reeves will be opening a new restaurant called Tyde in the Ryder apartment complex (21 Revere Beach Blvd.) on Revere Beach this summer. According to a press release, Tyde’s menu “will focus on high-quality local cuts of dry-aged beef and freshly caught seafood, along with locally sourced produce and other premium ingredients.” Tyde will accommodate 120 guests indoors, with room for an additional 100 people on its patio. Reeves owns Viale in Cambridge and has worked in the kitchens of famous Boston area restaurants such as B&G Oysters, The Butchershop, Green Street, among others.
The Farmer’s Daughter, which opened in Easton almost ten years ago, extended, the opening of a second location in Sudbury.
Moody Street has a new restaurant. Penang, which opened in Chinatown and specializes in Malaysian cuisine, spread to Waltham, and is now open inside the former Tiki House space.