RESTAURANTS OPENED AND CLOSED 2020

June, 2020

CLOSED:
-- Abbott's Frozen Custard, Brighton, MA
-- Andiamo Restaurant + Bar, Newburyport, MA
-- Au Bon Pain, Boston (State Street), MA
-- Au Bon Pain, Somerville (Davis Square), MA
-- Backyard Betty's, South Boston, MA
-- Bar Boulud, Boston (Back Bay), MA
-- Bar Louie, Boston (Fenway), MA
-- Battery Park, Boston, MA
-- Bella Luna/Milky Way, Jamaica Plain, MA
-- Bergamot, Somerville, MA
-- British Beer Company, Franklin, MA
-- Cafe Pamplona, Cambridge (Harvard Square), MA
-- Comedor, Newton Centre, MA
-- Conor Larkin's Grill & Tap, Boston, MA
-- Halibut Point Restaurant & Pub, Gloucester, MA
-- Il Capriccio, Waltham, MA
-- Joy Asia, Marlborough, MA
-- Legal Sea Foods, Cambridge (Harvard Square), MA
-- Miller's Ale House, Watertown, MA
-- New Saigon Sandwich, Boston (Chinatown), MA
-- Stoughton House of Brews, Stoughton, MA

OPEN:
-- Faces Brewing Co., Malden, MA
-- Jamaica Mi Hungry, Jamaica Plain, MA
-- La Taqueria Taco Bar and Grill, Dedham, MA
-- Lily's Garden & Patio, Boston, MA

May, 2020

CLOSED:
-- Artu, Boston (Beacon Hill), MA
-- The Chateau, Westborough, MA
-- Coda, Boston (South End), MA
-- Cuchi Cuchi, Cambridge, MA
-- Morano Gelato, Chestnut Hill, MA
-- Restaurant Dante, Cambridge, MA
-- Stella Restaurant, Boston (South End), MA
-- The Table at Season to Taste, Cambridge, MA
-- The Tumble Inn Diner, Saugus, MA
-- Toraya, Arlington, MA

OPEN:
-- Chic Chick, Allston, MA
-- Dumpling Daughter, Brookline (Coolidge Corner), MA
-- The Spot, Winchester, MA

April, 2020

CLOSED:
-- Abilyn's Frozen Bakery, Arlington, MA
-- Fenmore Grill, Boston (Fenway), MA
-- Fleming's Steakhouse, Boston, MA
-- Great Scott, Allston, MA
-- The Market Restaurant, Annisquam, MA
-- Tew-Mac Tavern Restaurant & Bar, Tewksbury, MA

OPEN:
-- Casa Blanca, Wilmington, MA
-- My Happy Hunan Kitchen, Brighton (Cleveland Circle), MA
-- Perfectly Flavah'D Cafe, East Bridgewater, MA
-- Popeyes, West Roxbury, MA
-- Sina's Kabob House, Peabody, MA
-- The Studio Cafe, Woburn, MA
-- Weltkuche Bistro, Cambridge, MA

March, 2020

CLOSED:
-- 3 Yolks, Lynn, MA
-- Explorateur, Boston, MA
-- Lincoln Bar and Grill, Brighton, MA
-- Masa, Boston (South End), MA
-- MidiCi, Somerville (Assembly Row), MA
-- Osborn Tavern, Danvers, MA
-- Peter's Greek Kitchen, Waltham, MA
-- The Stoughton Diner, Stoughton, MA
-- Top of the Hub, Boston (Prudential Center), MA

OPEN:
-- Carol's Cafe, Wakefield, MA
-- Gracenote Coffee and Wine, East Cambridge, MA
-- Hey Bread, Allston, MA
-- Liv's Juice & Acai Bar, Medford, MA
-- Mexicali Sushi Bar, East Boston, MA
-- Otto Pizza, South Boston, MA
-- Peppino's Dosa, Waltham, MA
-- Sombrero Chiquito, Boston (Back Bay/Fenway), MA
-- Tambo 22, Chelsea, MA
-- Tatte, Brookline, MA
-- The Treasury, Burlington, MA
-- Viet Citron, Burlington, MA

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February, 2020

CLOSED:
-- Bon Caldo, Norwood, MA
-- Caffe Paolina, Swampscott, MA
-- Cupola, Newton Centre, MA
-- Haute Coffee, East Cambridge, MA
-- Lenny's Tropical Bakery and Restaurant, Mattapan, MA
-- Lumiere, West Newton, MA
-- Main Street Grille, Weymouth, MA
-- The Melting Pot, Framingham, MA
-- Meritage, Boston, MA
-- Wheelhouse, Boston (Financial District), MA
-- Wick's, Marblehead, MA
-- ZC Boston, Boston (South End), MA

OPEN:
-- Alma Gaucha Prime Brazilian Steakhouse, South Boston, MA
-- Barra, Somerville (Union Square), MA
-- Blue Yama, Allston, MA
-- Bubor Cha Cha, Boston (Chinatown), MA
-- Burgerim, Burlington, MA
-- Corazon de Frida Mexican Cantina, Cambridge (Inman Square), MA
-- Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar, Boston (South End), MA
-- Dora's Taqueria, Dorchester, MA
-- Falafellas, Allston, MA
-- French Quarter, Boston, MA
-- Great Wok, Wellesley, MA
-- Krasi, Boston (Back Bay), MA
-- Libertine, Boston (North End), MA
-- Little Pecan Bistro, Brighton, MA
-- Lucie Drink and Dine, Boston, MA
-- Mahaniyom, Brookline, MA
-- Maruichi, Brookline (Coolidge Corner), MA
-- Monumental Market, Jamaica Plain, MA
-- Nothing Bundt Cakes, Burlington, MA
-- Obosa Restaurant, Roslindale, MA
-- Ono Poke Bar, Cambridge (Porter Square), MA
-- Purple Shell, South Boston, MA
-- Rangla Punjab, Arlington, MA
-- The Scoop N Scootery, Allston, MA
-- Settler Restaurant, Salem, MA
-- Shah's Halal, Boston (Fenway/Back Bay), MA
-- Yard House, Burlington, MA
-- Yellow Door Taqueria, Boston (Ink Block), MA
-- Yunnan Vegetarian Cuisine, Quincy, MA

January, 2020

CLOSED:
-- An Tain, Boston, MA
-- Baseball Tavern, Boston (Fenway), MA
-- Bisuteki Japanese Steak House, Revere, MA
-- Chicken & Rice Guys, Medford, MA
-- Cosi, Boston (High Street), MA
-- Cosi, Boston (Seaport District), MA
-- Cosi, Burlington, MA
-- Cosi, Cambridge (CambridgeSide), MA
-- Flat Patties, Cambridge (Harvard Square), MA
-- Grassona's, Brookline (Washington Square), MA
-- Johnny Rockets, Acton, MA
-- Ora Trattorizza, Boston (Back Bay), MA
-- Prime Pizza, Milton, MA
-- Sichuan's Garden, Waltham, MA
-- Stella's, Salem, MA
-- Tilted Kilt, Billerica, MA
-- Whaling in Oklahoma, Boston (South End), MA

OPEN:
-- 50Kitchen, Dorchester, MA
-- The Bagel Table, Brighton, MA
-- Bar 'Cino, Brookline, MA
-- Belicious Cafe, Braintree, MA
-- Blackbird Doughnuts, Newton Centre, MA
-- Boston Tavern, Norwood, MA
-- The Family Delicatessen, Maynard, MA
-- The Fix Burger Bar, Marlborough, MA
-- Grand Tour, Boston (Back Bay), MA
-- Haley House Bakery Cafe, Roxbury, MA
-- Happy Crab, Somerville (Teele Square), MA
-- Is'Original Thai Cuisine, Brookline (Washington Square), MA
-- JW's, Winthrop, MA
-- LaMei Hot Pot, Brookline (Coolidge Corner), MA
-- Little Crepe Cafe, Cambridge, MA
-- Longcross Bar and Kitchen, Medford, MA
-- Lucca, Rockland, MA
-- Lulu Green, South Boston, MA
-- M & M BBQ, Dorchester, MA
-- Melting Pot, Cambridge (Huron Village), MA
-- Minuteman Diner, Bedford, MA
-- Mr. Q Cafe, Charlestown, MA
-- POKE by Love Art, Boston (North Station), MA
-- Pokeworks, Boston (Longwood), MA
-- Popeyes, Braintree, MA
-- Ravello's, Watertown, MA
-- Sam Adams Taproom, Boston (Faneuil Hall), MA
-- Skinny Hank's BBQ, Lynn, MA
-- Sombrero's, Canton, MA
-- Swissbakers, Allston, MA
-- Tokenfire, Quincy, MA
-- Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie, Boston (Kenmore Square), MA
-- Vivi Bubble Tea Cafe, Boston (Back Bay/Fenway), MA
-- Yoki Express, Cambridge (Porter Square), MA

Best Pizza in Every New England State

So much pizza, so little time. Our picks for the best pizza in every New England state guarantee the perfect slice.

There’s so much great pizza in New England that narrowing a list down to the best pizza in every state means overlooking a lot of excellent pies. But the following spots are so truly exceptional that any real pizza lover must pay them a visit posthaste.

First, a quick history: New Englanders have been enjoying great pizza ever since the first large waves of Italian immigrants began selling hot pies on the streets of cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston at the turn of the last century. Gennaro Lombardi is credited with running the first American pizzeria, beginning at his New York grocery store in 1897 and later at the pizzeria Lombardi’s in 1905. However, an October 4, 1903, article in the Boston Journal offers the following gem:

Scattered through North and Prince streets and other portions of the Italian colony where Neapolitans congregate are occasional little shops with the words “Pizze Cavuie” on the windows. The words mean simply “hot cakes” in the Neapolitan dialect, but only a traveler would know that the pizze are one of the famous products of Naples, eaten by rich and poor, high and low, and dutifully partaken of by every tourist as one of the features that must be “done” in order to say that one has seen Naples…

So maybe pizza hit New England’s shores before New York’s. Maybe it was simultaneous. When it comes to food history, important moments tended to happen without official scribes present.

Now … on to our picks!

Where to Find the Best Pizza in Every New England State

Best Pizza in Connecticut: Sally’s Apizza

Best Pizza in Connecticut: Sally’s Apizza

You can’t write about pizza in Connecticut without starting in New Haven, and of all the excellent spots serving apizza — the traditional local moniker for Neapolitan-style pies, pronounced “a-BEETS” — we’re partial to Sally’s for its thin, charred-at-the edges crust; its generous toppings (if you’re feeling ambitious, try the bacon and onion); and its zippy red sauce. It’s worth noting that Sally’s has recently been sold, after having been owned by the Consiglio family for more than 80 years, but all indications are that the new crew will stay the course.

Best Pizza in Maine: Slab

Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza may be enjoying an extended moment in the spotlight, but Stephen Lanza­lotta’s thick Sicilian slab pies in Portland are a reminder that the world of pizza contains delicious multitudes. The oil-enriched crust is bubbly and tender, topped with rivulets of tangy-sweet sauce and melted mozzarella and provolone. Sure, you can add other toppings, but try the original first. It’s perfection.

Best Pizza in Massachusetts: Area Four

It takes 30 hours of fermentation and a 13-year-old sourdough starter for the pizza crust at Boston’s Area Four to develop its signature tang and a shatteringly crisp exterior that belies the tender, chewy interior. This crust is so good we’d eat it plain. But then we’d be missing out on one of the best clam and bacon pies in New England, not to mention the earthy mushroom-fontina-gremolata blend. You can find Area Four in Kendall Square in Cambridge and the South End in Boston.

Best Pizza in New Hampshire: Alley Cat

It’s not just the Alley Cat’s extra-crisp crust — which holds up even under a blanket of toppings like cheese and pepperoni or barbecue chicken and red onion — that earns our praise. Nor is it the charming hole-in-the-wall vibe of this downtown Manchester joint. It’s also the refreshingly restrained prices, with slices for $2.10 and most of the 20-inch extra-large pies costing less than $20.

Best Pizza in Rhode Island: Al Forno

Think back to pizza as we knew it before Al Forno. When George Germon and Johanne Killeen opened their restaurant in Providence in 1980, they introduced grilled pizza to New Englanders, launched the careers of future luminaries like Ken Oringer and Suzanne Goin, and drew our attention away from the pillow-crusted pies that had long defined the genre. It was a watershed moment, a game-changer, and it’s well worth remembering that these rustic delights are still on the menu, still made with the best seasonal ingredients, and still fantastic.

Best Pizza in Vermont: American Flatbread Burlington Hearth

Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s not a chain-chain. And the crowds lining up on St. Paul Street in Burlington (and at sister locations in Middlebury and Waitsfield) are a testament to the quality of these handmade pies baked in hand-built wood-fired oven and topped with local cheeses, house-made sausage, and organic red sauce. There’s beauty in watching them get made, and even more beauty in the eating.

Where are your favorite spots for the best pizza in every New England state? Let us know!

SONIC Unveils Bold New Restaurant Design

On the heels of launching a new brand identity and advertising campaign in the spring, SONIC Drive-In recently unveiled the first drive-in of the brand’s new restaurant design – Delight. The updated look provides a fun and inviting space for guests to enjoy a moment of carefree bliss in their daily routine.

“Over the past few months, SONIC has delighted millions of Americans, and we’re excited to visually bring that feeling to life with our new drive-in design,” said Claudia San Pedro, Brand President, SONIC Drive-In.  “Whether our guests are trying the latest craveable innovation in our drive-in stalls, sharing some Tots with friends on our patio, or getting their SONIC fix at the drive-thru, we want to create an atmosphere that sparks moments of delightful possibility.“

Located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the first of the newly designed drive-ins features 18 docks, a drive-thru and a covered outdoor patio, where guests can dine under string lights and enjoy lawn games.

The exterior of the drive-in highlights SONIC’s new brand identity with pops of red, blue and a bit of yellow, reminding guests that summertime is a feeling, not just a season. The new design also pays homage to SONIC’s signature beverages, with a large, brightly-lit cherry placed atop the building as a nod to the more than 9 million Cherry Limeades enjoyed at its drive-ins across the country each year.

Inside the drive-in, a brand-new kitchen layout enables teams to operate more efficiently, delivering on the brand’s original slogan of “service at the speed of sound.” That quick service is amplified by SONIC’s Mobile Order Ahead platform, allowing guests to take advantage of contactless ordering and payment.

The updated design will also translate seamlessly to previous formats and footprints as SONIC grows its presence across the U.S., and internationally. Already, several SONIC franchisees currently building or remodeling their locations have taken advantage of this new design.

The second restaurant in the new design is under construction in Fort Worth, Texas, and expected to open in July.

Interested in becoming a SONIC franchise owner? Learn more at SONICFranchises.com

Dunkin' Plans To Close 800 Stores After Revenue Tumble:

July 31 2020

About 800 Dunkin' locations could permanently close nationwide by the end of the year in what the company called "real estate portfolio rationalization."

The company announced the potential closures Thursday, which would include the 450 limited-menu Speedway locations previously slated to be shuttered.

The Canton-based company said the 800 locations would represent about 8 percent of its locations in the United States and 2 percent of the company's total stateside revenue.

While most Dunkin' locations remained opened — at lease for drive-thru service — during the coronavirus crisis, the company said sales were down 18.7 percent year over year in the second quarter. The company also closed 229 locations worldwide in the second quarter, including 180 mostly international Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops.

ENTERTAINMENT

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