Somerville Painted Burro Mexican restaurant to expand to Cambridge
Mexican restaurant The Painted Burro is expanding again and grabbing some prime real estate. After more than three decades in Harvard Square, the affordable tex-mex staple Border Cafe has announced its closure in 2021; it had been temporarily closed since a fire in 2019, but the pandemic made the closure permanent. Now, the spacious Church Street address will house a new location of the Painted Burro, whose original location opened in Davis Square in Somerville almost a decade ago. There are also Painted Burros in Bedford and Waltham, as well as offshoots called Burro Bar in Brookline and Boston’s South End.
The new Painted Burro could open in the spring of 2022. The other places serve tacos, tortas, enchiladas and more, and they have long lists of tequila and mezcal. (Meanwhile, Border Cafe remains in operation in Saugus and Bedford, and there are several locations in New Jersey and Delaware as well, but the old Harvard Square location was the original.)
A Parisian bistro is looking for a liquor license
“Have you ever seen a French restaurant without wine? asks Back Bay newcomer Café Sauvage. The bistro, which shines a spotlight on Paris’ multicultural food scene, opened late last year without a liquor license but with the intention of obtaining one. ” We are French ; of course we want to have wine,” co-owner Anaïs Lambert told Eater in November 2021, promising an eventual signature cocktail that would combine West African jus bissap with prosecco. The restaurant is now asking its fans to sign a petition showing their support for Café Sauvage to obtain a liquor license.
The 135-year-old Somerville Bakery is not closing
After news began spreading on social media that the longtime home owner of Lyndell’s Bakery had applied for a demolition permit, fans of the classic Ball Square bakery feared it was closing. Lyndell took to Facebook to clarify the situation, saying it “is not closing and not for sale.” The owner will redevelop the property and Lyndell’s will have brand new space in the future mixed-use building. During construction, the bakery plans to temporarily relocate and continue to operate uninterrupted. Keep an eye on Lyndell’s Facebook page for relevant updates (and baked goods photos).
Planned Cafe Artscience Replacement Won’t Open After All
Scientist David Edwards closed his restaurant Kendall Square Cafe Artscience at the end of 2019 after a five-year run, announcing he would replace it with a restaurant called Senses. Chef Jody Adams (Rialto, Porto, etc.) was originally involved to some extent, and Senses opened very briefly in mid-2020 with Mediterranean takeout before closing again. Next, Edwards announced a planned November 2021 opening in partnership with Ariel and Joshua Smith of Talise in Gloucester, serving “organic regenerative ocean-facing cuisine.” But this week, Senses announced on social media that it would not be opening after all. “We remain hopeful that one day our vision will blossom,” the team wrote in a message signed by Edwards and the Smiths. “Unfortunately, omicron affected our opening plans in more ways than we could have expected. The timing just wasn’t right for Senses.
Cambridge Italian restaurant plans New Haven expansion (and more)
Gran Gusto, one of the city’s top Italian restaurants, has new locations — plural — in the works, according to its website, starting with an expansion to New Haven, Connecticut, in 2022. “More locations in come”, promises the restaurant. . While the restaurant serves up some of the best pizza around, its pastas are also not to be missed, including the traditional Emiliana-style lasagna and paccheri with braised rib ragout. (The New Haven location will be somewhere on Park Street, which is also home to a restaurant called Mecha Noodle Bar — which spans Boston.)
Here is frozen spaghetti on Mount Washington in New Hampshire
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