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Boston Restaurant Blog -- December, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

10 Restaurant and Food "Predictions" for 2014

Last year a few "predictions" were made on this site, and out of the 10, none of them came true. Actually, this isn't quite true because in a way, Fort Point did become the next Seaport District, and oh yes, In-N-Out Burger indeed continued to not expand into the local region. This time around, hopes are high for more accurate predictions in the restaurant and food world, with at least some of the ones below actually coming true (fingers crossed).

1) A New Restaurant Called Wikifeedia Opens in Burlington; Diners Allowed to Make Changes to Online Menu
This is only based on rumor, but there are rumblings about a dining spot coming to this northern suburb of Boston--along with 2,500 other restaurants opening in Burlington by the spring of 2015--that will give customers the chance to edit the menu in order to improve its selection of items. The eatery will also apparently be asking for donations in order to keep the menu online.

2) Boston to Annex New York City in Order to Claim It Has Good Bagels
A common complaint concerning the Boston restaurant scene is that it has few good places for bagels. A possible fix has been discussed, however, attaching a parcel of land in New York City (the parcel being Manhattan and part of Brooklyn) to Boston, which would quickly and easily remedy this problem. The proposal would also turn Boston into a destination spot for lovers of New York-style pizza, though it would likely be renamed Boston-style pizza, or perhaps just "pizza."

3) A Facebook Flame War Erupts Between a Chef-Owner of a Restaurant and a Customer, But No One Notices
2014 will see a well-known Boston-area restaurateur facing off against a diner on Facebook after the diner complains about the food served at the eatery. However, because of Facebook's new algorithm, not a single person on the social media site will see the thread.

4) Groupon to Offer a Daily Deal on Its Shares of Stock
In order to achieve profitability and re-boost interest in the site, Groupon will offer a 2-for-1 deal on its stock shares, though the stock will expire 90 days after purchase. LivingSocial will also offer a daily deal on its stock, with this deal including a free t-shirt from Woot with every 100 shares purchased.

5) Owner of Hungry Mother to Open National Park
Barry Maiden of the award-winning restaurant Hungry Mother in Cambridge has opened a new spot in the city's Kendall Square area called State Park, and its success in 2014 will motivate him to expand once again. This time, the Chef/Restaurateur will look to Washington, DC, where he will open a new eatery called National Park. (Ironically, the restaurant will feature regional dishes.)

6) Sysco to Open New Chain Called Rav's
Based on some chatter heard in various places from both reputable and disreputable sources, the mammoth company that markets and distributes foodservice products could be opening its own chain of restaurants. The working name at this point would appear to be Rav's, and it would indeed offer an array of toasted ravioli plates, including many with mozzarella cheese inside.

7) Studio 34 to Open in Boston's Fort Point Neighborhood
The city's hottest neighborhood for dining out doesn't have a whole lot of nightlife at this point in time, but this may be about to change. It appears that one of the warehouses on A Street could become home to a new nightclub called Studio 34, with the place featuring 23 rooms of dancing and a capacity of 11,000, including a bar with 12 seats. It is not yet known whether this will have any connection to the new seafood spot Row 34, but based on the name, er, number, it may be possible.

8) A Cambridge Restaurant Closes for Renovations, and Actually Reopens After Renovations
This one may be a stretch, but 2014 could see a dining spot in Boston's neighbor across the river put a sign in the window saying "Closed for Renovations," only to open a month later completely intact and with the same name.

9) Readville to Become the Next Hotspot for Dining Out
This little neighborhood in Hyde Park is poised for greatness in 2014, as it has everything needed for a new "restaurant row"--it has streets, streetlights, buildings, electricity, and people. It is also possible that in 2015, Hyde Park will become the next Readville, but it may be too early to make such a bold prediction.

10) Brookline Restaurant to Have Year-Long Soft Opening
Word is, an upcoming dining spot near Coolidge Corner will open for family and friends in early February of 2014, and will remain open just for family and friends until the following winter, mainly because the owner of the eatery has a large family and many friends. After that, the restaurant will have a month-long media night, followed by an official opening in the spring of 2015 (depending on how the licensing and permitting process goes).


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