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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Five Highly-Anticipated Spring Restaurant Openings

The winter is now over, and some big restaurant openings definitely took place during the colder months, including such spots as Villa Mexico in downtown Boston and SRV in the South End. The spring season looks to have some highly-anticipated restaurant openings as well, including one for pizza lovers, another for lovers of BBQ, and more. Five of the biggest planned openings can be found below, including a holdover from the winter list that appears to be very close to opening.

1) Stoked Pizza, Brookline
A food truck that sells what some consider to be the best pizza in the Boston area is getting ready to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Washington Square section of Brookline, with Scott Riebling of the Boston rock band Letters to Cleo and Toirm Miller of the former Jack and the Bean Bowl food cart being behind it. It was looking like the dining spot might open on April 1, but it may be a bit later than that now. [Update: Now open.]
Address: 1632 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.

2) The Smoke Shop, Cambridge
The Boston area has a few decent BBQ spots, but it could always use a few more, and chef/restaurateur (and veteran grillmaster) Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel might be adding to the list with this Kendall Square spot that is going into the old Tommy Doyle's space. No specific opening date has been given for The Smoke Shop as of yet, but it does appear to be on track to open sometime this spring. [Update: Opening June 25.]
Address: 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

3) Kava Neo-Taverna, Boston
Much like barbecue, Greek fare can be a bit tough to find in and around Boston, but the South End will soon be seeing a moderately-priced Greek eatery with a "chic Greece" vibe opening soon. Kava, which will offer small plates and Mediterranean seafood dishes, could be opening very soon, as an early spring debut had been mentioned a few weeks ago. [Update: Now open.]
Address: 315 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.

4) 16C, Quincy
As mentioned in the winter list of upcoming openings, the niece of famed chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch is opening a new dining spot in Quincy, and Kerri Lynch-Delaney plans to bring back the legendary steak tips from the old Quiet Man in South Boston, which had been owned by her father. Pizza, house-made ice cream, and more will also be available at this eatery, which could be opening at any time now. [Update: Now open.]
Address: 16 Cottage Ave, Quincy, MA, 02169.

5) Mamaleh's Delicatessen, Cambridge
The spring openings list already has a couple of places offering food that can be tough to find in the region, and with this upcoming Kendall Square eatery, add a third to the list, as authentic Jewish deli food is definitely a rarity, especially outside of Brookline. The team behind the now-closed Hungry Mother and the adjacent State Park will be running Mamaleh's, which hopes to open sometime this spring if all goes as planned. [Update: Not open yet, but it appears to be on the verge of opening.]
Address: 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

Updates on the above restaurants will be coming as they open up (or get close to opening), so stay tuned!


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