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Opening Update: Il Casale Osteria, Merrill & Co, more

By Scott Kearnan
December 5, 2013

il Casale Osteria. That's the official name of the upcoming Lexington Center sibling to il Casale, a rep for the restaurant tells Zagat. This sister to the original Italian from chef Dante de Magistris (pictured, far right, with his co-owner brothers Filippo and Damian) is slated to open in the spring and will boast a "new concept with similar look and feel," though the nature of that concept is still under wraps.

Merrill & Co. The lights will soon be back on at the shuttered South End space that formerly housed 28 Degrees. Boston magazine reports that Merrill & Co, a seafood-centric spot from the BiNA Hospitality Group (Bin 26, Lala Rokh, and jm Curley) will move in this spring. Expect to find chef Jason Cheek, formerly of KO Prime, Toro and New York's Willow Road, serving classic New England seafood, brick oven pizzas, and the famous jm Curley burger. Also coming from Curley is bar manager Kevin Mabry, who will now oversee both restaurants. Merriill will emphasize a sherry selection (six by-the-glass options and 20 by the bottle), large format punches and slushies. The interior will boast subway tile, diner-style seating and a glassed-in keg room behind its bar. 

SlowBones. You can now place your order (online, even) for pulled pork from SlowBones. The fast-casual BBQ concept from the local founder of Boston Chicken (today Boston Market) is now officially open; head here to check out last month's preview. Though owner Kip Kolow sold Boston Chicken in 1989, he's made clear that SlowBones is intended to be the first of many outposts from the possible-future-BBQ-behemoth. 

Places Mentioned

Lala Rokh

Persian • Beacon Hill

Food24 Decor22 Service23 Cost$43
 
 
 
il Casale BELMONT

Italian • Belmont

Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$49
 
 
 
Toro Restaurant

Spanish • South End

Food28 Decor24 Service23 Cost$43
 
 
 
Bin 26 Enoteca

Italian • Beacon Hill

Food21 Decor24 Service22 Cost$43
 
 
 
jm Curley

American • Downtown

Food23 Decor21 Service23 Cost$31
 
 
 
Dante Restaurant

Italian • Cambridge

Food24 Decor22 Service23 Cost$52
 
 
 
 
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