The bad news: summer is almost over. The good news: fall will bring with it some pretty spectacular new restaurant openings around Boston.
Upcoming eateries range from American taverns to Venetian-style wine bars. Their kitchens will feature young stars on the rise and established greats (including chef Michael Schlow, whose Doretta Tavern will feature Greek fare like the grilled octopus above.) What they all have in common? We're really, really excited for them. So get your reservation fingers at the ready. (Note: this being the unpredictable restaurant biz, anticipated opening dates are subject to change.)
Opening soon in South Boston, Coppersmith is slated to offer affordable farm-to-table American cuisine (using many ingredients grown from a rooftop garden) prepared by chef Chris Henry, formerly of South End Buttery and Drink. That it will be housed in a former machine shop with 30-ft.-high ceilings and room for 250 seats (plus a patio) is cool. Cooler: that it will also house a couple of fixed food trucks inside, used to supplement the main menu with rotating global cuisines, as well as demos and cooking competitions. Coolest: "Coppersmith Works" is an in-house program that will offer hospitality-industry training for young adults.
When: September 8, says Red Door Hospitality partner Travis Talbot
Where: 40 W. Third St., South Boston
Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese owner James DiSabatino will take over the space that neighbors his brick-and-mortar restaurant in Allston. It's the former home of veggie-driven eatery Root, and it will remain along an herbivore-friendly track with the arrival of Whole Heart Provisions, a fast-casual vegan spot for eat-in and takeout. According to a rep for the restaurant, the menu from chef and co-owner Becca Arnold (Alden & Harlow, Sarma) will be anchored by "build-your-own bowls" that combine base elements of various veggies and grains with creative add-ons: think Sichuan tahini sauce with crispy edamame crumbs. Pair them with sides like barbecue carrots, and polish things off with iced tea and juices.
Where: 487 Cambridge St., Allston
There's a new inhabitant coming to the Downtown space that formerly housed Locke-Ober, a famed fine-dining institution that was Boston's third oldest restaurant by the time it closed in 2012. The historic spot will welcome Yvonne's, a new venture from the team behind the Mexican eatery and dimly lit Back Bay flirt-fest Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar. Boston Magazine has it that Yvonne's (which revives the name of Locke-Ober's late members-only club, itself named for the subject of a nude painting that adorned the space) will function as a "modern supper club" with a "secret entrance" and "glamorous library bar." In the kitchen: Tom Berry (last of The Proprietors Bar & Table in Nantucket) and two of our most recent 30 Under 30 rising stars: Glenville Stops alum Juan Pedrosa (pictured) and Kate Holowchik, previously of Bread & Salt Hospitality and jm Curley. (For some exclusive tidbits about her anticipated pastry program, head here.)
Where: 3 Winter Place
We'll likely make the jaunt to Watertown's Arsenal on the Charles complex when this "urban rotisserie" opens. After all, it comes from Garrett Harker, the James Beard-nominated restaurateur behind Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34. This is his first joint partnership with longtime Eastern GM Andrew Holden, a Watertown native. A press release promises "a focused wine and beer program" (which is better than an unfocused one) and a "commitment to high-touch hospitality." (Which is one of those well-intentioned buzz-phrases that sounds totally creepy.) More specific: an "expansive outdoor space will provide year-round dining, as well as a seasonal bocce court."
Where: 321 Arsenal St., Watertown
Heavy hitter Michael Schlow (pictured, Tico, Alta Strada) closed his Park Square Italian restaurant Via Matta at the end of May, but the 7,000-sq.-ft. space will soon reopen as Doretta Taverna. Inspired in part by his wife Adrienne's heritage, Schlow's new restaurant will go Greek, featuring "a vast array of raw-bar selections, Mediterranean spreads, homemade warm flatbread, interesting small plates, grilled seafood and slow-roasted meats," according to a statement. Small plates will be emphasized, and flavor profiles will lean toward "clean and crisp." (Check out this glamour shot at page top of grilled octopus with sweet onions, capers, lemon and Greek olive oil.) Gone will be white tablecloths; in their place, upscale-casual digs with lots of reclaimed woods, worn leather and a beamed ceiling. Expect live-action food stations, raw-bar displays and a four-sided centerpiece bar, plus an expanded patio. Finally, the space will feature a massive 60-ft. mural created by Adrienne, who is an artist.
When: Late September, per a rep
Where: 79 Park Plaza
The heretofore pop-up-focused team known as Bread & Salt Hospitality, currently comprising chef Josh Lewin (pictured above) and Katrina Jazayeri (pictured below) — 30 Under 30 honorees in 2013 and 2014, respectively— are about to open a permanent brick-and-mortar in Union Square. It will serve as "an anchor" for the B&S brand, according to its website, and will be a European-inspired cafe serving a set breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner menus, with open counter seats overlooking an open kitchen.
The restaurateurs behind Coda Bar + Kitchen, Canary Square and The Salty Pig (one of Top Chef winner Kristen Kish's favorite Boston haunts) will open in the South End this new eatery conceptualized in the vein of a Venetian bacaro (wine bar); SRV stands for Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia (Serene Republic of Venice). Expect 100 seats, including a courtyard patio and sidewalk seating, where guests will sip craft Italian beers and cocktails made with spirits from the boot. (Plus, you know, plenty of wine.) On the menu: cicchetti, Italian small plates from chefs Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi, who helm the kitchen at The Salty Pig too. Want to whet your appetite? The team is hosting some "Menu Prototype Pop-Up Dinners" where guests can get an early taste at SRV's menu. Follow the restaurant's Facebook account for updates, but currently scheduled pop-ups include an August 19 appearance (yes, tonight!) at Fairsted Kitchen (10 PM–1 AM) and a September 30 preview at Brick & Mortar (late-night hours).
When: Slated for an October opening, says a rep
Where: 569 Columbus Ave.
The former Harvard Square home of UpStairs on the Square will soon be home to this restaurant serving "ingredient-driven, globally influenced" cuisine, says general manager Ian Rose. In the kitchen is Peter Quinion, a chef hailing from well-regarded UK restaurants like the London House. The "midcentury-modern" interior will be divided into two main areas: an 80-seat main dining room and smaller, more intimate upstairs lounge.
When: Early October, says Rose
Where: 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge
Chef Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann (pictured above), the husband-wife team behind T.W. Food and Bronwyn, are entering the fast-casual sphere with this upcoming Inman Square purveyor of Eastern European–inspired sandwiches. "Playska" refers to the chef's creative spin on the Balkan street food Pljeskavica, a burger-sausage hybrid — topped with red pepper compote, a housemade sauce, ajvar, and more — which will be the "heart" of the menu, according to a release. (Variations will be available too.) Expect other regionally inspired sandwiches served with specialty breads, housemade condiments and pickles, plus grab-and-go fare.
When: Early October, says a rep
Where: 243 Hampshire St., Cambridge
Details are scarce on this "modern speakeasy" (as described by a member of its team). But given its associations (it comes from the same folks behind Local 149 and The Biltmore Bar & Grille) and potential to help fill the void in the Brighton neighborhood's limited dining scene, we're excited to see it take shape. What we do know: licensing docs suggest two floors of seating and an outdoor patio at 458 Western Avenue (formerly The Boyne).
When: Late October. Coming a bit sooner from the restaurant group is Biltmore & Main in the North Shore 'burb of Reading. That 190-seat spot (which includes a patio and beer garden) will feature 38 draft lines, 60 more bottles and cans, and communal tables for digging in to American comfort fare from chef Richard Doucette, alum of Tavern Road, among others.
Where: 458 Western Ave., Brighton
Taking over the shuttered Papagayo space in Charlestown will be a new spot from the same owner as Olde Magoun's Saloon. Few details have leaked, but a rep tells us to expect an "innovative" food menu and plenty of libations: 35 craft beers on draft, an "extensive" wine and bottle beer list, rotating cask ales and of course, cocktails. The interior will come from designer Peter Niemitz, whose design group has already given us handsome joints like PARK and Grill 23 & Bar.
When: Late October/early November
Where: 1 Charles St., Charlestown
The legendary New Haven–based pizza brand, no stranger to national "best of" lists, is slated to open its first Massachusetts location this fall at The Mall at Chestnut Hill. This is part of a big expansion for the company, which told Eater that it plans to open up to five in the Boston area in the years ahead — and 20–30 in the northeast in total.
Where: The Mall at Chestnut Hill, Newton
MET Group restaurateur Kathy Sidell will soon open a small (30-seat), Barcelona-inspired and seafood-driven restaurant next door to MET Back Bay. The name references Sidell's personal preference for "picante" flavor, says the Boston Globe, which also anticipates "lots of lobster" and canned and jarred international foods.
Where: 279 Dartmouth St.
And you're gonna hear her roooooar! Tiffani Faison, that is — not Katy Perry. The multitime Top Chef alum is prepping her second restaurant to open at 1363 Boylston Street, just a few doors down from her existing barbecue joint Sweet Cheeks Q. Tiger Mama should be a sexier type of spot serving Southeast Asian cuisines (think Thai, Vietnamese and more) and fun cocktails at two bars, including a tiki-specific space.
Where: 1363 Boylston St.