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Jason Santos Is Feeling Blue

By Scott Kearnan  |  April 17, 2014
Credit: Melissa Ostrow

Jason Santos Works Blue. Hell's Kitchen alum Jason Santos has long been recognizable for his shock of blue hair. (It's such a trademark, he even named his Financial District restaurant Blue Inc.) Now his Theater District spot Abby Lane has partnered with Blue Man Group, a show that has been running at the nearby Charles Playhouse for years. BMG ticket holders will now get a 15 percent discount off their food at Abby Lane. And to kick off the partnership, Santos is offering a special "blue" themed menu today through Sunday. For $39, guests get a four-course meal that includes Blue Potato Chips, Blue spaghetti "carbonara-style" and Blueberry Mascarpone Donuts. 

Locke-Ober 2.0? Okay, probably not. But there a hint of tasty things to come in was quietly inserted into this Boston Herald article about Winter Place Residences, an upcoming condo building that will inhabit the former location of famed fine dining destination Locke-Ober. "Negotations are underway to bring a restaurant to the historic, first-floor former Locke-Ober main dining room," reports the Herald. The paper goes on to quote developer Jim Robertson: "We’re insisting that the new eatery will respect the grand interior of the restaurant. ... Our goal with the entire project is to feel like we did the building justice.” Are we excited? Guilty!

Homage Bistro hold-up. A post on its Facebook page indicates that Homage Bistro will not open in Cambridge after all - or at least, not in the space for which it was originally slated. Earlier reports had indicated that a deal was all-but-done for the farm-to-table, global cuisine restaurant to replace the Cambridge location of Ten Tables, which its owner intends to sell to focus on her JP flagship and Grass Fed burger brand. "We still want to move ahead and will do so once the perfect location for Homage Bistro presents itself," reads the post from the now house-hunting Homage. 

National plugs. Elsewhere in national food coverage, Condé Nast Traveler named 10 of the "Best Regional Desserts in the U.S." And making that list was the decadent Boston cream pie from Union Square Donuts. (Which, incidentally, was our Massachusetts pick in the "50 States, 50 Donuts" feature from February.) Meanwhile local scribe Luke O'Neil got a little love for Alden & Harlow in Esquire, asking chef Michael Scelfo to devise the "manliest vegetarian dish" ever. The result: spicy beets rolled in coffee, served with smoked carrots, and sitting in the blood of your slain enemies. (Just kidding on that last part.) Get the details and full recipe here