News Bites: Trophy Room to Open, Cask 'n Flagon's BBQBy Scott Kearnan | January 9, 2014 By Scott Kearnan | January 9, 2014
Trophy Room. It's last call at Fritz. One of Boston's most storied gay bars will close on Sunday, January 13 after more than 30 years. Bay Windows reports that the South End sports bar, located in the ground-floor space of the Chandler Inn Hotel at the corner of Chandler and Berkeley streets, will go through "extensive renovations" and become The Trophy Room, a "contemporary American pub." Its history with LGBT clientele will remain important to its identity, says owner Clifford Long: "Our core is still our core," he tells the paper, noting that The Trophy Room will continue to sponsor gay sports teams and host its annual Pride block party.
Deep Ellum. The Allston craft brew haven was one of four Massachusetts spots named among "America's 100 Best Beer Bars" by Draft Magazine. “'[A] good beer bar' no longer equals a zillion taps; there’s just more to it now," wrote the mag, citing thoughtful selection and standout service as paramount criteria for its picks. Also singled out by Draft: Cambridge's Lord Hobo, Brookline's The Publick House, and Worcester's Armsby Abbey.
Cask 'n Flagon. Speaking of beer bars, the Fenway favorite is looking to "up its culinary game" according to a statement released today that announces its new, revamped menu. Though the Sox game day staple has primarily been known as a nacho- and buffalo wings-laden hangout, the new offerings include more ambitious appetizers: like Malaysian-style ribs (pork glazed with a sweet & salty coffee reduction) and P.E.I. mussels pan roasted with Mayflower IPA and andouille sausage. Grilled entrees include chicken jambalaya, filt mignon and a 15-ounce short rib, slow cooked for four hors and served with beer battered onion rings. There's also a "Big D's BBQ" menu, featuring chef Donley Liburd's brisket, ribs, and a Family Style BBQ spread for $67: one whole BBQ chicken, one full rack of baby back ribs, half-pounds each of pulled pork and brisket, cornbread and three sides.