Welcome to the Eater Boston restaurant openings roundup; this page is updated occasionally, with the most recent updates at the top, highlighting all the restaurants that have opened in the Boston area in recent weeks. (Here’s last season’s archive.) Given the current pandemic situation, all restaurant openings, until further notice, are for takeout and/or delivery only.
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April 24, 2020: Spicy Hunan Cuisine, Mexican Falafel Rice Bowls, Kabob Pizza, and More
In Cleveland Circle, My Happy Hunan Kitchen has replaced Feng Shui at 1926 Beacon St. As the name suggests, the restaurant focuses on spicy Hunan cuisine from China, courtesy of a pair of chefs, Wei Ding and De Wu, who both come from Changsha, Hunan’s capital. Ding owned his own restaurant chain in China, and Wu is an alum of one of the Boston area’s only other restaurants to specifically focus on Hunan food, Sumiao Hunan Kitchen in Kendall Square.
Customers can order takeout online, directly from the restaurant, while delivery orders can be placed on third-party platforms such as DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats. On the menu: brown sugar buns, pork soup bao, leeks with pig ear, sizzling cumin beef, roasted whole fish, and lots more.
A new fast-casual Mexican restaurant, Sombrero Chiquito, opened in early March at 197 Massachusetts Ave., near Symphony Hall. Co-owner and founder Sabrina Santos, who is originally from Brazil but has spent many years in the Boston area, intends to serve food that is “authentic, but also simple and affordable … homemade recipes with a modern twist,” per the restaurant’s website.
Sombrero Chiquito is currently delivering via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats; call the restaurant directly (857-265-3254) for takeout orders. The menu includes a choice of bases (burrito, rice bowl, salad, tacos, quesadilla, nachos), fillings (grilled chicken, spicy chicken, braised beef, shredded pork, Mexican falafel, adobo tofu), and sides (Mexican falafel, chips with salsa or guac, plantains).
Fried chicken alert: Mega-chain Popeyes has expanded to West Roxbury (1630 VFW Parkway) and has a drive-thru window.
Weltkuche Bistro (5 Glassworks Ave., Cambridge) is now open adjacent to the in-the-works Cambridge Crossing development by Lechmere, which will eventually be home to a trio of new restaurants from the Puritan & Co. team and a distillery and brewery from the Lamplighter Brewing team.
The new restaurant quietly opened for a few days in March before shutting back down for the pandemic, but as of April 6, it is back up and running with a limited menu for takeout and delivery. (Order online or call 617-714-3820.)
The current menu includes dishes such as bacon mac and cheese, Korean short rib fried rice, paneer tikka masala, and more, as well as beer and wine. (When dine-in service is allowed again, the restaurant will have a full liquor selection, but the current requirement only allow restaurants to sell beer and wine for takeout and delivery.)
Narinder Guhania, who is behind Porter Square mainstay Passage to India, is also behind Weltkuche Bistro. Weltküche is a German word meaning “world cuisine.”
The Biscuit, a 15-year-old Somerville cafe at 406 Washington St., closed at the end of 2019, with cofounder Andrew Platt citing “six years of fruitless negotiation with an unreasonable landlord.” However, Platt raised nearly $21,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to help with a planned relocation to a mystery “unique” and “subterranean” location nearby.
While that’s in the works, the Biscuit is currently cooking and baking out of In Season Food Shop at Bow Market (1 Bow Market Way), accepting takeout orders online with 24 hours’ notice for pickup between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Biscuit is also selling products during Bow Market’s three-times-a-week Safe Supply outdoor market.
The current range of Biscuit products includes items like biscuits, scones, muffins, quiche, various loaves of bread, cookies, and more.
Sina’s Kabob House is now up and running at 150 Main St. The family-run restaurant is serving a menu that includes kabobs and pizza — as well as kabob pizza — and more for takeout and delivery daily, dinner as well as lunch. Call (978) 587-3098 and pay by credit card over the phone for takeout orders; use Grubhub for delivery orders.
Small local coffee chain Coffee Break Cafe opened a new South Quincy location at 102 Franklin St. in late March; there are currently two locations in Quincy, one in Milton, and one in Hyde Park, with each currently offering call-ahead ordering and in-store pickup. Consult the company’s website for hours and contact information for each location. In addition to a wide range of coffees and coffee-based beverages, Coffee Break Cafe also serves smoothies and other frozen drinks and a variety of baked goods.
Mexican restaurant Casa Blanca is now open at 207 Main St. (Route 38), a former Chili’s space. It’s part of a local chain with locations in Andover, Billerica, and beyond, and it serves chimichangas, flautas, enchiladas, and more. The current Wilmington menu is available here, and customers can call (978)-447 1299 for takeout or order delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, or Uber Eats from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
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