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Newton becomes a culinary hub as more restaurants open in the Garden City

Del Frisco’s Grille owners opened in Chestnut Hill aware they had a customer base there.
Del Frisco’s Grille owners opened in Chestnut Hill aware they had a customer base there.Globe Staff Photos by Lane Turner

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At Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill, you can savor your $43 prime New York strip steak while gazing out the wide second-floor windows onto nearby Hammond Pond.

Expensive wood paneling, specially charred to heighten the ambience, envelops you.

You’d never know you are tucked into what was once the old Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, since redeveloped and reborn after a $50 million makeover as The Street.

Del Frisco’s is part of a surge in restaurant openings across Newton, both on Route 9 and in the city’s many villages, that are fast making the Garden City a culinary hub for Greater Boston, a haven for both foodies and more casual diners.

“For a long time it was just the Cheesecake Factory on one side of Route 9 and Legal’s on the other,” said Shang Skipper, regional manager for Del Frisco’s. “With it becoming more of a dining district, it brings more people to the area.”

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