The 5 most anticipated fall restaurant openings, according to local chefs

Field & Vine.
Field & Vine. –Field & Vine

Fall is one of Boston’s best seasons for dining, thanks to the bounty of fresh produce from local farms and fishermen. The season also brings us a slew of new restaurant openings, so we asked some of Boston’s most in-the-know chefs to tell us which newcomers they’re most excited to see debut. Here are their answers, from a Japanese izakaya to a Uruguayan tapas spot to a fresh bagel haven.

Field & Vine

“[Co-owner] Sara Markey has an awesome palate, so I’m really excited to see what she’ll bring to the wine program. Her fiancé, Andrew [Brady], is a super-talented chef; his food is really earthy and interesting. Obviously, it’s sad to see Journeyman go, but [Markey and Brady] are longtime Somerville residents and really love their neighborhood, so I’m excited to see what they’ll bring to Union Square. They’re great, great people.” – Trevor Smith, executive chef at Coppa, South End


Bronwyn alums and restaurant industry power duo Markey and Brady are bringing their Company Picnic pop-up to the former Journeyman space in Somerville’s Union Square. After a successful Kickstarter campaign this summer that raised more than $25,000 for opening costs, the Somerville residents officially opened their doors earlier this month. The opening menu features a raw bar and an array of locally sourced small plates like grilled beets with peach and halloumi and Countneck clams with panzanella broth. A well-edited craft beer and natural wine list makes Field & Vine a promising candidate for new neighborhood favorite. (9 Sanborn Court, Somerville)

Exodus Bagels

“Exodus Bagels is going into the former Canto 6 space in JP, and it’ll be a really bright spot on that corner. I live in Roslindale and drive by that space every day, so I’m excited to have coffee and bagels on my way to work!” – Karen Akunowicz, executive chef/partner at Myers + Chang, South End

For more than two years, Exodus Bagels has been popping up all over the Boston area, everywhere from Trillium Brewing to Dudley Café to Mei Mei, with cold-fermented, malt-kettled bagels made in a commissary space in Roslindale. A new opportunity to move into the former Canto 6 bakery location in Jamaica Plain means owners Adam Hirsh and Priscilla Andrade will be able to sell their sought-after, sourdough-started bagels, bagel sandwiches, and spreads directly to the hungry masses. The bagel shop’s Instagram account is updated regularly with information about the shop’s opening status. (3346 Washington St., Jamaica Plain)

The brown butter lobster roll at Eventide. —Zack Bowen



“I’m so excited for Eventide. I love them. I know it’ll be different, but as long as they have the celery gimlet and the brown butter lobster roll, I’m so happy.”  Chloe Nolan, baker and manager at Bagelsaurus, Cambridge

Several chefs named Portland, Maine’s Eventide Fenway as a hotly anticipated Boston newcomer. The James Beard Award-winning Eventide Oyster Co. announced intentions to open a counter service version of the original hotspot in the Fenway neighborhood back in December 2016, and it seems as though dreams of brown butter lobster rolls have been on the Boston restaurant community’s minds ever since. (Akunowicz said she’s also looking forward to having the famous roll closer to arm’s reach). There’s been no announcement of an opening date yet, but would-be patrons can keep their eyes on Eventide Fenway’s social media accounts for updates. (1321 Boylston St., Boston)

La Bodega

“The fact that Salts is no longer open and operating in Cambridge is a shame. I miss [Chef Gabriel Bremer’s] food and the romantic-yet-dynamic environment he created there. It will be interesting to see what he does [at La Bodega] with a different cuisine, a different space, and a different style of service.” – Marc Sheehan, chef-owner at Loyal Nine, Cambridge

The Cambridge dining scene mourned in 2014 when the French-inspired mainstay restaurant Salts was forced to close after a water pipe burst. Luckily, Chef Gabriel Bremer is picking up his knives again, this time for La Bodega, a Uruguayan concept slated for Watertown and influenced by the cuisine that his wife, Analia Verolo, grew up eating in the South American country. Tapas-style dishes will be a casual contrast to Salts’ formal French service, but the refined flavors diners loved from the former Cambridge spot will live on in the farm-to-table focus at La Bodega. Check out the restaurant’s Facebook page for updates on its opening date. (21 Nichols Ave., Watertown)

Momi Nonmi


“[Chef Chris Chung] is opening a Japanese izakaya in the [former] East by Northeast space. Chris has always done amazing food, and it’ll be great to keep expanding what’s going on in our little corner of Cambridge Street. [Momi Nonmi] will be a different style of food than what’s represented in the neighborhood right now, which is exciting.” – Sheehan

AKA Bistro and Uni alum Chris Chung is taking over the intimate space that most recently housed the short-lived Wu Burger, but was better known as Phillip Tang’s much-loved East by Northeast. This time, the concept is a modern izakaya—an homage to the Japanese bars Chung frequented in his native Hawaii, according to comments the chef gave to Eater. The menu will be comprised of vegetable-forward small plates (though meat dishes will be offered), with a strong focus on Japanese beverages, from sake to Japanese whiskey. Chung told the publication for its July article that the restaurant is planning a late fall opening. (1128 Cambridge St., Cambridge)

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