The biggest restaurant openings of February

An Italian enoteca, an udon shop, and a couple of French concepts made a splash in February.

Colette Wine Bistro at the Porter Square Hotel.
Colette Wine Bistro at the Porter Square Hotel. –Sandrine Rossi

Can’t keep up with all the restaurant and bar openings happening around Boston? We highlight the need-to-know newcomers that made a splash on the dining scene this past month. 

A&B Burgers
There’s now another restaurant near the Garden where you can score a solid burger. A&B Burgers has opened a second location — its first is in Beverly — in the West End, with a selection of burgers, fries, and small plates to keep the neighborhood fed while the game (whatever game!) is going on. Try the Nick’s BBQ Burger with bacon and barbecue sauce, or the house-smoked baby back ribs that come with a side of collared greens and potatoes. (101 Beverly St., Boston)


American Provisions
A popular South Boston shop selling cheeses, cured meats, beer, and wine has opened another outpost in Dorchester. Along with picnic-ready provisions, the shop sells sandwiches, like the Hot Beef with griddled roast beef, pepper jack, and caramelized onion, and the Bowler with quinoa, kale, butternut squash, and miso tahini dressing. Pick up something for now and for later. (1971 Dorchester Ave., Boston)

Brick chicken at Bar Mercato
Brick chicken at Bar Mercato. —Bar Mercato

Bar Mercato
A glimmer of Boston’s upcoming food hall craze has materialized with the opening of Bar Mercato, a restaurant inspired by European food halls and markets. The menu is a reflection of Bar Mercato’s eclectic influences: Lamb gyro, Scotch eggs, fish and chips, and French crepes all make an appearance. Co-owner Teodora Bakardzhieva runs the bar program here, and has an affinity for vermouth; head in for a pre-dinner drink at the bar or attached café before settling in for dinner. (54 Devonshire St., Boston)

Inspired by the French literary salons of the 20th century, Colette opened within the Porter Square Hotel on Feb. 6. The French bistro and wine bar serves classic French dishes like steak frites, cannelloni coq au vin, and beignets — would you expect anything less from the owners behind Frenchie Wine Bistro and Petit Robert? In addition to already offering breakfast, brunch, and dinner, Colette is planning on holding salon-esque events in the near future. (1924 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

Fox & the Knife
Fox & the Knife in South Boston. —Michelle Jay for

Fox & the Knife
Chef Karen Akunowicz’s first solo project is a modern love letter to her time spent in Modena, Italy. At Fox & the Knife, an enoteca in Southie, dishes like tortelli di pastinaca, tagliatelle bolognese, and tigelle, a traditional Modenese bread, are reminiscent of the food Akunowicz cooked in Italy — with her own spin. Want to kick things off early? Arrive at 4 p.m., when aperitivo hour launches with house-made ricotta, prosciutto, and fried chili chickpeas. (28 West Broadway, Boston)

Futago Udon
Proof that udon is having a real moment in Boston, yet another udon-centric restaurant opened in February with the introduction of Futago Udon in Audobon Circle. Serving udon made fresh on a daily basis, the restaurant has hot and cold dishes, including uni udon and a twist on an Italian classic: carbonara udon. (508-512 Park Dr., Boston)

The Square Root
This cafe, performance venue, and workplace in Roslindale Village is now open with coffee, pastries, and a friendly community vibe. While the gathering spot is still in soft open — an expanded menu will come soon, along with beer and wine — locals already have a place to stop in for a quick morning bite before going to work. (2 Corinth St., Boston)

1855 Bar à vin on Newbury Street. —Bar à vin 1855

1855 Bar à Vins
This charming wine bar opened right above sister restaurant La Voile on Newbury Street and offers an astounding number of wines (45!) by the glass. Rosé, red, white, sherry, port, fortified wine — you’ll find a huge array of options here, along with dishes that range from beef carpaccio and foie gras to rack of lamb and chocolate soufflé. (259 Newbury St., Boston)