June’s biggest restaurant openings and closings

It was a banner month for food halls, casino restaurants, and breakfast tacos.

ReelHouse Marina Bay bar
The bar at ReelHouse Marina Bay. –Colin Beatt, Beatt Productions

Can’t keep up with all of the restaurant and bar openings and closings happening around Boston? We highlight the need-to-know newcomers and surprising shutters that made headlines this past month.


Avenue Kitchen & Bar
A neighborhood restaurant landed in Somerville with the opening of Avenue, which focuses on casual comfort food — think wings, burgers, mac and cheese, and steak frites — in a relaxed environment. Most notable on the menu is the Detroit-style pizza, a thick pie that’s hard to find in the Boston area. Order a few dishes and a beer on draft, and enjoy your meal on the 22-seat outdoor patio. (158 Boston Ave., Somerville)


Bạn Tôi Restaurant
There’s no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants in Dorchester, but who’s to say we can’t have one more? Bạn Tôi Restaurant opened on Dorchester Avenue between Savin Hill and JFK/UMass in early June, with dishes like jackfruit salad, grilled pork, and chicken and rice on the menu. (1035 Dorchester Ave., Boston)

Mystique at Encore Boston Harbor
Mystique at Encore Boston Harbor. —Encore Boston Harbor

Encore Boston Harbor
When Encore Boston Harbor opened on June 23, 15 restaurants and bars were added to Everett’s culinary landscape. High-rollers looking for a one-of-a-kind experience can step into Rare Steakhouse, where chef Taylor Kearney serves hard-to-find cuts of Japanese Wagyu, or stop by Mystique to dine on black garlic short rib and Szechuan duck. Two North End restaurateurs opened Fratelli, an Italian restaurant, and chef John Ross gave up his post at Neptune Oyster to open two seafood concepts: The Oyster Bar and Waterfront. In short, there’s a little bit of everything here — including a 24-hour Dunkin’. (1 Broadway, Everett)

Jonquils Cafe & Bakery
Geometric desserts are the draw at this new cafe on Newbury Street that opened on June 13. Pastry chef Dinara Kasko uses a 3D printer to craft silicon molds for her sweet creations; stop by the bakery and you might find a Rubik’s Cube-like dessert filled with mango and passion fruit cremeux, crunch, and vanilla mousse. The shop also offers savory tartines and healthy steamed bowls, along with a full range of coffee and tea. (125 Newbury St., Boston)


Paris Creperie
Fans of Paris Creperie, which has operated in Coolidge Corner for the past 16 years, can now enjoy the cafe’s crepes in the Seaport. This time around, the crepe spot includes cocktails on its menu, with drinks like the Boulevard of Broken Dreams with ruby red grapefruit whiskey, suze, vermouth rouge, and dubonnet. Pair your drink with a Nutella and chocolate crepe for a very Parisian snack. (60 Seaport Blvd., Boston)

Pepita Coffee
Breakfast tacos at Pepita Coffee. —Elena Guy

Pepita Coffee
When the owners of Longfellow Cafe inside Lamplighter Brewing Co. announced that they were moving out of state, Lamplighter’s founders, Cayla Marvil and AC Jones, didn’t want to give up on the idea of a cafe inside the Cambridge brewery. So they launched Pepita Coffee in early June, a daytime cafe serving avocado toast, jalapeño cornbread, and a selection of Austin-inspired breakfast tacos. Drinks include drip coffee, cold brew, tea, sparkling lemonade, and micheladas — just in case you’re not sticking around for a beer. (284 Broadway, Cambridge)

ReelHouse Marina Bay
Waterfront views and plenty of shellfish are part of the package at ReelHouse in Quincy’s Marina Bay, the second location of the seafood-centric concept (the original is located in East Boston). Chef Marc Orfaly’s menu is focused on the ocean, with dishes that include citrus-cured hamachi, salmon crudo tacos, roasted striped bass, and a raw bar with shellfish platter and shrimp cocktails. On a sunny day, take in the view from the patio while sipping on one of ReelHouse’s seasonal cocktails. (542 Victory Road, Quincy)


T&B Pizza
Following the success of Bronwyn, a popular Eastern European sausage and beer joint in Somerville’s Union Square, owners Bronwyn and Tim Wiechmann decided to delve into another cuisine: pizza. The husband-and-wife team opened T&B Pizza just two doors down from Bronwyn, and serve two styles of pizza — Neapolitan and Roman al taglio. The thinner, crispy Neapolitan pies include toppings like potato, salami, and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, while the thicker, square Roman al taglio pies are topped with crudo, scallop ceviche, and lobster. (251 Washington St., Somerville)

Craigie Burger at Time Out Market Boston
Craigie Burger at Time Out Market Boston. —Jaclyn Rivas

Time Out Market Boston
Notable Boston chefs and inventive dishes are now under one roof at Time Out Market Boston, a food hall that occupies the ground floor of the Fenway’s historic Landmark Center. Flanking both sides of the hall’s communal tables are 15 vendors and two bars, including Tony Maws’s Craigie Burger, Peter Ungár’s Tasting Counter, and Michael Schlow’s Monti, as well as dessert spot Gelato & Chill, local doughnut favorite Union Square Donuts, and the Mediterranean-influenced Anoush’ella. Cultural events are scheduled to debut later this year. (401 Park Drive, Boston)


Cemitas at Dorado Tacos
A cemita at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas. —David L. Ryan/Globe staff

Dorado Tacos & Cemitas
Brookline said goodbye to a 10-year-old taco shop when Dorado Tacos & Cemitas closed in early June. The Coastal Mexican restaurant was known for its Baja-style fish tacos and Pueblan cemita sandwiches, and will be replaced by Soup Shack, a noodle shop that already has a location in Jamaica Plain. (401 Harvard St., Brookline)

Gen Sou En
A year and a half after it opened, Gen Sou En — a Japanese tea house, bar, and restaurant — closed its Brookline storefront. A June 25 post on the cafe’s Facebook page stated, “Gen Sou En Tea House is no longer open for business. Thank you to the community for all of your support.” The brand’s line of matcha and tea can still be purchased on Amazon. (299 Harvard St., Brookline)

Noca Provisions
North Cambridge cafe Noca Provisions closed after two years, with owner Robert Harris telling The Boston Globe that the Rindge Avenue location had little foot traffic. The cafe, which launched a wellness menu with CBD lattes earlier in the year, closed on June 16. Harris still operates his other two businesses: A Season to Taste Catering and The Table at Season to Taste. (156 Rindge Ave., Cambridge)