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.
Japanese street food has arrived in Brookline with the opening of Gantetsu-Ya, a small eatery inside the Coolidge Corner Arcade. Here you’ll find variations of savory Hiroshima-style okinomiyaki alongside fried takoyaki balls — pop in for a bite before heading over to sister restaurant Ganko Ittetsu Ramen. (318 Harvard St., Brookline)
We’ll take more excellent bagel shops around Boston any day. Goldilox Bagels opened on Sept. 13 after workshopping its goods through local pop-ups, and has settled into a compact, colorful space in Medford. In addition to a solid selection of bagels — plain, rosemary and salt, everything, poppy — the shop also sells spreads (garlic cream cheese, cinnamon sugar cream cheese, hummus), sandwiches (like The Graceland, with peanut butter, bacon, nutella, and banana), and a variety of drinks. (186 Winthrop St., Medford)
Jamaica Mi Hungry
Across the street from the Jackson Square T-stop sits Jamaica Mi Hungry, the restaurant’s first year-round brick-and-mortar that opened in mid-September. After achieving success with a roving food truck, a seasonal restaurant in Hampton Beach, N.H., and a temporary kiosk in Kendall Square, chef Ernie Campbell has brought his jerk chicken and coconut shrimp to Jamaica Plain in a casual, inviting space. Order dishes like beef ribs and the fish of the day (plus a Jamaican ginger beer) at the counter, and keep an eye out for when the back bar is fully stocked with Caribbean beers. (225 Centre St., Boston)
Part of Somerville’s Bow Market since Sept. 26, Nibble Kitchen serves global cuisine on Thursdays through Sundays with a rotating list of six chefs who are all sharing food from their native countries. Stop by on Thursdays for chef Sandra Suarez’s Bolivian bites, or on Saturdays for Venezuelan street food from chefs Carolina Garcia and Carolina Salinas and Ethiopian stews from chef Meqdes Mesfin. In preparation for their November grand opening, guests can pick up a Nibble Kitchen Passport and “travel” through each featured cuisine in an effort to win a free food flight at the opening party. (1 Bow Market Way, Somerville)
Beacon Hill received a tropical newcomer in the form of Roxanne’s, a cocktail bar that opened in the former 6B Lounge space on Beacon St. Colorful wallpaper decorates the low-lit room, where you can find cozy booths and a cocktail menu that offers drinks like the Monkey Tail, made with pisco, creme de cacao, maraschino, fernet, cream, and fresh nutmeg. Don’t worry: 6B’s themed nights — 90s night on Fridays, 80s night on Saturdays — have been carried over to the new concept. (6b Beacon St., Boston)
Equal Exchange Café
West End coffee shop Equal Exchange Café shuttered at the end of September after posting a note on its door that read, “After 11 wonderful years of serving Boston’s West End community, as well as commuters and tourists far and wide, the Equal Exchange Café will be closing its doors on Monday, September 30, 2019.” The note went on to say that its cooperative, Equal Exchange, will continue to work with cafes and food retailers.
Maria’s Pastry Shop
One of Boston’s cannoli giants closed in September when Maria Merola, owner of Maria’s Pastry Shop in the North End, decided it was time to retire. “I’m doing good business, but my body is telling me to shut down,” the 66-year-old told Boston.com. Merola bought the business from Modern Pastry, the shop’s previous owners, in 1982, and successfully ran it while the neighborhood around her weathered construction from the Big Dig — a proverbial storm that many businesses in its path succumbed to.
Bow Market’s first long-term pop-up finished its one-year residency at the Somerville market on Sept. 28, though we haven’t heard the last of this fast casual Korean spot: Perillas is still looking for a permanent brick-and-mortar space where it can serve its fantastic bibimbap. According to Eater Boston, an Egyptian street food restaurant called Koshari Mama will take over the Perillas space in early November.
The Hungry I
A romantic French restaurant in Beacon Hill suddenly closed at the end of September. Open since 1981, chef and owner Peter Ballarin served classic dishes like steak au fromage, pâté crépes, and frogs legs within the cozy, subterranean space. The restaurant, along with the entire building it is housed in, was listed for sale in mid-2018.