Restaurants are steadily reemerging after temporarily closing this past winter.
Paola Ibarra’s Somerville bar, Barra, first debuted in February 2020, just a few weeks before the shutdown. She and co-owner Yhadira Guzmán temporarily sent Barra into hibernation in early January. They reopened the bar on Feb. 24.
“Closing was a financial decision — as was everybody’s — but it was also an exhaustion decision because we’re understaffed,” she said. “So we just wanted to focus on other stuff and regroup.”
That included putting together pantry items like condiments, salsas, and DIY kits to sell through Barra’s website, as well as offering private events. Ibarra said that now that the weather has improved, the patio is open, and they’re offering limiting reservations for seating inside the restaurant.
“The thing that makes us happier, and what we opened for, was the inside service,” she said. “Because it’s the whole experience: the music, the food, everything else. We feel energized because of that. That’s what we love.”
Here are some of the latest restaurants that have announced April reopenings:
Atlántico: Chef/owner Michael Serpa reopened his new tapas bar on April 1 with breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Bar Mezzana: The South End Italian hot spot returned on April 1; reservations can be booked through Resy.
Beantown Pastrami Co.: Boston Public Market’s Beantown Pastrami Co. marked its return on April 3 with its trademark pastrami sandwiches, plus specialty items like the Thanksgiving sandwich with freshly made cranberry relish.
Black Lamb: Bar Mezzana’s sibling Black Lamb reopened on April 1 for lunch, brunch, and dinner.
Brownstone: The Back Bay bistro reopened April 9 with classic tavern fare, like wild striped bass with Carolina rice and succotash.
Ciao Roma: As of April 8, this North End hangout — formerly called Ciao Bella — is back in business with a new name, a patio, and takeout espresso martinis.
Daedalus: The Harvard Square tavern reopened on April 7, giving Cambridge residents another rooftop patio to frequent this spring.
Dali: The sangria is flowing and the tapas has returned to Dali, a Spanish restaurant in Somerville that came out of hibernation on April 7.
Dovetail: A relative newcomer to Charlestown, Dovetail reopened on April 9 for dinner. Lunch, brunch, and a patio are coming soon.
Fenway Johnnie’s: The watering hole reopened April 15 with indoor dining just a stone’s throw from Fenway Park.
Five Horses Tavern: Both Five Horses locations (South End and Somerville) returned in early April with indoor and outdoor dining, plus takeout and delivery.
French Quarter: Downtown’s New Orleans restaurant and bar returned on April 7 with gumbo, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits.
The Gaff: Back on April 2, this Moody Street bar reopened with its global beer list and a top-notch burger.
Grand Tour: Serpa’s Newbury Street bôite reopened for lunch and dinner on April 1, with a spacious patio that’s perfect for sunny days.
Haley.Henry: Haley Fortier’s downtown wine bar reopened on April 5 with a new wine menu and plenty of tinned fish.
Joe’s Waterfront: After a year of hibernating, Joe’s Waterfront reopened in the North End on April 7 with patio seating and a revamped look.
Little Dipper: This Jamaica Plain breakfast and brunch spot reopened its patio on April 3 for weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Little Donkey: Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s Cambridge tapas restaurant returned on April 12 with indoor and outdoor seating — and yes, the famous cookie dough is still on the menu.
Mamma Maria: This popular North End restaurant reopened on April 8, serving lamb gnocchi, ossobuco, and panettone bread pudding.
Miracle of Science Bar + Grill: This MIT-adjacent hangout came out of hibernation on April 15.
Nathálie: Haley.Henry’s sister wine bar reopened in the Fenway on April 2, sporting a breezy outdoor patio and an expertly curated natural wine list.
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen: The Fairmont Copley’s restaurant and bar returned on April 1 with a heated outdoor patio and indoor dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Orinoco Kitchen: Orinoco’s Brookline and Harvard Square locations opened their doors on April 16, serving family recipes inspired by the Andes and the Caribbean.
The Painted Burro: Tacos and tequila have returned to The Painted Burro in Somerville, which reopened on April 1 (now with margaritas in cans to go!).
The Quiet Few: Eastie’s The Quiet Few celebrated its April 1 reopening and two-year anniversary by offering free fries for anyone who brings a plant (in a planter no winder than 7 ½ inches) to the bar on opening weekend.
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar: Find a stellar brunch and classic New England fare at this Brighton spot, which reopened on April 1.
Row 34: Fort Point’s seafood destination (with an excellent beer list) opened its doors on April 1 for dinner.
Select Oyster Bar: Located around the corner from its sister restaurant, Grand Tour, Select Oyster Bar opened for lunch and dinner on April 1 with a brand new patio.
Shojo: Brian Moy’s modern Asian restaurant reopened its doors in Chinatown on April 9.
Tambo 22: Chelsea’s Peruvian-inspired restaurant is back as of April 1 for dine-in, patio service, and takeout.
Tip Tap Room: Brian Poe’s Tip Tap Room reopened on April 15, bringing back steak tips and an extensive craft beer list.
Trillium Brewing Co.: The Fenway and Canton locations both reopened on April 1 while Fort Point reopened on April 2, with on-site food options and lengthy draft lists.
Worden Hall: Southie’s Worden Hall returned on April 12; whiskey fans will want to stop by for this restaurant’s eye-popping whiskey selection.
These restaurants recently reopened for the season:
A&B Kitchen • Bar – March 24
Barra – Feb. 24
Bistro du Midi – March 17
Burro Bar – March 4
Cambridge Brewing Company – Feb. 18
Canary Square – March 25
Cask ‘n Flagon – March 19
City Bar – March 4
Cityside Tavern – Feb. 5
Coppersmith – March 11
Daddy Jones Bar – March 25
Delux Cafe – March 17
Dorchester Brewing Co. – March 1
Flatbread Company (Somerville) – Feb. 19
Flora’s Wine Bar – March 17
Galway House – March 8
Game On! Fenway – March 13
Ghost Pepper – March 22
Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina – March 23
Ivory Pearl – March 25
Lobstah on a Roll (South End) – March 23
Lord Hobo Cambridge – March 26
Nico Ristorante – March 25
Oak + Rowan – March 10
Reign Drink Lab – Feb. 20
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar – March 31
Samuel Adams Boston Taproom – March 24
Silhouette Lounge – March 17
SRV – March 18
State Street Provisions – March 25
Summer Shack (Back Bay) – March 25
Terramia Ristorante – Feb. 11
The Greatest Bar – March 12
The Harp – March 25
The Lansdowne Pub – March 13
Trina’s Starlite Lounge – March 21
Ward 8 – Feb. 18
Below is a list of restaurants that announced they were hibernating for the winter and plan to return in the spring.
Catalyst – Reopening May 4
Clerys – Reopening in April
Night Shift Brewing (Lovejoy Wharf) – Reopening in May
Shore Leave – Reopening May 1
State Park – Reopening in April
Time Out Market – Reopening in May
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