This weekend: The beer garden at Jack’s Abby is back

Plus, the food news you may have missed this week.

Jack's Abby Beer Garden
The beer garden at Jack's Abby reopened on May 14. Jordan Griffin

We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining on patios. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.

Here’s what you may have missed this week:

Oysters. – Flickr

The Pearl opened in Dorchester with char-grilled oysters and lobster rolls. Co-owner Luther Pinckney said the restaurant “was needed in the area.”

Readers shared their favorite empanada restaurants around Boston (you can read this story in Spanish, too!).


Crack open a mimosa, paloma, or vodka soda at your next backyard barbecue with these Massachusetts-made canned cocktails.

The pandemic-induced era of disposable paper menus is coming to a close: Massachusetts quietly eases restaurant rules for menus, condiments, and disinfecting.

Getting married in 2022? Harpoon Brewery wants to pay for your wedding at its Boston beer hall.

The Cocktail Club took a look at the oft-misunderstood world of vodka this week, highlighting two drinks: the Gypsy Queen and the Palmyra.

Restaurants are continuing to come out of hibernation; this week, Time Out Market reopened with a slew of opening activities and a new tropical bar.

Drink this:

Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch
Kiwi Wrangler Kolsch – Sam Adams

Well, this is adorable: Franklin Park Zoo’s very first kiwi chick hatched recently, and to celebrate this totally aww-worthy occasion, Sam Adams crafted a beer in the bird’s honor. Made with New Zealand hops, kiwifruit, and Brazilian feijoa purée, the Kiwi Wrangler Kölsch is a crisp brew available at the Sam Adams Boston Brewery, both on draft and in four-packs for pickup or local delivery. For every draft or four-pack sold through July 31, the brewery will donate $1 to Zoo New England.

Eating and cooking alone, together:

Curio Spice Co.
Curio Spice Co. is now hosting Spice Origin Saturdays. – Curio Spice Co.

After all the home cooking you’ve done this year, your spice collection may be looking a little depleted. To re-stock, stop by Curio Spice Co. in Cambridge, which reopened its doors on May 7. Every Saturday, the spice shop hosts Spice Origin Saturdays, focusing on a particular region of the world and educating customers by offering activities (for both kids and adults), product discounts, and recipes. While this weekend’s theme hasn’t been announced yet, you can follow Curio on Instagram for clues.


Beer gardens are continuing to reopen as the weather gets warmer, and on Friday, Jack’s Abby in Framingham welcomed back its own outdoor garden. Closed since November, the beer garden is now offering a brand new menu, highlighting seasonal dishes like watermelon Caprese salad, street corn wood-fired pizza, and seared salmon with succotash and grilled peaches. Brewery-only special releases and beers from sister brewery Springdale will be on tap, alongside some of Jack’s Abby’s core lagers. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made here.

Negroni fans, assemble! MIDA in the South End is paying tribute to the classic cocktail with a dedicated negroni menu this weekend, available through Sunday. You’ll find the MIDA classic negroni and white negroni, but also a Sum-groni made with gin, Aperol, and dry vermouth; a Negroni Frizzante made bubbly with prosecco; and the Elle’s Sheroni using gin, vermouth, Campari, and Amontillado sherry. Pair one (or two) with a plate of MIDA’s paccheri bolognese or classic carbonara.

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