More restaurant gossip continues to be passed my way but unlike most whispers this is about two well known places outside of the South End. My contacts and connections outside the South End aren’t as strong but the source has proven to be quite reliable in the past so I thought I would pass it along to all you foodies.
Rumors are circling that Via Matta & TICO may close.
One of Boston’s favorite chefs is Michael Schlow. He may be best known for his former restaurant, Radius, which closed last year, but I’ve recently been told two of his restaurants in the Back Bay, Via Matta and TICO, may soon meet a similar fate. I don’t know Michael nor do I have any connections to verify these rumors. However, if true these establishments would be Michael’s second and third restaurant closings in 2014; following the closure of Barrio Cantina earlier this year in the Fenway.
I was feeling inspired by the Amisfield Pinot Gris 2012, New Zealand wine tasting and review I participated in with my friend and fellow blogger, Tracey so I opened a bottle of La Noue, a red wine Sancerre from the Claude Riffault winery. I love wines from Sancerre, but I had never had a red wine Sancerre – until today.
The wine is made from the Pinot noir grape. According to the winery, it is best served with seared or smoked plates of pork or beef. I opted to skip the cooking and try it solo – just me and the bottle.
The wine’s color is beautiful but not so dark as you cannot see through it when held up to the light and its nose is heady, making me think it would be delicious with a soft goat or aged Parmesan cheese. The wine packs a punch with some strong fruity overtones but has a soft finish with a hint of the minerality (is that even a word?) I associate with the finish of Sancerre white wines.
While the price point is a bit higher than I typically spend (Brix Wine Shop South End sells it for $33), I think it is really delicious. The wine would make for a great host gift for a dinner party or to share with another who appreciates and enjoys talking about wine.
Pretty much the entire northeast is obsessed with brunch. At least that is what University of Arizona researchers have concluded. First We Feast shares this and some other rather interesting information about food and Twitter on their website, firstwefeast.com.
Saturday, October 4th 11:30 pm – 1:30 am
Come down and check out the Food Truck Festival tonight (Saturday night) on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Participating food trucks include: Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Chicken & Rice Guys, Tenoch, The Dining Car and Cookie Monstah. Look for the food trucks to be joined by a few fashion trucks as well so you can shop while you nosh.
Although the event web page doesn’t indicate it, I believe this will all take place in Dewey Square (near South Station) on the Greenway.
Botto Bistro, an Italian restaurant in the San Francisco area, claims that Yelp is basically the equivalent of the online mafia. Co-owner Davide Cerretini claims that after he stopped advertising on Yelp their reviews turned negative and a positive review even vanished.
Fed up with Yelp, Cerretini decided to do the unthinkable and aspire to be the worst reviewed restaurant on the site; going so far as to offer 25% off to customers who left a one-star review. Suffice it to say that Yelp is not pleased and has resulted in the online site to send a threatening email. However that has not stopped them. Check out their website it is hilarious, bottobistro.com.
Cerretini said to the SF Gate “I don’t have anything against Yelp. The idea is fantastic, but the blackmailing thing is ferocious,” says Cerretini. “I think I should be the one deciding if I’m on the site or not. At least I can be there on my terms. The only power they have is they make you reliable to them. So, I’m going to be one of the most unreliable restaurants.”
“I want to be the worst restaurant there is in the Bay Area,” he says. “I think this is the best business move I have made in years.”
Some of these Yelp reviews are pretty entertaining.
Thanks for the tip Todd. You can read more here.
California-based DoorDash has set up operations in Boston and is giving food delivery services like DiningIn a run for their money. DoorDash says they can offer faster delivery times thanks to their intelligent network of “dashers” and they can provide their customers with real-time updates so they know exactly where their food is. I decided to give DoorDash a try, because Sergio and I tend to order out quite a bit when the weather turns cold.
Lunch: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm (Mon – Fri) and 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (wkds)
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (daily)
My first impressions were positive. DoorDash has a lot of restaurants already part of their network, and the website is easy navigate as is the ordering. My order was delayed a bit due to the restaurant but otherwise the experience was very satisfactory. If you order out a lot, you may want to try the service.
DoorDash has created a promo code called BosGuyDD. Based on my experience I’d suggest you give the service a try and let me know what you think. Anyone using BosGuyDD will get $7 off their first order. All you need to do is go to doordash.com/redeem and type in BosGuyDD to redeem the $7 promo code. The one-time promo code will expire Wednesday, October 1st.
Earlier this week I wrote a quick post about a whisper campaign regarding who was moving into Hamersley’s restaurant after it closes next month. Those whispers were apparently credible. Today, Eater Boston published Rebecca Roth Gullo of The Gallows will open a new restaurant there in early January 2015.
According to the Eater article, Hamersley’s is seeking to transfer its license to an RRG, LLC with Seth Yaffe listed as the manager. RRG (most likley is Rebecca Roth Gullo) and Seth Yaffe is The Gallows’ GM. I’m very happy for Rebecca and her team. She has a great track record of opening successful businesses here in the South End.