Category Archives: Dining

Las Ventas and Stella Cafe in South End close

South End Las Ventas and Stella CafeLas Ventas, a Spanish deli located at 700 Harrison Avenue, and Stella Cafe, a breakfast and luncheon cafe located next to Stella Restaurant & Bar at 1525 Washington Street have both closed.  Las Ventas closed earlier this month and according to their website the space will be remodeled for private dining and function space for Estragon. Stella Cafe closed last week but there has been no word on what will become of the space.

South End restaurant Addis Red Sea for sale

South End, DiningThe Ethiopian restaurant, Addis Red Sea, has been operating in the South End since 1988 but Eater Boston says that restaurant is now up for sale. According to the article published last week, the restaurant is being sold “as shown,” with 68 seats and an existing beer and wine license.

The combination of their fantastic location and their existing beer and wine license will no doubt result in the owners getting a lot of money but my immediate question(s) are when will they close? For how long will the space be vacant? And who will replace the affordable and unique dining establishment?

Community Servings, Pie In The Sky 2015

community servingsThanks to the help of volunteers, corporate sponsors and staff, Community Servings prepares and delivers 9,600 lunches and dinners each week to families who are home bound with an acute life-threatening illness. Each November Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky fundraiser raises money to help them continue these important services.

You can help make a difference by agreeing to help Community Servings sell their delicious homemade pies for the Thanksgiving holiday or by purchasing one or more of these tasty desserts made by 150 of Greater Boston’s best chefs, bakers and caterers. For more information (help spread the word) visit their website,

Ken Oringer’s Clio to close after New Year’s Eve

Clio restaurantEarlier today Boston’s much celebrated chef, Ken Oringer, and his team announced that his signature restaurant, Clio, which first opened 19 years ago in the Eliot Hotel in the Back Bay will close on New Year’s Eve.  Make your reservations today before the restaurant closes permanently in approximately seven weeks.

“Clio has seen so much success and I feel beyond blessed to have been able to grow and evolve alongside my flagship,” said Oringer.

According to the release issued, the restaurant will “reemerge as a new Japanese concept where Oringer and Chef Tony Messina from Uni will continue to showcase the best of today’s innovative dining culture,” in 2016 – although no date has been provided as yet.

Italian restaurant, Bar Mezzana, to open at Ink Block in 2016

Bar Mezzana South EndEaterBoston last week mentioned that a new Italian restaurant will open in the Ink Block’s Sepia Building in the spring of 2016 at 360 Harrison Avenue, adding another Italian dining option to the neighborhood.

According to the article, Bar Mezzana will seat approximately 130 and have a 40-seat outdoor patio. The team behind the forthcoming restaurant includes the married couple Colin Lynch and Heather Kennaway Lynch and Jefferson Macklin, who according to EaterBoston, “have put in lots of time within Barbara Lynch’s empire“; great pedigree for a Boston restaurant team.

Follow news about Bar Mezzana on their Facebook page, here.

This is great news for residents of the Ink Block and the neighborhood. With additional residents moving into SoWa and more development expected, it is important to have businesses that remain open later at night to avoid creating blocks that go dark after business hours like we currently see in some of the larger residential buildings in SoWa (e.g. Rollins Square and Wilkes Passage).

New Greek restaurant Kava to open in South End

Restaurant, Boston, GreekLast week my post New Greek restaurant coming to South End caught a lot of readers by surprise.  The restaurant’s over sized windows overlooking Shawmut Avenue in the South End now proudly proclaim that the name of the restaurant, targeting an early 2016 opening will be called, Kava Neo-Taverna.

According to my friend Michael C who grew up in Greece, Kava means ‘wine cellar’, which sounds wonderful to my ear. The more I learn about this space the happier and more excited I am that this previously empty restaurant will be opening soon to serve the South End.

New Greek restaurant coming to South End

George Greek Restaurant South EndAnother vacant space in the South End will soon be opening as a restaurant. One Union Park in the South End, previously occupied by Yakitori Zai and before that Joe V’s is being renovated and will open as a moderately priced Greek restaurant.

Opening just down the street from the neighborhood’s Greek Orthodox Church and in the heart of the South End – one couldn’t ask for a better location for this tiny restaurant space which has been closed since July 2013 when Yakitori Zai shuttered after being open for 13 months.

The South End has several Greek delicatessens but no restaurants and I’m sure the owners are hoping to fill that void.  At this time I’m not sure what the restaurant will be called or any other details other than a targeted opening for early next year. If you have any information reach out to me at