Last fall I wrote about Bar Mezzana’s opening in the Ink Block’s Sepia Building. At the time the projected spring opening seemed so far off it was hard to imagine, but fast forward 6 months and tomorrow on Wednesday, June 1 Bar Mezzana opens to the public adding another Italian dining option to the n’hood.
Friends and Family nights were well received and the hype is building for the 130 seat (and 40-seat outdoor patio) restaurant that has ties to one of the South End’s favorite chefs, Barbara Lynch. Time will tell where Bar Mezzana sits in the pantheon of great South End restaurants but I wish them luck and look forward to trying the neighborhood’s newest restaurant.
360 Harrison Avenue (at the Ink Block)
Boston’s annoying liquor laws seem to irritate just about everyone I know. One law that looks to be changing is the city’s decades-old prohibition of the ‘bring your own booze’ (BYOB) to restaurants. Known for draconian laws with all things related to alcohol, maybe the Boston Licensing Board overturned a ban on BYOB; a trend that started in the 1920s as a way for restaurants to bypass Prohibition-era laws.
Boston Thrillist wrote a nice article on “What You Need To Know” which I’ve distilled for you below if you want to know more.
1 – Nothing has actually changed yet. The changes if implemented will go into effect at the end of this year (not sure the exact date yet).
2 – BYOB won’t be available everywhere. Places with a liquor license will not qualify; mostly this will apply to smaller restaurants with 30 or fewer seats, dine-in service and the appropriate insurance.
3 – Restaurants can charge you a corkage fee.
You can read the full article in Thrillist which was written in January before the Boston Licensing Board overturned the ban online, here.
Kava Neo Taverna is opening their doors for their South End neighbors to stop by and enjoy the neighborhood’s newest restaurant from 6-9PM tonight.
When I stopped by to talk to the team busy at work, it sounded like they were hoping to be open for dinner daily as early as tomorrow, but I still don’t see the restaurant listed for reservations on Open Table so be sure to check back.
Kava Neo Taverna is located across from the South End Buttery on the corner of Union Park and Shawmut in the South End.
Boston’s Godfrey Hotel says their new restaurant RUKA will open this fall.
Yesterday several local food blogs wrote about what had been one of the worst kept secrets in Boston’s restaurant industry. The restaurant group behind Yvonne’s in Downtown Crossing will open a new restaurant called RUKA this fall at the Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Crossing.
The RUKA press release mentions that Chef Preston Miller will be the Executive Chef, and the menu will combine elements of traditional Peruvian cooking with strong influences of Japanese ‘nikkei’ cuisine. This type of cooking dates back to the late 19th century when approximately 7,000 Japanese workers came to Peru on special two year work contracts. Many remained after their two year contract was up and their fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cooking came to be known as ‘nikkei’ cuisine, which in recent years has become trendy in Europe.
For more information about nikkei cuisine link here.
For those who love all things Italian (but especially the food), the Taste of the North End is a fun, casual event worth checking out on Friday, April 29th from 7 to 10 p.m. at Steriti Memorial Park in the North End of Boston.
Purchase Tickets to Taste of the North End
Participants in this year’s Taste of the North End include: Accardi & Son; Albert A. Russo Imports, Inc.; Antico Forno; Terramia; Aragosta; Aria Trattoria; Artu; Bricco; Mare; Il Panino; Cafe Paradiso; Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop; Espresso Plus; Filippo; Gennaro; Il Molo; Lucia; J. Pace & Son; La Summa; Lilly Pasta; Lucca; Mamma Maria; Massimino; Mike’s Pastry; Modern Pastry; Neptune Oyster; Paul W. Marks; Piantedosi Baking; Prezza; Rocco’s Cucina & Bar; Sail Loft; Strega; Taranta; The Living Room; Tresca; Union Oyster House; Vito’s; Carmelina’s; Ward 8; Fabrizia Limoncello; Fantasy Wines; Voga Italia Wines; Champy; and Harpoon Brewery.
Tickets are on sale for $79, but the price will increase in just a few days. Starting on April 16th tickets will be $99 so purchase your tickets today.
312 Shawmut Avenue – South End, Boston
Kava Neo Taverna is a neighborhood Greek restaurant that is patiently waiting for the city to allow it to open in their new home located on the corner of Union Park and Shawmut Avenue in the South End across from the South End Buttery.
Over the past couple months I have been able to meet and talk to the team behind this new restaurant, that I will admit I’m excited to have opening. They were gracious enough to send me a few photos of some of the items you can expect to find on their menu when they open. Think of this as a feast for your eyes and something to tempt you until they open.
Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with rice)
Small Plate Options: Patates Lemonates (potatoes, lemon, oregano and olive oil);
Elies (olives, olive oil and oregano);
Spanakopita (spinach pie)
Kolokithakia (zucchini chips with scordalia)
Horiatiki (tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, olives, feta cheese, oregano, and olive oil)
Last week I was so happy to read that the popular (and incredibly delicious) Kendall Square pizzeria, Emma’s Pizza, is planning to open a new spot (yet to be named) in the space previously occupied by Mangia on Columbus Avenue.
The Boston Restaurant Talk blog writes, “Based on early information, it looks like the new place will be a satellite location focusing mainly on takeout and delivery (slices will be offered as well as whole pies), with counter seating inside and some additional patio seating outdoors during the warmer months.”