One of the South End’s most popular restaurants, Aquitaine, closed for renovations back on February 21st. Shortly after closing they papered their over-sized windows to hide the work being done but soon that paper will come down and their doors will be open for business.
Although their website indicates a Monday, June 20th opening, rumor has it that Aquitaine Boston is targeting June 15th. Regardless, I can hardly wait to see the newly remodeled space and want to wish them all the best. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the South End, and I have missed Aquitaine over these last 3+ months.
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.
Adrian De Berardinis (a.k.a. The Bear-Naked Chef) first got my attention late last year when he released a teaser video about his upcoming YouTube cooking series. He kept my attention (not an easy thing to do) with his easy to follow and delicious Italian recipes which he has a penchant for cooking in the buff in his home in California.
Looking to mix things up (or maybe just for a good excuse to travel), Chef Adrian hopped on a plane and has been spending time in Spain learning more about the local cuisine. Over the weekend he released this teaser video, promising to return with more fun to watch and easy to make recipes in May.
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.