Seth Greenberg has opened his latest venture, Bastille Kitchen, in the Fort Point district. The French-inspired bistro has two floors and features everything from onion soup with a sunnyside-up egg, escargots in red wine butter sauce and pork belly chicken liver rillettes to beef tongue flatbreads, octopus ceviche and prime skirt steak frites. Dinner nightly. Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-556-8000.
Hojoko is scheduled to open this fall at the Verb Hotel, the renovated former Howard Johnson Hotel located near Fenway Park. The restaurant, which will take the forn of a Japanese izakaya (pub), is the brainchild of Tim and Nancy Cushman from o ya. Hojoko, The Verb Hotel, 1271 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, 617-566-4500.
Viale has opened in the former Rendezvous space in Cambridge's Central Square. Its features Mediterranean- and Italian-inspired fare. Owners Mark Young and Greg Reeves have renovated the space with a menu that features meats and pizzas cooked on a wood fired grill, a craft beer and organic wine selection and completely renovated interior. Viale, 502 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-576-1900.
Il Casale Adds Late Night, Half-Price Lasagna to the Menu
Chef/owner Dante de Magistris has added a half-price lasagna to the late night menu at Il Casale. Available from 10 p.m. to midnight, diners can enjoy a classic slice made with pork, beef and veal or vegetarian filled with spinach, mozzarella and artichokes. He has also released the restaurant's own wine available in two selections --- 2013 Irpinia Coda di Volpe and 2012 Fiano di Avellino (both available by the glass or bottle). Il Casale, 50 Leonard St., Belmont, MA 02478, 617-209-4942.
Sample New Zealand Wines from the Sheraton Selects Wine Menu
October kicks off a nationwide wine series at many Sheraton properties like SideBar & Grille at Sheraton Boston where guests may sample New Zealand wines from their Sheraton Selects wine menu through December. The tasting allows sippers to compare two 2-ounce pours for $5. The series is an extension of Sheraton’s signature wine program, Social Hour, where participating properties feature a wine varietal or region with an array of property-specific programming that may include wine flights, food pairings, guided tastings and more. For more information, call 617-236-2000 or visit www.sheratonbostonhotel.com/sheraton-selects. SideBar & Grille, Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-236-2000.
Catalyst Introduces Prix-fixe Dinners
Catalyst is offering prix-fixe dinners on Sundays through December 28, 2014. Each week, the $45 menu changes and includes a three-course dinner featuring items like a traditional caprese salad, steak frites and chocolate cake with coffee liqueur ice cream. Catalyst, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-986-0218.
Israel Medina has taken over the kitchen as executive chef at Bokx 109 American Prime at the Hotel Indigo Boston - Newton Riverside. Dinner nightly. Bokx 109 American Prime, Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove St., Newton, MA 02462, 617-454-3399.
Frank Kassner has joined the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common to head up the kitchen at Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar. He is originally from Germany and has been with The Ritz-Carlton company for 15 years, coming to Boston most recently from Naples, Florida. Artisan Bistro, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, 10 Avery St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-574-7100.
Skipjack's in Back Bay has closed. There is a second location at Patriot Place in Foxboro that will remain open. Skipjack's, 199 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116, no phone.
Hamersley's Bistro closed at the end of October 2014 after 27 years being open in the South End. Owner Gordon Hamersley is planning to take some time off with his wife and write another cookbook. Hamersley's is best known for its famed roast chicken dish made with garlic, lemon and parsley. Hamersley's Bistro, 533 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116, no phone.
The Fireplace in Brookline is scheduled to close in December. Owner Jim Solomon is closing the restaurant to focus on his catering business. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is slated to take over the space and open a new place in 2015. The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445, 617-975-1900.
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