Seth Greenberg's latest venture, Bastille Kitchen, has opened in the Fort Point Channel. The French bistro focuses on authentic fare with dishes prepared by The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common's former sous chef turned executive chef, Adam Kube. The menu features everything from escargots bathed in butter to flatbreads topped with beef tongue and prime skirt steak frites. Dinner nightly. Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-556-8000.
Roger Berkowitz has taken over Todd English's kitchen at the former Olives space in Charlestown opening Legal Oysteria in its place. Part of the Legal's chain, this property has a unique take featuring Italian-style seafood with dishes like roasted clam pizza, salt cod crostini and ricotta fritters. Dinner nightly. Legal Oysteria, 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129, 617-712-1988.
The Owners Behind o ya Will Open Hojoko at The Verb Hotel
Tim and Nancy Cushman, owners of o ya, will be opening their second Boston restaurant, named Hojoko, at The Verb Hotel near Fenway in the fall. The restaurant will take the form of a Japanese izakaya (gastropub) and is inside a former Howard Johnson hotel. Hojoko, 1271 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02111. o ya, 9 East St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-654-9900.
Israel Medina was appointed executive chef of Bokx 109 at the Hotel Indigo in Newton. Medina had been the sous chef at the restaurant since 2009 and recently took over as executive chef when Stephen Coe left. (Former executive chef Stephen Coe is now at the recently opened Bistro & Wine Bar at the Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Plymouth). Dinner nightly. Bokx 109, Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove St., Newton, MA 02462, 617-454-3399.
Hamersley's Bistro is slated to close 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, 617-423-2700.
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.
After being open nearly a century, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue closed at the end of June. The South End restaurant hosted many famous faces over the years, including President Obama. Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, 429 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116, no phone.
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