When Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge's Inman Square closed in July it was purchased by Brian Poe, owner of the Tip Tap Room, Estelle's and Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. The restaurant has now reopened, and Poe plans to change the menu up a bit with the addition of wild game, while keeping former favorites like the popular "Mug Club" alive. Expect 14 different burgers, game dogs (think alligator, venison and bison), and 36 draft beers and another 100 available by the bottle. Bukowski Tavern, 1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-497-7077.
Barcelona South End has taken over the former Sibling Rivalry space. The interior has been renovated to reflect the beauty of Spain with its dark wood flooring and attractive bar. Tapas are the focal point of the dinner menu. Snack on shared dishes like crispy calamari complemented by smoked pepper aïoli, grilled hanger steak and black truffle vinaigrette, and whipped sheep's cheese with pistachios. Dinner nightly. Barcelona South End, 525 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-266-2600.
In 2015, Sterling Group Management (the group behind Bastille Kitchen) will open Serafina Boston in the former Radius space in the Financial District. The focus will be on Italian fare. Serafina Boston, 10 High St., Boston, MA 02110, no phone.
Night Market has taken over the former Tamarind Bay space in Harvard Square, transforming it into an Asian street food-inspired restaurant. Small plates include scallops on a skewer; Filipino spring rolls made with pork, shrimp and green curry cashew pesto; and spicy dan dan noodles. Dinner nightly. Night Market, 48 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 857-285-6948.
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 will open 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.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar Offers $1 Oysters Daily from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar offers $1 oysters daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The offerings include briny Malpeques from Prince Edward Island, sweet Powder Points from Duxbury, creamy Katama Bays from Martha's Vineyard and enormous Blue Points from New York City. Local dinner standouts here include a clam bake, braised beef short ribs and seared Georges Bank scallops. Precinct Kitchen + Bar, Loews Boston Hotel, 154 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-532-3827.
Bar Boulud Hosts Braise Days Through St. Patrick's Day
Bar Boulud is hosting Braise Days every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday now through St. Patrick's Day (March 17). Dinners, which feature everything from beef bourguignon to corned beef, are $23 and can be ordered with a wine pairing for an additional $7. The menu changes weekly. The week's specials are announced on Facebook and Twitter. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-535-8800.
Monday Dinner at Craigie on Main
Due to popular demand, Craigie on Main has added Monday dinner service as of January 5, but has discontinued Sunday brunch. Offered nightly are the famous Craigie Burger (served only in the bar) as well as six- or eight-course tasting menus and à la carte selections. Keep an eye out for the Whole Hog and Road Less Travelled Dinners. Craigie on Main, 853 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-497-5511.
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter Café Service
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter has added café service on weekends from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Diners can snack on pastries, yogurt, coffee, tea and other breakfast items before brunch, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, 425 Washington St., Somerville, MA 02143, 857-259-6585.
Bar Boulud Introduces Sunday Jazz Brunch
Bar Boulud is now offering Sunday brunch with live jazz music. The seasonal menu might include everything from a crispy duck egg, crêpes and Belgian waffles to smoked salmon, stone-ground polenta and corned short rib hash. Selections range from $12 to $26. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-535-8800.
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.
Chef Bill Brodsky, former owner of City Landing, has joined Boston Nightlife Ventures (The Tap Trailhouse, Forum, Wink & Nod, Griddler's Burgers & Dogs) as chief culinary officer. Brodsky will oversee day-to-day culinary operations for all Boston Nightlife Ventures concepts and create seasonal menus for each restaurant. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-482-0117.
The Regal Beagle's Stacy Cogswell has moved over to Liquid Art House, working under executive chef Rachel Klein. Liquid Art House, 100 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-457-8130.
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.
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