Food & dining


Lulu’s Allston, Il Casale Campana, and more

Legal on the Mystic, and in Charlestown

  • Expect a whole lot of Legal this summer. Legal Sea Foods, with a 31-seat bar, opened at Logan Airport’s Terminal B Connector this week. Meanwhile, two Legal concepts are planned for the upcoming months. Look for the romantically named Legal on the Mystic at Somerville’s Assembly Row (300 Grand Union Blvd.) this summer, as well as Charlestown’s Legal Oysteria (10 City Square at Chelsea Street), opening in June. It replaces Todd English’s troubled flagship, Olives, which shuttered last year. Executive chef Richard Vellante will repurpose English’s brick oven and rotisserie to execute a “coastal Italian seafood” menu, says a rep.

Lulu’s Allston

  • ‘Wild game chile Frito pie, eggs stuffed with French onion dip, smoked gouda beer cheese soup — no, it’s not the craft service menu on the “Hangover” set. These are a few of the dishes you’ll find at Lulu’s Allston (421 Cambridge St. at Denby Road), which seems poised to become an instant hit among the neighborhood’s hungry, calorie-immune college set. Expect a May 15 opening.

Saltbox Kitchen

  • Former No. 9 Park chef de cuisine Ben Elliott will open a restaurant in West Concord this fall. Saltbox Kitchen (84 Commonwealth Ave. at Beharrell Street) is an offshoot of his family business, Saltbox Farm. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. with an emphasis on “inspired classics,” says Elliott, like dressed-up BLTs with tomato jam and mustard aioli.

Il Casale Campana

  • In other happy Metrowest news, chef Dante de Magistris will open his Lexington Center restaurant, Il Casale Campana, the week of May 12. It replaces Nourish (1727 Massachusetts Ave. at Edison Way). Some dishes will migrate from his Belmont original, Il Casale, but he’s added a Neapolitan street food menu.

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