Opening, closings and chatter from the restaurant scene.
Carrie Nation Cocktail Club
Restaurant and bar Carrie Nation Cocktail Club is now open in Beacon Hill for drinks and dinner. It will be open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. The namesake of the new Beacon Street bar comes from Carrie Nation, who was a radical member of the temperance movement years before Prohibition became law in 1920. The menu offers entrees like rabbit pie, a peanut butter and chicken wrap, cheese burger croissant, and Moroccan lamb tangine, all concocted by chef Karen Murphy. The bar will be stocked with whiskeys, scotch, and other ingredients to make drinks that are reminiscent of those popular back in the day.
Beacon Street Tavern
Goodbye Beacon Street Tavern in Brookline. Hello Mission Cantina. The Facebook page of the popular Amherst restaurant Mission Cantina says its Boston outpost is here, at 1032 Beacon Street, and if the early comments posted were any indication, folks are excited about another option that’s almost within reach of a long Big Papi home run.
After invading Harvard Square, South Boston, and the Fenway, local burger joint Tasty Burger is planning to open another location in Cambridge. The competition? The other fast-food-style restaurants in Central Square are notables, such as Four Burgers, Chipotle, Moody’s Falafel Palace, and Picante. Let’s just hope it can also have a 4 a.m. closing time like the Harvard Square Tasty Burger.
Tu Y Yo
The Needham restaurant scene has lost a good one, shortly after it gained a good one. Tu Y Yo, the second outpost of the Mexican restaurant in Somerville, has closed. It’s a blow to Needham’s downtown dining scene, as Tu Y Yo was good grub and popular with families (what kid doesn’t like rice and beans?). One of the owners, Epigemenio Guzman, told the Globe it closed for the obvious reason. He needed more diners. “We struggled a lot,” he said. “The restaurant was a big space.” Its closing comes a few months after the opening of The Farmhousein Needham Center, just around the corner from where Tu Y Yo was.