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Forum to reopen and Johnny D’s gets a new neighbor

Forum

  • Forum, the Boylston Street restaurant that was severely damaged by the Boston Marathon bombings, reopens for the first time since the attacks on Aug. 16, with an updated menu and revamped interior. It will launch lunch and brunch service in the near future, too. The restaurant is at 755 Boylston St. in the Back Bay.


Johnny D’s

  • Johnny D’s in Davis Square, meanwhile, is opening kindred tea & tonic. Johnny D’s Carla DeLellis will open a sister restaurant next door to her beloved pub. Instead of beer and burgers, DeLellis will focus on handcrafted tonics and tea, accompanied by a menu concocted by chefs from local caterer Cuisine en Locale. She tells the Globe that kindred tea & tonic will be a “beverage-centric cafe with a light vegetarian menu.” DeLellis hopes to work closely with the Somerville Homeless Coalition to set up an internship program. And, most ambitiously of all, she wants to organize community groups to crochet teapot cozies. Kindred will be located at 11 Holland St. in Somerville.

Naked Pizza

  • Coolidge Corner’s Naked Pizza is no more. Industry tracker Boston Restaurant Talk reports that the papered-over pizzeria shuttered on Aug. 1; a call to the restaurant confirms the closure. Naked prided itself on serving healthy pizzas without “freaky chemicals” and breadsticks stuffed with pre- and post-biotics.

Pinkberry

  • And one more sign the world is coming to an end. The North End gets a Pinkberry. Competition for Mike’s Pastry? National fro-yo chain Pinkberry debuted here on Aug. 2. The chain has a cadre of devotees across the country, but we’re told by a rep that local Pinkberries plan to play up neighborhood sourcing, working closely with regional ingredients, including using milk from dairies in Maine. Pinkberry is at 285 Hanover St. in the North End. A Davis Square outpost remains in the works.

Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com. Follow this blog at www.boston.com/therestauranthub and on Twitter @restauranthub.
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