Chef Jason Bond e-mails us that the larger Concord outpost of his Cambridge restaurant, Bondir, is just a couple of weeks away from kickoff. Bond writes that he’s in the last week of construction and, if all goes according to plan, he’ll move in and train his staff next week, and then open during the last few days of October or early November. “Good crew hired up, both front and back of house. Still looking for a few servers, but pretty much there. Now I just hope the bar stools show up!” he writes. His Cambridge sous chef, Rachel Miller, is the sous chef here too. It’s at 24 Walden St., in Concord Center.
You know her and love her from various farmers’ markets around the area, and now Seta Dakessian has her very own shop in Belmont. Seta’s Mediterranean Foods has a permanent home at Seta’s Cafe, which opened this week at 271 Belmont St., according to her Facebook page. The cash-only shop serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a rotating menu highlighting seasonal ingredients; she specializes in vegetarian and vegan fare. Expect locally sourced hummus, baba ghanoush, cheese pies, stuffed grape leaves, and her specialty, peda bread. Before opening her store, Dakessian worked at the very excellent Concord Cheese Shop.
Jam’n Java, the friendly Arlington coffeehouse along the Minuteman Bikeway, is getting a makeover. It’ll be taken over by the aptly named Kickstand Cafe, says the Arlington Advocate; Kickstand’s owners also run the cute Cafe Zing at Cambridge’s Porter Square Books. Expect a Zing-y menu here, including Vietnamese rolls, fair-trade coffee, espresso, and loose-leaf teas. Like Jam’n Java, it’ll also host open mike nights. The cafe will be closed for two weeks for renovations. Find it at 594 Mass Ave.
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