Evelyn & Angel’s
Yalonda Howze tells me that she’s preparing to open a cafe inside her artisan candy store at 1702 Massachusetts Ave. near Harvard Square. Evelyn & Angel’s cafe will sell Stumptown coffee, rich hot chocolate, and pastries. She hopes that the spot will serve as an evening pit stop for people leaving nearby restaurants like Giulia and Temple Bar. Expect it on or about Jan. 10.
Tenoch owner Alvaro Sandoval tells me that he’s just a couple of city inspections away from launching the North End branch of his hit Medford taqueria. Expect it to open by the middle of January at 3 Lewis St. The Veracruz native will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, with a focus on tortas — filling sandwiches stuffed with your choice of spicy meat, Oaxaca cheese, and veggies tucked inside warm, soft telera bread.
Hong Kong Cafe
If you’ve ever longed to eat Chinese food inside a Howard Johnson hotel within walking distance of Fenway Park, 2014 might be a strikeout. Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Hong Kong Cafe, inside the Fenway Howard Johnson on Boylston Street, has closed and that the hotel is fenced shut. A restaurant staffer points out that Hong Kong Cafe II continues to operate at 1391 Beacon St. in Brookline.
Behold, terrific tapas in the northern suburbs: Food-lover site Chowhound notes that Pintxo Pincho has opened in Woburn, and early reports sound delightful. “What nice people. Couldn’t make you feel more welcome if you were in their own living room!” one Hound glows. Croquetas, empanadillas de verdura (zucchini, spinach, and cheese turnovers), and chicken with leeks and garlic get high marks. It replaces the long-running Woburn Caffe Restaurant & Pizzeria at 385 Main St.