Food & dining


Waltham’s Red Bird (361 Moody St. at Taylor Street) is slated to open for dinner on July 15, “bringing a touch of Boston to Moody Street,” says beverage director and general manager Geoffrey Arvanitis. The menu is seasonal New American, says Arvanitis; cocktails are “classics that have stood the test of time.” His personal favorite? The Gallardo, a riff on the traditional Blood and Sand, made with mezcal, sweet vermouth, Luxardo cherry liqueur, and hellfire bitters. Chef Dan Stokes was with Franklin Cafe; Arvanitis was at Stephanie’s on Newbury and Bistro du Midi.

Construction begins next week on Inman Square’s BISq (1071 Cambridge St. at Webster Street), a new venture from the team behind Somerville’s Bergamot (118 Beacon St. at Washington Street). Co-owner Servio Garcia says the menu spotlights New American small plates and Old World wines. He aims for a mid-September opening. As for the name, it stands for “Bergamot in Inman Square.”

Munch Mobile Kitchen food truck debuted on July 5 at Everett’s Night Shift Brewing (87 Santilli Highway), with plans to launch in Boston later this month. General manager Justin Bucenec bartended at the South End’s Masa, and chef Nathaniel Lawrence was executive chef at Lucca Back Bay. Enjoy gourmet delights like duck sausage poutine and braised oxtail panini.


Jamaica Plain’s Centre Street Cafe (669a Centre St. at Seaverns Avenue), known for locally sourced food and a mellow neighborhood vibe, has closed. David Doyle, who owns popular JP tapas parlor Tres Gatos, will reopen it this fall with partner Mari Perez-Alers and Tres Gatos wine director Keith Harmon.

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Downtown Neapolitan pizzeria Crush (107 State St. at Broad Street) has added 18 flavors of house-made gelato to its repertoire, available from a takeaway window for grab-and-go.


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