Closings: The Fireplace in Brookline (1634 Beacon St. at Washington Street) will close on Aug. 31, says owner Jim Solomon.
“I want to be able to concentrate on my health so my wife has someone to take walks with during our golden years. I want to put my family and my health first,” he says.
Solomon was hit by a car in downtown Boston several years before opening the restaurant on Sept. 6. 2001 and has suffered health problems since. He underwent several spinal surgeries and was recently told that he’d need another one.
“Learning that was the final straw,” he says.
Solomon sold the rights to his lease to a Brookline resident, who plans to turn the space into a Mediterranean seafood restaurant, Solomon says.
This isn’t a huge surprise: Solomon had previously entertained the idea of closing in 2014, when it was reported that Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria might move in.
Now, though, the closure is official. He plans to spend his newfound free time going to Fenway Park with his wife and attending “Hamilton” in New York City with his teenage son (yes, he snagged seats).
Most of all, he’s looking forward to having free time.
“I have different irons in the fire but nothing of significance. Which is just how I want it right now,” Solomon says.
Openings:Davis Square Hand Crafted Donuts & Bagels has opened in Somerville (377 Summer St. at Elm Street). They promise authentic New York-style bagels in several flavors, including jalapeno cheddar and blueberry.
Coming Soon:Luke’s Lobster will open a Seaport location later this summer (53 Northern Ave. at Pier Four Boulevard). The seafood restaurant already has branches in the Back Bay and Downtown Crossing.
Grainmaker (motto: “Make It Grain”) plans to open in Downtown Crossing (91 Summer St. at Devonshire Street) in the coming months, according to a note from CEO Chris Freeman. The restaurant will focus on Southeast Asian street food made with organic grains, locally sourced produce, and humanely raised meats served in pottery bowls. Feast on the “Hipstir,” made with seasonal greens and toasted sesame sauce, or perhaps “Ginger Vibes,” with brown rice, green beans, onions, and watermelon salsa. Wash it back with a custom beer from Berkshire Brewing, or sake.
Those seeking a sleek sipping space in the shadows of North Station can soon take refuge at Rogue (222 Friend St. at Valenti Way). Nibble sushi and small plates, enjoy cocktails, and listen to live music. It opens this fall.