Openings: Chef-owner Will Gilson (Puritan & Company) and pastry chef Brian Mercury will open The Lexington at Picnic Grove at Cambridge Crossing (219 Jacobs St. at North First Street) on Thursday, July 16. The 80-seat, outdoor-only restaurant serves lobster rolls, hot dogs, and burgers. Gilson plans to open three more restaurants at Cambridge Crossing come fall: The Lexington, a rooftop bar; Geppetto, serving Italian food; and Café Beatrice, an all-day café. It’s open Thursday through Sunday by reservation only.
In Newburyport, Tuscan Sea Grill & Bar (54 Merrimac St. at McKay’s Wharf) plans a mid-July opening. It’s the latest from the Tuscan family of Italian restaurants; enjoy seafood, pasta, pizza, and a raw bar on the waterfront.
Revival Café + Kitchen opens on Friday, July 10, in the Back Bay (103 Newbury St. at Clarendon Street); it’s the latest from Steve “Nookie” Postal, the former executive chef at Fenway Park, and Crema Café‘s Liza Shirazi. There are other branches in Cambridge and Somerville, serving pastries, coffee, and sandwiches.
Reopenings: The Kendall Square branch of Dumpling Daughter (73 Ames St. at Ames Place) has reopened with a new summer menu; visit weekdays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for dumplings, buns, noodles, and rice bowls.
Encore Boston Harbor reopens on Sunday, July 12, with a variety of restaurants: Rare Steakhouse, On Deck Burger Bar, Encore Cantina, and more.
Ice cream: Ron’s Ice Cream (1231 Hyde Park Ave. in Hyde Park and 559 High St. in Dedham) now offers half-priced soft-serve ice cream on Wednesday afternoons; they’ve also reopened their bowling lanes.
Closings: West Roxbury’s Squealing Pig (1885 Centre St. at Hastings Street) has permanently closed; the pub has other outposts in Boston and in Provincetown, which are currently dark due to COVID-19.
Fund-raisers: Food rescue agency Lovin’ Spoonfuls hosts a virtual chef-a-thon from July 20-24, with cooking demos, mixology lessons, and virtual Q-and-As hosted by luminaries including Jamie Bissonnette, Joanne Chang, and the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern. Buy tickets (from $15) at one.bidpal.net/chefathon2020.