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Teddy’s on the Hill to open ‘soon’ where Beacon Hill’s The Red Hat used to be

Teddy's on the Hill is set to reopen on Beacon Hill where the Red Hat used to be.Dana Gerber

This list of restaurant openings will be updated regularly.

Jan. 3

The building that housed Beacon Hill’s century-old staple The Red Hat will “soon” reopen as Teddy’s on the Hill, according to the restaurant’s general manager Courtney Nunheimer.

“We are undergoing our last few inspections ... we don’t have a definitive [opening] date just yet,” Nunheimer told the Globe.

Nunheimer described the concept for the new bar and eatery, owned by Jake Nicholson, who co-managed the Financial District’s Finn McCool’s from its May 2017 opening until it closed in December 2020, as “pretty special.”

“We have a beautiful historic space that’s divided into two separate floors,” Nunheimer said, adding that the downstairs wood-encased bar will “stay preserved” with a few adjustments and updates.

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“We know this local watering hole has a special place in people’s hearts,” Nunheimer said. “As an homage to the neighborhood we wanted to maintain a piece of what stood here for 115 years.”

The upstairs has been renovated and updated, Nunheimer said, and will offer a “different vibe.” It includes a “beautiful lounge” with lounge-style seating looking over Bowdoin and Cambridge Streets. There is also a dining room with pop art adorned bar booths, high tops, and a 10-seat bar. Both upstairs and downstairs will be equipped with TVs and surround sound, Nunheimer said. Downstairs will be walk-in and seat yourself, and upstairs will be host-style seating.

Nunheimer described the menu as “approachable, elevated pub/American fare. You can expect South Shore pizzas, wings, sandwiches, salads,” she said.

Beverage menus will be similar both upstairs and downstairs, but upstairs will offer a full cocktail menu, Nunheimer said. There will be a rotating draft program featuring all local brews.

Nunheimer said the restaurant and bar will not offer standard reservations, but parties with more than six people are encouraged to email info@teddysboston.com for guaranteed seating.

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“Those reservations can be made up to 14 days in advance and are on a first come first served basis,” Nunheimer said.

Teddy’s on the Hill is hiring for all positions, including bartenders, servers, hosts, food runners, and kitchen positions — both full and part time.

Jan. 1

Toscanini’s ice cream is reopening in Cambridge’s Central Square on Jan. 1. After more than three years away from its location at 899 Main St., the beloved ice cream shop announced in a Facebook post that it will officially open on Jan. 1.

“Same beloved space, same small batch ice cream.. but this time with a selfie wall,” the post reads. “There’s no better way to kick off 2022 than with a cone or cup in hand.. especially where it all began!”

Toscanini’s opened in its Central Square location in 1981, and closed in early 2018 to make way for construction of a boutique hotel 907 Main, which is now open. Toscanini’s always intended to return to its original site, according to the Cambridge Day. In the meantime, shop co-owners Gus Rancatore and Mimi Rancatore opened another location in East Cambridge at 159 Fire St. shortly after shutting down the Central Square location.

Gus Rancatore said in a Facebook post in June that the pandemic made it “difficult to predict much” as far as reopening in Central Square.

Over the summer, Food & Wine magazine identified the best ice cream in every state, and crowned Toscanini’s best in Massachusetts. The magazine said the “punch-in-the-schnoz burnt caramel” and “nostalgic cocoa pudding” were “two of the most essential flavors in the country.”

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“Thank you to our community who’s loyalty and love for Toscanini’s made this possible,” Toscanini’s continued in its reopening announcement on Facebook. “We love you all and look forward to serving you for many years to come.”

Dec. 10

One of Boston’s best-known bars is making a comeback in 2022.

The Pour House in Back Bay is planning to reopen in its original digs at 907 Boylston St., according to a notice posted on the city’s licensing board last month. The restaurant closed in September 2020 due to the pandemic, and announced that ownership would be changing hands. The recent news of the restaurant’s upcoming revival was confirmed this week by Boston.com.

According to the outlet, the restaurant’s landlord Charles Talanian, president of C. Talanian Realty Co., said Pour House would reopen “exactly as the [previous] Pour House,” and that everything from the menu items to tables and chairs would stay the same. Talanian has owned the building that houses Pour House for roughly 40 years, according to Boston.com.

The hope is that the revived restaurant will be up and running early next year, according to the outlet. Charles Hitchcock, a restaurant industry veteran who previously managed McGreevy’s on Boylston Street, will manage the bar when it reopens.

Dec. 9

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In the Theater District, Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar has opened in the old Explorateur space (186 Tremont St.), serving jalapeño “pig poppers” stuffed with andouille cream cheese; “trash can” nachos; and “dirty” chili cheese fries with crispy onions, sour cream, and bacon. For dessert, there’s cheesecake topped with potato chips and pretzels.

Dec. 2

Connecticut’s popular Mecha Noodle Bar is about to make its mark on Massachusetts.

The eatery, which specializes in Southeast Asian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisine, plans to open a location in Boston’s Thompson Place, near where Fort Point and the Seaport District meet, as well as in Coolidge Corner in Brookline, according to owner Tony Pham.

The proposed premise in Fort Point will include a dining area, bar area, and mezzanine-level seating, according to the city’s licensing board page. The establishment will span a total of 2,674 square feet. The proposed location in Brookline would take over the space on Harvard Street that had been home to Peet’s Coffee, according to Pham.

Mecha Noodle Bar is opening a new location in Boston.Mecha Noodle Bar

Mecha Noodle Bar has locations in Fairfield, Norwalk, New Haven, Stamford, and West Hartford, and the restaurants specialize in pho, ramen, and cocktails. Pham said they made the decision to expand their market just prior to the pandemic.

“We looked at a few cities, but Boston is close to our hearts,” he said, adding that the business is excited that its Fort Point location would be right across the street from Bartaco, which also started out as a Connecticut-based brand. “They’re like a big brother to us.”

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Mecha Noodle Bar’s Connecticut location. The restaurant is opening a new location in Boston.Mecha Noodle Bar




Brittany Bowker can be reached at brittany.bowker@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @brittbowker. Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.