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Mothership plans to touch down near Alewife; pastrami comes to the Fenway

Plus, French pastries and Sicilian pies

Sicilian pie from Gufo in East Cambridge.Handout

Openings: PRB Boulangerie is now serving up carby goodness in Kendall Square (295 Third St.), new from the team behind French favorites Batifol, Petit Robert Bistro, and Marseille. Pretend you’re in Paris with pastries, baguettes, croissants, and more.

Brunches: East Cambridge’s new all-day Italian café, Gufo (660 Cambridge St.), launches brunch service starting Saturday, Oct. 28, with bread pudding French toast, spicy poached eggs, mortadella Benedict, breakfast pizza, and Sicilian pizza squares. It’s the latest from the team behind Boston’s SRV and The Salty Pig. Visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.

Changes: In sad Kendall Square news, Commonwealth (11 Broad Canal Way) signs off after a decade in business, says chef Steve “Nookie” Postal.


“It’s been a wild 10-year ride, and it’s been so wonderful and amazing to be part of all your birthday parties, weddings, dinners, business lunches, ping-pong tournaments…” he wrote in a farewell Instagram missive. Commonwealth was renowned for its kid-friendly New Year’s Eve parties, where parents with single-digit-age kids were encouraged to party guilt-free (until a reasonable hour). Pay your respects by Saturday, Nov. 4.

Postal, Fenway Park’s onetime executive chef, is busy running several Revival Cafés throughout the Boston area. He plans a Watertown location for January and a Lexington branch in March. He’ll also open Mothership near Alewife (125 Cambridge Park Drive) in December, serving “food you want to eat,” he says: sandwiches and salads at lunch, with a shareable menu starting at 3 p.m. featuring chicken tenders, pretzel bites, and empanadas. At 5 p.m., visit for a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dinner menu. He also promises plenty of TVs, shuffleboard, and ample parking.

Think “simple neighborhood restaurant vibes in a large, expansive, gorgeous space,” he says, all attached to a current Revival Café.

Encores: Speaking of revivals: After a year in hibernation, Allston’s Our Fathers reopens in the Fenway’s old Tasty Burger location (1301 Boylston St.), with an updated sandwich menu and bar program. The original Allston location focused on deli delicacies; this spot still has some of the same favorites (like a pastrami sandwich and matzo ball soup) but also adds local draft sake and frozen cocktails.


And, while the original Tasty Burger had a distinctly garage-style vibe, the remodeled spot goes full-on tropical with palm prints and a big, breezy bar. Visit daily from 10:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., with brunch and late-night hours coming soon. The team also runs Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, Franklin Café, and the Tasty Burger mini-chain.

Kara Baskin can be reached at Follow her @kcbaskin.