New year, new places to eat
Closings: It’s been a busy, bittersweet few weeks of notable closings: L’Espalier in the Back Bay, Shepard in Cambridge, and Erbaluce in Bay Village each ended 2018 with a final toast. Now add Towne (900 Boylston St. at Dalton Street) to the list. The Back Bay restaurant from the Lyons Group (Back Bay Social Club, Lucky’s Lounge, Scampo) has shuttered. A rep for the restaurant group says that Towne will reemerge as a new concept to “fit the dining preferences of the guests who frequent the Back Bay.” The remade restaurant will debut in the spring.
Openings: The neighborhood near Symphony Hall has long been a dining desert, but there is a glimmer of activity in the form of Westland (10 Westland Ave. at Massachusetts Avenue), an American tavern now serving dinner and cocktails. It’s a comfortingly familiar menu: roast chicken, steak frites, oysters, burgers, and plenty of local beers. They’ll add lunch and brunch soon.
As if Market Basket could get any better, the supermarket chain has opened its first-ever Massachusetts liquor store, MB Spirits. Stock up on wine, beer, hard alcohol, and bar tools at the Waltham location (120 Market Place Drive) — preferably after doing battle in the grocery aisles.
In Davis Square, Revival Café
(197 Elm St. at Windom Street) has begun serving coffee, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, quiche, and pastries in what was once upon a time Bertucci’s. This location is smaller than Revival’s Alewife counterpart, but it has a walk-up window for quick service. Liza Shirazi (from the former Crema Café in Harvard Square) and Steve “Nookie” Postal (Commonwealth) run both branches.
Finally, new South End tiki bar Shore Leave (11 William E. Mullins Way at Harrison Avenue) launches an in-house sushi parlor, No Relation, this weekend. Shore Leave’s Colin Lynch (above) — who did time at elite sushi destination O Ya — oversees the nine-seat restaurant-within-a-restaurant. There are 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. seatings, with a 14-course menu that changes nightly. Buy tickets (starting at $95 per person) on Tock