Openings: Japanese ice cream shop Taiyaki opens this week in the Seaport (119 Seaport Blvd.), serving fresh-baked waffles, drinks served in inflatable unicorns, and soft-serve served in fish-shaped, custard-filled cones — taiyaki. It comes in unusual flavors like black sesame and matcha, topped with mochi rice cakes and matcha powder.
Coming soon: Chris Parsons (Steel & Rye, Fat Hen) will open the Oyster Club in mid-June, replacing Doretta Tavern at the Heritage on the Garden (79 Park Plaza at Arlington Street). The restaurant will feature an open raw bar, a 70-seat patio, and lots of inventive seafood dishes, including a lobster preparation of the day.
On Deck Burger Bar will open at Everett’s Encore Boston Harbor (One Broadway) this summer, serving local beers, milkshakes, and burgers — against a backdrop of 33 75-inch televisions. The restaurant also has a panoramic view of the casino floor, making for prime people-watching (or envy). Splurge with a reservation in the private living room, complete with your very own TV, while munching cheese steak tater tots and bacon cheeseburger salads.
On Deck joins Chinese restaurant Red 8, Rare Steakhouse, Las Vegas export Sinatra, Fratelli from Boston restaurateurs Frank DePasquale (Bricco) and Nick Varano (Strega), Asian fusion concept Mystique from Big Night Entertainment Group (Explorateur, Empire), and Mémoire nightclub, also from Big Night.
Brunches: Rebel’s Guild at the Revere Hotel Boston (200 Stuart St. at Charles Street South) now serves Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Enjoy New England-y delicacies: Maine lobster Benedict, Boston cream pie French toast, and a BeanTown Brew made with cold-brew and Kalani coconut liqueur.
Closings: Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions (468 Moody St. at High Street) is closed for renovations, according to posts from the restaurant. It once helped to put Waltham’s Moody Street on the culinary map, with meaty sandwiches, charcuterie, and a fine-dining Back Room serving whole hogs and steak frites. Former owner Josh Smith recently left the restaurant to work on other projects, though, and sister restaurant El Rincon de Moody’s — a barbecue and taco concept — closed earlier this year. The Back Bay outpost of Moody’s (500 Boylston St. at Clarendon Street) remains open for business.
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