Juniper, the new project from Sweet Basil owner Dave Becker, has opened in Wellesley (13 Central St. at Crest Road). Becker calls his 100-seat restaurant “Greek Mediterranean” with Israeli zings. He’s excited about the shakshuka, a chunky tomato stew with collard greens, topped with an egg. It’s served in copper pots from the late Anthony’s Pier 4, which Becker bought at auction. Also look for quinoa falafel; an “outrageously good swordfish” with harissa, chickpea panisse, and pickled beet and orange salad; and a full bar program (Needham’s Sweet Basil is BYO). Juniper is open for dinner six nights a week, closed Mondays. Chef Tim Fichera comes from Sweet Basil and Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger.
Richard O’Sullivan plans to open a Lynn branch of his beloved Somerville burger restaurant, R.F. O’Sullivan & Son, in September (143 Central Ave. at Essex Street), called R.F. O’Sullivan’s. “Lynn’s a city that’s very up-and-coming,” says the Swampscott native. “People told me I was nuts to open in Somerville in 1991, and look what happened there.” Expect the same menu as at the original location, including nearly 30 types of burgers, potato skins, chili, and nachos.
Puritan & Company
Former Lineage and Ten Tables chef Alex Saenz is the new chef de cuisine at Cambridge’s Puritan & Company. (1166 Cambridge St. at Norfolk Street). Owner Will Gilson says that Saenz will take over the menu every Sunday, adding favorite Southern-inspired dishes to the New England-focused kitchen.
Taste of Cambridge
Sample food from 100 city restaurants including Alden & Harlow, Craigie on Main, and Formaggio Kitchen on July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Taste of Cambridge (www.tasteofcambridge.com). Proceeds from the annual event benefit several local drug and alcohol recovery organizations; tickets ($60 at the door) cover food and four beverages.