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Cafe Vanille to be replaced by Tatte Bakery and more

Watch City Brewing Co.

The website is still up and many faithful locals want it to reopen, but things look bleak for Waltham landmark Watch City Brewing Co. (256 Moody St. at Pine Street): Quincy auctioneer E.F. Smith & Son Restaurant Equipment confirmed that it has auctioned off the brewery’s bar stools, tables, and equipment this week. Owner Jocelyn Hughes told the Globe earlier that the restaurant is on “life support” due to the breakdown of its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.


Restaurateur Donatello Frattaroli (Lucia Ristorante & Bar) has bought North End restaurant Davide (326 Commercial St. at North Street). The spot once got a makeover on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares’’ — but apparently it didn’t take. Frattaroli plans to turn Davide into an Italian steakhouse.



Figs (42 Charles St. at Chestnut Street) has shuttered for renovations. According to its Facebook page, Todd English’s flatbread restaurant has “temporarily closed” for repairs and will be “back in action in no time.” English’s Boston flagship, Olives, closed last year; it was replaced by Legal Oysteria (10 City Square).

Cafe Vanille

Elsewhere on Beacon Hill, pastry shop Cafe Vanille (70 Charles St. at Mt. Vernon Street) will close in mid-September to make way for Tatte Bakery, which will open in mid-October, says owner Tzurit Or. Café Vanille will maintain locations in Chestnut Hill and in Duxbury.

The Fireplace

The Fireplace restaurant in Brookline (1634 Beacon St. at Washington Street) is closing its doors at the end of the year, chef-owner Jim Solomon has announced, and the first Boston-area location of New Haven’s Pepe’s Pizzeria is moving in. But fans of The Fireplace will still be able to order the food — at least some, it seems — through the business’s catering operation. Solomon, a New Haven native, says he’s delighted by the news.

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