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Villa Mexico Café, Sandrine’s Bistro, and more

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Villa Mexico Café

Beloved burrito joint Villa Mexico Cafe will reopen in the Financial District (121 Water St. at Broad Street) in spring 2015, says co-owner Bessie King. King runs the spot with her mom, Julie, who was a familiar face at the original restaurant, inside a Beacon Hill gas station. That improbable but busy location closed two years ago, disappointing legions of fans. The new restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Kings will sell traditional burritos, plus a bigger menu of quesadillas, flautas, dessert, fruit juices, and Mexican hot chocolate. Julie King's signature bottled salsa will also be for sale, and they'll have space for in-house catering.

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Sandrine’s Bistro

Sandrine's (8 Holyoke St. at Massachusetts Avenue), the venerable Harvard Square bistro, has been sold to make way for La Voile Cambridge, says Sandrine's co-owner Gwen Trost. As The Boston Business Journal reported, Sandrine's has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The replacement restaurant is slated to open in late January, says Trost. There's another La Voile brasserie in the Back Bay (261 Newbury St. at Fairfield Street).

Alden & Harlow

Nearby at Alden & Harlow (40 Brattle St. at Brattle Square), there's a new late-night menu beginning at 11 p.m. with gluttonous snacks under $10. Lull yourself to sleep with popcorn snails, roasted cauliflower pierogies, and smoked pork belly popcorn.

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The Biltmore

Newton's The Biltmore Bar & Grille (1205 Chestnut St. at Oak Street) has reopened after a renovation with a new bar, new booths, new artwork, and a new menu starting on Jan. 1. Bid adieu to your resolutions with a pastrami burger topped with Russian dressing, slow-braised pot roast, glazed pork medallions, and beef brisket nachos. The restaurant will also host a live music series on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at
8 p.m.


Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com. Follow her restaurant news on www.bostonglobe.com/food.

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