Inman Square’s Bukowski Tavern to reopen and more
Chef Brian Poe (Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, Estelle’s, The Tip Tap Room) and business partner Gordon Wilcox say that Inman Square’s Bukowski Tavern (1281 Cambridge St. at Prospect Street) is poised to reopen this week after a months-long overhaul. There’s a dazzling array of burgers — antelope, boar, camel, and elk, to name a few — plus kangaroo balls and hot dogs crowned with beer-cured foie.
It was just a matter of time before Somerville’s Assembly Row — home to everything from seafood to tacos to pizza — landed a sports bar. Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill (699 Assembly Row), now open at the shopping megaplex, is named for Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro and modeled after Fenway Park, although this place has better sight lines. There’s a four-sided Jumbotron, 100 television screens, and an outdoor patio overlooking the Mystic River. The food departs from the ballpark theme: Look for Philly cheesesteak wontons and a burger that couples crispy pork belly with fried eggs. Chef Giovani Suarez hails from notable Boston steakhouses like Abe & Louie’s and Grill 23.
Concord’s foodscape has grown more intriguing recently with the additions of 80 Thoreau and Bondir. Now former No. 9 Park chef de cuisine Ben Elliott announces that he’ll open his Saltbox Kitchen (84 Commonwealth Ave. at Beharrell Street) in February, an offshoot of his family’s Saltbox Farm. The 15-seat restaurant and brewery will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Elliott told me that he’ll focus on “inspired classics,” like BLTs with tomato jam and mustard aioli.
Due to a leasing change, Medford’s Bestsellers Cafe (24 High St. at Main Street) closes at the end of the month after 17 years in business. Pop in for breakfast, soups, or a sandwich — plus discounts on books — before they shut down.