Shepard is tentatively slated to open May 11 in Cambridge’s old Chez Henri space (1 Shepard St. at Massachusetts Avenue). The 70-seat restaurant is a collaboration between former UpStairs on the Square chef Susan Regis and Hi-Rise Bread Co. owner Rene Becker. Regis shared a glimpse of the sample menu, which she calls “French-inspired”: Many dishes come from a big wood grill, including oysters, razor clams, and a lamb leg, and most are hyper-seasonal. “The menu is really small and will change to reflect what’s as local as possible. I know people say that, but really, we’re not serving asparagus until it pops up nearby,” she says. She’s excited about the location, too. “I feel like it’s hallowed ground. People loved the experience at Chez Henri. They remember it with such fondness,” Regis says. “It has good karma.”
A branch of Paul bakery is slated to open next week in Downtown Crossing (201 Washington St. at 1 Boston Place). The original French bakery opened in 1889 in Lille; now there are local outposts at the Natick Mall and Somerville’s Assembly Row. This version has an adjacent restaurant, Le Restaurant de Paul, with dishes like seared short ribs with morel mushroom sauce and turbot in lobster sauce.
Landmark restaurant Locke-Ober (3 Winter Place at Winter Street), closed since 2012, will reopen as Yvonne’s this month, reports Boston magazine. A representative for the restaurant confirms to the Globe that Chris Jamison and Mark Malatesta from the Back Bay’s Lolita Cocina will run Yvonne’s, with Juan Pedrosa — known for his work at Allston’s The Glenville Stops — as executive chef. Tom Berry from Nantucket’s Proprietors Bar & Table will design a supper club-style menu.
Mother’s Day is the one time of year that people can picnic at Jamaica Plain’s Arnold Arboretum (125 Arborway at Centre Street) for the annual Lilac Sunday celebration. This year, the Arboretum welcomes a record 20 food trucks. Bon Me, Clover, Mei Mei, and others will serve beginning at 11 a.m. More information at www.foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com.
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