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Tables: Restaurant openings, closing and chatter

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Puritan & Company chef Will Gilson (above) joins forces with his dad to open Kendall Square’s Beatnik Beverage Company (5 Cambridge Center at Main Street) in the next couple of weeks. David Gilson runs Groton’s Herb Lyceum, which will provide produce for the new spot. Sip cold-pressed juices, iced coffee, tea, and Kombucha — but don’t sit down. “This is strictly a bar,” Will says. “We’re all about tasty drinks on the go.”

In Jamaica Plain, the team behind Brookline’s Fairsted Kitchen has opened The Frogmore, a Southern restaurant in the old Centre Street Sanctuary space (365 Centre St. at Creighton Street). When announcing the project, co-owner Steve Bowman (above) told the Globe to expect Carolina coastal cuisine: shrimp and grits, Frogmore stew — a mix of shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes — and green tomatoes. (Chef Jason Albus grew up in South Carolina, so this comes naturally.) Former Fairsted bar manager Alex Homans oversees a beverage program that, notably, features $3 beer.


Luke’s Lobster is poised to open in the Back Bay on July 17 (75 Exeter St. at Blagden Street). Luke’s sources its own seafood for lobster, shrimp, crab rolls, chowders, and bisques. The 20-seat mini-chain originated in New York City’s East Village, but founder Luke Holden, a former lobsterman, hails from Maine.

Sample food from more than 100 restaurants at the annual Taste of Cambridge on July 14 at the University Park sculpture garden (38 Sidney St. at Franklin Street). Beginning at 5:30 p.m., you’ll find the buzzy (Alden and Harlow, Viale), the stalwarts (Craigie on Main, Formaggio Kitchen), the swanky (Cafe ArtScience, West Bridge), and the casual (H Mart, J.P. Licks) serving side by side for a good cause. Tickets ($50 in advance or $60 at the door) benefit local nonprofit alcohol and drug prevention programs; visit www.tasteof
for more information.



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