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Photographer launches Middle Gray in Brookline

Gallery-restaurant-cafe The Middle Gray has opened in Brookline (6 Station St. at Washington Street). Co-owner and photographer Catalina Piedrahita launched the space with her husband, musician Alvaro Morales, and her mother, chef Adriana Garces. “We’re very family-oriented and artistic, and we wanted to support other emerging artists by including a gallery with the restaurant,” Piedrahita says. (Some art is for sale.) The 40-seat restaurant serves a blend of Spanish and South American food to reflect the family’s Colombian roots. At lunch, there are sandwiches and arepas (corn-flour flatbreads); in the evenings, dishes like cabbage rolls and chickpea patties are served tapas-style with beer and wine.

The owner of Somerville’s lovable little Olde Magoun’s Saloon is branching into Charlestown. Greg Coughlin will open Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen this autumn in the former Papagayo space (1 Chelsea St. at North Washington Street). The restaurant will be big — 257 seats — and renovated by designer Peter Niemitz, who has worked magic on spots like Clio and Eastern Standard. Coughlin says that a bigger kitchen will allow Magoun’s chef Howard Haywood to expand beyond pub snacks to entrees (menu to be determined), with 35 craft beers on tap.

The newest iteration of Vietnamese food-truck-turned-restaurant Bon Me will open on Sept. 9 in Cambridge (201 Alewife Brook Parkway at Concord Avenue). Look for evening specials like Asian-style fried chicken and sweet potato fries with Sichuan pepper salt — salvation for hungry commuters approaching Route 2.


Fans of Cambridge’s Alive and Kicking Lobsters (269 Putnam Ave. at River Street) are circulating a petition at www.petitionbuzz.com to keep the beloved seafood shop in business as owner Louis Mastrangelo contends with a city zoning issue. Mastrangelo declined to discuss the conflict as he hopes to resolve it quickly, but lobster lovers shouldn’t panic (yet): He’s optimistic that all will go swimmingly.



A previous version of this story misidentified Catalina Piedrahita.