Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe reopens this week
Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe (429 Columbus Ave. at Holyoke Street) will reopen on Friday with South End restaurateur Evan Deluty at the helm. The site of many hash breakfasts, hangovers, and celebrity visits — including one from President Obama — since the 1920s, Charlie’s closed to much fanfare in 2014. Deluty will keep the menu as is. (“You’ve got to have the turkey hash!” he insists.) The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily until late February, when it will switch to 9 p.m.
The oyster bar craze goes west: Great Road Kitchen Oyster Bar and Grill opens at Littleton’s The Point development (613 Constitution Ave.) on Jan. 25. Owner Marcus Palmer (pictured) has worked with several heavy-hitting chefs, including Michael Schlow and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and he opened Lexington’s Vine Brook Tavern not long ago. Feast on raw and cooked seafood (naturally), steaks, burgers, bacon-wrapped sardines, and 20 wines by the glass. There’s also a kids’ menu and live music.
More tacos is rarely a bad thing. Restaurateurs David Doyle, Mari Perez-Alers, and Keith Harmon — the team behind Jamaica Plain’s Tres Gatos — aim to open their family-friendly taqueria, Casa Verde, in the next couple of weeks (711 Centre St. at Burroughs Street).
In other spicy news, chef Brian Poe’s annual Burrito Bowl happens on Feb. 6 at Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake (384 Boylston St. at Berkeley Street). Several chefs will concoct burritos to honor their favorite NFL city; diners then need to vote. There’s stiff competition this year: Villa Mexico’s Julie King, the Smoke Shop and Tremont 647’s Andy Husbands, and Commonwealth’s Steve Postal, to name a few. In on-trend fashion — and befitting the theme — burritos will be served bowl-style. Get tickets ($20) at www.burritobowl5.eventbrite.com.
The South End’s SRV has opened (569 Columbus Ave. at Massachusetts Avenue), helmed by the team behind Boston standbys Coda, Canary Square, and the Salty Pig. Chefs Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi, who once toiled at New York’s Del Posto, serve a Venetian-leaning menu of fisherman’s stew, lamb-neck gnocchi, and squid ink risotto.
Photos from the newly reopened Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe: