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by CHLOE is coming, Waban Kitchen is closed, and other Boston-area restaurant news

Coming soon: New York City vegan restaurant by Chloe will open in Boston’s Seaport District this summer (101 Seaport Blvd. at Boston Wharf Road). Additional area locations are in the works, including a Fenway spot (1325 Boylston St. at Kilmarnock Street) tentatively slated for September . You might know chef Chloe Coscarelli from her victory on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” where she built a loyal following of sweet-seeking vegans.

“When we were figuring out what would be our next city, we took into account e-mails from fans asking us to come here or come there,” says Coscarelli’s business partner, Samantha Wasser. “A large concentration of those people were from Boston and the surrounding area. And it’s just close enough to New York that we can be hands-on with opening and give Boston the love it deserves.”


The 48-seat, fast-casual restaurant will serve fresh pasta, salads, soups, cold-pressed juices, and grab-and-go items. There’s also dairy-free ice cream in virtuous flavors like Kale Cookies + Cream. Wasser says that by Chloe will serve a few Boston-only dishes, too.

“We saw the young, changing demographic of the Seaport, and it just felt right,” Wasser says.

Get ready, waterfront innovators.

Somerville’s Dosa-n-Curry will open a new restaurant, Veggie Crust & Nice Cream, next to their current digs (447 Somerville Ave. at School Street). Enjoy vegetarian and vegan pizzas, gluten-free pizzas, and vegan ice cream. Dosa-n-Curry is known for its extensive vegetarian offerings, including a justifiably popular all-you-can-eat dosa night on Tuesdays.

Closings: Chef-owner Jeff Fournier confirms that Newton’s Waban Kitchen (1649 Beacon St. at Windsor Road) closed on March 26. The restaurant opened in 2012, serving what Fournier called “creative American” cuisine. Fournier continues to run Newton’s 51 Lincoln, and he previously cooked at high-profile spots like Pignoli and Excelsior.

In the Leather District, Italian restaurant Bel Ari (107 South St. at Tufts Street), sister restaurant of French bistro Les Zygomates, has shuttered after two years in business.


Brunches: Chef Brian Poe has always played fast and loose with unusual flavor combinations at Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake (384 Boylston St. at Berkeley Street), which is probably the only place in town to order antelope tacos or wild boar burritos. Now he serves Sunday brunch. Poe’s “Hangover Specials” include bacon, egg, and avocado toast; chile-chicken and egg tacos on roti tortillas; huevos rancheros; and a burger topped with fried eggs and braised pork belly.


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