Openings: Bar Mezzana is slated to open on June 1 inside the South End’s Sepia condominium at the Ink Block (360 Harrison Ave. at Traveler Street). The coastal Italian restaurant is helmed by Colin and Heather Lynch, along with Jefferson Macklin, all of whom worked together at the Barbara Lynch Gruppo. Look for handmade pastas, crudo, seasonal crostini, and larger dishes like fried rabbit, paired with Italian wines, amari, and cocktails.
Artisanal ice cream parlor FoMu has opened a shop in the South End (655 Tremont St. at W. Brookline Street), complete with a kids’ toy nook and Wi-Fi. This is its third space. FoMu has unusual, plant-based flavors like avocado and sweet lavender. There’s also George Howell coffee, MEM tea, and gluten-free baked goods.
North Cambridge’s cozy L’Impasto restaurant makes way for the 24-seat Urban Hearth, slated to open in October (2263 Massachusetts Ave. at Dover Street). Chef-owner Erin Miller will serve a café-style breakfast and lunch; at night, she’ll oversee a supper club with communal seating and themed meals featuring ingredients from local farms like Drumlin and Lilac Hedge. These ticketed events will have two seatings, and the earlier one will be family-friendly. On Monday and Tuesday nights, Miller will host pop-up dinners. “We’re going for global and approachable,” Miller said. L’Impasto closed last week.
Encores: The Blue Room in Kendall Square (1 Kendall Square at Portland Street) is poised for a mid-July reopening, says co-owner Liz Vilardi. It had closed in August after a fire, along with sister restaurant Belly (below), which will also reopen. “We’re apprehensive about reopening a 25-year-old restaurant in a world of restaurant opening after restaurant opening, but we’ve missed the Blue Room and Belly. It’s like a family member has been ill and has finally been given a clean bill of health,” Vilardi said in an e-mail.
Belly, meanwhile, is “completely free of damage” and “will open back up just as bright-eyed and bushy tailed as ever,” she promised.
Closings: Nix’s Mate in the Financial District (89 Broad St. at Franklin Street) serves its last dinner on May 31. The restaurant plans to relocate from its digs at the Hilton Hotel and reopen in 2017 at a location to be determined.