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Openings: Cambridge’s Pagu (310 Massachusetts Ave. at Blanche Street) is to softly open this week and officially open on Jan. 3. Chef Tracy Chang presides over the Central Square restaurant, serving a menu that trots through Japan and Spain. Chang earned fans at Boston’s O Ya and at cult hit pop-up Guchi’s Midnight Ramen. She also spent time in San Sebastian, Spain, cooking alongside chef Martín Berasategui at his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant. Here, she’ll prepare delicacies such as squid-ink oyster bao, curried-crab croquetas, and Taiwanese-sausage fried rice. Drinks maven Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli — from Craigie on Main or Island Creek Oyster Bar — created a beverage program with Basque wines, Spanish ciders, and sake.

Big Tree Hospitality — the group behind Eventide Oyster Co., one of the most beloved restaurants in Portland, Maine — has confirmed it will indeed open a location in Boston (1321 Boylston St. at Yawkey Way) sometime in 2017, says a restaurant rep. Eventide Fenway will offer a “concise and creative seafood menu in a casual counter-service setting,” according to a release. Big Tree also runs the ever-crowded Hugo’s (New American) and The Honey Paw (funky noodles) in Portland.

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For downtowners seeking carbs on the go, Blaze Pizza has opened an outpost at City Place (123 Stuart St. at Tremont Street). Thin-crust pies are cooked in a speedy 180 seconds and topped with your choice of 40-ish ingredients, like ranch sauce or vegan cheese.

Breakfasts: Who needs bagels? Those who crave bao for breakfast should stop into Tom’s BaoBao (84 Winthrop St. at John F. Kennedy Street) beginning at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday for a new breakfast menu. Enjoy fluffy buns stuffed with morning delights like eggs, cheese, and sausage, plus savory fillings like sweet potato and tofu.

Movies: After you’ve binged on everything Netflix has to offer, pop into Jamaica Plain’s Canary Square (435 S. Huntington Ave. at Moraine Street) on Sundays throughout January for $10 drinks, free popcorn, and hits like “Ghostbusters” and “Annie Hall.” Movies start at 10 p.m.

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KARA BASKIN


Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.