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A4cade and Burro Bar arrive; Tequila Rain departs

Openings: Cambridge’s A4cade has opened (292 Massachusetts Ave. at Landsdowne Street), new from Area Four’s Michael Krupp and James DiSabatino from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. Enjoy fromage-focused indulgences like bacon cheeseburgers, cheese dogs, cheese fries, and various kinds of grilled cheeses from the arcade’s house restaurant, Roxy’s Central, accompanied by cheekily named cocktails like “Worst. Drink. Ever.” Some are served in sippy cups; others might arrive in a Thermos. There are also plenty of arcade games and 1980s sitcoms playing on TV.

Brookline’s Burro Bar (1665 Beacon St. at Winthrop Street), little sibling to Davis Square’s Painted Burro, is now set to open in the old Ribelle space on Jan. 30, not Jan. 23 as originally reported. A rep for the 52-seat spot calls it a “more eclectic, colorful version of its sibling restaurant in Somerville,” with green walls, orange banquettes, and plenty of artwork and murals. Order from a lengthy taco menu with everything from tamarind-glazed chicken livers to lamb neck, plus nachos, tamales, and other snacky fare.


First Frank Pepe, and now this: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza opens in Newton on Jan. 30 (180 Needham St. at Jaconnet Street). It’s the popular Florida chain’s fifth Boston-area location. Stop in for pizza, chicken wings, massive meatballs, and more.

Closings: Pour one out for your bleary-eyed, frozen-drink-swilling 20-something self. Fenway resto-lounge Tequila Rain has closed (3 Lansdowne St. at Ipswich Street) after 12 years in business. Not far away, Kenmore Square’s Amsterdam Falafelshop (642 Beacon St. at Raleigh Street), based in Washington, D.C., has also shuttered. A Somerville branch of the chickpea parlor, also known for its extensive toppings bar, lives on.

On the move: Chef Michael Schlow is heading for Eataly (800 Boylston St. at Fairfield Street). Schlow will take over the food emporium’s La Cucina on Feb. 1 and stay for two months. La Cucina houses rotating restaurant concepts focusing on different Italian regions, and Schlow will spotlight Emilia-Romagna, an area where he’s worked and traveled, during his stint. He’ll call the place Via Emilia, and he says he’s excited to collaborate with his “longtime pal” Mario Batali, the mastermind behind Eataly. Schlow will also teach at Eataly’s in-house cooking school, La Scuola. Schlow oversees a variety of restaurants, from Boston’s Doretta Taverna (Greek) to various locations of Alta Strada (Italian). KARA BASKIN


Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com.