Openings: It’s a big week for debuts in the Seaport. Scorpion Bar & The Grand, a Mexican restaurant and high-end nightclub, debuts this week (58 Seaport Boulevard at Sleeper Street), as does Kings Seaport (60 Seaport Boulevard at Sleeper Street), where guests can bowl, play arcade games, and nibble Nashville hot chicken washed back with spiked milkshakes.
Sleek coffee destination Caffè Nero (55 Northern Ave. at Fan Pier Boulevard) also opens in the coming days, as does the feverishly followed former pop-up Better Bagels (83 Seaport Boulevard at Boston Wharf Road). Also coming up: Italian comfort food from Tuscan Kitchen Seaport (64 Seaport Blvd. at Thomson Place), fast-casual salads from Sweetgreen (47 Northern Ave.), seafood from Luke’s Lobster (53 Northern Ave.), modern American food at 75 on Seaport (60 Seaport Boulevard at Sleeper Street), and coffee from La Colombe (23 Northern Ave.).
Across town, The Punk & Poet (658 E. Broadway at K Street), a cocktail bar and live music venue from industry vets, decorated with music memorabilia and holographic wall art, is now open. Proprietor Giuseppe Arcari ran Joshua Tree and the Boston Beer Garden. He and co-owner Julian Bolger also opened South Boston’s The Playwright together. As for the new spot, a release promises that the Punk & Poet is an “Instagram-ready common ground for locals, post-work drinks, or Sunday Funday shenanigans, all inspired by the written word and classic punk rock.” The duo will also open another bar, The Broadway, in November (732 E. Broadway at L Street). It replaces the Boston Beer Garden.
Brunches: South End Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Anoush’ella (35 W. Newton St. at Washington Street) now serves brunch. Feast on shakshuka (eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce), fava bean stew, and mezze platters with hummus and baba ghanoush.
Road Trips: Head north to Portsmouth, N.H., for restaurant week beginning Nov. 2. Stop into top spots like the Black Trumpet, Franklin Oyster House, and Row 34 for three-course meals at discounted prices: $16.95 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner. KARA BASKIN
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