Transformations: Needham’s RFK Kitchen is now L&K (30 Dedham Ave. at Highland Avenue). The original restaurant was home to chef Rachel Klein (Asana, Liquid Art House), who is now working with Rhode Island-based Encore Hospitality Group, known for East Greenwich and Providence’s Red Striperestaurants. L&K has a lounge with a small plates menu, a traditional dining room, and counter seating in front of an open kitchen. Executive chef Matthew Kovach (Stephi’s on Tremont, Top of the Hub) serves a New American menu.
Coming soon: MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company opens on Jan. 11 at Somerville’s Assembly Row (463 Assembly Row), welcoming guests with free margherita pizzas. Kids 12 and under also get free pizzas on Jan. 13. On Jan. 12, the restaurant donates 20 percent of sales to Somerville High School’s culinary arts program and to the Somerville Homeless Coalition. What could be better than carbs for a cause? The restaurant has Polaroid cameras (who needs Instagram?) for tableside fun, plus a patio.
Brunch: Earls Kitchen + Bar at the Prudential Center (800 Boylston St. at Ring Road) serves $8 weekend “happy hour” brunch entrees beginning on Jan. 6, plus $5 mimosas. Enjoy steak and eggs, chorizo and mushroom hash, and waffles with cheesecake mousse from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
Remembrances: Celebrate what would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday on Jan. 8 at Les Sablons in Harvard Square (2 Bennett St. at Bennett Alley). Record collector and DJ Evan Kenney spins Bowie tunes, and chef Jeremy Sewall provides complimentary snacks for a suggested $5 donation to WhyHunger. There’s also a Bowie-themed cocktail menu designed by mixologist Jackson Cannon (Moondust, anyone?), plus Bowie-themed art, face painting, a glammed-out photo booth, and raffles for concert tickets and hotel stays. Guests should dress to impress. The party begins at 8 p.m.