Anna’s Taqueria opens in the Pru and MidiCi pizza comes to Somerville
Openings: Craft Table & Bar is slated (at press time) to open for dinner in East Boston on Feb. 2 (107 Porter St. at Paris Street). Brunch starts on Feb. 24. Enjoy craft cocktails and a wide-ranging menu: rib-eye, ahi tuna wontons, or chicken parmesan with linguini. Coming spring, there’s a patio.
Move over, Eataly: Anna’s Taqueria has opened in the Prudential Center (800 Boylston St. at Ring Road). Grab something spicy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — it opens at 7 a.m.
MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company opens on Friday, Feb. 9, at Somerville’s Assembly Row (463 Assembly Row), after a short delay. Stop by on opening day for free margherita pizzas (one per person); on Saturday, Feb. 10, kids get a free pizza with a paying grown-up. On Thursday, Feb. 15, MidiCi donates 20 percent of sales to the Somerville High School Culinary Arts Program and Somerville Homeless Coalition.
Coming Soon: Tatte Bakery & Café will open a 3,629-square-foot space on the ground floor of the new Pier 4 office building, so Boston Consulting Group and Cengage employees — two firms planning to move into the building — can look forward to quality coffee in addition to waterfront digs. Boston-based Tatte opened in 2007 and has grown to nine locations in the area. Kristin Canty, who operates Concord’s Woods Hill Table, will also open a farm-to-table restaurant in the building. PIER 4 should be complete in late 2018.
Menus: Boston’s City Winery (1 Canal St. at Market Street) starts serving weekday lunch on Feb. 12. The restaurant-slash-live-music-venue offers fried chicken and waffles, grilled baby back ribs, burritos, and baked ravioli.
Chefs: Cambridge’s Shepard has a new executive chef. Scott Jones is a former Harvard Medical School student who changed tracks to work at No. 9 Park. He later became chef de cuisine at Menton. In an e-mail, owner Rene Becker said that he and Jones “aim to make Shepard a great neighborhood restaurant, with simple, French-inspired dishes, such as cassoulet and choucroute garnie, prepared with [the] technique one would expect from the chef of Menton.” He took over in January.
Closings: Arlington’s Bistro Duet has closed after roughly a year in business, in the old Flora space (190 Mass. Ave. at Lake Street). “I think we did all the right things. People who came truly loved it; the overhead was just too much to take on,” says co-owner Wayne Duprey. “As busy as we were, we just weren’t busy enough.”