Openings: The Boston area’s first Tender Greens location opens at Chestnut Hill’s The Street (49 Boylston St.) on April 9. It’s the second East Coast restaurant for the healthy, upscale-casual California brand, which opened a New York City branch in February. Enjoy plates, salads, and sandwiches with ingredients from local sources (mushrooms from Mycological on Martha’s Vineyard; sweet potatoes from Hatfield’s Swaz Potato Farm; microgreens from Attleboro’s 2 Friends Farm). On the launch menu: fried chicken and falafel sandwiches; lobster salad from Luke’s Lobster; marinated steak; herb-brushed tuna; and mashed potatoes. There’s a 14-seat chef’s counter and a 25-seat patio, too.
L’Orto has popped up at Eataly (800 Boylston St. at Fairfield Street) for the season, with a menu focusing on herbs and raw ingredients: lemon ricotta and spring peas; fried artichokes; jumbo shrimp and spring onions; octopus and swordfish skewers. It’s open for lunch and dinner.
Tallula, replacing Cambridge’s Self-Portrait and T.W. Food, opens on April 20 (377 Walden St. at Concord Avenue). Choose from two menus that change daily: an a la carte option with a three-course, $60 prix fixe component, or a seven-course, $115 tasting. Matthew Schrage (Menton, The Hawthorne) oversees apertif-style cocktails. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., with brunch to follow in the summer.
Co-owner Conor Dennehy worked with Tim Wiechmann at T.W. Food as a chef de cuisine. He also cooked at Boston’s Coppa, Trade, and Toro. His co-owner and wife, Danielle Ayer, was a captain at Menton.
Coming Soon: Backyard Betty’s opens this month in South Boston (172 West Broadway at C Street), new from the team behind Publico Street Bistro & Garden. Expect comfort and cookout staples. A release promises a “retro, Americana vibe that will create the experience of stepping into a 1970s auto garage.” But did Mom serve chili and lime melons with fresh cheese dust, smoked bacon grilled pizza, and rainbow sherbet vodka cocktails at her cookouts?
Changes: Jamaica Plain’s Centre Street Café (669A Centre St. at Seaverns Avenue) will become a diner called Little Dipper this spring. Tres Gatos founders David Doyle and Mari Perez-Alers join chef Robyn McGrath and her wife, Lelia Asher, to replace the space. Expect weekend brunch with house-made doughnuts and pancake specials, followed by breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily with Southern twists — fried chicken sandwiches or perhaps blackened redfish with braised collard greens. McGrath has cooked at Natick’s Sel de la Terre and at Ten Tables Cambridge.
Lunches: Lolita Fort Point (253 Summer St. at Melcher Street) launches lunch service starting April 9. Leave your desk for blackened mahi-mahi tacos, crispy rock shrimp tortas, queso dip, and sangria. It’s open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.