Coming Soon: Tiffani Faison (Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama) shares details about her upcoming restaurant, Fool’s Errand, slated to debut at the end of July. The seat-free “snack bar” — patrons stand at bars and counters — is adjacent to Sweet Cheeks (1381 Boylston St. at Kilmarnock Street) and serves small bites created by Tiger Mama vet Ellie Campbell. Snack on an assortment of ham (there’s a ham program), raclette and truffle sandwiches, crudo, foie gras bon-bons, and various types of croquettes. (There are a few larger menu items, too, such as mussels.)
Faison modeled the space after her favorite friendly European tapas haunts. Thanks to the counters and bar, “You’ll get to know your neighbor,” she says. “The idea is you can pop in, hang out for 10 or 20 minutes, have a drink or two, have some bites, and then be on your way to somewhere else, like a movie or a game.”
Drinks focus on fortified wine, such as vermouth and sherry.
“We’re going for crave-able, drinkable wines that go with a multitude of different flavors,” she says.
Faison recently earned a James Beard nomination as Best Chef: Northeast.
Coming Soon: Watertown’s Home Taste will expand to Arlington Heights, a staffer confirms. The wee shop is known for hand-pulled noodles in chile oil; Chongqing small noodles with minced meat and peanuts; and “burgers” made from wheat flour batter, filled with cumin lamb, green pepper, and onion. It replaces La Posada (1312 Massachusetts Ave. at Park Avenue).
Openings: The Back Bay’s Orá Trattorizza (653 Boylston St. at Dartmouth Street) is slated to open on July 8, says a restaurant rep. Owner Josephine Megwa also runs Piattini Wine Café on Newbury Street. Dine al fresco on Neapolitan-style pizza from an imported brick oven, pastas, and salads. It’s open for dinner, with lunch and brunch soon to follow.
Food Trucks: America’s Test Kitchen debuts its own food truck on July 17, serving dishes made from ATK recipes, including falafel, Philadelphia roast-pork sandwiches, shrimp tacos, and black bean burgers. Fans can use iPads to review the meals, which will help shape future recipes. It will be stationed primarily at the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building (One Design Center Place) from noon until 3 p.m.