Openings: Nahita has opened in the Back Bay (100 Arlington St. at Stuart Street), replacing Liquid Art House. The restaurant serves Asian, Latin American, and Peruvian cuisine. It’s the newest venture from d.ream, which operates restaurants around the world, ranging from Anatolian spots in Dubai to Peruvian hangouts in London. It’s the group’s first Northeast outing. Enjoy ceviche, sashimi, tacos, and more. It’s open for dinner daily.
Several restaurants have opened at Harvard University’s newly constructed Smith Campus Center (30 Dunster St. at Mt. Auburn Street), just in time for the influx of ravenous students. Swissbakers, Blackbird Doughnuts, Bon Me, Pavement Coffee, and Oggi Gourmet are open now, with Saloniki and Whole Heart Provisions soon to come.
Across town in Kendall Square, Dumpling Daughter and sister restaurant Vester have opened where Ames Street Deli and Study used to be (73 Ames St. at Ames Place). The restaurants are actually run by sisters: Nadia Liu Spellman oversees Dumpling Daughter, which also has a branch in Weston; Nicole Liu runs Vester. Dumpling Daughter serves dumplings, naturally, plus rice bowls, noodle soups, and buns. Vester is inspired by the all-day café culture of Europe, with toasts, salads, sandwiches (many of which are vegan or gluten-free) — plus beer and wine. Their mom is Chinese fine-dining pioneer Sally Ling, known for Sally Ling’s restaurant on Memorial Drive.
Coming Soon: Alcove, a neighborhood restaurant from Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, is slated to open this fall at 50 Lovejoy Wharf. Schlesinger-Guidelli is a familiar face on the Boston dining scene, having worked as bar manager at Craigie on Main and at East Coast Grill, Eastern Standard, and Island Creek Oyster Bar. Executive chef Max Fanton comes from Restaurant Martin in Shanghai, China; executive sous chef Brian Paszko worked at Cultivar.