Bidding adieu to Brasserie Jo

Closings: Au revoir, Brasserie Jo. The French brasserie inside The Colonnade Hotel will close on Oct. 7, after 20 years in business. The hotel will undergo a reimagining, with new features debuting in early 2019.

The restaurant opened in 1998, named for chef-owner Jean Joho, who served hearty Alsatian food in a raucous room.

“We hope that those who experienced this special restaurant will pay a final visit to enjoy the French brasserie classics and attentive service that became synonymous with Brasserie Jo and its namesake and multiple James Beard award recipient, Chef Jean Joho,” a restaurant rep said in a statement.


While Joho bids farewell, some things will remain the same: It seems the hotel’s ever-popular seasonal rooftop pool will live on.

Openings: Dragon Pizza has opened in Somerville’s Davis Square (233 Elm St. at Grove Street), new from Charlie Redd, the force behind the now-closed Redd’s in Rozzie. He’s teamed up with chef Keenan Langlois (The Sinclair) and former Redd’s sous chef Anthony Reyes.

Get pizza whole or by the slice, plus wood-grilled kabobs, salads, and gelato. It’s open from 5 p.m. until midnight Monday through Saturday, with longer hours and delivery coming soon.

As for the dragon name?

“We wanted to pay homage to the chefs that breathed fire in our face from our training days and made us what we are,” says Redd.

Law of Pasta has opened inside the Boston Public Market (100 Hanover St. at Congress Street), serving handmade pasta in traditional and unusual flavors using locally sourced vegetables, herbs, and grains. There are to-go lunch and dinner options, too.

Reopenings: Aquitaine Chestnut Hill (11 Boylston St. at the Street) has reopened after a yearlong renovation; the bistro is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Lunches: The Theatre District’s Ghost Walks (57 Stuart St. at Tremont Street) now serves weekday lunch. Choose from an eclectic roster of sandwiches — banh mi, pimento grilled cheese, Italian grinders, and oyster po’ boys — and tacos. Wash everything down with a refreshing frozen cocktail special of the day, such as gin, ginger syrup, and cucumber water.


Coming Soon: Big Night Entertainment Group (Explorateur, Empire) replaces Downtown Crossing’s GEM with Versus, coming later this fall (42 Province St. at Bromfield Street). Play pinball, Frogger, and corn hole while swilling large-format drinks in 1980s-themed glasses.