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Bar Lyon opens in the South End and Flour blooms in the Seaport

The Wellington in Belmont.Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Openings: Bar Lyon is now open in the South End. It’s the latest from Columbus Hospitality Group, the team behind Mistral and Teatro (1750 Washington St. at Massachusetts Avenue). It focuses on Lyonnaise dishes — terrine, pike and crayfish quenelles, broiled oysters, and salmon tartare.

Flour Bakery + Cafe will open an eighth location in the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building (One Design Center Place) on Oct. 1, as reported by Eater; the company will move its production kitchen to the space as well. “It’s a huge move for us that will hopefully allow us to open up a few more Flours in Boston,” owner Joanne Chang told the Globe in an earlier e-mail announcing the plans.


Coming soon: Better Sorts Social Club is poised to open at the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel (90 Tremont St. at Bosworth Street) next month. The lounge serves truly unusual cocktails: Caccio e Pepe, made with Ketel One vodka, gouda-infused vermouth, and black pepper pasta syrup, and Fifteen Minutes, made with collards and hot pepper jelly. Pair them with Vermont cheddar fondue and short ribs.

Brunch: Belmont’s The Wellington (75 Leonard St. at Alexander Avenue) now serves Saturday and Sunday brunch, soundtracked with tunes from the Ethan K. jazz and funk band. The American restaurant is the latest from Dante de Magistris, who also runs Cambridge’s Dante and Il Casale in Belmont and Lexington. Feast on fried chicken and waffles, eggs Benedict, avocado toast, and steak frites. It’s open from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Pop-ups: South Boston’s Publico Kitchen & Garden (11 Dorchester St. and W. First Street) has launched a Friday and Saturday biergarten through October. Sip Oktoberfest beers in the garden, decorated like a German beer hall, paired with soft pretzels and bratwurst.

Chocolate: The New England Chocolate Festival happens on Oct. 13 at the Boston Center for Adult Education (122 Arlington St. at Winchester Street). Immerse yourself in sweets from 16 area chocolate companies, including Somerville Chocolate and Taza. There’s a chocolate “sensorium” with hands-on chocolate exhibits and lectures, a chocolate-themed escape room (guests can try to escape using dessert-themed clues), a chocolate cafe, chocolate workshops, and wine-and-chocolate pairings. Tickets are $25; get them at www.nechocolate.org.



Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.