Tupelo closing its doors; a vegan beer hall opens

A dish of etouffee at Tupelo.
A dish of etouffee at Tupelo.Wiqan Ang for the Boston Globe/file

Closings: Inman Square’s Tupelo (1193 Cambridge St. at Tremont Street) serves its final fried chicken on Oct. 7. Owner Renee McLeod says that it has been hard to find workers — a citywide issue.

“Everyone is exhausted. It’s been difficult to find help: line cooks, sous chefs, prep people. It’s a tough, tough situation. I love it. I love the business. I loved Tupelo for 10 years. It was amazing, and I learned a lot, but the climate changed. Something changed, and a lot of new places opened, and it was hard to find staff,” she says.

McLeod isn’t leaving the food industry for good, though: She will still run her other business, Petsi Pies, with a bakery in Somerville and a cafe in Cambridge.


As for Tupelo? The restaurant will serve Sunday brunch until the food’s gone.

“We’ll keep serving until we can’t anymore, because it’s the last day,” she says.

Openings: Bottom’s up: Rebel Rebel Wine Bar has opened at Somerville’s Bow Market (1 Bow Market Way). Owner Lauren Friel used to work as beverage director at Oleana and Sarma. Here, she’ll focus on natural, well-priced wines — paired with snacks from Bow Market like Jaju pierogis and Buenas empanadas. She’ll also host classes on Sunday afternoons.

Rewild Plant Food + Drink opens in Quincy Center this weekend (1546 Hancock St. at Revere Road). It bills itself as “America’s first vegan restaurant, beer hall, and café.” Plant-based food, local craft beer, and kombucha: It’s an on-trend paradise. Enjoy braised cauliflower wings, vegan pizza with beet pepperoni, mushroom tacos, and meat-like (but meatless) Impossible burgers. The cafe opens at 8 a.m.; the beer hall starts serving at 4 p.m.

Achilito’s Taqueria also opens this weekend, in Jamaica Plain (38 Hyde Park Ave. at Weld Hill Street), serving cod tacos from Red’s Best, spicy shrimp tacos, spicy wings, and nachos. There’s a big salsa selection, notably a “salsa macha” made with chile and sesame. “Get ready to sweat,” they say.


Better Sorts Social Club has opened at the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel (90 Tremont St. at Bosworth Street). The lounge serves orange wines, sherry cobbler cocktails, fondue, charcuterie, and daily breakfast.


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