Openings: If you’re a fan of the Cottage in Wellesley, good news: sister restaurant Door No. 7 has opened across the street (165 Linden St. at Everett Street), and starts serving brunch this weekend. Door No. 7 has small plates (duck confit nachos, chickpea pancakes) and larger dishes such as roast chicken and butternut squash ravioli. Stop in for brunch beginning March 24, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. In April, it will add live jazz to the mix.
Vaanga replaces Curry House downtown (102 Water St. at Hawes Street). “Let’s taste the craziness of Indian food!” it declares on Facebook. What that means for you: a “Popeye’s” spinach paneer bowl topped with masala fries, samosa burgers, and tacos with Indian fillings.
Frittatas and empanadas come to Cambridge: Waltham favorite Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Café has opened a location in Porter Square (2067 Massachusetts Ave. at Hadley Street), replacing the Elephant Walk. It will serve dinner for now but will soon expand to lunch and brunch.
Popover King (74 Canal St. at Valenti Way) has also softly opened in the West End (it will officially open next month), serving sweet and savory popovers as well as rum tum ditty — a cheesy skillet concoction topped with everything from poached eggs to lobster.
Coming Soon: Six String Grill and Stage replaces Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill at Patriot Place in Foxborough (275 Patriot Place). It’s the latest from the Briar Group, which also runs Boston-area nightspots such as the Harp, Green Briar, and MJ O’Connor’s. Six String will be a full-service restaurant and music venue, with a spotlight on Southern food and country music.
A restaurant is coming, a restaurant is coming: The team behind Cambridge’s Loyal Nine will open Northern Spy, inside the copper rolling mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton along the Neponset River (96 Revere St. at Washington Street). Owner Daniel Myers promises “the soul of New England comfort food” — clam dip, crab on Parker House rolls, chowder, and burgers grilled on a wood-fired hearth. He and chef Marc Sheehan also plan to take French fries “very seriously,” according to an e-mail from Myers. It will serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, hopefully by September.
The mill’s second floor will be used for private events and an exhibit space. Loyal Nine also specializes in classic New England dishes and East Coast revival cuisine.
Additions: Downtown Crossing’s Yvonne’s — once the iconic Locke-Ober — adds the Gallery at Yvonne’s (2 Winter Place at Winter Street), a rotating art gallery accessed through a subtle door disguised as a bookshelf. The space has seven tables; order from Yvonne’s food and drink menu while gazing at pieces from tattoo artist and sculptor Charles Soto and animator David Krakov.