WBZ reports an urge to down oysters bottled up by more than a year of pandemic restrictions is making it hard for oyster farmers to keep up with the demand now that we are free to move about the state - and restaurants - again.
The Globe reports that Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and the Hawthorne will be replaced by brasserie, seafood and sushi "concepts" run by some New York concern that runs other "concepts" in places like Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of a Roslindale restaurant that specializes in shaken seafood in a bag expand into Dorchester by taking over a Vietnamese seafood place on Dorchester Avenue that closed due to Covid-19 last year. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the two restaurants are seeking to transfer their liquor licenses to UrbanMeritage, the company that runs the retail space inside the Hotel Commonwealth. That usually happens when a property owner or manager wants to keep liquor licenses as they look for a new restaurant operator.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports a chain called Crab du Jour plans to open a restaurant in the America's Food Basket mall on Hyde Park Avenue.
It will be the third Cajun boiled seafood place in the area, joining the Cajun Crab Shack, where Flaming Buffet used to be on American Legion Highway in Roslindale, and Shaking Seafood in Roslindale Square.
The Boston Sun reports chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette are whipping up an Italian seafood restaurant on Newbury Street between Fairfield and Gloucester streets. They already have a deal to buy the liquor license from the former Uno on Boylston Street.
OK, it's not really a surprise, but WCVB reports Roger Berkowitz is selling his chain to a company called PPX Hospitality Brands, which owns almost all the restaurants with Strega, as well as the Smith and Wollensky chain. Read more.
As if the pandemic weren't enough, the Barking Crab on Fort Point Channel has been burglarized repeatedly over the past nine months. Early this morning, somebody broke in again, but this time, the restaurant reports, Boston Police caught the suspect red clawed. BPD records show officers cracked the case around 1 a.m.
In what is probably not at all surprising when the pandemic means no more buffets, Lisa Beatman reports (in Keep Roslindale Quirky) that the Flaming Grill and Buffet, which had been serving up Chinese buffet (and mac and cheese and sushi) on American Legion Highway in Roslindale since 2017 has been replaced by Cajun Crab Shack, which, of course, serves various types of boiled Cajun seafood dishes, as well as po' boys. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the chain saw no pandemic point in re-opening a restaurant with no patio space and with the collapse of business from nearby hotels and a lease running out in a few months in a building whose owner wants to redevelop the space.
Legal Sea Foods and an insurance company that sold it an "all risks" insurance policy on March 1 are now battling in court over whether the insurer has to pay the restaurant chain millions to cover losses from shutting its 34 restaurants due to Covid-19. Read more.
The No Name Restaurant on Fish Pier announced tonight it's closed for good - hours after it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, with documentation showing its two biggest creditors are the city of Boston and Massport: Read more.
Roslindale Village Main Street reports that Shaking Seafood, on Poplar Street in Roslindale Square, where Jersualem Trading used to be, has its "soft" opening at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The seafood place specializes in a Cajun style of cooking in which you pick your seafood and your spices, then they cook and shake them for you and you dig in.
Workers were busy inside the former Jerusalem Trading on Poplar Street in Roslindale Square yesterday, doing the work required to turn the old home-furnishings stuff store into a restaurant that will serve Cajun seafood in a bag - after resolving whatever ISD issues had stopped work there for several months. Read more.