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.
Mariebmorris reports a small sign posted to the door of Sakurabana, 57 Broad St. downtown announces its closing, that after 36 years in business, Covid-19 made it impossible for owner Hironori Koga to keep going.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the under-construction Arsenal Yards (where the Arsenal Mall used to be) will be the first US home of Tori Jiro, a yakitori chain that also serves fried chicken and chicken meatballs for people who don't prefer their chicken in small bites and roasted on skewers.
UPDATE, 8/29: Mess cleaned up, restaurant cleared to re-open.
A Boston health inspector shut Totto Ramen, 169 Brighton Ave., today after a sprinkler burst, sending sprinkler water all over the kitchen - from a large container of tripe stew to cutting boards and other food-prep surfaces to walls.
The restaurant can re-open once everything's been cleaned up and the kitchen passes a re-inspection.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Pui Chung Siu buy the beer, wine and liqueur license now held by the Umai sushi restaurant at 412 Market Street and turn the space into a noodle place called South of Clouds.
Siu's attorney, Meihuei Hu, told the board this morning that Siu is planning only cosmetic changes to the restaurant's interior. Nobody opposed the request.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered Genki Ya, 232 Tremont St., shut for two days because BPD detectives caught three underage BU students with rum drinks - and the realistic-looking but fake out-of-state IDs they'd used to buy them. Read more.
My daughter loves miso soup, but wants to be vegetarian. Normally, it's made with fish. Do you have a recommendation for somewhere with a vegetarian option? Ideally, Somerville or Cambridge, or at least Red Line....