Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Industry News: New England

Seth Greenberg, owner of Mistral in Boston's Back Bay, will open a new, 240-seat, 8,500 s/f restaurant called Bastille Kitchen in September at 49 Melcher St. in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood…The Legal Sea Foods at Braintree’s South Shore Plaza is moving across the street to the Hyatt Place hotel. The new 8,200 s/f eatery will be ready by summer. The Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree features 40,000 s/f of food and retail outlets including Potbelly, Starbucks, Five Guys, Jos. A. Bank, Vitamin Shoppe and T.G.I. Friday’sJanie and Jack, the children’s clothing store, is the latest retailer to vacate the former Atrium Mall and move across the street to the Mall at Chestnut Hill in Newton, MA. The 1,446 s/f store will be on the second level and will open at the end of January…The Panera Bread Foundation’s Panera Cares cafe in Boston is now officially open at 3 Center Plaza near Government Center. The idea of the CafĂ© is to provide a place where everyone can eat regardless of their ability to pay. There are no prices, just suggested donations and bins in which to leave money…Bobby’s Burger Palace opened at the Burlington Mall. The 72-seat restaurant is celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s first MA restaurant and the 13th location for the chain...Johnny Rockets opened a restaurant at 371 Massachusetts Ave. in Acton, MA bringing its tally in the Bay State to 5 locations…Lynn Lumber, which had been in business nearly 70 years in Lynn, MA, has closed for good. The company was founded in 1945 and was run by the third generation of the founding family…Frozen yogurt shop BerryLine has closed its Newbury St. location to be replaced by Forever Yogurt, which will open this spring. Forever Yogurt joins a crowded Newbury St. frozen dessert market which includes Pinkberry, Tasti D-Lite, Smoothie King, J.P. Licks, Ben & Jerry’s and Emack & Bolio’sBee’s Knees Supply Co., a high-quality gourmet market, will open a 5,000 s/f store next month in South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood. The shop also will feature a deli, butcher, fish monger, craft beer and wine, fresh flowers and produce, and a year-round community supported agriculture program. Bee’s Knees hopes to use the market as a flagship production site for smaller satellite stores...Former Foundation Lounge owner George Lewis and chef Todd Winer will open Pastoral, a 140-seat restaurant on Congress Street in Fort Point…DSW will occupy the former Filene’s Basement space at South Shore Plaza this spring, while Rodizio Grill, an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue restaurant will occupy the former Forever 21, which is relocating to the Nordstrom wing. Other new tenants at South Shore include Call It Spring by Aldo, Vans Expressions,  and iSpa, a day spa with a high-tech theme...Fashion retailer No Rest for Bridget will make its East Coast debut in March, opening a 1,300 s/f store on Boston’s Newbury Street, featuring affordable women’s clothing and accessories for 20 to 39-year-olds...Stop & Shop has purchased the Johnnie’s Foodmaster lease at 105 Alewife Brook Parkway in Somerville, MA. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stop & Shop is devising a renovation plan and a reopening date has not been set. Last fall, Johnnie’s, the family-owned grocery chain that was launched in 1947, shuttered its 10 stores…Acadia Realty Trust has paid about $14.1 million for the Village Square at 181-185 Main St. ,a 14,850 s/f retail center in Westport, CT. The center houses TD Bank, House of Clement, Charter Realty and Westport Physical Therapy...Microsoft will open a 3,000 s/f store at the Natick (MA) Mall later this year, based on the success of its kiosk there. Microsoft has 58 US stores and expects to open 11 more this year...Starbucks is opening a new 300 s/f location at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston's Kenmore Square.

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