Fall 2022 guide to planned restaurant openings in Boston

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Summer is drawing to a close, and despite the transportation authority throwing a wrench into Bostonians’ daily commutes, exciting new restaurant and bar openings on the horizon could hopefully ease the spirits. gloomy residents. Many fun and long-awaited new projects are springing up in Greater Boston this fall. Here’s what to expect in September and beyond.

New restaurants and bars

The wig shop

27 Temple Place, Downtown Crossing, Boston

A new cocktail bar will soon open next to jm Curley, a speakeasy bar that opened in 2011. Famous industry vets Kevin Mabry and Oscar Simoza run it; Mabry is also general manager of jm Curley and Simoza is the bar manager. The 31-seat bar will offer a mixed menu of modern classics and staff-created specialties, paying homage to the real wig shop that stood there for 40 years. There will also be a small selection of snacks, as well as large format cocktails to share with a group.

Planned opening schedule: Early September 2022

Little Whale Oyster Bar

314 Newbury Street, Back Bay, Boston

A new seafood restaurant by chef Michael Serpa will replace the French bistro-style Grand Tour establishment on Newbury Street. Serpa, a renowned Boston chef whose portfolio includes Select Oyster Bar and Atlántico, wants to bring New England dishes to the fold. The all-day menu will include raw sea bass with local oysters, fried Ipswich clams, local fish and shellfish dishes and wines from various regions.

Expected opening schedule: September 12, 2022

Tonino

669A Center Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston

A new Italian restaurant by former Tres Gatos chef Luke Fetbroth and Hojoko chef Claire Makley is set to open in early fall in the former Little Dipper space in Jamaica Plain. Tonino is meant to serve as a neighborhood restaurant, using local ingredients while highlighting Italian classics, such as fresh pasta, Sicilian-style pizza, and more.

Expected opening schedule: September 2022

Comfort kitchen

611 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Boston

This highly anticipated restaurant that showcases global cuisine is in the home stretch, says managing partner Biplaw Rai. Although the space is still under construction at the moment, Rai hopes his cafe and restaurant will welcome customers the first week of October. Guests will take a world tour through the prism of the African diaspora with innovative traditional dishes.

Expected opening schedule: early October 2022

The Comfort Kitchen team. From left to right: Nyacko Pearl Perry, Biplaw Rai and Kwasi Kwaa
Rita Ferreira

birds of paradise

525 Western Avenue, Brighton

Birds of Paradise, a cocktail lounge on the theme of air travel, will open in a few weeks; hopefully early October, says owner Ran Duan. This new bar will become the newest tenant to move into the Speedway, joining a host of popular dining destinations including a sake bar, South American wine bar and deli, brewery and more.

Expected opening schedule: early October 2022

Bam Bam Fried Chicken

245 Pleasant Street, Malden

The folks behind Malden’s popular Chinese restaurant, District Kitchen, are bringing a new fried chicken restaurant to town. The restaurant will take a space that was once a Dunkin’ and transform it into a place of vibrancy and high energy, owner Stacey Zhang said. In addition to fried chicken, she hopes to feature popular items at state fairs, such as fried Oreos, barbecued pulled pork sandwiches and mozzarella cheese corn dogs.

Expected opening schedule: early October 2022

Fisherman

498 Commonwealth Avenue, Kenmore Square, Boston

A new restaurant featuring local seafood is set to open at the former location of the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore. It will be the second of three installments in Boston by the Blue Ribbon Group of New York, which owns restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and beyond. The menu will draw inspiration from coastal cuisine from around the world, from southern Spain to Argentina, with a ceviche bar and elaborate cocktails.

Expected opening schedule: early to mid-October 2022

Johnny Pomodoro

297 Main Street, Charlestown, Boston

Charlestown is getting a counter-service Italian restaurant in October. Johnny Pomodoro’s is the brainchild of celebrity chef Johnny Burke, owner of Johnny’s Takeaway in West Roxbury. After a successful run with a pop-up named Johnny Pomodoro, which was his take on old-school red sauce Italian, Burke decided to expand the idea into a full restaurant. The menu will include everything from family meals of chicken parmesan and pomodoro pasta to garlic knots and chocolate chip cookies.

Expected opening schedule: October 2022

Cauliflower soup, Johnny's Takeaway.

cauliflower soup from Johnny’s Takeaway; the owner will then open Johnny Pomodoro’s.
Johnny’s to go/Facebook

SAVR

150 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

The Seaport is adding a new waterfront restaurant inside the St Regis Residences, a luxury condominium currently under construction. Its menu will include a range of comforting classics, bistro favorites and local seafood, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail list. The two-story space will offer seasonal outdoor seating and a terrace that overlooks Boston Harbor.

Expected opening schedule: November 2022

Reopenings and extensions

Juliet

257 Washington Street, Union Square, Somerville

After a bit of a wait, famed Union Square restaurant Juliet has finally started taking reservations for its brand new space – right next to the original location. There will be casual lunches, dinners and brunches on weekends, as well as themed tasting menus that showcase seasonal bounty from here and abroad.

Expected opening schedule: August 31

hot chix

1220 Cambridge Street, Inman Place, Cambridge

After years of gaining a loyal following that would travel the city for its pop-ups, Hot Chix will call Inman Square home, offering Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches in a casual space.

Expected opening time: any week now

across the border

378A Center Street, Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain, Boston

Tex Mex-style food truck Across the Border is opening a permanent restaurant in Jamaica Plain. Serving a variety of tacos and burritos that stick to traditional roots but with a modern twist, the company is known for using ingredients like Cheetos, Doritos, and Fritos. It also offers a vegetarian and vegan menu. The new restaurant will occupy the former space owned by Pikalo, who moved to the block.

Planned opening schedule: Imminent

living life

20-40 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville

Local vegetarian cafe chain Life Alive continues its rapid expansion along the Red Line, setting up shop in the heart of Davis Square. To mark the occasion, Life Alive employees will be handing out vintage T tokens and menus at the Davis T stop to entice curious customers. The T tokens can then be exchanged for a free bowl of cereal, salad or bowl of broth. (If you still have T tokens that were decommissioned 10 years ago, you can also bring those tokens to exchange for food.)

Planned opening schedule: Early September 2022

A food distribution at Life Alive Brookline, involving vegetables, beans, nuts and rice on various plates atop a wooden table.  Frozen drinks in mason jars sit next to the food.

A Life Alive food distribution in Brookline.
Abigail Jean Photography

Himalayan cuisine

40 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville

The beloved Nepalese-Indian fusion restaurant in Union Square is finally reopening after months of renovations. The newly renovated space has a full bar: according to its owner, it will serve some basic drinks to start, but hopes to expand its list of drinks.

Planned opening schedule: Early September 2022

Puritan Oyster Bar

1164 Cambridge St., Inman Square

Inman Square mainstay Puritan & Company will add a seafood-focused restaurant next door in November. The Puritan Oyster Bar will serve oysters, of course, along with a variety of other raw and cooked seafood dishes: Watch for tuna carpaccio, hot buttered lobster toast, and more.

Expected opening schedule: November 2022

Salonika

1 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill (opening September 15); 316 Newbury Street, Back Bay (opening September 28)

Casual Greek restaurant Saloniki will add two more locations in Beacon Hill and Back Bay in September. Diners can expect classic dishes inspired by owner Eric Papachristos’ Greek upbringing, including chicken souvlaki, grilled spanakopita, as well as spatula chicken with crispy mashed potatoes and tzatziki. The Newbury Street location will take the place of Steve’s Greek Cuisine, a long-running Greek restaurant.

Expected opening schedule: September 2022

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