MOOYAH Burgers to Pitch Neighborhood Group on Jackson Square Restaurant

A Texas-based burger and shake chain will make its case to the neighborhood next week to open an outpost of its fast-casual concept in Jackson Square. MOOYAH Bugers, Fries & Shakes seeks to open at 225 Centre St. That's the large building right next to the Jackson Square T where it meets Columbus Avenue. The company, headquartered in Dallas, had originally planned to open its JP restaurant in April or May. MOOYAH representatives are scheduled to appear at the Tuesday, June 6 meeting of the JP Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee.

Chilacates Opening Second Location on Centre Street

Popular Jamaica Plain taqueria Chilacates is opening a second location in the neighborhood, taking over the Centre Street space formerly occupied by the short-lived Pink Samurai dumpling house. A Chilacates employee at the taqueria's 224 Amory St. location confirmed to Jamaica Plain News that a second Chilacates will open at 658 Centre St. -- and that the Amory Street location will remain open as well. Chilacates, which opened in the summer of 2015, has quickly gained a loyal customer following who gravitate to their burritos, tacos and other Mexican specialties.

Pink Samurai Dumpling House, 658 Centre St., poised to open soon. Photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.

Long-awaited ‘Pink Samurai Dumpling House’ May Open as Soon as Friday

We have it on good authority that the old Charlie Chan's on Centre Street will open as Pink Samurai Dumpling House as early as Friday. The chef who originally was going to launch the dumpling restaurant told Jamaica Plain News that while he is no longer involved in the project, he expects the new team may open as soon as Friday. We expect menu changes from the original concept. We'll pass along more as soon as we can confirm it. We've been unable to reach the owner but we'll update this story if we do.

Ellana and Josef Haile of Blue Nile Restaurant pause for a photo at the JFK School on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Blue Nile Changes Hands

One of JP's most popular vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Blue Nile, is changing ownership. It faces a tricky exchange to keep a beer and wine license, however. But not much else is slated to change about the 389 Centre St. favorite. New owner Yosef Haile, brother of current owner Ellana Haile, has been managing the place for the last three years.

Sharpening Service In JP

Thought folks would like to know that we have a new sharpening service in Jamaica Plain! The Sharpening Guy is now partnered with Hardware City JP's local ACE Hardware. We're now sharpening Knives-Scissors-Garden Tools and More! Drop off any Day of the week we have fast turn around and if the community supports us The Sharpening Guy will be on location every Saturday! We don't use grinders our method produces a Sharp Edge we Guarantee it or we'll re sharpen!