Attention chocolate lovers! You're going to be excited about a new business coming to Centre Street. Cacao will be opening later this spring and offering up delicious chocolate treats, freshly roasted nuts and more. "It's a nut and chocolate shop," said Cacao's owner Leo Baez to Jamaica Plain News. "Cacao means cocoa in Spanish.
The seemingly popular Centre Street Cafe will be changing its name in the coming weeks and becoming an all day diner with a celestial name. The diner will be called Little Dipper and have a space theme, according to Boston Magazine. The current ownership of the cafe purchased it in 2015 and changed it to an Italian restaurant, and continued to serve one of the most popular brunches in town, as it commonly has a line out the door. So sounds like the Little Dipper will still serve brunch, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a Cajuan, Southern and Southwestern influence, reports Boston Magazine. Centre Street Cafe is expected to close in May for several weeks as it is remade into the diner.
The Gate Restaurant & Bar has abruptly shutdown after being open for less than a year in Egleston Square. "We regret to announce that The Gate Bar & Restaurant has closed this week. We want to thank our customers and the Egleston Square neighborhood for the loyal support this past year. We are sad to have to permanently shut our doors and apologize for any inconvenience," said owner Paul Byrne via email to Jamaica Plain News. Byrne opened The Gate, located at 3171 Washington St., in May 2017.
One thing that Jamaica Plain has been known for is its independent businesses. One of the great independent businesses on Centre Street is Hatched. The owner of Hatched, Liz Vittori Koch, spoke with Jamaica Plain News about being an independent brick and mortar business, kid toys and how she makes sure she's working with ethical companies. Q: Hatched has been a store in JP for 13 years. How has the store changed since its inception?
REPS Fitness Studio celebrated its opening on Saturday by hosting an open house with free classes, raffles, deals and more. The studio offers different styles of workout classes incorporating cycling, strength training with kettle balls, exercise bands, yoga and other methods. Personal training programs are also offered for individuals, couples/buddies -- to "share the strong work that goes into staying fit and healthy with a friend" -- and parents are encouraged to bring their children in to understand the value of being healthy and some good parental-child bonding time. The JP location is currently the second REPS studio for Renvil Doman, who opened the first REPS Fitness Studio in 2011. The other current location is in Beacon Hill, and he also owns Beacon Hill Yoga.