New Brewery and Taproom Looking to Open on Washington Street Later This Year

A Jamaica Plain resident is planning on opening Drawdown Brewing Company later this year on the ground floor of a Washington Street apartment building. “We’re excited to be part of this vibrant neighborhood which has a wonderful reputation for celebrating diversity, great restaurants, uniquely independent businesses and a thriving socially-minded community,” said Liz Nicol, the owner and operator of the new establishment at 3200 Washington St., at the corner of Montebello Road. Drawdown Brewing Company will be a malt forward brewery with core beers and creative small batch brews. As head brewer, Nicol will produce four to five stalwart brews offered year-round. There will be also be seasonal and specialty brews produced in smaller quantities.


Restaurant Alert: Across The Border to Serve Up Cheetos Burrito and More in Hyde Square

Douglas and his wife Shantel Salazar started their Tex Mex style food truck Across the Border in 2018, and any day they will be opening their first brick and mortar restaurant in Hyde Square. While not strictly vegan or vegetarian by any means, Across the Border proudly touts its Tex Mex vegan and vegetarian options. That includes vegan tacos that utilize a vegan beef crumble or vegan chicken. The Boston vegan burrito includes tater tots, vegan chicken or beef crumble, pico de gallo, guacamole, vegan cheese, jalapenos, and you can add spicy sweet chili Doritos or Fritos. A star element of the menu is some of America's most popular snacks: a variety of different flavors of Cheetos, Doritos, and Fritos.


Restaurant Openings: Something New; A Rebirth; and Reinvented with a Move

There's been several additions to the Jamaica Plain restaurant scene of late. There are some familiar faces in old places, familiar faces in new spaces, and a boom of flavor. The only Scottish restaurant in Boston, The Haven, recently opened in a new space at The Brewery Complex. The Haven had been in a very small space in Hyde Square for more than 10 years, and moved to the old Bella Luna and Milky Way Lounge space, which is a lot bigger and includes a patio. Already The Haven has hosted a whiskey tasting, a quiz night, are preparing for a comedy night and of course they've been serving delicious Scotch.


Jamaica Plain Residents Opening Italian Restaurant on Centre Street

Two Jamaica Plain residents will be opening a new Italian restaurant on Centre Street that will serve handmade pastas, Sicilian-style pizza and more. Claire Makley and Luke Fetbroth, will be opening Tonino at 669A Centre St., which was last home to the Little Dipper. They hope to open the restaurant later this summer. The duo have close to 25 years of combined experience in the food and beverage industry, and this is their first venture together. Makley's career includes being the general manager of the very highly regarded Hojoko izakaya, after starting as a hostess at the o ya restaurant.


Flavor Boom, a Gourmet Fast-food Restaurant Opening on Centre Street in June

A soon to be vacant spot on Centre Street will quickly have a new restaurant in its location that specialize in slow-cooked Asian and Mediterranean food. Signs in the window at 703 Centre St., indicate that Flavor Boom! will be opening in June. This is the second location for the restaurant, with its first in Watertown. Carrot Flower had operated from the commercial spot, but closed in May.