El Oriental de Cuba and George’s Shoes Honored as City’s Inaugural Legacy Business Award Winners

Two longtime Jamaica Plain businesses were honored as part of the city's inaugural list of Legacy Business awardees. El Oriental de Cuba and George's Shoes were among the 30 businesses across the city that Mayor Michelle Wu recognized on May 18. "El Oriental de Cuba has been a favorite family owned restaurant for the past 30 years, and it is an honor to be recognized by the City of Boston,” said Yvonne Torres, owner of El Oriental de Cuba. “Receiving the Business Legacy award not only acknowledges the restaurant itself, but the incredible community of Jamaica Plain that has kept this restaurant alive during and after the pandemic. My father Nobel Garcia and late owner, well known and loved by everyone, would have been extremely proud to see his restaurant be recognized as a legacy institution."


New Coffee Bar to Open by Forest Hills

A new coffee bar is planning to open in the old location of Simpli Bar & Bites on Washington Street in Forest Hills. A poster in the window is advertising the B.U. Bistro with a link that goes to a job listing for a coordinator of the coffee bar with an annual salary of $41,000+. The restaurant is located at 3840 Washington St.


Haitian Restaurant Taking Over for 100% Delicias

From the looks of it, it would appear that 100% Delicias cleared out of its Centre Street location, and a new restaurant will open in its place. The new restaurant is called Fritay, and will serve Caribbean cuisine. Fritay means fried food and is a staple of Haitian cooking, and sources confirmed it will be a Haitian restaurant. There was no menu or more info posted in the windows or door. It is next to the former location of Cacao, which closed at the end of last year.


Ula Cafe Launching Evening Event Series Featuring Music, Comedy, Art and More

Ula Cafe is launching Ula After Dark, a series of after-hours events and gatherings throughout the month of February. The series will feature music, comedy, art, food and beverage after hours, and is being launched to provide more to do during this dark and cold time of the year. “We’re so excited for Ula After Dark,” said Beth Santos, Ula’s co-owner. “Ula has been such an important part of our family and community, and I know our customers have been asking for more events for a long time. I hope this can be just the beginning of the amazing collaborations we can offer at Ula for years to come.”

Events are open to the public and happen from 5-8 pm on Thursdays in February.


Bukhara Looks Like It Closed: Space Available Immediately to Lease

It appears that Bukhara Indian Bistro has closed in Forest Hills, as there are physical signs in the windows that say the space is immediately available to lease. There's a "For Rent" sign in one window, and another saying that 700 sq. ft. is immediately available for a triple net lease. On Monday night, Bukhara's website said it was closed every day of the week.


Boston Burger Company Now Serving at Costello’s Tavern’s

Burgers and beer -- they go together like, well, burgers and beer! In that spirit, the Boston Burger Company has partnered with Costello's Tavern to run the restaurant's kitchen. Costello's and Boston Burger Company mutually announced the new relationship on Facebook. Boston Burger Company said they started serving up burgers on Dec. 14 and the Costello's crew will be slinging drinks.


The Dogwood Closing for Good on January 14; Building Recently Sold

The popular Forest Hills restaurant The Dogwood recently announced it is closing for good in January. For the last 27 years, The Dogwood has been a Jamaica Plain favorite, serving brick-oven pizzas, pasta, burgers, drinks, and more. The Dogwood announced their sad news on their website:

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that after 27 years The Dogwood will be closing its doors for good January 14th, 2023. We are thankful for the continued patronage & support the community has offered through the years. To all our faithful & loyal Dogwood friends & family we thank you for the memories & look forward to having one more with you before we go to exchange the stories & memories this great establishment has offered us all.


Restaurant Openings: Tonino, Mike & Patty’s, Happy Lemon, and More

A high-end Italian restaurant, a breakfast sandwich shop, and a boba tea spot -- Jamaica Plain has several new restaurants offering very different fare. Claire Makley and Luke Fetbroth opened Tonino on Oct. 20 in the former Little Dipper space (669A Centre St.) in partnership with local restauranteur David Doyle and his wife, Mari Pérez-Alers. Tonino is an Italian restaurant inspired by the trattorias, enotecas and aperitivo bars of the smaller neighborhoods surrounding Rome’s city center. The menu includes tomato pie, which has a direct influence from Fetboth's childhood trips to Philadelphia.


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.