What’s New: New & Improved Eats

Photo courtesy of Happy Crab.

Teele Square

Happy Crab: Open
Happy Crab, a new cajun seafood restaurant, opened Jan. 1 in the former location of Amelia’s Kitchen at 1137 Broadway. Happy-hour drinks, available from 3 to 5 p.m., are buy one, get one free. The menu is teeming with seafood options, featuring scallops, mussels, and baby clams, with a selection of sauces and sides. 

Union Square

Fortissimo Coffeehouse is back on Bow Street
Fortissimo Coffeehouse reopened Jan. 15 at 75 Bow St., a space larger than its former Somerville Avenue location, which closed last Halloween. The shop boasts free WiFi and its usual staples: smoothies, coffee drinks, baked goods, and breakfast foods.

Bow Street
Barra interior. Photo by Lilly Milman.

A new, Mexico City-inspired Barra
Paola Ibarra, the beverage connoisseur who developed the menu at Celeste in Union Square, opened her own restaurant a few doors down on Bow Street with her longtime friend Yhadira Guzman. The cocktail bar is in the former Juice Union space. Focusing on Mexican street food, Barra is a nod to neighborhood bars in Mexico City, from its corrugated aluminum to its green mood lighting and authentic cocktails. Stop by for a drink with mezcal or sotol, or taste xtabentun, a honey-anise liquor from Yucatan. 

Juliet Union Square expands dining options 
Juliet, known for its prix-fixe menu and no-tipping policy, changed its offerings as of Feb. 3. For the first time, Juliet offered a-la-carte service on Monday nights in addition to Sunday nights. Sunday dining lost its former name, “Romeo’s at Juliet,” while the restaurant worked to expand its menu. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Today, our a-la-carte program is a staple of our dinner service; an opportunity for friends and neighbors to walk in, enjoy a casual dinner at the counter without making a reservation, and extend the spirit of our all day bistro style service into the evening,” reads a press release from the restaurant. 

Juliet dining options. Photo by Brian Samuels Photography.

Ball Square

Taco Party doubles in size
Fans of the plant-based restaurant Taco Party are in luck—the restaurant’s renovation is adding a bar and restrooms, and expanding the menu to include bar snacks, according to its owner, Keith Schubert. The restaurant will effectively double in size, adding 11 more seats. Beginning the first week in April, Taco Party will feature a bar serving tequila and mezcal, local beers, and Mexican lagers. 

This story appears in the March/April print issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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