What’s New: Changing Tastes

Vinal BakeryVinal Bakery's Florentine English muffin sandwich includes egg, ham, feta, garlicky spinach, and dijonnaise. Photo courtesy of Vinal Bakery.

Union Square

A Bagelsaurus alum is taking to Union Square to shine a spotlight on another beloved breakfast carb: the English muffin. Sarah Murphy’s Vinal Bakery, formerly a pop-up-only concept, has taken root in the former Pizza Palace space. The cafe features a menu of innovative English muffin sandwiches (built upon Murphy’s signature original, wheat, or anadama muffins), along with New England-inspired pastries and coffee.

Davis Square
Amsterdam Falafelshop

Davis Square’s six-year-old falafel and fries spot has closed its doors, Eater Boston reports. Its closure marks the end of the Washington D.C.-based chain’s residency in Greater Boston after a Kenmore Square location closed in 2017. “We are off to new ventures with family and business and will never forget our time in Davis Square,” owner Matt D’Alessio wrote on Facebook.

Davis Square

A new fast-casual eatery is set to open in the space Amsterdam Falafel vacated. Grainmaker, a “Southeast Asian street market” in downtown Boston, will open its second location in the now-vacant storefront, according to Eater Boston. The restaurant will start slinging dairy- and gluten-free salads, tacos, and grain bowls as early as June. 

Red 8

There’s no better place to eat a pre-slot-machine meal than a restaurant named after a lucky Chinese color and number. Red 8, due to open in the Encore casino this June, will serve upscale Chinese fare, like Peking duck and Sampan-style king crab, in an ornate, luxurious setting, Boston Magazine reports. This will be the fourth Red 8 location, joining others in Las Vegas and Macau.

Ball Square

Sassafras, a vegetarian- and vegan-focused restaurant, has fallen victim to Green Line Extension construction, according to Eater Boston. Earlier this spring, the restaurant’s website announced the business had become financially unsustainable, citing the Broadway Bridge closure as a factor. Later, posts on the restaurant’s social media teased that Sassafras may continue to operate as a pop-up or a meal delivery service.

This article originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Voices of the City Issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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