What’s New: Evolving Eats

Recino's CaféPhoto courtesy of Recino's Café.

East Somerville
Recino’s Café

Recino’s Café has it all, from Mexican- and Salvadoran-style plates of burritos, pupusas, and tamales to rich American pastries like New York cheesecake. The cafe, which opened in late May, is owners Jose Recino and Joseph Garcia’s first restaurant in the city. 

Ball Square
Avenue Kitchen and Bar

Out with the longtime Italian favorite Pescatore and in with the new American gastropub-style Avenue Kitchen and Bar, which features a cozy patio, U-shaped bar, and easy take-out entrance, Boston Magazine reports. The restaurant is the first in the area to offer Detroit-style pizza as a staple of its menu, alongside healthier options such as salads and bowls. Chef and owner Kenny Schweizer has a wealth of experience from his time at Ward 8, Bodega Canal, and Florentine Cafe, where he met his Avenue Kitchen and Bar business partner Gino DeLuca. 

Union Square

Paola Ibarra, the beverage and cocktail connoisseur of Celeste, is moving onto bigger and better things—while still sticking close to home, Eater Boston reports. Ibarra plans to open her own bar, named Barra, a few doors down from the popular Latin American restaurant. The two will be “more like restaurant cousins than siblings”—though the relationship between both business owners is ongoing, Barra will feature a more in-depth focus on Mexican street food rather than expanding on the Peruvian cuisine of Celeste. 

Union Square
The Juice Union 

Barra’s planned home is where healthy juice spot The Juice Union closed its doors this spring, Eater Boston reports. The Juice Union thanked its loyal customers on Instagram, saying, “Judging from the fantastic feedback and reviews, we successfully created a shop that fostered personal connections and made customers feel good.”

Union Square
Rebel Rebel Wine Bar Gives Back through the Yellowhammer Fund

Rebel Rebel Wine Bar’s been fundraising. Following multiple Republican-controlled states’ moves toward severely limiting abortion access, for a stretch of May the Bow Market wine bar donated all its rosé sales to The Yellowhammer Fund, an organization that supports people who seek care from the three abortion clinics in Alabama. The bar surpassed its initial goal of $25,000 and has racked up more than $32,000 through an accompanying GoFundMe fundraiser that is still open for donations.

This story originally appeared in the Technology & Transportation issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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