April 10 2019

Incoming Burlington Restaurants: What’s Opening Where and When

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington has certainly seen a boom in the number of restaurants in town in recent years and that growth is not stopping now.


In fact, there are a good number of projects already in the works and looking towards opening this year. Keeping track of all of them all can be difficult but we at BNEWS are making the attempt.


Here is our list of incoming restaurants. If you see one we missed please email us at bcat@bcattv.org to help fill in the gaps.


- The Treasury


This gourmet Indian restaurant will occupy the former Bonefish Grill location in the Wayside plaza. The restaurant will feature items cooked on a griddle, and open barbecue, a stone cooking pot and traditional clay ovens. There will also be “premium” liquor and wine selections to be paired with the food.


One of the restaurant owners, Prakash Khot, said the food represents the “journey of the chef” they have hired to come up with the menu for the restaurant. He said the chef spent the last 30 years visiting chefs and restaurants all over the world, including the Middle East, Asia and Europe.


Projected Opening: Late Spring 2019.


Click Here to read the full BNEWS story on the restaurant being granted its liquor license.


- Yard House


The American sports bar chain with over 60 locations in the country is going to be located in the former Chili’s location at 108 Middlesex Turnpike. The plan calls for the complete teardown of the existing Chili’s building and the building of a new roughly 10,000 square foot restaurant at a cost of about $13 million. The restaurant will seat over 200 people inside with another 100 patio seats when the weather allows.


The menu will be a fusion of American, Asian and Mexican selections. The price-range of the restaurant is somewhere between a fast casual restaurant and a high-end one, an attorney for the project told the Board of Selectmen during a liquor license hearing.  


Projected Opening: Late 2019 or early 2020.


Click Here to read a previous story on the restaurant.


Click Here to visit the restaurants website.


- Eddie V’s Prime Seafood


This high-end seafood restaurant will be in the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill location at 50 South Avenue. The plan included a complete tear-down of the former building and the construction of a new, nearly 10,000 square feet, $7.9 million restaurant.


On its website the restaurant says it is known for fresh seafood but they have a wide range of options. They also stress the dining experience customers will enjoy.

“Seafood is what we’re known for, but our specialty is excellence,” they say. “Fish arrive daily from pristine waters around the world including swordfish from Block Island, scallops from George Banks, and yellowfin tuna from the Caribbean. USDA Prime steaks are hand cut and specially aged for more than 28 days to ensure peak flavor. Devotion to excellence is the guiding principle in all that we do. From making fresh tortillas by hand daily for our lobster tacos to including a full half-pound of Jumbo Lump crab meat in our crab cakes.”


Projected Opening: June 14.


Click Here to read a previous BNEWS story on the restaurant.


Click Here to visit the restaurant’s website.


- Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria


This well-known, award winning, Connecticut-based pizzeria is looking to occupy the former Uno’s location in the Burlington Mall.


The 98-seat full service restaurant will be Frank Pepe’s second Massachusetts location, the other being in Chestnut Hill. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is one of the country’s oldest pizzerias. It was founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe who was born in the town of Maiori, on the Amalfi, Naples, Frank Pepe.


As the business grew it earned a loyal following and quite a few awards. It was named to the James Beard Foundation’s list of “America’s Classics” in 1999 and was called the “Best Pizza on Earth” by The Guardian in 2009. The Daily Meal named Pepe’s white clam pizza the “best pizza in the country” two years in a row in 2013 and 2014, among other accolades from other publications.


Projected Opening: Late Spring.


Click Here to see a previous BNEWS story on the restaurant coming to Burlington.


Click Here to visit the restaurant’s website.


- CAVA Mezze Grill


This Mediterranean restaurant is one of the first to be approved for the new renovation at the Burlington Mall and will open in the building that will be located where the former Sears Auto was situation. The restaurant will occupy 2,545 square feet of the building and have seasonal outdoor patio seating.


Started by three childhood friends Ike Grigoropoulos, Chef Dimitri Moshovitis, and Ted Xenohristos, CAVA is a fast casual Mediterranean restaurant. The Washington, D.C. based organization has expanded into the Massachusetts in the last few years with locations in Boston, Hingham and Dedham.


“CAVA was born out of a desire to fuel full lives through a bold and innovative food culture rooted in the heritage of the culinary brand’s founders,” the restaurant’s website states. “The three first-generation Greek Americans are childhood friends who wanted to bring the authentic Mediterranean flavors and experiences of their Greek upbringing to a wider audience in a morder, accessible format.”


Projected Opening: To Be Determined


Click Here to read a previous BNEWS story about CAVA.


Click Here to visit the restaurant's website.


- Caffe Nero


Yes, there is already a Cafe Nero in the Burlington Mall but the Italian-style cafe is looking to open another location in town - also on the Burlington Mall property. It was approved to open a second, 3,065 square-feet, Cafe Nero in the former Sears Auto Center location.


According to the business, Caffe Nero “is modeled after traditional Italian cafes wherein they specialize in high quality coffee and freshly made pastries served to their customers in a relaxing atmosphere.”

Caffe Nero will operate during breakfast, lunch and dinner hours with seating for 56 inside with an additional 56 seats on a seasonal patio.

Projected Opening: To Be Determined

Click Here to visit the restaurant’s website.


- Blackbird Cafe

This breakfast-all-day cafe that also has lunch options will be coming into Middlesex Commons at 101 Middlesex Turnpike in the former Presti Pizzeria location.

Blackbird Cafe serves a wide variety of breakfast dishes, creative breakfast sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches, baked goods and lunch options. They also have fresh gourmet coffee.

The owners, the Kenney family, say on their website: “We founded this company with the hopes of becoming your 3rd place in the community - that comfortable spot between home and work where one can go to enjoy a good drink, a great homemade meal, and maybe even bump into a friend or neighbor! Our focus is on creating delicious food and beverages of the highest quality while partnering with local sources to provide you with the freshest breakfast and lunch options around! We hope you find your special place here, at the Blackbird Cafe. From our family to yours, bon appetite!”

Projected Opening: Early Spring

Click Here to visit the restaurant’s website.


- The Cookie Monstah

This fast order establishment for cookies and ice cream sandwiches will be moving into the former Scott Trade location, next to FedEx, at 110 Mall Road. The new store will have 14 interior seats and 4 exterior seats.

The bakery specializes in ice cream sandwiches made with cookies but has a wide variety of sweet treats on offer.  

“In addition to our signature ice cream sandwiches, we offer a rotating variety of fresh baked goods,” its website states. “Everything from Coconut Pound Cake and Banana Bread to Blueberry Buttermilk Cake and Warm Apple Crisp.Cookies are baked throughout the day so you will always enjoy a freshly baked cookie.”


The baked goods are based on owner Melissa “Missy” Gale’s mother’s from-scratch recipes.


Projected Opening: Spring


Click Here to read a previous BNEWS story about the business.


Click Here to visit the restaurant’s website.


- Twist Cafe

This bakery and sandwich shop with a strong emphasis on healthy food and providing options for people with food allergies will open at the former Paul’s Bakery location at 62 Second Avenue in the 3rd Ave development project.


The restaurant was founded after the owner, Kathryn Ernst, spent a lot of time working on a variety of recipes to fit her dietary needs. As someone who grew up with a number of food allergies, including issues with gluten, she said she wanted a place where people can find a variety of options that won’t make them feel bad or have an allergic reaction.


Twist Bakery & Cafe has a list of ingredients they use sparingly and those they never use in their food. You can see the list here.


The restaurant offers a variety of baked goods, breakfast and lunch options. These include egg dishes, sandwiches, salads, paninis and soups.


Projected Opening: Website says info coming soon but it looks close.


Click Here to read a previous BNEWS story about the business.


Click Here to visit the restaurant’s website.


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