Tag Archives: Restaurant Openings 2016

The Brook Kitchen and Tap New Restaurant in Holbrook MA Giveaway

The Brook Kitchen and Tap is now  opened  in the former Lucky Lou Lou’s space at 200 S. Franklin St., in Holbrook MA.  



The new local  restaurant  offers a full range of hearty American  comfort food . Appetizers include chicken wings, clam chowder, and crispy Brussels sprouts, and there is a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, and  pizza. The Brook Kitchen and Tap also offers salads, a range of meat and seafood entrees, and some comfort food sides like mashed potatoes, slaw, and fries. Additionally, the restaurant has  local craft beers and ciders on tap, including Wormtown Brewery, Downeast Cider, Jack’s Abby, Mystic, and more.

The Brook Kitchen and Tap is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but there is a late-night menu that will be offered until 12 a.m.

KKatie’s Burger Bar Now Opened in Quincy’s Hancock District

KKatie’s Burger Bar Quincy has opened in Quincy December 2016.  You may  have been to one of its sister locations  in either Plymouth , Marshfield on the South  Shore and their Cape restaurant in Hyannis which opened earlier in 2016.    KKatie’s Burgers are made fresh daily. Pressed by hand. Always fresh. Never frozen.   They  use only the freshest ingredients, sourced locally when possible The Quincy location   will have the classic lineup of burgers, including the Big KKMac, which comes topped with cheddar jack cheese, select burger fixings, and their own  special sauce. There are also sandwiches, appetizers, and sides, plus beer, wine, and liquor. KKatie’s will have outdoor seating during the warmer  months.

KKatie's Burger Bar Now Opened in Quincy's Hancock District

It is a part of the new Hancock district which includes some new restaurant and a number of established ones

Here is some of the Swampie buzz on its other locations

Finally made it to Kkatie’s Burger Bar in Plymouth, and was pleased to find that it lived up to the hype. I was surprised to find the place packed at 7:45 on a Tuesday in the “off season”. Burgers took about 40 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. Hubby and I both ordered the peppercorn, horseradish burger with caramelized onions – delicious! I asked for medium rare, but my burger was cooked medium, it didn’t matter it was so juicy anyway. The waitstaff are very friendly and welcoming, feels like being at Cheers. We will definitely go back to try some of the other burgers.

I spent the weekend in Hyannis. On Saturday, I tried Kkatie’s Burger Bar for the first time. It is on Main Street in Hyannis. It is a casual and small place. It is a cool atmosphere. I had the turkey burger with lettuce and tomato. It was very good. The side option was the sweet potato fries. The fries were not good. The menu consisted of appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. They offer a variety of burger creations. I will definitely be back to try some more. The other locations are Plymouth, Marshfield, and Quincy. The bartender was friendly. We were talking with him. He use to bartend at a few restaurants in Plymouth. Overall it was a good experience.

Marshfield  location  :Me and my wife went to a restaurant with great reviews. I had the Double Decker Burger with Tater Tots, instead of hamburger buns it was with 2 grilled cheese sandwiches…so good, and my wife had the Blue Burger with Truffle Fries blue cheese stuffed inside and caramelized onions, and blue cheese dressing…yum, the food was good, our waitress was great. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of her burger. We will definitely be going back there soon. There also opening one in Quincy too, I can’t wait for it to open.

Marshfield location : I broke a long burger fast at KKatie’s Burger Bar in Marshfield last Friday for lunch and was very pleasantly surprised. We started with a basket of deep fried pickles and banana peppers, both with a light crunchy coating. They worked dipped in either the provided ranch dressing or ketchup. The french fries that came with the burgers later appeared handcut. Everything from the fryer was superhot and fresh from the kitchen.

I’m pretty sure the patty was fried on a flattop, not broiled or grilled, but I didn’t confirm. I feel this is the best way to go when you order well done, because the patty was piping hot and moist. Reminded me of the great burgers at Mr. Bartley’s in Cambridge. It was also huge: 8 ounces is stated on the menu and, honestly, I started to slow down after 6. The “Hell” burger had fresh jalapenos, NOT pickled, which makes a huge difference. I also noticed that the menu is careful to note when a burger has blue cheese vs. blue cheese DRESSING, which makes all the difference — I’m going to give that a try next time. One of the “extras” you can put on your order is a fried egg. Service was quick. Decor and ambience is “friendly tavern.” Much of the seating is bar stools. The beer was served in a Mason jar.  I had a great meal and will be returning. I like this place a lot because they are paying great attention to doing one or two things very well.

I live only a few short blocks from this great restaurant and am ashamed I had only once grabbed a burger take-out from here last year! Kkatie’s Burger Bar, Plymouth, MA, was my destination for dinner this evening with my dear friend Jourdyn. This very popular downtown Plymouth eatery, 38 Main Street, was jam packed to capacity. Even with the crowd we were seated in less than 10 minutes. We had ordered drinks at the bar, and our waiter Luke (excellent waitperson with the best ever Irish brogue) brought our drinks to our table. I opted for a light and refreshing Stella Artois beer, which I ordered 2 more of during my meal, while my friend had a Long Island Iced Tea. Luke suggested my beer and it was perfect. We started with probably the biggest platter of nachos I’ve ever seen, topped with a scrumptious chili add-on, lots of cheese and other typical nacho toppings, accompanied by plenty of salsa, sour cream and guacamole. We barely made a dent in it, and asked our waiter to split it for us and box it in separate boxes. My burger of choice was their famous Black & Blue burger, which was cooked to perfection. It’s an Angus burger seared in Cajun spices with cheddar Jack cheeses melted inside, topped with creamy blue cheese dressing, lettuce, tomatoes and apple smoked bacon. I chose their curly fries. They were superb. Of course I boxed half of this meal. Jourdyn opted for a traditional bacon cheeseburger, with the usual toppings, which was huge, and their awesome house fries. Even their pickles were perfection! We chose to pay extra for the chili on our nachos, an extremely generous portion at a $3.99 up charge. The curly fries were $1.29 extra over regular fries, but well worth their awesomeness. Our check was only $56.71. Service was wonderful and we gave our waiter Luke $20. All in all a perfect night out. Walking the few blocks back to my home we gazed out over Brewster Gardens and caught a lovely glimpse of our beautiful Plymouth harbor! I highly recommend this restaurant!!!

KKatie’s Burger Bar

1440 Hancock Street
Quincy, Massachusetts

The Studio Kitchen at Bar Rustic Kingston Collection

The Studio Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind culinary entertainment destination that recently opened up at the Kingston Collection inside Bar Rustic.   The Studio Kitchen at Bar Rustic Kingston Collection

Guests step into a dream kitchen, television studio, restaurant, cooking school, wine cellar and more, all at once!

The venue serves as home to our Emmy® Award television series and acclaimed live shows, both hosted by celebrity chef, Liz Bramwell.

The Studio Kitchen offers a taste of both Hollywood and Rockefeller Center, yet in a comfortable and approachable setting.

We welcome anyone to come join us and experience the live dinner shows and classes inspired by our award-winning television program. Cozy up to the same counter as seen on TV and enjoy seasonal New England dishes that are treats for the whole body.

Ever wondered what it would be like to dine in a celebrity chef’s real kitchen, have them handcraft your meal and be able to ask them any question? Here’s your chance!

In addition to our live shows, The Studio Kitchen hosts intimate and
engaging culinary classes such as ‘Wines of Italy,’ ‘Cheese 101,’ and ‘Perfect Pasta at Home.’

The Studio Kitchen is the dream venue for any gathering – whether a bachelorette party, family reunion or a business team building event, our state-of-the-art space can serve your needs.

Cafarelli Concepts, the family behind Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar and
Bar Rustic, look forward to welcoming you to our newest kitchen.

Here is a behind the scenes video of the Studio Kitchen from the Rustic Kitchen Boston

Live Dinner Shows are available on Friday evenings at 7pm

Chicken Roulade
Fridays in February & March
Join Chef Liz Bramwell in The Studio Kitchen as she prepares a Roasted Chicken Roulade stuffed with serrano, garlic, peppers and onions. It is served with a tomato confit and a grilled Idaho potato and pancetta jus.

Your mid course for the evening will be a zesty citrus and pomegranate salad with frisee and spiced cashews.

Your wine pairing for the evening will be Chef Bramwell’s favorite wine, Kim Crawford. This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is an exuberant white wine brimming with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness, providing a balanced profile.

Wood Grilled Swordfish
Fridays in April & May

Join Chef Liz Bramwell in The Studio Kitchen for a Swordfish Grilling Show. Chef Liz will prepare a perfectly grilled Atlantic Swordfish with sun-dried tomato and basil butter accompanied by lemony caper crushed Yukon gold potatoes and sauteed spinach.

Your mid course for the evening will be crispy fried artichokes with a Meyer lemon and black peppercorn aioli.

The wine pairing will be the 2014 Singing Gruner Veltliner, an Austrian white wine inspired by the Lenz family’s daughter, Sophia. This wine boasts a bouquet of apple, peach and citrus along with the typical veltliner spiciness.

Summer BBQ Beef Rib Fridays in June & July

Join Chef Liz Bramwell in The Studio Kitchen as she slow roasts a Cherry Cola Glazed BBQ Beef Rib served with Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies and BBQ Baked Beans.

Your mid-course for the evening will be a light Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Rice Wine Vinaigrette and feta Cheese.

The wine pairing for the evening will be the Firesteed Pinot Noir from Oregon. This fruity yet dry red wine has aromas of roasted cherries and nut brittle with the tangy flavors of apple skin, cedar and tobacco.

.  Tickets start at $75

The Studio Kitchen, located inside Bar Rustic, at 101 Kingston Collection Way, Kingston MA, 02364

8 New Dining Options in Quincy’s Hancock District 2016

Good news from the Quincy Center  Hancock district  restaurant scene. This was shared on the Quincy facebook page on October 30th   Come and support these  new Quincy Dining options when they open in the upcoming weeks.

8 New Dining Options in Quincy's Hancock District 2016

From  Quincy is Everything

These 8 restaurants are opening imminently in Quincy’s exploding Hancock District, as is the temporary new version of the beautiful Adams-Hancock Green.

It will be a very different more dynamic downtown when the calendar turns to 2017 in just 8 weeks. Expect to see, read and hear a lot more about all these places and the new downtown Quincy in the days and weeks ahead. Cap tip to Rick Collins for piecing together this image.

These eateries represent a broad cross section of concepts: modern American beer hall, full-service burger bar, fast casual burgers, Cajun/Creole, Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, al fresco upscale pub fare.

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Courtyard at Cagney’s  234 Washington St

KKatie Burger Bar  1420 Hancock St

Belfry Hall  (Craft beer far)  35 Washington St

Five Guy Burgers 1250 Hancock St

Pho Pasteur 1412 Hancock St

Shaking Crab 22 Cottage Avenue

Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar 1472 Hancock St

Fuji at West of Chestnut 1420 Hancock St




Uncle Shawarma New Mediterranean Food Truck in Bridgewater MA

Swampies are discovering a a new (and first  food truck  in Bridgewater  Uncle Shawarma – They love the prices, the convenience and – above all – the cuisine.  It openned in September 2016 and has been favorite of both swampies and students at Bridgewater State University.

The food  truck, owner and chef Maged Tobia dishes up Mediterranean delicaciesAll Posts such as lamb and chicken and falafel stuffed into pita bread or over rice and domestic favorites like onion rings, fries and cheeseburgers.

Here is the Swampie Buzz

yes, yes, yes to UNCLE Shawarma’s food truck! I had the lamb gyro, and Dave had the uncle shawarma mix. deeeelicious.

Uncle Shawarma New Mediterranean Food Truck in Bridgewater MA

My 3rd time at UNCLE Shawarma. I’m THIS close to letting them park in my driveway. Do yourself a favor..

Uncle Shawarma has landed at the train tracks near BSU and he has some fantastic food…today he will be open starting at 11:00…everything is fresh and delicious…I have been saying that my Uncle Shawarma New Mediterranean Food Truck in Bridgewater MAhubby, who I would consider a non-foodie type, has bought food from Uncle Shawarma about 6 maybe 7 times over the last 10 days..it’s just that good…and when he was there Saturday, the owner and operator Maged Tobia came out and gave him a slice of Baklava for me…word of mouth is the best way to keep our small businesses in business…take my word for it…get to the Uncle Shawarma truck today or as soon as you can…you will be happy you did


Got the Chicken over rice, lamb gyro and a side of falafel. My 9 year old was in heaven and asked when we could go back!!!!

Uncle Shawarma New Mediterranean Food Truck in Bridgewater MAWe felt like having gyros for dinner tonight so we went to the new food truck in Bridgewater, Uncle Shawarma. I had the chicken gyro and hubby, Kevin LaGarde, had the lamb. The portions are huge as you can see, and I like how they add sautéed onions to the meat. Add the homemade sauce and you have a delicious, flavorful sandwich. Definitely give them a try and support our local businesses!

A must try!!! If you like an authentic lamb gyro “uncle shawarma” by the RR tracks in Bridgewater on 104 is for you!! I wish I had a better pic! Having to take a left is a small price to pay for this awesomeness!!!

I read an online post from one of the papers about this food truck, which is new to town. The word baklava went straight to my brain, so I hopped in the car and headed off to look for Uncle Shawarma. The bright blue truck is parked on the right as you head out of the center toward the college on 104, by the tracks. (It’s parked in A-American Roof’s lot.)  Uncle Shawarma New Mediterranean Food Truck in Bridgewater MA
Nice guy running the business, friendly and generous to me as a first timer

Delicious!! A big portion of seasoned ground lamb served over lettuce, tomato, onion and pepper on pita bread. A real two fisted meal! I ended up eating it with a fork but if I’d left it wrapped in foil it would have been easier to eat. He asked if I wanted hot sauce on it. Good thing I asked for it on the side, because as he said, it’s VERY hot.


Uncle Shawarma

Hours Monday-Saturday 11-10pm

85 Plymouth st
Bridgewater, Massachusetts





New Restaurant Abbey Grill Opens in Former Church in Fall River MA

The Herald News shared the openning of the new restaurant Abbey Grill in Fall River in     beautifully restored Victorian church.   New Restaurant Abbey Grill Opens in Former Church in Fall River MA

The Abbey Grill is open in the former cloister of the Central Congregational Church. The church was built in 1875 to serve the wealthy of Fall River. It closed in 1987 when its congregation shrank to 200.

It became a cooking school and event space, but that venture ended in 2009 when the operator walked away. Rain and thieves found their way into the buildings before Lombardi bought the site from the city.

He began restoration work on the cloister, the smaller of the two buildings on the lot.

The restaurant will specialize in Italian food, serving dinners Tuesday to Thursday, 4 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.

Take a sneak peek of the menu -you can click to enlarge


We know that Swampies  will be visiting so please make sure that you leave your reviews  on our facebook group  and that you are a Swampie at the restaurant.


100 Rock St
Fall River, Massachusetts



Siros Chef Opens New Restaurant Leandros in Easton MA

Leandros Italian Restaurant and Tavern opened  up in Easton in at the  former home of the Blackthorne Publick House in Easton this month October 2016.Siros Chef Opens New Restaurant Leandros in Easton MA
Michelle Refinski Leandro, who will manage the Italian restaurant will be running the restaurant  along with her husband who was a chef at Siros Restaurant in Marina Bay in Quincy

“It’s going to be a family restaurant,” Leandro said. “It’s different from what it was before. It has been a dream for us for such a long time. My husband has been an Italian chef for over 10 years and finally got a chance to open here.”

We wish the owners best of luck as there have been several restaurants inthe location before! Make sure you stop by and let them know you are a Swampie!


Leandro’s Italian Restaurant and Tavern, 402 Turnpike Street, South Easton, MA, 02375.

Nellie Rose Restaurant to Open Second Location in Middleboro MA

Update Nellie Rose Restaurant is proud to announce our opening of our Middleboro location on Wednesday Feb 1st at 7am..
We will be offering Free Coffee all day!!!!

Nellie Rose Breakfast and Lunch Restaurant on  Route 18 Whitman  announced a second location opening in Middleboro on their facebook page on September 30th 2016.   Congratulations and Best wishes from all the  Swampies!


Nellie Rose Restaurant is Proud to Announce we will be opening a second location in Middleboro at the former site of The Flat Iron Cafe. We have just purchased the building and construction has begun. We are hoping to open in December sometime. stay tuned for more info….

The Flat Iron Building has been on the market since June 2015  for awhile a former listing states this

Flat Iron Cafe 444 Center St.
Middleboro MA. For Sale.
Seats 80, beer and Wine,
Town water and sewer,
All Fixtures & Equipment


Nellie Rose in Whitman  which opened in December 2015  has had postive buzz with Swampies even hosting the first and only Swamp Mob breakfast.

My husband and I tried Nellie Rose in Whitman for breakfast today. The reviews have been good in here and we were not disappointed! The food was delicious, cooked perfectly, and the place was charming and cozy! Two thumbs up!

This morning I tried Nellie Rose Restaurant in Whitman for the first time, and it was a good experience. I had the Nellie’s Favorite Breakfast dish, which consisted of two eggs, home fries, home made corn beef hash, and corn bread. The food was good and so was the service. I will be going back there because there were many things I want to try. They also serve lunch.

Went to Nellie Rose for breakfast this is the third time we’ve gone there and it was tasty as usual! I just have a couple things that I found to be out of character for Nellie Rose, the hash was a little mushy today, but otherwise tasty. The home fries were a little bit harder than I like them but the flavor was good. The other thing that gets on my nerves at any restaurant is when the waitresses are too attentive, we had 3 different girls taking care of us, and it seemed like every 30 seconds we had someone asking if we’d like more coffee when we hadn’t even started the cup in front of us. Other than that it was good as always. I had the veggie omelette with home fries, rye toast and a side of hash, I started with a pistachio muffin which was tasty. My mom had Nellies favorite which she said was excellent as usual. My step mom had a 2 egg breakfast with hash browns that could’ve spent another minute or two on the flat top. Overall it was pretty good and of course we’all be back!

Today I went back to Nellie Rose’s in Whitman. I really can’t get enough of that place LOL. My mom wanted to take her cousin out for her birthday for breakfast so of course I had to tag along haha.I got the “scrambler”. It was fluffy eggs, fried peppers and onions, potatoes and your choice of cheese, I got American. Of course I had to get their grilled corn bread again vs toast, they give that option at no extra cost….. I suggest, get the corn bread!
Both my mom and her cousin got eggs and hash. They also had the hash browns and naturally the corn bread. Both my mom and I were saying the scrambled eggs are exceptionally good. I don’t know what they do to them but they’re so GOOD! I got another flavored iced coffee (mocha cinnamon swirl, I think???) Haha I can’t remember, that was hours ago but I do know I loved it!
I almost forgot about the pancake! It was very good AND they give you REAL butter for it! That shows its a good place.
The staff their are all so pleasant.


Nellie Rose   557 Bedford St
Whitman, Massachusetts

Nellie Rose  444 Center St. the old flat iron café  Middleboro



Trident Raw Bar and Galley to Open up at Hingham Shipyard

Hingham Shipyard will have a new restaurant by the end of the summer  Trident Raw Bar and Galley from the owner The Tinker’s Son Norwell  Bia Bistro  Cohasset  and Galley Scituate!!  Swampies have loved their other restaurants and this will be sure to be another favorite.  Trident Raw Bar and Galley to Open up at Hingham Shipyard

Last week, the selectmen voted to approve the liquor and entertainment licenses for Trident Raw Bar and Galley. The establishment is located in the former Union Fish location.
Owner and manager John Brian Houlihan comes to Hingham with 30 years of experience in the restaurant business. He currently owns restaurants and bars in Norwell, Cohasset, and Scituate. Previously he was the executive chef at the Bostonian and Four Seasons.

Local, Sustainability Minded, Creative Small Plates / Tapas Style with a focus on our extensive Raw Bar menu and a Wine and Craft Cocktail focused Bar.

Owner Brian Houlihan’s love affair with the restaurant industry began at the age of 13 during a stint as a bottle boy for The Powder Mill Hotel in his hometown of Ballincollig, County Cork. Upon completion of culinary school in Ireland, he ventured abroad at the age of 18 and landed a position with The Harvard Club in Boston followed by roles as the Sous Chef of The Four Seasons and the Executive Chef of The Bostonian Hotel. Now Brian is smitten with the South Shore and it seems the feeling is mutual!


Trident Raw Bar & Galley, 23 Shipyard Drive, Hingham