What’s heating up our city’s restaurant scene.
Mixing It Up: While it’s never been known for gustatory greatness, Harvard Square’s Grafton Street is nevertheless a comfy hangout. Now the owners have installed a new head chef, Eric Gregory, who has cooked at Harvest, Scampo, and L’Espalier. And based on an early peek at the menu — a toasted Cubano with tasso ham and cilantro aioli; seared day-boat scallops with chorizo and fingerling potatoes (pictured) — things are looking tasty.
Now Pouring With the opening of Five Horses Tavern, Davis Square gains yet another nightlife option. The pub, housed in the former Sagra space, features a comfort-food menu designed to complement the three dozen draft beers on tap as well as the seasonal cocktail list, instead of the other way around.
Open For Business A “sports lounge,” Vito’s Tavern, recently debuted in the North End. We’re not exactly sure what “sports lounge” means, but apparently it has something to do with flat-screens, sports memorabilia, and, strangely, pics of people named Vito hung everywhere. Odd theme aside, the area could always use another watering hole to balance out the overabundance of red-sauce spots.
Under Construction Truth be told, we’re tiring of the gastropub theme. But that doesn’t mean we’re not glad to see another new restaurant coming to Downtown Crossing. J. M. Curley, a casual American eatery owned by the folks behind Bina Osteria, Bin 26 Enoteca, and Lala Rokh, will likely open on Temple Street this fall. Look for craft beers, cocktails, burgers, and more.
Movin’ On Up Upscale steakhouse chain the Capital Grille has vacated its prime Newbury Street digs, reopening a block over next to the Hynes Convention Center. Expect lunch service at this location — great news, as the burger is a cut above — and five private dining rooms, plus a sizable outdoor patio.