All the News That’s Fit to Eat

Keeping track of Boston’s dining scene can feel almost as daunting as going up against the Iron Chef. Chowder scours the internet for the latest news on what’s coming, what’s going, and new foods that are good for eating when you lose a bet.

The Ivy Restaurant Group is close to signing another downtown lease for a space opposite its current restaurant for a new restaurant called Stoddards Fine Food & Ale. The Boston Business Journal reports that Stoddards should open around Sept. 1, and will have a “classic American theme” and a full bar specializing in handcrafted ales.

After our cold and miserable weekend, it’s hard to believe that patio dining is anywhere in our future. But Boston Restaurant Jobs reports that Oleana is looking for servers and bussers for its patio, which will open in May.

And while the Beacon Hill Bistro has been open for a while, it has a new Sunday dinner offering starting this week. The Sunday Market Menu will feature “a three-course prefix dinner using primarily vegetarian market driven products with the occasional farm egg or fish element” and will cost $40 per person, according to the press release.

Alas, the bell tolls for the BU Taco Bell. Wicked Local’s food blog reports that a Starbucks will take its place.

JP bakery Sweet Finnish closed abruptly, according to the Jamaica Plain Gazette. But where will we get our Pulla now?

Not on Speaking Terms
The Somerville News reports that tensions between Sound Bites and newcomer Ball Square Cafe have escalated. This is why we go to The Neighborhood—all of the delicious food with none of the drama.

This Week in Bad Ideas
Boston Menu Pages reports that some people use hot sauce as a diet aid and that Burger King has developed a hamburger-flavored potato chip. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should, people.