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The top 5 March restaurant openings

Posted by Kara Baskin  March 3, 2014 09:00 AM

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This is going to be a big spring for openings, and there are a few particularly juicy ones slated for March. Here are the five that you should be most excited about (in my humble, hungry opinion): Neapolitan pizza in Fort Point, a serious speakeasy in the South End, grilled meats in Somerville, seafood from Downtown Crossing's swankiest steakhouse, and authentic Sonoran in Belmont, of all places. What are you psyched about?

1. Merrill & Co.
This South End seafood spot is the latest effort from the BiNA hospitality juggernaut. (They're the meat masters behind steakhouse Bogie's Place and jm Curley, plus Beacon Hill wine bar Bin 26 and Persian date spot Lala Rokh.) Look for them soon: "Can't wait for the adrenaline pumping Saturday night dinner services in our future," they wrote on Facebook last weekend.
1 Appleton St., South End, Boston, 617-728-0728

2. Wink & Nod
Next door, speakeasy Wink & Nod, from Boston Nightlife Ventures (Forum, Griddler's), will open on March 15 in the old Noche space. Expect an intense, heavily researched craft cocktail program in a "Jazz Age" atmosphere.
3 Appleton St., South End, Boston, 617-482-0117

3. Pastoral
The Neapolitan pizzeria in Fort Point is slated to open any minute now (I'm told March 5 or 6). It's run by Todd Winer, who used to be chef at the MET Restaurant Group. See a preview of the (big!) menu here.
345 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-345-0005

4. La Brasa
Chef Daniel Bojorquez used to work at swanky L'Espalier and the now-shuttered Sel de la Terre. On an out-of-the-way Somerville strip, he'll turn his attentions to grilled meats. Everything, from lamb to chicken to game, will be cooked over an open flame. Boston Magazine says that the menu will have Mexican, Peruvian, Middle Eastern, and French twists. At lunch, they'll have sandwiches and a small to-go market.
124 Broadway, Somerville, 617-535-6053

5. El Centro Tres
The third branch of the South End and Brookline Mexican restaurants should open in Belmont center this month, complete with the town's second-only full liquor license. Chef Allan Rodriguez's menu focuses on his homeland, Sonora: His signature dish is charcoal-grilled Sonoran steak with a side of enchilada in green or red sauce.
66 Leonard Street, Belmont


Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

Inside El Centro's Brookline location.

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