Boston food hall starts delivery and catering, and more retail news

Boston food hall starts delivery and catering, and more retail news

By Grant Welker

The Lineup, a small food hall at the base of downtown Boston’s tallest tower, has five food options in a block-long space that’s bookended by 50-foot glass walls and a striking red sculpture by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

But not everyone’s working in the Financial District as much as they were when the tower was planned before the pandemic, and not everyone’s fortunate enough to live upstairs — or they may just be pressed for time.

The Lineup said Monday it has begun offering catered menu options as well as delivery through Uber Eats and Grubhub. There are five sibling vendors that were created by celebrated chef John Fraser of the New York hospitality group JF Restaurant. There’s also online ordering through Toast.

The Lineup, which opened in January, includes the vegetarian Mexican place ArianaIRIS Mezze, with Mediterranean food; the pizzeria Gatto Pazzo; the burger spot Big Grin; and breakfast and lunch place Day Shift.

In other retail news:

  • The food and drink lineup for next month’s Boston Calling has been unveiled. The festival, which takes place in Allston over Memorial Day weekend, will have a series of local eateries selling in general admission areas, including GrecoSmoke Shop BBQChicken & Rice GuysFlour Bakery + CafeRoxy’s Gourmet Grilled CheeseTasty Burger and Blackbird Doughnuts. Others will be in the festival’s platinum ticket areas, including one notable chef for each of the three days: Ken Oringer of UniToro and Little Donkey on Friday; Will Gilson of Puritan & Co. and Cafe Beatrice on Saturday; and Joanne Chang of Myers + Chang and Flour Bakery + Cafe on Sunday.
  • Food entrepreneurs in and around Worcester will have a new larger space from which to develop their businesses. The Worcester Regional Food Hub has begun work on a new space in Worcester’s Union Station that’ll include five production kitchens that include equipment for bottling and other needs, as well as multipurpose events and community space that can be used for educational classes on culinary skills, food safety and entrepreneurship. The Food Hub was founded in 2015 by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • The couple behind Salem restaurant Settler will soon open a French restaurant about a block away called Bernadette. Chef Aaron Chambers and Shanna Chambers have received a five-year tax break from the city to establish the new restaurant at 65 Washington St., where a new residential building has replaced a former courthouse. Bernadette plans to open this summer in first-floor retail space that’s been vacant since the building was completed. Salem last gave a similar tax break to A&J King Artisan Bakers.
  • Wild Goose Tavern in Chatham reopened Monday after renovations. The restaurant, inside the Chatham Wayside Inn and with the only outdoor dining on Main Street, has a new nautical design that might be expected on Cape Cod, including a larger bar that now seats 26. It also has a new executive chef, Shane Coughlin, who founded Chatham’s EmmaBelle’s Cafe and was formerly the inn’s food and beverage director.
  • Elsewhere on the Cape, Oak Bay Brewery in Hyannis says it has passed its final inspection and is nearing a long-awaited opening. No exact date has been announced. Oak Bay, which will open at 606 Main St., will join a growing list of Cape-based beer makers, including Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. in Dennis, Hog Island Beer Co. in Orleans, Naukabout Brewery and Taproom in Mashpee, Aquatic Brewing in Falmouth and Provincetown Brewing Co. in Provincetown.
  • The James Pub & Provisions in Needham is expanding to the North Shore. The restaurant will open a sibling location in Essex at the former longtime Village restaurant at 55 Main St. An opening is set for this spring.
  • Samuel Adams, the Boston Marathon’s official beer, is bringing back its 26.2 Brew, with limited-edition cans for sale only at its Faneuil Hall and Jamaica Plain breweries. They’ll be available starting April 12, along with commemorative pint glasses and other goods.

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