New restaurants slated for Assembly Row, and more retail news

New restaurants slated for Assembly Row, and more retail news

New restaurants slated for Assembly Row, and more retail news

By Grant Welker 

Somerville’s Assembly Row will soon welcome a second location of Davis Square favorite Posto, a new concept from the group behind Papagayo and Civility Social House, and a fifth location of Amelia’s Taqueria.

Posto will open a nearly 6,000-square-foot space with a full-service dining room, cafe and take-out market at the recently closed FRANK in The Row hotel building. Toca Chida, from Chris Damian and the Legendary Restaurant Group, will replace the former Papagayo, which closed early this year. For Amelia’s Taqueria, the Assembly location will join others in Allston, Chestnut Hill and Fenway areas.

All three are slated to open later this year, Assembly Row announced on Monday.

Assembly will also add the first Boston-area location for the massage studio Squeeze on May 17 (a second local spot is planned to open this summer at Arsenal Yards in Watertown). Three other recent arrivals at Assembly include the Hawaiian-style poke bowl restaurant Pokemoto, which opened in March, and the restaurants An Nam and Tribos Peri Peri last year.

In other retail news:

  • The preppy women’s clothing boutique Lilly Pulitzer will open its second Boston-area shop at Hingham’s Derby Street Shops. An opening is planned for the spring or summer, which will complement the brand’s location on Newbury Street.
  • Newbury Street’s Express Edit store, which stands at a prominent corner with Clarendon Street, is among the Express company’s planned closures. The Boston store opened in 2022 at a location that long hosted the footwear store Cole Haan. But Express, which has nine Massachusetts retail locations, filed for bankruptcy this month and is planning to close 95 locations.
  • As Express Edit departs Newbury, another name will soon come to the street: New York-based La Ligne. The company will move into 135 Newbury St. at the former Poggenpohl furniture showroom. No opening date has been announced, but Boston will join other La Ligne stores in Dallas, Greenwich, New York, Palm Beach and Larkspur, California, outside San Francisco.
  • The European clothing store Mango has opened its first Boston-area location at the Natick Mall as part of the company’s aggressive growth plan to open 30 stores this year. Mango, which first came to the United States in 2006, aims to make the U.S. one of its top-three markets globally, with two more Boston-area locations set to open later this year. The Natick location will sell Magno’s women’s lines exclusively.
  • itrus & Salt’s new location in Fort Point will open Saturday at 321 A St., formerly occupied by Oak + Rowan. Citrus & Salt, from chef Jason Santos, is moving into a larger space than its old South End location, with space to seat 40 more guests indoors, as well as a large outdoor patio and a private room that can fit 16.
  • The Half Cookie, which began as a Seaport pop-up, will open a permanent spot at The Street in Chestnut Hill on May 9. The shop was founded and owned by Danielle Velez, who created it through her passion for baking. It’s be one of two new spots at The Street for sweets lovers, along with the previously reported opening last month of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.
  • Cisco Brewers is the latest new offering at Logan International Airport. Nantucket-based Cisco, which also has a seasonal location in the Seaport, is now open for lunch and dinner service in Terminal B.
  • Shake Shack is nearing an opening for a long-planned location in Wellesley Square at a former Gap store. The soon-to-come location at 542 Washington St. will join others in nearby suburbs Chestnut Hill, Dedham and Watertown, among others.
  • The vegetarian chain Clover has exited bankruptcy six months after its Chapter 11 filing. Clover permanently closed two locations during the bankruptcy process, at Assembly and in Copley Square, but retains 13 others. The company says it’s now on a growth trajectory, with plans to grow to 60 locations across New England in the next five years. Those plans include smaller locations in urban and college areas, as well as a brand refresh aimed at attracting new customers and in preparation for entering new markets.
  • The healthy-eating chain Juicygreens will open its fourth location on May 6 at 125 Summer St. in the Financial District. Juicygreens, founded in Jamaica Plain by husband-and-wife team Ammy and Michael Lowney, is known for its juices, smoothies, acai bowls and more. A fifth location is planned later this spring in Mansfield.
  • The high-end retail collection The Heritage On The Garden has added Release Well-Being Center, which provides sports recovery treatments, deep-tissue massage, IV therapy and other services. The 9,000-square-foot space includes infrared and traditional saunas, cold plunge tubs and eucalyptus steam rooms.
  • A previously reported upcoming opening of Jersey Mike’s at Arsenal Yards will take place Wednesday. Arsenal Yards recently lost Taffer’s Tavern, from Jon Taffer of “Bar Rescue,” but has planned openings coming up from the steakhouse Medium Rare, the dog salon Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique, and a J. Crew Factory store.