Cafe Sushi provides a Japanese grocery store; Toscanini’s original location returns


A mixed berry ice cream cone at Toscanini’s Ice Cream.John Tlumacki / Globe Staff / File

Coming soon: The team behind Cambridge Sushi Cafe (1105 Massachusetts Ave.), considered by many fish lovers to serve the area’s best sushi, plans to open a take-out grocery store and pantry next door. Shoten will open early next year with sake, take-out sushi and staples.

“We will have some really good ingredients imported from Japanese pantries, cool niche products, crisps, crackers, candies and really tasty soft drinks,” said Managing Director Zach Lieberman. Cafe Sushi will continue to serve take out and delivery sushi for dinner; once Shoten opens, they will resume the lunch to go business.

A salad from Bar Lyon.
A salad from Bar Lyon.Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe / File

Closures: The South End Lyon bar (1750 Washington St.), a cozy place for French cuisine, says goodbye after three years.

“After careful consideration and consideration of our team, it is with a heavy heart that we share with you that the Bar Lyon will close its doors after the dinner service this Friday, December 31st. We are very grateful to all of our guests and the South End community who have offered their support over the years, ”they wrote on social media.

Owner Jamie Mammano, who also runs foodie havens such as Mistral and Ostra, says his team will find jobs at his other restaurants.

As for the shutdown, “there are a lot of factors involved, but in the current climate, the restaurant’s smaller footprint just doesn’t work for us anymore,” he tells me.

Reopenings: In sweeter news, here’s a scoop: a much loved ice cream parlor by Toscanini will reopen the original location at Central Square (899 Main St.) on New Years Day after a hiatus. This is their 41st year of activity.


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