Four Watertown Restaurants Set to Showcase at Chamber’s Spring Seasonings

The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Regional Chamber:

Bar ’Cino, Olespana, Shiraz Persian Cuisine and Ritcey East will all be featured at the Charles River Regional Chamber’s Spring Seasonings culinary showcase on Monday April 8 at the Newton Marriott Hotel. The highly anticipated event, presented by NBCU Boston, is returning after a four-year hiatus and promises to be a feast for the senses, bringing together restaurants, caterers and beverage providers from Newton, Needham, Watertown and Wellesley. This event takes Dine Local to a whole new level, showcasing the exceptional flavors that make our communities special. It’s expected to draw over 500 community members, business and civic leaders from across our region who share our enthusiasm for local cuisine. Bring your appetite!

Turkish Restaurant Serves Traditional Dishes in Longtime Watertown Dining Spot

Halva Kebabs serves up a variety of grilled meats. (Courtesy of Halva Kebab)

A spot in town that has long been an eating destination is serving hungry diners once again. Halva Kebab opened in the former New Yorker Diner spot near Watertown Square, and is serving up a wide range of kebabs and other Turkish dishes. While the owners are new to the area, they have a long tradition of running restaurants, said co-owner Joseph Dagdelen. “We have another location in New Jersey,” he said.

Charles River Chamber’s Culinary Extravaganza Returns

The Charles River Regional Chamber’s Spring Seasonings features food from the four communities it serves, including Watertown. (Courtesy of Charles River Chamber)

The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Regional Chamber:

The Charles River Regional Chamber is thrilled to announce the return of its most anticipated community event, Spring Seasonings: A Taste of our Towns. After a four-year hiatus, this marquee event promises to be a feast for the senses, bringing together the flavors of Newton, Needham, Watertown and Wellesley in one delightful evening. Event Highlights:

What: Spring Seasonings: A Taste of our Towns

Where: Newton Marriott Ballroom2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

When: Monday, April 8, 5:30-8:00 PMTickets: $75 members / $80 non-members, available now at (no tickets sold at the door)

Discover the Culinary Diversity of Our Communities: Spring Seasonings is more than just a food event; it’s a celebration of the rich culinary tapestry of our region. Join us for a unique opportunity to savor the offerings of 40 of your favorite local restaurants all at once.

New Banh Mi Restaurant Opens in Watertown, Grand Opening This Week

Watertown has a new destination for Vietnamese sandwiches known as banh mi. Boston Restaurant Talk posted that Banh Mi Cafe has opened at 102 Main Street in Watertown. The location is next to O Some Cafe and is across from the Watertown Fire Station. According to the Banh Mi Cafe Instagram site, the restaurant also serves bubble tea. The restaurant will have a Grand Opening celebration on Feb.

New Doughnut Shop Opens in Watertown, Grand Opening Party Planned

Blackbird Doughnuts opened at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. (Photo from Blackbird Doughnuts)

Lovers of sweet treats have a new place to shop. Blackbird Doughnuts has opened in Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The artisanal doughnut store opened its newest store on Tuesday, and has plans for a grand opening party, according to social media. “Our Watertown store is finally here.

Restaurant Opening in Former New Yorker Diner Spot

The former New Yorker Diner spot will be home to Halva. (Courtesy of Teddy Kokoros)

A restaurant that will serve a variety of dishes, including Turkish food, appears to be headed to the former New Yorker Diner location near Watertown Square. A Watertown News reader sent a photo of the building at 39 Mt Auburn St. has banners hanging on it saying “Halva, Coming Soon!” The banners also mentions barbecue, burgers, and kunefe — a Turkish pastry made with cheese.

Arsenal Yards’ New Additions Include Donuts, Skin Care, a Tea House and More

See what’s just arrived and what’s coming soon in this announcement from Arsenal Yards:

Arsenal Yards, the thriving new neighborhood in Watertown’s historic East End from Boylston Properties and Wilder, is pleased to welcome exciting new dining, health, and wellness offerings to the neighborhood this summer, in addition to gearing up for additional highly–anticipated openings over the coming months. 

Coming soon to the Arsenal Yard’s robust roster of restaurants, retailers, fitness, service, and entertainment destinations, is fan–favorite Blackbird Doughnuts, as well as Chip City and Medium Rare.  The most recent openings include specialty food venue dining venue Ten One Tea House, and health and wellness options like Skin Laundry, Restore Hyper Wellness, and GNC. “Summer is one of the best times to visit Arsenal Yards, and all of the new and diverse additions to the neighborhood this summer truly represent what makes our community so unique,” said Kerry Dowling, Wilder’s Managing Director, Leasing. “Whether you are looking to kickstart your wellness journey, sample delectable and exotic teas, or enjoy the outdoors while exploring the neighborhood, there is something for everyone to be excited about. It’s our goal to make sure everyone who comes to Arsenal Yards, whether to live, work, or play, finds everything they need and everything they want.”

A sampling of recent and upcoming openings at Arsenal Yards includes:

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Blackbird Doughnuts To Debut Seventh Location

Known for its delicious, made–from–scratch doughnuts, Blackbird Doughnuts will open its seventh Massachusetts location at 116 Bond St. in Fall 2023.

Watertown Restaurant Using GoFundMe to Try to Stay Open

Watertown’s Ritcey East has struggled since the pandemic, and owner Max Ritcey has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money to keep the doors open at the Waverley Avenue restaurant. Ritcey said the restaurant has been down tens of thousand dollars behind each month, in part due to paying back COVID loans. The goal is to reach $30,000 by September, and fans have already stepped up to donate more than $22,000 in the first four days. See more information about the campaign at the Ritcey East GoFundMe page. Ritcey posted the following letter on the campaign page:

It’s very hard for me to share this but Ritceys is down on average 20k a month since the pandemic.