On Westminster Street next to Malted Barley (where Tom’s BaoBao used to be, as we say in Rhode Island) you’ll soon find Bintimani, a West African restaurant that’s been a fixture in the Roxbury community for years. While leaving Boston was difficult, assistant manager Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor explains, “Everything about the opportunity to move to Providence holds promise to allow our roots to grow even deeper.” The new location will double as a shared space that will fill its off hours with pop-up markets, guest chefs, community events, and even a dance studio.
An Afro-minimalist space designed by South Africa-based interior architect Juliet Kavishe complements the flavorful cooking Josiah-Faeduwor and his family have perfected – dishes like Peanut Stew and Cassava Leaves, a foundational meal. “It comprises the traditional bed of white rice beneath a hearty and rich beef- or chicken-based sauce made from pureed cassava leaves enhanced with robust and potent spices,” Josiah-Faeduwor explains. With an anticipated late-summer opening, a community sourced fundraising campaign is helping with start-up costs.
Bintimani put it simply, Hope Street’s new kosher market is “all of the great foods that your Jewish grandmother made while you were growing up,” according to co-owner Jeffrey Ingber. Along with partner Freda Ronkin, Ingber soft opened Bubbie’s Market and Deli on Hope Street in time for Passover in March before shutting their doors temporarily to prepare for their grand opening tentatively slated for early this month. “Freda and I felt that the East Side, a neighborhood long steeped in Jewish history and culture, has been long waiting for a venue that will focus on traditional foods with 21st century flair,” explains Ingber.
Browse aisles of pantry staples curated to “taste like home” along with fresh sandwiches, including New York deli favorites like house-made pastrami and salami. An Italian Fed Hill Combo features beef mortadella and pepperoni, while Cherry-Wood Smoked Brisket is incorporated in Lboth burritos and egg rolls, too. Ingber also lists chicken soup, knishes, matzos, and hot dogs among their offerings, “And yes, hand-sliced lox!”
The tradition of saying “Hi Neighbor” with a ‘Gansett tallboy goes back generations, but now you can gather with your literal neighbors and fellow beer lovers at the new Narragansett Brewery in Fox Point. “Folks can expect a pretty unique brewery visit,” says community manager Brooke Hobson, “one that showcases a combination of 130 years of history and brand new beers from our awesome new brew team.” With waterfront views and directly connected to India Point Park and the East Bay Bike Path, it’s prime real estate for community events, like National Lobster Day on June 15, which will bring together Blount Clam Shack and Del’s Lemonade to enjoy over a Fresh Catch ale.
A new offering is Pink Boots Pale Ale, a collaboration with its namesake society supporting women’s education in brewing. “This is an especially awesome beer for us as our new head brewer, Lee Lord, is a member of the Pink Boots Boston chapter, and we’ll be donating proceeds from every beer purchased towards their scholarship fund,” says Hobson. Swing by to crack open this new release or a classic Shandy with a neighbor.