Cafe Sushi is planning a Japanese deli; Toscanini’s original location returns

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

Coming soon: The team behind Cambridge’s Sushi Cafe (1105 Massachusetts Ave.), thought by many fish buffs to serve the best sushi around, plans to open a take-out deli and food pantry next door. Shoten will open early next year with sake, take-out sushi and basics.

“We’ll have great imported Japanese pantry ingredients, cool niche products, really tasty chips, crackers, candies and soft drinks,” says general manager Zach Lieberman. Cafe Sushi will continue to serve take-out and delivery sushi for dinner; once Shoten is open, they will take care of the take-out lunch business.

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

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

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

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

As for the closure, “there are many factors involved, but in the current climate, the restaurant’s small footprint no longer works for us,” he tells me.

Reopenings: In softer news, here’s a scoop: Much-loved Ice Cream Parlor Toscanini’s will reopen the original Central Square location (899 Main St.) on New Years Day, after a hiatus. This is their 41st year in business.

Kara Baskin can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.


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