East Boston also has a new cafe and speakeasy

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Openings: Matt McPherson has an impressive resume, with stints at Craigie on Main and Chin. Now he has his own haunt by the water, Cafe Iterum, in the Clippership Wharf residential and commercial complex in East Boston (11 Father Jacobbe Road). The all-day menu features ube toast (his favourite): purple sweet potato, banana, sea salt, honey lavender vanilla and mint; as well as an assortment of breakfast sandwiches, take-out bowls, homemade cookies (his grandmother’s recipe) and other morning dishes, as well as Intelligence coffee. It is open from 6 a.m. every day.

In Kendall Square, a new branch of veggie-bowl Dig is now open (1 Broadway).

Coming soon: Big news in the Boston restaurant world: Chefs and restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette — you’ve known them for a while chopped off, little donkeyand Toro – will open Brutta facade (278 Newbury St.), a coastal Italian restaurant, this spring. It’s a geographic departure for the couple, whose restaurants are in the South End and Central Square.

Back Bay’s menu will highlight dishes from Liguria, Sicily and Sardinia. Bissonnette says he hopes to cook grilled whole zucchini with bottarga, green olive oil and breadcrumbs; scallop carpaccio with black truffle vinaigrette; clams roasted with green garlic and Calabrian pepper; and homemade paccheri with redfish, tomato and saffron. Also note: a large lush terrace.

Next door, the duo will also open Pallino Bar, a natural wine bar run in collaboration with Jodie Battles, their longtime Beverage Manager. The spot is “inspired by the new generation of Parisian wine bars,” says a representative, with many biodynamic and organic selections. Bissonnette, a great fan of punk, will offer a soundtrack taken from his personal vinyl collection.

Both Bissonnette and Oringer are winners of James Beard Best Chefs in America.

In East Boston, clandestine bar The next door will open Thursday, March 24, from the team behind Pazza on Porter – in fact, this lair is only accessible through a hidden door from its patio (107 Porter St.). The good times are back, baby. On the menu: seafood towers, albacore tuna tacos on wontons, steak tartare with quail eggs and caviar.

Nearby, The tall ship the floating oyster bar moored on Pier One reopens for the season on Sunday May 1 (1 East Pier Drive). Enjoy raw bar specialties and charcuterie washed down with tropical cocktails.


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

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