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Rocca Closes in the South End; Rod Dee Opens in Porter Square

• The South End's Rocca, helmed by Top Chef personality Tiffani Faison, closed its doors over the weekend. [Boston Restaurant Talk]

• Good news, Thai fans: Rod Dee has opened in Porter Square. [Chowhound]

• Local 149, run by the same folks who handle Newton's Biltmore Bar & Grille, should open on P Street in South Boston in a couple of weeks. [Grub Street]

• Sonic Drive-In, previously confined to two North Shore locations, is planning a third location on Revere Beach Parkway in Medford. [Boston Restaurant Talk]

• Swank Back Bay lounge Vox Populi has shuttered. [Hidden Boston]

• Stuart Street's Rock Bottom Brewery, well ... they've hit rock bottom. They're closed as of December 31. [Beer Advocate]

• Vittorio’s Italian Kitchen is open for business on Squire Road in Revere; it offers dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru pizzas, pastas, and other handmade treats. Victor Paone, formerly of Bricco and il Panino, is an owner. [Grub Street]

• No more deep-fried hot dogs: Lawton's Famous Franks in Lawrence has closed for good after temporarily shuttering due to construction issues. [Eagle Tribune]


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