neighborhood watch

Yakitori Zai Sets a Date; Toscanini's Ice Cream Is Delicious

South End: Yakitori Zai, from the Snappy Sushi entrepreneurs, will open on June 8 with an array of Japanese grilled meats. [Earlier, UD]

Central Square: Toscanini's has been named the second-best ice cream parlor in the country by U.S. News & World Report. [EB]

South End: Kitchen, in the former Pops space, is slated to open this weekend. [Chowhound]

Newton Centre: Farmstead Table, a "modern take on countryside New England," will open in on Union Street early this summer. Chef Chad Burns was formerly a sous-chef at Radius. [Zagat]

Financial District: The folks behind the Purple Shamrock and Granary Tavern will open a Mad Men-style tavern called, logically enough, Sterling's. [Earlier]

Brigham Circle: Burn, baby, burn: SoulFire barbecue will open a second location in the old Brigham Circle Diner space. [BRT]

Chestnut Hill: Bertucci's at the sad Atrium Mall has shuttered. [BRT]

Central Square: The Harvest Co-op grocery store and its Clear Conscience Cafe will close in August; the co-op will move across the street, but the cafe's future is, well, unclear. [Cambridge Day]

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