Seven spring restaurant openings to get excited about: The Boston Globe

A star chef gets an Encore: James Beard Award winner Michael Schlow became a Boston legend with a downtown powerhouse radiowhich closed in 2013. Hell returns to the local fine dining scene with Seamark Seafood and cocktails and cocktail bar Old wives tale at Encore Boston Harbor with what he calls a dock-to-plate menu. An early look reveals lobster fra diavolo spaghetti, spicy seafood stew and a classic Maine lobster roll (yes, with mayo). Hell also serves its famous Schlowburger, topped with cheddar, crispy onions and horseradish. It opens on Friday, April 12. 1 Broadway, Everett, www.seamarkencore.com

Seamark lobster bisque at the Encore.Financial support

Patisserie with pedigree: Monica Glass, formerly named Best New Pastry Chef by Food & Wine, teams up with prolific restaurateur Ken Oringer (cup, Faccia and Faccia, little donkey, bull) to open Verveine Cafe & Bakery in the coming weeks. The glass comes from Gotham Bar & Grill i Le Bernardin in New York City. She started next to Oringer as a pastry chef at Clio. Here’s hoping they recreate the magic at this 24-seat spot, which serves top-notch treats like strawberry chamomile fried donuts, fudgy purple ube brownies, black sesame croissants, and kimchi egg cheddar Danishes. 298 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, www.verveinecafe.com

Sophisticated Italian from an acclaimed chef: Jody Adams (Rialto at the Charles Hotel) dine again with the grand hotel The Mistress at the glam skyscraper Raffles Hotel & Residences. Their newest perch is two stories: a living room on the ground floor and a dining room on the upper floor, inspired by an Italian villa. Executive Chef Amarilys Coln hails from Adamss’ coastal Italian restaurant Back Bay. I bring. It will open in May, serving dishes like paccheri and clams and whipped ricotta with dried sweet peppers, honey and balsamic. 40 Trinity Place, Boston, www.raffles.com

Spice and sass at the seaport: It’s always a party Citrus and salt thanks to gregarious chef Jason Santos. It moves from Back Bay to the old one Oak and rowan space, at the service of the merger between California and Mexico. This space is larger, with a patio and private dining room, plus a lounge in the back. Inferno is adding more raw bar dishes and ceviche to the menu, plus a lineup of late-night tacos on Tuesdays. It opens at the end of April. 319 A St., Boston, www.citrusandsaltboston.com

An al fresco meeting in the Central Square: viale The duo Shauna Reyburn and Greg Reeves replace The Dial with Althea, a relaxed gathering designed for summer fun. The centerpiece is a backyard party patio with live music and a grill. The menu is classic American with twists; the dining room has 70 seats, with 100 more outside. They were really excited to barbecue some lamb chops and a duck corn crêpe, and they were really excited to smoke a lot of vegetables, Reeves says. Look for it in April. 907 Main St., Cambridge, www.vialerestaurant.com

Co-owner Smuch Saikamthorn at Mahaniyom in Brookline Village with his team (back, from left) Thanaphon Authaiphan, Thanarat Kasikitthamrong, Supapat Thummathid and Chayada Kornchuarat.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

A high and long awaited diving bar: Brookline Village Thai sensation Mahaniyom welcome the brothers Merai in April Merai means alcohol, so expect a lively bar scene (the restaurant is currently running preview pop-ups at undressed in the Leather District and promises a classy yet understated bar experience). The food menu showcases Thai flavors in all cuisines – co-owner Smuch Saikamthorn is very excited to serve Koong Ka Ree, prawns stir-fried in a creamy yellow curry. 14 Harvard St., Brookline, www.instagram.com/merai.bar


Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. follow her @kcbaskin.


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