Frank Avruch

A New England television personality for over 40 years, Frank Avruch is Boston born and bred. He has  an ongoing love affair with the city...a mixture of the old and new, a burgeoning restaurant scene, a thriving theatre, music and arts mecca,Frank is a counted-on-source for the oft-asked questions: "What's new", "What's happening" and "Where should we go?", he lists many of the events that make Boston a choice destination for tourists and residents alike . If you would ilke his recommmendations, all you have to do is email and he will give you his take on any questions you might have.







Big Apple Circus LUMINOCITY

 Celebrate the vitality of life at the Crossroads of the World! Catch the high-spirited and pulse-racing thrills of the World's Greatest Circus Artists in one ring under theBig Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside! Watch rowdy pups perform amazing tricks, double trapeze artists soaring high above, a bashful clown, an irrepressible flimflam man, a juggler extraordinaire, teeterboard acrobats flying through the air, a cavalcade of magnificent steeds, and a couple of amazing wirewalkers suspended in midair. The show runs two hours, including one intermission.


Chestnut Hill Hub's  hot new restaurant scene

Seasons 52, a chain with over 30 locations nationwide, including one nearby in Burlington, is the latest eatery to open in what has become the mecca for shopping malls. Three of them within walking distance of each other.Brico Tuscan Grille is also open in  Chestnut Hill Square. Both these restuarants offer special menus to accomodate those who have dietary restrictions, e.g. gluten-free, vegan, and low-calorie options. Seasons 52 takes calorie consciousness a step further by offering "tiny desserts."

The Cheesecake Factory's new space at the upper Chestnut Hill Mall (Bloomingdales) has moved over from the nearby Atrium, and a new Japanese restaurant is now open in the former Bernard's space on the second level. Bernard's has enlarged and added a full bar to its new digs next to the Showcase Cinema Add a Mexican restaurant to the long-time ensconced Papparazzi.

And if that's not enough of a choice, at the lower mall, now called "The Street," you have Cuccina Davio's, Shake Shack, and DelFrisco's steak house open for lunch and dinner. In case you're wondering Legal's Seafood and The Cottage are still packing them in.

Hungry Mother's new little sister, State Park, (about a block away in the former Think Tank space in Kendall Square, is now open. A more casual, less upscale eatery you'll not only be able to eat and drink, but also get a chance to show your skill at tabletop shuffleboard.


Other New Eateries

Craigie on Main's new sister restaurant, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, is now open in Somerville, focusing on a more rustic, casual menu. Lots of items are wood-grilled.

Look for things like salmon head, chicken liver, and smoked and roasted pork neck The KT&T burger features grass-fed beef, waffle-cut fries, and house-made pickles, and it can be yours for $17. It's on the standard menu, not part of an off-menu limited supply like the Craigie burger.

There's beer: eight on draft and sixteen bottles, at the moment. Prices range from a $4 can of Schlitz Gusto to a $28 25.4-ounce bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's "La Roja." There's also a cocktail menu at $10 a pop, with options like City Line Soda (Del Maguey Vida, pineapple-celery soda) and A Tale of Two Kitties (Plantation Dark, allspice, almond, citrus). The Kirkland Tap & Trotter is open daily from 5pm until 1am (food is available until midnight).

West Roxbury and Newtonville both have Rox Diner, and now there's a third restaurant in the little family — Rox Cafe in Newton Highlands. Owner John Fortin tells the Boston Globe that the cafe differs slightly from the diners. "We've taken the basic values when it comes to our approach to cuisine and service, but we've narrowed it down a little bit to something that is not as extensive as our diner menus." The 60-seat restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has a full bar, and also has a market with takeout food.

The menu varies with the seasons and the availability of locally sourced ingredients.


Frank as Bozo

Get an autographed picture of Frank
as Bozo the Clown!

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