What We’re Looking Forward to in Boston in 2021
Things are looking up already.
We feel as weird writing this as you probably feel reading it. While we’re hella excited for 2021, we’re also having problems mustering—what is that word—excitement? We’re still facing down a dark winter, the news headlines are pretty bleak across the board, and there’s still no clear timeline for a return to normalcy. But as we daydream of long hugs, live music, and three-hour indoor restaurant meals, we’re also starting to muster hope for some of the things that could happen in the city this year, be it a new restaurant opening or the return of a beloved event. Here are the things we’re looking forward to in Boston in 2021.
Ordering from brand new restaurantsWe already know some of what’s coming: Comfort Kitchen in Upham’s Corner. Foundation Kitchen in Charlestown. Douglass Williams’ second MIDA outpost in Newtonville. Geppetto in Cambridge Crossing. Cicada Coffee Bar in Central Square. The long-delayed opening of High Street Place, Downtown Crossing’s food hall. And those are just the ones we’ve heard about so far.
Ordering from our old favorites as they reopenFor every new eatery slated to debut this year, there are at least 10 restaurants slated to reopen this spring after a winter hibernation. Said hibernations were done in the name of survival, so we owe it to our favorites, new and old, to revisit their shores once the time is right. We’re pretty excited to check out Atlantico, for example, which had barely opened before it shuttered.
Enjoying some regional getawaysFlying to an exotic locale still feels far-fetched, but a lower-stress road trip to Maine or the Cape? We’re feeling semi-confident. Our divine hope is that come summer, we’re able to properly vacation around our beloved region: hit the beach, enjoy alfresco drinks with friends (!), and, yup, check out some new hotels. We already know about The Beatrice, a soon-to-open boutique hotel in Providence, and the revamp and reopening of Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, coming sometime this spring. Then there are the spots like Block Island Beach House, which technically opened last summer but haven’t yet had a chance to properly stretch their legs, and The From Away Lodge by Todd Snyder at Hidden Pond.
The early return of outdoor diningWe already know the plans for Boston: the 2021 Outdoor Dining Pilot Program starts April 1—or even earlier if the weather decides to be our buddy. More restaurants using more city space to create more seating means more opportunity to support our restaurants, and earlier. Sign us up.
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