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    A new restaurant comes to Eataly, and Hojoko gets into the Groove with a rec room feel

    Openings: Eataly Boston (800 Boylston St. at Belvidere Street) welcomes a new restaurant, La Pescheria, focusing on seafood. Enjoy three-course tastings of black bass crudo, Rhode Island calamari, fish stew, and oysters — or pick your pleasure from a roving seafood cart. Cocktails highlight summery flavors like fennel and hibiscus.

    The Fenway’s Hojoko (1271 Boylston St. at Ipswich Street) launches the Groove, a vinyl library that’s an homage to the neighborhood’s musical history and a nod to Japan’s underground vinyl bar scene. Better yet, the space looks like a 1970s rec room. It’s open daily from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Snack on high- and lowbrow dishes: fries with cheesy kimchi, caviar, champagne, ramen, and Japanese whiskey.

    Vietnamese-American noodle pop-up Nightshade will move to a permanent home in Lynn (73 Exchange St. at Broad Street) later this year, according to a Facebook post. Chef Rachel Miller was executive sous chef at Bondir and chef de cuisine at Clio, Coppa, and TW Food.


    Grove at Briar Barn Inn launches in Rowley, Mass., this week (101 Main St.). It’s a rustic getaway, housed in a barn, as the name suggests. Feast on locally sourced clams, chowder, grilled oysters, seasonal soups — and tater tots.

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    Coming soon: Ruth’s Chris Steak House plans to open at Somerville’s Assembly Row, at the base of Partners Healthcare headquarters (399 Revolution Dr.). The 8,100-square-foot meat emporium will have 240 seats, plus a 50-seat patio.

    Food fests: The Taste of the North End happens on Friday, April 26, at Steriti Memorial Rink (561 Commercial St. at North Washington Street), emceed by “Dining Playbook” host Billy Costa. Proceeds benefit the North End Waterfront Health Center’s social services and medical programs. Sample dishes from plenty of neighborhood staples: Artu, Bricco, Carmelina’s, il Molo, La Summa, Massimino’s, Mamma Maria, Neptune Oyster, Prezza, Tony & Elaine’s, Taranta, and more. Yes, both Mike’s and Modern Pastry will be there, too. Begin sampling at 7 p.m., and buy tickets ($99) in advance at