Chop, chop, it's Eater Boston with the week's restaurant and nightlife news!
JAMAICA PLAIN—Tonic was full of promise when it opened, garnering praise for taking bold menu steps in a neighborhood not known for its cutting edge cuisine. Then the executive chef left and it closed for months. But as of 4pm today, Tonic reopens.
SEAPORT DISTRICT—If you needed any further proof of the Seaport District's blistering hotness as a restaurant magnet, consider this: the word on the street is that Geoffrey Zakarian, celebrity chef and judge of TV's Chopped and The Next Iron Chef, is now coming to town.
HUB-WIDE—Three major restaurant-related controversies came to a head this week: celebrity chef and Olives founder Todd English settled a lawsuit by the estate of the founder of Priceline, the government found The Upper Crust guilty of owing $850,000 to employees, and the fabulous Wahlberg boys are suing the former business manager of their Hingham burger restaurant Wahlburgers. Also controversial: The Huffington Post said visitors to Boston should eat at Legal Sea Foods.
OUTER SPACE—Some Harvard dudes took a hamburger from local burger chain b.good, tied it to a weather balloon, and created a surprisingly enjoyable video of it going up into outer space before crashing in a tree. They think a squirrel then ate it.