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Smoken' Joes to Close; Brimfield Antiques; More!

Let's grab a bite of restaurant news with Eater Boston.



BRIGHTON CENTER—Smoken' Joe's will close on Sept. 23. The barbecue restaurant, which featured live blues music, closed temporarily late last year due to damage from a water main break nearby and never fully recovered. The neighborhood has seen a lot of other longtime establishments close lately as well, like Castlebar, Imperial Pizza and Jasmine Bistro.
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BRIMFIELD—Here's a look inside the Brimfield Antique Show, a popular destination for restaurants owners looking for furniture, cutlery, decorations and more.

UNION SQUARE—Somerville's Union Square has become a hotbed of restaurant openings lately, but 10-year-old Sherman Cafe is calling it quits due to the changing landscape of the neighborhood. Gracie's Ice Cream is on the verge of opening around the corner in the former Sherman Market space (the market already closed down months earlier, initially for renovations), and Sherman owner Ben Dryer is involved.
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HARVARD SQUARE—The popular Science & Cooking lecture series has returned to Harvard for a fifth season. In the first installment on Monday night, Dave Arnold and Harold McGee spoke about the past 20 years in the world of science and cooking. Flour's Joanne Chang talks about the science of sugar this coming Monday.