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Bobby Flay's Burger Palace Opens in Burlington and More Nearby Bites

Also in this month's roundup of restaurant news near Stoneham: Stone Hearth Pizza opens in Winchester; Bunratty Tavern projected to open in Reading in May; and Irish pub Waxy O'Connors opens in Woburn.

We know Stoneham residents don’t only stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. 

Restaurant coming and goings, new businesses and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on Patch sites around the region over the past month.

Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories covered in the past month.

Burlington

IMAGES: Bobby Flay's Burger Palace Opens in Burlington

Eager diners lined up in the cold weather outside of the Burlington Mall for a chance to try a burger from one of the Food Network's most recognizable stars. Bobby's Burger Palace held its grand opening on Sunday, Jan. 27. The restaurant is located at the Burlington Mall and has it's own entrance. Flay himself was in attendance to welcome customers to the new restaurant. This is the first Bobby's Burger Palace in Massachusetts and the 13th one opened to date.

Winchester

Stone Hearth Pizza Opens

It's been some time in the offing, but Stone Hearth Pizza finally opened the doors of its new location in Winchester, according to the company's Facebook page. Stone Hearth Pizza opened in at the former T Michaels location at 528 Main St. T Michaels, which opened in 1986, was the largest storefront in Winchester Town Center before shuttering last winter. T Michaels' closure was due in part to declining sales.

Reading

Bunratty Tavern Projected to Open in Reading in May

Ireland native and North Reading resident Eilish Havey and her husband Jim will open the Bunratty Tavern in Reading this year. The liquor license for the pub was passed at a selectmen's meeting in January. The tavern will open at 622 Main St. and accommodate 194 people. The traditional Irish pub will have a full bar and serve "home cooked comfort food," Havey said. All of their meat will be cooked on site and they will have roast beef dinners on the weekends. They will feature live music and an outdoor dining area for warmer months, she said.

Macaroni Grill to Pay $20K in Fines After Failing Health Inspection

The Macaroni Grill failed a routine health inspection last December with 31 violations, according to Health Department Director Ruth Clay. The restaurant will pay $20,000 in fines. During a routine health inspection on Dec. 18, Macaroni Grill had 31 violations including six critical violations and 25 non-critical violations.

Reading's Sweet K Cookies Featured on 'The Dish'

Kristin Foristall, owner of Sweet K cookies, will be featured on the television show The Dish creating a cookie bouquet for Valentine's Day.

Woburn

Irish Pub Waxy O'Connors Holds Grand Opening

Waxy O'Connors has opened it's doors at 1 Rainin Road and invited the public to a grand opening party on Jan. 31. Waxy’s is run by General Manager Oscar Dirks, who lives in Stoneham and has 27 years managing restaurants locally. "Waxy’s is what this area has needed – real Irish flavors, good beer, and a wonderful atmosphere, with live music on weekends," Dirks said. "I saw dozens of people the first night we opened back on the second night. It’s a home run."

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