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Alba Bar and Grill-Quincy- will close

The thread on dining and entertainment reminded me of how great it is to dine on the bar side of Alba Bar and Grill in Quincy--great food and song combined with, always, a nice crowd and staff.

Sad to say, I read in the Ledger over the weekend that the new connector road (connecting Burgin Parkway with 3A) will go right through Alba's location. RAAAAAAAAAATTTTSS!

This is a wonderful spot with terrific food and folks--go there before it's gone!

On the upside, the building that houses the RMV will likewise have to come down--while that's not good for Little Q Hotpot (hopefully they fare well) it will get rid of a dreadful location. That must explain (in part anyway) what happened to Classic India.

Lots of businesses in the area will re-locate or close. Bleh.

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  1. So this new connector road is going to barrel right into Quincy Center? I didn't think that kind of stuff happened anymore.

    1. Hi Tomato, I think it's the"Trattoria Alba" that will be closing not the older "Alba's Bar and Grille". Check it out.

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      1. re: CocoDan

        Believe me, I'd so much rather it be Trattoria Alba--if I had to do a Sophie's choice move and pick one of the two. As reported in the Ledger, it was Bar and Grill.

        On an up note, I believe that it's been known to happen once or twice that events can be mis-reported. Shocking, I know. Let's hope this is one of those times.

        FYI--the beef carpaccio there is especially good!

      2. I wonder if this means that Bad Abbot's, Finian's, Fuji, Kagawa, Napoli, and the Siam House will all be affected by this. This could be a real disaster, at least temporarily, to Quincy Center.

        1. This is terrible news. We had heard rumours that Tasos never reopened after the fire because the landlord felt she could make her fortune by selling the property for this purpose. This is so outrageous since the downtown revitilization in Quincy is one of the best examples of people-friendly urban revitalization we've see in this region. Great little restaurants at affordable prices have brought more and more people to that area, making it a vital, vibrant culinary scene. This feels like a local reprise of the southwest corridor debacle that would have destroyed the South End in the 1970's. Hopefully this plan will meet the same fate. I agree with hidden boston that experience clearly indicates that this stuff shouldn't happen any more. Certainly not without a Master plan that makes it significantly better for everybody.

          1. I concur about the whole scene in Quincy center. Just try to find a parking spot any night on Hancock St any night of the week, never mind the weekend, and you can see how business is booming. After so many years of shuttered windows and darkeness, it would be a shame to lose all of that.

            The article in the Ledger did not show a map--but there must be one. I'm sure concerned and civic minded Quincy residents can find out more at City Hall.

            Maybe this is why Leo of Alba opened the second location, which seemed confoundingly illogical at the time?

            1. I cant fathom how a road will cut across the center. Here are the best links I could dig up:



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              1. re: mkel34

                Thanks MKE-I was just looking at those on line myself. Hard to figure!

                1. re: mkel34

                  Yes, thank you for the information. It seems at first glance to be based on a seven year old plan to allow 3,000 office workers to get out of town more quickly, and does not anticipate the restaurant resurgence that has taken place on a creative local level in the interim. Quincy Center is not ideal, and that building that has welcomed Little Q and lost India Quality and the movie theaters is pretty awful. But how much will it cost to rehouse the Registry and Inspectional Services for, at a minimum, 2+ years? I for one would happily sit in a bit of traffic to enjoy Little Q, Fuji, and the other start-ups who have taken a chance on the area, much to the diners delight. If it requires some inconvenience for 3,000 commuters, imagine how much more inconvenient the construction process will be. This plan needs serious reconsideration. An outdated automotive transit project should not interrupt the emerging chowhoundish and other delights of Quincy Center for the thousands of us who are happy to support and encourage it on a regular basis. These foundling local businesses cannot wait for an unneeded roadway.

                2. I was in Quincy yesterday, and had a delicious lunch at Little Q. It seems this ten year old highway project is on the local agenda, to the detriment of some of the most interesting restaurants in recent history.

                  1. Hi,

                    This week's Quincy Sun had a list of all the businesses which were scheduled to be removed. It included Little Q and all the food court in that building, Trattoria Alba, The Half Moon, Napoli. I don't remember the others, but it was a long list.

                    For the life of me, I had thought the days where people rammed four lane highways through the middle of cities was over. What a stupid idea. Where are all these places going to go?

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                    1. re: mwk

                      Stupid is surely the key word, IMO. Shortsighted would be another. Just as Quincy Center was starting to really turn around, they pull this. Unbelievable....well, maybe the restaurants should take their businesses next door to Braintree or Dorchester, since I doubt either one of these places would do something so ridiculous.

                    2. If you look at this closely, you will see that this is just another deal between the city administration and their real estate cronies. Nothing changes in Quincy; just the names and faces. I've lived here all my life. "They'll" find a way to line their pockets, just like the "boys" before them. By the way, it would be a road to nowhere. Very sad.

                      1. So, still a little confused by this thread, but maybe there's more info out there now (Quincy Sun doesn't seem to have an active online presence). Little Q and these others are definitely done for? When does this happen, does anyone know? Are we talking they'll be gone in a year, or next month? So sad.