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Coming Soon in Allston and Brookline

Allstonian Aug 20, 2007 05:56 AM

On Brighton Ave., in the space that had been Sumi (and right next to India Dhaba), there's a banner announcing Mount Everest Kitchen - I'm assuming Nepali cuisine. In Brookline Village, in the space that had been the orginal Cafe Saint Petersburg and was then a different Russian restaurant, the windows are covered with brown paper saying "Coming Soon Tibetan Restaurant." And downstairs on Babcock Street, in the space that had been Firenze, a sign to warm the hearts of Brookline Chowhounds - another Japanese restaurant.

  1. passing thru Aug 20, 2007 06:16 AM

    if every japanese restaurant that opened wasn't yet another generic sushi joint, it wouldn't be so bad. i'd love to see a real tonkatsu or okonomiyaki joint open up somewhere, or even just some places that served items beyond the standard menu that all these places seem to have.

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    1. re: passing thru
      tamerlanenj Aug 21, 2007 05:57 AM

      Is a tonkatsu joint a place that makes that japanese schnitzel?

      1. re: tamerlanenj
        passing thru Aug 21, 2007 06:43 AM

        yes, exactly. they do a pretty good version at cafe mami in the porter square exchange. i think ken's ramen at the super 88 in allston might also have tonkatsu ramen, but i haven't tried that.

      2. re: passing thru
        bitsubeats Aug 22, 2007 05:14 AM

        I agree! I'd like to see a great place that serves really good tonkatsu, omurice, okonomyaki, yakitori, and/or takoyaki.

        1. re: passing thru
          Allstonian Aug 23, 2007 03:28 PM

          According to this article (go down to the end, to the piece about a bunch of new places) it'll be run by the guy who ran Roka, which they describe as "Osaka-style." They do seem to aiming for more than just sushi, at least.

          The same article says that the manager of Orinoco was planning to open a new restaurant called Caroni in the space that had been Village Fish in Brookline Village, although the May opening date was clearly optimistic.


        2. Joanie Aug 20, 2007 06:41 AM

          I noticed the Tibetan sign yesterday too. Seems to be the new in area lately. Maybe the new Japanese restaurant will be a teriyaki shop, we could use one.


          1. hiddenboston Aug 20, 2007 07:07 AM

            When did Sumi close? I never got a chance to get there...

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            1. re: hiddenboston
              Allstonian Aug 20, 2007 07:22 AM

              Yeah, me neither! I'm not sure exactly when they closed, but at least 6 months ago. They had been on my early short list for our Wednesday Night Dinners in Allston. We walked past them on our way to/from someplace else one night and I noticed that the furnishings were all still in place but clearly gathering dust. Too bad!

              1. re: Allstonian
                galleygirl Aug 20, 2007 07:37 AM

                Probably becasue they never got their liquor license...How do you make a go of a place that sells drinking snacks when there aren't drinks?

            2. jsjs09812 Aug 20, 2007 08:20 AM

              Firenze closed?
              Oh dear. I have such fond memories of dinners there.

              More Japanese? Really? Sigh.

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                lergnom Aug 20, 2007 09:33 AM

                b.good should be open now in the former gas station near TJMaxx. They had a soft-open party a few days ago.

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                1. re: lergnom
                  tamerlanenj Aug 21, 2007 05:58 AM

                  Oh, joy. Just what Brookline needs. What is UP with b.good? Their expansion is truly frightening to behold.

                  1. re: tamerlanenj
                    lergnom Aug 21, 2007 08:17 AM

                    Well, I ate their late yesterday afternoon. The oven-baked fries were good and crisp, almost crunchy. The hamburger was pretty good, on a multi-grain bun with a bunch of toppings. I would have liked it better if I'd chosen different toppings; the "garlicy" greens were a little bitter. Overall, not a bad place, cute inside, plays real blues music, had the garage door open, has a small parking lot. I prefer the burgers at Grille Zone but these are suitable.

                    1. re: lergnom
                      hiddenboston Aug 21, 2007 08:30 AM

                      I don't know....the one burger I had at b.good was ok, but there just wasn't enough fat content to make it tasty. I'd much rather have a greasy, fatty burger at Mr. Bartley's or Zon's, even though I know it's a bit less healthy.

                      1. re: hiddenboston
                        bear Aug 21, 2007 09:15 AM

                        But my son who is doing Weight Watchers is able to have burgers more often because of b.good. It's good for people to have options. He'd be happier with the decadent burgers, but really wants to lose some of the chow-fed belly. They can coexist!

                        1. re: bear
                          tamerlanenj Aug 21, 2007 09:33 AM

                          Does your son know that a b.good burger has more calories than a Wendy's single with everything?

                          1. re: tamerlanenj
                            bear Aug 21, 2007 09:42 AM

                            He's actually pretty aware of the calorie content-points, but prefers b.good to some of the other lower-calorie stuff out there. He's pretty careful, and as I said, it's not his ideal, but it's good to have choices. I myself don't have a desire to check out their burgers. It's grease and lots of cheese for me.

                            1. re: tamerlanenj
                              Allstonian Aug 21, 2007 09:59 AM

                              This is an apples-to-oranges argument. The b. good burger is topped with mushrooms, caramelized onions, and sauteed greens, so it's not an appropriate comparison to a Wendy's Classic single. (There's also no information on the b.good website to compare the size of the two burgers.) While even the plainest of the b. good burgers does have slighlty under 10% more calories than the Wendy's Classic single, it also has 40% less fat and and over 3 times as much fiber.

                              1. re: Allstonian
                                lergnom Aug 21, 2007 12:36 PM

                                Both are supposedly 1/4 lb before cooking.

                                I thought the greens were bitter but I'd order a burger with another topping any day.

                  2. Joanie Aug 21, 2007 05:12 AM

                    I noticed yesterday that the pizza place at the top of Station St. by the T sign now is Sandwich something or other.

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                    1. re: Joanie
                      galleygirl Aug 21, 2007 06:05 AM

                      Yeah, and that pizza place, Dino's, did a pretty decent slice....Very simple, tomato-ey sauce, appropriate cheese. Not the best crust, but not Greek either...

                      1. re: galleygirl
                        lergnom Aug 21, 2007 08:18 AM

                        I thought Dino's was awful though it was cheap. They owned the building - which is why they could stay in business - and I believe the sold it when they retired.

                        1. re: lergnom
                          ginnyhw Aug 22, 2007 05:48 AM

                          When we lived in the Village and were young and poor with kids, Dino's stiffed us twice with a reheated pizza. We went to Village Pizza after that and yes it was Greek pizza but they were really nice and always cooked to order.

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                      tamerlanenj Aug 21, 2007 06:01 AM

                      Any clue about what's going to go in the Zathmary's space? It's so hard to believe what's happened to coolidge corner in just the three years since I moved...

                      Harvard Fruit: GONE, now finagle a bagle
                      CinemaSmith: GONE, now a cell phone store
                      Zathmary's: GONE, now an empty storefront

                      These are three places that, aside from BookSmith and the movie theater, really MADE Coolidge Corner Coolidge Corner, and not just another neighborhood.

                      What's next? The movie theater is going to close down and become a target?

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                      1. re: tamerlanenj
                        galleygirl Aug 21, 2007 06:05 AM

                        Zarthmarys----> Panera...Oh, the humanity......

                        1. re: tamerlanenj
                          Allstonian Aug 21, 2007 06:14 AM

                          There's a Panera Bread coming into the Zathmary's space.

                          While I agree that Coolidge Corner, especially that stretch of Harvard, is being mall-ized as badly as Harvard Square has, I can't say that I think that Zathmary's "MADE Coolidge Corner Coolidge Corner." They were only there for 6 years, after all, and I never had much use for them, to be honest.

                          1. re: Allstonian
                            galleygirl Aug 21, 2007 07:01 AM

                            They started great, then went quickly downhill qualitywise, and uphill pricewise....
                            Now, I do miss Bildner's....

                            1. re: Allstonian
                              aventinus Aug 23, 2007 05:45 PM

                              Better than Panera Bread. Blech.

                              1. re: aventinus
                                galleygirl Aug 23, 2007 08:44 PM

                                That would be Panera "bread".....

                            2. re: tamerlanenj
                              lergnom Aug 21, 2007 08:27 AM

                              I don't share your prejudices against chains or change in general. The Panera will have a reasonably sized outdoor seating area in front - they're pulling the facade of the building back 15 feet or so to create an open space - and that will contribute to the life of the street. That sidewalk is pretty narrow.

                              Booksmith owns its building and is well-capitalized. The Theatre is owned by a foundation - originally funded by major landlord Harold Brown - so it isn't going anywhere.

                              Change happens. Where Pier 1 is now used to be a bowling alley. Paper-Source was a hardware store.

                              1. re: lergnom
                                tamerlanenj Aug 21, 2007 08:37 AM

                                That is good news about the sidewalk cafe. But, in general, I just find Panera to be a crappy establishment.

                                1. re: tamerlanenj
                                  galleygirl Aug 21, 2007 06:38 PM

                                  Totally agree. I don't think their "bread' tastes like bread....the only healthy protein they offer in their meals is chicken. No good veggie options. No, a green salad is NOT a veggie option.

                              2. re: tamerlanenj
                                koebie Aug 21, 2007 10:56 AM

                                I went into Zathmary's once and bought a dessert and it was stale. In my mind, at that point they were GONE.

                                At least Cool Corn doesn't have McDonald's to kick around anymore.

                                1. re: koebie
                                  lergnom Aug 21, 2007 12:41 PM

                                  I don't eat much at McD's but that place was a gathering spot for senior cititzens and working class people . . . so every place has its good points. The seniors gathered with coffee and sat for a long time and that place was a big loss to them.

                                  I'm not a fan of Panera but a lot of people like it. I know, for example, that they do bake their own stuff but I generally don't like their bread. Their coffee has been terrible. They've promised improvement but I don't know if they've done it.

                                  1. re: lergnom
                                    tamerlanenj Aug 21, 2007 01:18 PM

                                    Oddly enough, the Panera is Everett is a similar gathering type place for seniors and working class union guys. I know McDonald's has the senior priced coffee though.

                                  2. re: koebie
                                    ginnyhw Aug 22, 2007 05:51 AM

                                    Zathmary's made fabulous blueberry muffins (Jordan Marsh style) and since they closed we have not found anything close to those muffins in the Brookline area. And they opened early on Sunday morning (but that's another topic)

                                    1. re: ginnyhw
                                      lergnom Aug 22, 2007 07:28 AM

                                      They used the Jordan Marsh recipe. I've not seen decent muffins around here otherwise.

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