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Oct 18, 2007 10:39 AM

bay village: rachel's kitchen closing

stopped in for lunch and overheard that rachel's kitchen is closing at the end of the month. the owners are opening up a new place (in cambridge?) called hungry mother or something like that. supposedly a new shop with the same concept will take over rachel's bay village location early november.

i had their sandwich special today, which was pulled pork and muenster on black pepper brioche. pork had good flavor but was a lot wetter than what i was expecting, almost to the point of being mushy, but still an okay sandwich. friend got the hot pastrami sandwich and said it was delicious.

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  1. Very sorry to see them go; that's one of the better breakfast/lunch spots on this side of the river. I just noticed that they've given up on opening the Village Kitchen, their dream place for an expanded venue in the former Dedo space on Church Street near Park Plaza. Sounds like Bay Village neighborhood opposition sunk it: too bad.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      That kind of sucks, and sad that the Dedo space sits unoccupied. I wonder if I can make it down there before closing. I suppose dealing with such a tiny space gets to be a drag and having this opportunity is good for them. Does anyone know where exactly this will be?

      1. re: Joanie

        I was just wondering what ever happened with that concept for the old Dedo. I remember looking at their "future" menu online and being so excited for that style of food; I hope they all find somewhere else to open that restaurant.
        Re Rachel's Kitchen, definitely a bummer that they are moving. I always have them in the back of my mind but rarely seem to make it there, unfortunately.

      2. re: MC Slim JB

        is that the restaurant to be named "Church?"

      3. not really closing...more like moving.

        They're moving to Kendall Square near the movie theater. Bigger place so they can grow a bit more, but the regulars probably won't make it over there...

        1. Just spoke with Rachel and Elon. Last day is the end of the month (that's 11 days, folks). The new owners will take over in Novemeber and will keep the breakfast-and-lunch format. The new place in Kendall Square, Hungry Mother, should be open near the end of the year or early 2008 (we all know to suspect the latter rather than the former; how many places actually open on time?). It will be an entirely different format, with one of their partners, a chef, in the kitchen. They will be dinner-only initially and then will go from there.

          It's not up yet, but watch for their website at .

          1. Looks like they're moving into the old location of The Swan, fka the Kendall Cafe. That's a much bigger space, with a full 1am liquor license and seating for 55. I was just complaining about the scant chow options near the Kendall Square Cinema. Nice to see them get a bigger stage, even if it's more of a hike for me now. I wish them a lot of luck!

            1. Inquiring minds want to know: will they still serve that outstanding lobster roll???