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bay village: rachel's kitchen closing

lschow Oct 18, 2007 10:39 AM

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. MC Slim JB RE: lschow Oct 18, 2007 11:12 AM

    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
      Joanie RE: MC Slim JB Oct 19, 2007 09:07 AM

      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?

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        twentyoystahs RE: Joanie Oct 19, 2007 09:10 AM

        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.

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        cook2eat RE: MC Slim JB Oct 24, 2007 04:35 PM

        is that the restaurant to be named "Church?"

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        Spike RE: lschow Oct 19, 2007 03:33 PM

        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...

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          Blumie RE: lschow Oct 20, 2007 05:54 AM

          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 www.hungrymothercambridge.com .

          1. MC Slim JB RE: lschow Oct 20, 2007 07:09 AM

            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. coookie RE: lschow Oct 20, 2007 09:12 AM

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

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                chowaholic RE: lschow Oct 21, 2007 06:09 PM

                Bummah! I love that place. I second the question...will the lobster roll abide?

                On the positive side, Kendall will be easier for me to get to...though I'm sad that they won't have breakfast items. Rachel's Kitchen had such wonderful and simple items, like the soft-boiled egg with toast strips. In Ireland, they call those soldiers.

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                  gyppielou RE: lschow Oct 21, 2007 07:31 PM

                  What happens to our restaurant donations?

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                    bachslunch RE: lschow Oct 22, 2007 03:15 PM

                    This place had been on my "get-to" list for a while, and I'm sorry I hadn't gone sooner. Tried three things recently:

                    1. iced coffee black no sugar, which was smooth, yet rich and sturdy, excellent stuff.

                    2. breakfast sandwich of egg, cheese, and veggie sausage on English muffin. Might be the best of its kind I've ever had, really fresh egg, pleasingly spiced faux meat, gentle but noteworthy flavors, not greasy or doughy at all. Needless to say, this blows Mickey D's version a mile out of the water.

                    3. smoked turkey wrap with muenster, green apples, red onion, and honey mustard. Absolutely first quality ingredients, but the real revelation for me was how nicely the apple and onion coalesced into something else altogether, like nothing I can recall tasting. Remarkable stuff.

                    Yeah, I'll drop over to their place in Kendall Square when they open. Count on it.

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                      Fatty 2x4 RE: bachslunch Oct 22, 2007 07:00 PM

                      I am a huge fan of Rachel's Kitchen. never a bad sandwich and the best egg sandwiches I have ever had, hands down. If you've never been, go before October 31st, or you'll never have this chance again! Their new place is lunch/dinner and they won't be in the kitchen, they'll be managing. Barry Gaither, their new chef, is AMAZING but I love having Rachel fry me up something on the grill. Seriously, it's the end of an era. Their food is served with love and sass. Can't wait to have a beer with them at Hungry Mother!

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                        Blumie RE: Fatty 2x4 Oct 23, 2007 07:55 AM

                        Elon did mention to me that they might do a Sunday brunch and, if so, he and Rachel might work the kitchen for it. I certainly hope so!

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                          Fatty 2x4 RE: Blumie Oct 23, 2007 01:23 PM

                          I think it's spelled Alon. Also Barry's last name is not Gaither, sorry for that mistake.

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                            Blumie RE: Fatty 2x4 Oct 23, 2007 01:29 PM

                            Yes, you are correct about the spelling of Alon's name.

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                      heWho RE: lschow Oct 23, 2007 01:42 PM

                      I'm just seeing this now, this is awful news for a local! I moved to the neighborhood a couple of months ago and I stop in Rachel's just about every other day for iced coffee. It's amazing what that place means to the neighborhood, everyone knows everyone else by name there... it's a true-blue local restaurant.

                      The only silver lining is that I won't be tempted to get a bacon egg and cheese on and English muffin walking by EVERY morning. They're almost too hard to resist, definitely the best breakfast sandwich I've had in the city!

                      Does anyone know anything about the new owners? Are they really going to move in by November? That'd be great news.

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                        Blumie RE: heWho Oct 23, 2007 01:53 PM

                        In addition to the amazing egg-and-cheese sandwiches (I always get mine on brioche), their lattes always are consistently great (compared to Starbucks, who's lattes are fair half the time, and bad the other half). My hope is that the new owners plan to keep the place more or less as is.

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                          Dax RE: heWho Oct 23, 2007 04:05 PM

                          Try the bacon, egg and cheese on brioche - an even better sandwich. Try it fast though ...

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                            Fatty 2x4 RE: Dax Oct 24, 2007 07:09 AM

                            I found out that the new restaurant, Hungry Mother, will have Barry Maiden from Lumiere in Newton as the head chef. John Kessen, who was GM of Sel de la Terre for five years, is also a partner. The new owners of Rachel's are also a young couple, both chefs, and should be able to open in November as far as I know.

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                              chowfamily RE: Fatty 2x4 Oct 24, 2007 07:24 AM


                              But where does that leave Lumiere?

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                                MC Slim JB RE: chowfamily Oct 24, 2007 07:31 AM

                                Michael Leviton remains the chef/owner of Lumeire; Maiden must have been a lieutenant there. I've long heard that Leviton is seeking a downtown space, likely in the Seaport District, but I don't know where that plan stands.

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                                  chowfamily RE: MC Slim JB Oct 24, 2007 08:10 AM

                                  Thanks, that makes sense.

                                  I have always enjoyed Lumiere.

                              2. re: Fatty 2x4
                                phipsi102 RE: Fatty 2x4 Oct 24, 2007 10:06 PM

                                One of the new owners, Jose, was most recently a sous-chef @ Union Bar and Grill, and highly respected there.

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                                  heWho RE: phipsi102 Oct 25, 2007 11:23 AM

                                  Well that's an excellent sign! :)

                                  Of course I hope the quality of the food is maintained, but in this instance I'm more concerned with them keeping that homey, neighborhood, "everyone knows your name" type feel.

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                            gyppielou RE: lschow Oct 26, 2007 09:47 PM

                            Do we still get our name written on a wall? Bought 3 names! Just cureous how that fundraiser for Dedo property worked out.

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                              Blumie RE: lschow Oct 28, 2007 07:46 PM

                              The new website is up and running:


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                                michela RE: Blumie Oct 29, 2007 08:06 AM

                                Hungry Mother please include the fab Lobster Roll on the menu!

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                                  Blumie RE: michela Oct 29, 2007 09:44 AM

                                  Maybe if they get to the point of opening for lunch they'll add it, but I wouldn't expect it on the dinner menu. The concept is just entirely different.

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                                    gyppielou RE: Blumie Oct 29, 2007 03:03 PM

                                    excellent! although breakfast sandwiches and friendly faces will surely be missed. Hope the new folks take such care!

                              2. NYA Joe RE: lschow Oct 29, 2007 09:16 AM

                                Wow, my procrastination is being rewarded...I've been trying to make it all the way to Rachel's for a long time. Now, it's moving into my town. Sorry to rub it in...your loss is our gain. Hope the new owners of the Bay Village space are just as good!

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                                1. re: NYA Joe
                                  Blumie RE: NYA Joe Oct 29, 2007 09:44 AM

                                  The concept is entirely different. So while I hope that Hungry Mother is great, it won't be Rachel's Kitchen.

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