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Best local spin off?

tumbledrylow Feb 24, 2008 12:57 PM

A recent thread asking about the worst local spin off had me thinking about what are the best. I know there are plenty of Boston chefs and restaurateurs who have expanded their business successfully (from a Hounds perspective not just a financial perspective) and I'd be interested in hearing what you all think. One that comes to mind immediately for me is No. 9 and then B&G (although it does seem like Butcher Shop might be an outlier for Barbara Lynch?). Others?

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    maxinboston Feb 24, 2008 07:15 PM

    I would definetly go with the English restaurants. Olives, Figs and Kingfish are all great in their own ways. The Charlestown Olives is still a personal favorite, but they're all different restaurants, hard to compare.

    1. MC Slim JB Feb 24, 2008 06:42 PM

      Hamersley's moved across the street to bigger digs, but the chef/owner has (to his credit, I think) never extended beyond one venue.

      Another one: Common Ground - Coda.

      1. steinpilz Feb 24, 2008 04:56 PM

        Summer Shack, though it catches grief from me and others really isn't so bad. I wasn't here for Jasper's earlier restaurant(s?) but I had heard of him thanks to Julia Child.

        Kingfish Hall could be considered another success.

        Would Locke Ober be considered a "spin-off," maybe this is taxonomy. As I understand it Lydia Shire moved there from some earlier wins.

        Has Hammersley done any spin-offs?

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          Ralphie_in_Boston Feb 24, 2008 03:24 PM

          Ginza Boston -> Ginza Brookline -> New Ginza, Watertown.

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            9lives Feb 24, 2008 03:30 PM

            I may be wrong but I don't think New Ginza/Watertown is part of the "family."

            East Ocean City and Fugyaku are related.

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              Ralphie_in_Boston Feb 24, 2008 03:41 PM

              maybe a distant...in-law type of relation. Years ago during my first visit there, the maitre'd explained to me that the Watertown location was owned by a group of 'investors' which included those who founded the original Ginza, although the founders' share was a minority interest.

              But ownership could have changed since then, and I could be wrong also.

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                9lives Feb 24, 2008 04:25 PM

                If it's good, it's good. I do know that New Ginza was getting delivery from very well thought of raw fish wholesalers.

          2. MC Slim JB Feb 24, 2008 02:14 PM

            Clio - Toro
            Mistral - Sorellina (I actually prefer the latter)
            Arrows - MC Perkins Cove
            Radius - Via Matta (prefer the latter)
            Flour - Myers+Chang
            Miracle of Science - Audubon Circle
            Icarus - Ashmont Grill (I'm a rare fan here, I think)
            Costello's - J.J. Foley's Cafe
            Metropolis/Aquitaine - Union
            Torch - Stella
            Lala Rokh - Bin 26
            Lucca - Sasso
            Rangoli - Bhindi Bazaar
            Mon Tien - Chilli Duck
            Olives - Figs (prefer the latter now)
            Oishii Chestnut Hill - Oishii Boston

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              9lives Feb 24, 2008 01:10 PM

              Pigalle-Marco come to mind.

              L'Espalier- Sel de la Terre (waterfront)

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