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Apr 27, 2008 07:14 PM

Spring 2008 openings and closings

Panificio in the Back Bay closed on 4/1/08.

Dairy fresh Candy in the North End is "closed for renovations" but was pretty thin on merchandise during my last two visits. At Neptune I heard the Dairy Fresh owners were "weighing their options."

La Voile is opening for lunch on 4/30 and the patio is now open as are most of the patios on Newbury.

There is a new shop with something going on about cupcakes opening on Mass Ave near Marlborough Street. Signs are in the windows and I heard it is to be a branch of a Hyde Park bakery.


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  1. I saw a story in the Courant that talked about a martini bar opening not far from The Modern condo complex. Sounds like Bob's Southern Bistro space to me, but the story identified it as a project of the folks behind the Parrish Cafe. I wonder if this means that Night Town is a dead duck, or has new backers, or what.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I've assumed Night Town was DOA for a while now: the soft open was scheduled for mid-December last I heard, which never happened. And I just checked the bar's MySpace page and noted that its owner last logged in over three months ago.

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        So when did Night Town close? Or did it never even really open? For some reason I thought it had been open, at least for awhile, but perhaps not?

        1. re: hiddenboston

          As far as I can tell, it never even opened. Was there even a soft open?

      2. re: MC Slim JB

        While driving by the old Bob's space yesterday I saw a sign that said "coming soon -- Circle". No idea what that is, but I guess that means no Night Town after all.

        1. re: purple bot

          Malcolm Aalders is involved so I guess he decided to go with another concept.

      3. A Hyde Park bakery? Hmmmm....can't think of one.

        1. Noticed while passing on the 66 bus:

          Bottega Fiorentina in Brookine Village has closed (the original, in Coolidge Corner, is still open.) Sign posted says "Coming soon - Bottega di Capri, Under New Management" so I don't expect a huge change.

          Nori Sushi has closed, to be replaced by another sushi place, I couldn't make out the name. "All natural and organic sushi," it says.

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          1. re: Allstonian

            The replacement for Nori Sushi is Genki Ya.

          2. Think the sign at the cc place, said "Sweet" or "Sweets".

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            1. re: Taralli

              Rumour is that this cupcake bakery is from the folks over the road at Sweet And Nasty. I'm not sure if that shop gets much attention on Chowhound.

              Let's hope they fair better than the much-maligned Kickass Cupcakes in Somerville.

              1. re: teaTomE

                very excited about these cupcakes. there are NO good cupcakes bakeries in boston. lulu, kickass, southendbuttery, party favor, all bad bad bad

                1. re: kweesee

                  Wow, I'm hardly a cupcake expert, but I kinda like Lulu's and Party Favors.

                  As a frame of reference, where (nationally) would be some cupcakes that float your boat?

                  1. re: kweesee

                    I thought the red velvet cupcake at SE Buttery was one of the better in Boston. Haven't had PF cupcakes but didn't think the cake was all that. My KA wasn't great, haven't tried them at Lulu but they make an interesting biscotti.

                    1. re: Joanie

                      Oh I have to disagree with the red velvet at SE Buttery. One of the driest cupcakes I've ever had. A complete waste of money.

                      1. re: taves7

                        Only had it once but that time it was moist, a good size, good frosting and not overpriced.

                      2. re: Joanie

                        I've eaten over 15 of the rv's (not in 1 sitting) and not once have I had a dry one.
                        It's an excellent cupcake. No Party Favors pb-filled chocolate cupcake, but excellent nonetheless

                2. There's a new sign/storefront reading "Trata" and newspaper covered windows in the former Tommy's Pizza (or was it Tommy's Lunch?) space on Mt. Auburn in Harvard Square. No further details...

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                  1. re: mrsx

                    all i know is that it's owned by the daedalus people. nothing else

                    1. re: mrsx

                      It's going to be a sit-down, more upscale pizza place (similar to Cambridge One). They've spent a lot of money on new ovens and generally improving the kitchen. Should be opening in a couple of weeks. Beer and wine in a month or so... I am looking forward to it!

                      1. re: mrsx

                        Is this the space that used to be a Chili's?

                        1. re: hsquare2southend

                          No, it's where Tommys Pizza used to be on Mt. Auburn 2 doors down from Daedalus. It's been open a little while but I haven't had a chance to dry it yet.

                        2. re: mrsx

                          Have eaten at Trata. Fairly tasty, thinnish crust pizza. Glad to have this in the neighborhood as a Cambridge One alternative.