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LaGroceria, Cambridge closing...

LindaBarbara May 7, 2008 07:02 AM

I think I heard this right....the Groceria is closing its doors after almost 40 years. Craigie Street Bistro will be opening in its location. Anyone else hear this? Do I have my information correct?

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  1. hiddenboston RE: LindaBarbara May 7, 2008 07:13 AM

    Yes, the Craigie Street Bistro should be opening there sometime this fall. I'm not sure exactly when La Groceria is closing, though. Has anyone heard any exact date?

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    1. re: hiddenboston
      musicman RE: hiddenboston May 7, 2008 10:50 AM

      I was there last night - the closing is May 18. I've gone there off and on for the past 22 years, and always liked it. I'm not going to argue about how it compares with the N. End, just that it's always done right by me.

      Craigie on Main apparently opens in September.

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      zizzpudding RE: LindaBarbara May 7, 2008 07:17 AM

      Sad to see LaGroceria going, but thrilled if it's true about Craigie Street.

      Postings on the Craigie Street blog from last week confirm it.

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      1. re: zizzpudding
        tomgaroo RE: zizzpudding May 7, 2008 08:28 AM

        La Groceria gave up the ghost a long time ago. Now if only someone would do something with the old Nightstage building across the street.

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          Sal Monella RE: tomgaroo May 7, 2008 08:33 AM

          We used to be regulars at La Groceria before and after their renovations (actually had out wedding rehersal dinner there back in the day) but sometime in the 90's they went down the toilet. I really don't know why...perhaps the original family sold it? Nonetheless, it's bittersweet to see it go after such a long time. We had many good memories there and the food was pretty good. I am happy CSB is moving in as their current basement digs doesn't do it justice from a space and visibility standpoint.

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            Northender RE: Sal Monella May 7, 2008 01:50 PM


            Back in the 80's this was my "go to" place for really nice Italian food and their great hot antipasto table. Somewhere along the line they went from reliable and intersting to absolutely awful. I last went about 6 years ago and could not believe just how terrible it had become. One of the worst dining experiences ever (and there have been many to choose from). Too bad because it was once a nice destination for a change of pace.

          2. re: tomgaroo
            jgg13 RE: tomgaroo May 7, 2008 11:38 AM

            They're doing someting w/ that Nightstage building, as the last time I went by there it was gone and there's a hole in the ground ;) I'm guessing condos.

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              Kbee RE: jgg13 May 7, 2008 01:13 PM

              I had always hoped Nightstage would be revitalized, but I understand there were some environmental issues, either with the site or the building itself. It was only a matter of time, though, before some developer bit the bullet. Won't miss La Groceria much. I recall I liked it alot when I was just out of high school -- I had pretty low standards back then.

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                jgg13 RE: Kbee May 7, 2008 02:19 PM

                When I first moved back to the Boston area (~10 years ago), my understanding was also that the Nightstage was going to be re-opened. Then for a while they had one of those "public notice" signs up and then it went down and it just continued to sit there.

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                  lergnom RE: jgg13 May 7, 2008 02:32 PM

                  The site has (had?) significant environmental problems and the sales fell through.

                  I thought La Groceria survived very well given the extreme difficulty of parking near the restaurant on the busy Friday and Saturday nights.

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                    Joanie RE: lergnom May 8, 2008 05:45 AM

                    I still long for Central Sq. of the mid-90's when you could ALWAYS get a spot in one of those lots. It's such a drag, esp. with half of it dug up (par for the course for that area).

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                      jgg13 RE: lergnom May 8, 2008 09:02 AM

                      Not just the parking either, but its tucked so out of the way in central square. Heck, I live right in central and I have almost never gone there simply because it isn't really noteworthy *enough* to get into my conciousness when i'm looking around and trying to figure out what i want to eat.

          3. kobuta RE: LindaBarbara May 7, 2008 09:19 AM

            Wow, I'd be soo excited if Craigie St Bistro moved in next door. As much as I'd love a lunch option, LaGroceria was the tiredest (probably not a word?) of tired restaurants.

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              treb RE: LindaBarbara May 8, 2008 06:59 AM

              Another carcus buried, I remember, in the 80's, when there were lines to get in. We NElanders are demanding and discriminating. It's got to be consistantly excellent to survive and keep our loyality.

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