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Say Goodbye to Little Q Hotpot

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  • mwk May 16, 2008 06:40 AM
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For all of you Little Q fans out there, best to get over there for one last meal in the next few weeks. Mayor Koch of Quincy announced that he's not making any changes to the path of the "Concourse", and the Quincy Fair Mall building housing Little Q and Taste of Taiwan is going to be torn down.

The city has started the process to take possession of the building. I believe there's a city council meeting on the 19th, where it will be finalized.

Such a real shame. I wonder what the chances are that Little Q would re-open somewhere close by?

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  1. Capital would be the biggest question, since there was much fanfare about how much money they sunk into getting the place up and running in the first place. Based on their business, the demand is certainly there for this business to succeed. Space should be available in Quincy (I see a lot of tired, near shuttered storefronts), though it might not be at the same size and scale as the space they have now. I certainly hope they've done well enough to continue elsewhere. Since summer isn't everyone's favorite hotpot season, I really hope they take this time to move somewhere.

    On a slightly different note, there's a new Shabu restaurant on Hancock in N. Quincy (near Beni Cafe). Saw that it was open for business last weekend. I wonder if anyone has tried this place. Space is small though, and seems to be more in the vein of what Shabu Zen or Kaze tries to offer. Curious if anyone's tried it.

    1. So much for Hancock Street's "restaurant row," huh? That stinks. I wonder if Classic India had seen the writing on the wall way back when, closing down instead of having to deal with this now?

      1. That is terrible news. They are two of the most interesting new restaurants on the regional scene, let alone Quincy. It is a disgrace that the town put them through the arduous permitting process without informing them of the ridiculous plan for the building.

        Are the taxpayers of Quincy really going to see the value in disrupting downtown for who knows how long and paying for a road to allow office park commuters to get out of town more quickly? The cost of the demolition of the building alone, with all the environmental impacts, will haunt property owners for some time.

        They are both great chow spots, and I fervently hope they will relocate locally.

        1. MWK,
          Very upset about your post but appreciative that you have put the word out that we need to get our final Little Q meals. So much for a happy friday.

          1. anyone know if they'll be open memorial day?

            1. I'll definitely try to get back there soon, thanks for the heads up.

              Much as I love my little City, if Quincy did not let Liitle Q know what was in store from the get go, then that's just shabby of them and the landlord at the time. I expect they could not have because no one would decide to open a new resto with that hanging over them. I say all this because, if my presumptions are right, I would doubt that the Little Q folks would willingly start again in Quincy itself. Waaah!

              1. I called Little Q to find out more about what is happening. The town has offered them some relocation benefits, but limited to their physical property alone. The money spent on the infrastructure will not be compensated.

                They have so much money invested in the current location that unless they can get a break they may have to go into bankruptsy, which, they said, will not allow them to relocate in Massachusetts,

                They brought amazing food to a neglected area, and deserve all the support they can get for an affordable local relocation.

                Little Q has delicious vegetarian broths, and many choices, five out of six or seven. if I recall.

                The scallion pancakes and specialty noodles are outstanding.

                It has a niche that no other restaurant has.

                Quincy public officials: If you don't destroy the restaurant, and can relocate it, we will come.

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                1. re: chowfamily

                  I hope they find another place soon. I love their $7.50 lunch special and will return next week for one last time :(...

                  In the meanwhile, there's a new place in Dorchester's Field's Corner called Osaka Shabu also with $7.50 lunch special :)

                  At regular dinner, head up to Jin (the old Weylu) in Saugus for excellent hot pot buffet and sushi for $24. This place was packed with 300+ people last Sunday!

                  1. re: joebloe

                    I like Osaka Shabu as well. The servers are warm and welcoming, and the food is very good.

                    The broths at Little Q are outstanding, worthy of special protection.

                    Little Q wants to hang on as long as possible, maybe through the summer, so I will be back there too, early and often.

                    Thanks for the Saugus suggestion.

                    1. re: joebloe

                      Hi Joe, is the lunch specials available workdays only or weekends too? Thanks!

                      1. re: content

                        The lunch specials are M-F only, and I think they are a bit of a loss-leader to reach out to local people.

                        You have to ask for the lunch specials, they not on the regular menu, but you do not have to be local to enjoy a great meal.

                        Weekends are not included and holiday weekend Mondays might be a bit iffy, best to call ahead.

                  2. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

                    I hadn't made it to Little Q yet, because we love Taste of Taiwan so much. We even made special trips to Quincy for it -- we don't live near it at all.

                    Can't believe this. I have never gotten so sad about food before.

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                    1. re: taterjane

                      I haven't explored Taste of Taiwan enough. The last time I was there it was delicious and very reasonably priced.

                      It is hard to choose between Little Q, Taste of Taiwan, and all the other interesting restaurants in the area.

                      If it's working, don't fix it.

                    2. Not knowing when the timeframe for their closure is, we went back today for a make-up Mother's Day dinner with the folks. Still as good as I recall, though I was struck by how much milder their mala (spicey) broth is now. Taste is still good, and it still has heat, but no where near sinus clearing. We also got half of the black chicken broth which was tasty as usual.

                      Had excellent angus beef, beef tongue (so mild!), lamb, fish, two types of veggies, two types of noodles, tofu, and shakes. Great meal, and not too hot yet to feel like a steam bath in there. We all enjoyed the food at a leisurely pace, as we cheered on the Celts with the other patrons. All in all a good night. I really hope this place can find a new home and stat!

                      1. I stopped in for dinner last night and my server told me that they don't think they will be closing anytime in the near future and said that even if the city's plans to go through that it would be about three years before they were forced to close. Not sure how accurate this may be but thought I would pass it along.