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Ortanique closing...sad news

Bob Dobalina Jun 26, 2008 03:15 PM

Just got a very sweet e-mail from the owners - I'm on the mailing list - they are closing their doors on June 28. I know it has gotten mixed reviews, but all the times I have been, the food has been outstanding. Sorry to see them go. :(

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  1. beetlebug RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 26, 2008 03:58 PM

    I'm sad for the concept, but not sad because of the poor execution. The best meals I've had there were mediocre at best. It's too bad, I had such high hopes when they opened. After half a dozen tries, I wrote them off.

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      BanhmiFotheringayPhipps RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 26, 2008 04:57 PM

      That's a drag but I appreciate the news Bob and hope to stop by and wish them well before they close. I wonder if they would have survived in that precious neighborhood even if the food was more widely praised, Huron Village is not the first place I think of when I think ethnic dining and the rent must have been steep. Lunches during the weekdays must have been real slow.

      1. StriperGuy RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 26, 2008 06:06 PM

        Hate to agree, but the execution was indeed half-baked. I have not eaten there in a year and live and work close by...

        That said, it is a dear place.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: StriperGuy Jun 27, 2008 06:02 AM

          I know a lot of folks did not think the place executed well, but I thought the food really was stellar, based on the small handful of times I'd gone in the past year. Nothing even near mediocre. Generous portions - great flavors. Admittedly a small sample size and always on weekends. I wonder if they improved in the past year...

          Frankly, the closing of the Walden Street Bridge made it more difficult to get into that neighborhood. That had no small affect on the frequency of my visits.

        2. hiddenboston RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 29, 2008 03:04 PM

          So did anyone get to Ortanique yesterday? I wonder if they will re-open somewhere else...

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            Joshua B RE: hiddenboston Jun 30, 2008 01:24 PM

            Thanks for the news MistaDobalina Mr. Bob Dobalina. It's a shame. I enjoyed every visit. Friendly people and great food. The kind of food you can't get in certain neighborhoods.

          2. okra RE: Bob Dobalina Sep 26, 2008 10:52 AM

            sigh, I didn't go by for a couple months, now an empty storefront...

            for those of us that harbor the latent idea that we could always open a small kitchen, and make a go of it, this is bad news....

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