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Cafe D, JP to close

gutterman Jul 18, 2008 04:00 PM

Word on the street has been that Doug, the D in cafe D has been looking for a buyer for a while now. It seems that he has found one. Cafe D will be closed by September and a "Southern Indian" restaurant will be in its place. The New owners, who's names I don't recall, will take over the lease from Cafe D.

I will post more information as it becomes available.
I am going to miss Cafe D, I have always enjoyed myself there.


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    FoodFemme Aug 17, 2008 07:57 PM

    I will miss Cafe D. Had many wonderful meals there.

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    1. re: FoodFemme
      alberta Aug 22, 2008 01:54 PM

      Cafe D is up in September to transfer their beer/wine license to a restaurant called Gajal Indian Cuisine.

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      sallyt Aug 12, 2008 06:27 PM

      I called tonight - they're closing on Sunday August 17th (a little strange because their website says that they'll serve lunch again starting 9/6).

      Very sad --

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        greengage Jul 26, 2008 11:22 AM

        That's a real bummer. cafe d. is my favorite restaurant in JP--really a go-to place. The fish tacos and the burger were perfect staples; all the Middle Eastern influenced main dishes were always wonderful and that Morrocan salad with oranges, green olives and dates was the best salad in Boston. I'll miss it terribly.

        1. Bob Dobalina Jul 23, 2008 07:40 AM

          We went to Cafe D last night - it was bustling as usual.
          Shared the watermelon, arugula and feta cheese salad -
          I had the swordfish Moroccan style - Fiancee had the salmon Nicoise style -
          The salmon was great, but the oilness of the swordfish worked really well with the Moroccan style of spices, couscous and roasted red peppers. We switched plates part way through and Fiancee would not give it back!

          Asked our waitress about the rumor above - she said that, as far as she knows, the rumor is FALSE.

          I also question the veracity of the rumor, since the interior space recently (~4-5 months ago) was redecorated and business seems to be booming...at least I hope it is false.

          And again, another perfectly dependable and delicious weeknight meal.

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          1. re: Bob Dobalina
            gourmaniac Jul 23, 2008 10:00 AM

            Thanks for checking this "Bob". I'm glad as cafe D is among the better choices in this neighborhood. A good south Indian place however would be welcome. There is a stretch of new storefronts along South Street that would be a perfect spot instead of the vegan pizza cooperative that is planned.

            PS Nice meeting you at the Fuloon chowdown.

            1. re: gourmaniac
              Bob Dobalina Jul 23, 2008 10:44 AM

              Likewise, G'man'.
              Vegan pizza cooperative? Do we get to make our pizzas cooperatively!?
              Also, looks like the new larger City Feed is coming along nicely.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina
                Prav Jul 23, 2008 10:52 AM

                Scallywaggles espouses some really compassionate principles of community/civic duty (which I won't detail), but as a chowhound, I haven't had great luck with the food. :(

            2. re: Bob Dobalina
              hiddenboston Jul 23, 2008 11:40 AM

              I was wondering about this original post. Anytime you see "word is on the street" or something to that effect, I think you have to take it with a grain of salt. (Remember the false rumor about Zon's closing? And how about that terrible rumor about Cambridge Common--who was the chucklehead who started tha...oh, that was me, doh.)

              Let's hope that Cafe D will be around for a long time to come...

              1. re: Bob Dobalina
                gijo85 Jul 24, 2008 06:17 PM

                THE RUMOR IS TRUE!

                My husband works at cafe D and has just confirmed the they will be closing in 3 weeks :(

                im sad too!

              2. Joanie Jul 21, 2008 05:27 AM

                That's a drag. Do we really need another Indian restaurant when one is 3 doors away? I better get in there.

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                1. re: Joanie
                  TheScribe Jul 21, 2008 06:44 AM

                  I love the food at Cafe D. Darn!!!

                  1. re: Joanie
                    Prav Jul 21, 2008 07:22 AM

                    Well, hopefully the new Indian place will be better than Bukhara and may actually have something imaginative on the menu.

                    1. re: Prav
                      autopi Jul 21, 2008 07:59 AM

                      i agree with prav. we most definitely could use an indian restaurant in jp, considering how irritatingly bad bukhara is.

                      1. re: Prav
                        Bob Dobalina Jul 21, 2008 09:12 AM

                        That's bad news - I am a fan of Cafe D.

                        I went to Bukhara for the weekend lunch buffet a few weeks ago - the food was fine - lots of choices - not super gourmet and of course, I may just be a sucker for a good buffet. But I thought it was decent value, got a good amount of fresh garlic naan - the kheer was not good, but everything else was fine.

                        To quote an old friend, "I want to eat as much possible food, in as little possible time, for as little possible money." He was referencing Sizzler, but Bukhara works too.

                        1. re: Bob Dobalina
                          autopi Jul 21, 2008 10:07 AM

                          i almost forgot to say that i too am saddened that cafe d's is leaving--we are also fans. we'll have to go one more time before they close...

                    2. limster Jul 19, 2008 04:20 AM

                      That's sad. I remember this kitchen being exceptional in so many ways. Rock solid technique, thoughtful and truly original cooking. I don't know if they've changed in quality since, but if they were still up to par, it would be on my list of places to chow at before they close.

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                      1. re: limster
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                        purple bot Jul 18, 2008 08:54 PM

                        That's too bad, I've always loved their fish tacos, they rock. The vibe has always been somewhat strange though, never could put my finger on it. Good luck to Doug with his future endeavors (perhaps involving opening a local fish taco stand? hint hint...)

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