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Jul 18, 2008 04:00 PM

Cafe D, JP to close

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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  1. 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...)

    1. 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

        Hi Hounds, sorry to interrupt the chow talk. Chowhound's goal is to help people find great chow right now. Gossip and speculation doesn't help anyone eat better. If you've got specific factual information from a trustworthy source, and you want to give the hounds a heads up, that's fine, but please, avoid posting based on rumors and hearsay.

      2. 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

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

          1. re: Joanie

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

            1. re: Prav

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

              1. re: Prav

                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

                  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. 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 least I hope it is false.

              And again, another perfectly dependable and delicious weeknight meal.

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              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                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

                  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

                    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

                  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

                    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. 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.