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Aug 22, 2008 11:25 AM

Circle: Plates and Lounge

Can't find out anything about this place opening up on Columbus Ave.
Anyone heard anything?

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  1. I posted something about it on my blog early this morning. And the Herald has a detailed story on it today. Looks like it will be open in a matter of days, and their menu will focus mainly on French cuisine.

    Sounds a lot different from Malcolm Aalders’ original venture in this spot that never got off the ground...

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Glad to hear that. The original concept was a dud. Big change from Bob's though. Will French cuisine fly in that part of the city?

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Kind of weird, I just drove by and the facade/signage is still Bob's all the way. They're going to open like that?

        1. re: purple bot

          Saw the Bob's sign coming down as I rode past this (edit: yesterday) morning. Circle sign was up by the time I passed back later in the day. There's a circle motif.

      2. I was in the neighborhood the other night and the sign looks solid without being ostentatious. Seems like Malcolm Aalders is really putting things together at Circle.

        1. I went into Circle earlier this week and supposedly they are going to be open this weekend for drinks and have a full menu within the next two weeks..

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          1. re: InLikeMe

            The picture in Stuff @ Night of the decor, especially the rug (circa 1972), looks awful. Let's hope the food is better. Not feeling too good about this place.

            1. re: FrankieSandals

              The pic in the Improper looked pretty cool, a lot better than Bob's. Hey InLikeMe, what's on the menu? Did you get a sense of the drinks.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                I'm no designer, but this doesn't look too bad: http://stuffatnight.com/hubbub/archiv... And in any case, can't a restaurant be ugly and still serve great food?

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Surely you jest? It almost looks like they put the picture in as a joke. Of course a restaurant can serve great food and still be ugly, but why choose ugly if you are rehabbing a space? The carpet looks horrible.

                  1. re: FrankieSandals

                    LIke I said, I'm no designer, but that carpet just doesn't look all that terrible to me. It's blue and swirly.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      I'm with Slim on this -- I actually really like the look of that photo. Too many places go for "classy" and overshoot into "boring." (One room that gets that right is the downstairs bar at Marliave, which is gorgeous.) I'm all for a room that's not afraid of color. And I have no beef with the carpet whatsoever.

                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                        Not to threadjack here, but...

                        I love the decor at Marliave, too, but have you seen the prices on the upstairs menu? $62 prix fixe? That seems a tad ambitious to me, especially given the timing. I do like the fact that the upstairs has its own, quieter bar with the same fabulous cocktails. I'm going to try the fancier menu, but I imagine I'll be dining more often downstairs just for the prices.

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Yeah, the prices seem quite steep, and frankly, I haven't seen anything on the upstairs menu that makes me say, "Yes, I must try that immediately" so far. I'll probably be sticking to the downstairs not just for the prices but because it's more like what I look for in a restaurant.

                        2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                          I went to the Marliave a couple of Saturday nights ago, and everyone at the bar was commenting at how boringly stark the room looked. I personally was expecting much more out of the room and ambiance, after reading so many reports on how old the building was. Hopefully they've improved the lighting, added some candles, and changed out some of the uncomfortable furniture. I was expecting a lot more charm.

                          1. re: FrankieSandals

                            I think it's clear we simply have very dissimilar design aesthetics.

                  2. re: Bob MacAdoo

                    My apologies for not getting back sooner on this one Robert. The website is under construction but they have the full menu on there. Here's the link:


                    I haven't had the chance to eat there yet. Of the reviews I have read on other message boards it seems like Lobster is the way to go.

                    1. re: InLikeMe

                      Has anyone eaten here yet? Curious to hear how it is. Also curious to know about the reviews on "other message boards..." ?????

              2. I drove by the other night and saw signs of life. Any early reports?

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                1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                  I went to the opening party this past Tuesday. The food was delicious! The space is cool, nicely designed and the red bar stools were very comfortable. The owner was very nice and personable - he is originally from Ohio. I hope to go back there soon to dine.

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