HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >


Late Summer/Fall 2008 openings and closings

Just figured I'd start this thread, since it's no longer spring. ;-b

I'll start with a few (most of which have already been mentioned):

Max & Dylan's in Boston, Stone Hearth Pizza in Cambridge, BurgerWorks in Beverly, Roadhouse BBQ in Brookline, and T-Rex Taqueria, also in Brookline, are open.

Sabor Do Brasil in Somerville, Aneka Rasa in Allston, and Eastern Pier in the Seaport District are all closed.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Marliave in downtown Boston is open.
    Drink is coming soon.

    2 Replies
    1. re: jajjguy

      When IS Drink opening- I cant find any dates on it- does anyone know?

      1. re: fmcoxe6188

        I'm pretty sure Drink will be open within the next two weeks, but not sure of an exact date...

    2. Craigie on Main is opening mid-October, according to a recent enewsletter.

      6 Replies
      1. re: gini

        L'Espalier soft open tonight at new location.

        1. re: jajjguy

          Yeah I got an email from L'Espalier that they were opening tonight, as well as the Sel de la Terre on Boyleston ST.

        2. re: gini

          Craigie Street Bistrot will close on October 26, and Craigie on Main will open around November 13.

          1. re: gini

            Thanks for the update Gini! Just got the CSB newsletter/email today - we'll be in town that week so made reservations for Friday night.

            1. re: Rubee

              Fun! I think their blowout on October 26 sounds great also:

              "On our final night October 26, we will feature a Bye Bye Bistrot Blowout, a 5:30 to 10 pm foodie fest of 6- Course Tasting Menus** for $80. Beautiful wines will also be available. This will be the very last night you can watch Chef Tony Maws navigate his tiny kitchen, trip over an upstairs tenant’s laundry basket, or crank up the car jack that supports the counter on which your dinner is lovingly plated. Much as we will miss our tiny basement and our neighbors, we can’t suppress our joy about our new kitchen and its ability to serve you more and better offerings. We have just a few spots left on Sunday but should be able to accommodate reservations for Tuesday - Saturday"

              1. re: gini

                It does! If you go, be sure to report back.

        3. Who is the owner/chef at max and Dylans? Whay is the concept?

          1. There is a big banner hanging from where Shanghai and Tokyo (briefly) used to be in Arlington that says Tsunami Restaurant is coming soon. Not sure if it is connected to the one in Brookline, but it's good to see that someone finally took over this spot.

            1. Tried to go by Erbaluce last night; it was shuttered and dark. Peering in through the windows isn't very reliable in an unlit place, but from what little I could see they haven't dramatically reworked the old Dedo space, whose underdecoration was (I think) a problem for them. I know they did a soft-opening benefit event last weekend; I'd still like to know about a real opening date.

              We ended up at Coda instead, which was, as ever, very reliable and reasonable.

              3 Replies
              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Jill Epstein was on TV Diner last week. She said Erbaluce was planning to open October 1 but it sounds like that didn't happen.

                1. Any updates on the old Greenhouse coffee shop space in Harvard Square that I believe was taken over by the Miracle of Science/Middlesex/Cambridge One/Audubon folks? It's been a plywood-fronted work in progress for some time now...?

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: mrsx

                    Texas Roadhouse in Danvers sometime this month. PF Chang's Peabody in the fall as well.

                  2. Atlantic Beer Garden and Sports Bar (under construction)..in the old Eastern Pier spot..sorry to be the 1 to bring the news

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: 9lives

                      Atlantic Beer Garden is open. Large bar area and many TVs.

                      1. re: Fort Point

                        Yup, the Atlantic Beer Garden has been open now for maybe 3 or 4 days. Haven't heard much in the way of reports as of yet...

                    2. Kabab & Tandoor will be opening at a new location in Waltham - 699 Main Street - where La Cocina de Cayo used to be - just pass the Waltham Common.

                      There is a new sign out front, and the store appears to be under renovation. Not sure when the opening date is. The original one on Lexington Street is still open right now.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: y2000k

                        How is the original? I've walked past it a few times on my way to NY Pizza... I've always been curious but haven't ventured in as of yet.

                      2. A new pizza place has replaced Flazone's in Porter Square.

                        5 Replies
                        1. re: gini

                          That place didn't last very long...there was an item that the folks who run Cafe Zing in Porter Square Books have taken over the space. I have heard good things about that cafe, so hopefully, the pizza will be decent.

                          Plus Stone Hearth Pizza has re-opened in the former DiMio spot.

                          Not an opening - just wanted to note I stopped in to the Paddock on Friday night - pretty quiet - pizza was darn outstanding. Real good crust - it may be my favorite pizza at the moment. Will have to sample again soon.

                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                            Good news about the Paddock. I'd avoided it because of the reports that it had gone downhill after the change in owners?/chef?/management? Had you had the pizza before the changes or soon after? If so, was the recent one different?

                            1. re: pollystyrene

                              Also happy to hear positive news about the Paddock. I've been to it pre-post management change and did notice a drop off in quality but I'm willing to give it another try.

                              1. re: pollystyrene

                                If I remember accurately, the old Paddock had a thicker, breadier pizza. This one was more thin-crust, almost NY-style (no enormous doughy bubbles on the crust, being an example of a NY-style thing). I prefer this style. This was my first time back since the new chef took over some time ago.

                                We also had an order of steamed mussels, and there were a couple that tasted a bit off, which we did not eat. So that could also be an indication of overall quality, or it could just be what happens when you get mussels.

                                Basically, we need more data.

                              2. re: Bob Dobalina

                                Yep, now it's called Pizza Zing, I think. Looks like they have roti on their menu, in addition to pizza and sandwiches, which I'm pretty excited about.

                            2. Anybody know what will occupy the former "Paesan's" space in the North End? Walked by there recently and it looked like part of a ghost town. Broken front window and all.

                              I've noticed that a few new shops have opened in the area over the past year or two, so I was wondering if another restaurant will have a go at this location or will it become a retail establishment.