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Winter 2008/2009 Openings and Closings

It seems like there have been many more restaurant openings than closings in the Boston area over the past few weeks, but I'm thinking that with the economy the way it is, this is bound to change.

Any notable openings or closings that anyone can think of so far this winter (or very late fall)? Here are a few:

Basha Cafe, Cambridge (Middle Eastern)
Max & Dylan's, Charlestown (upscale comfort food)
House of Siam, South End (Thai)

Brown Sugar Cafe, Fenway (I believe they are now officially closed)

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  1. Ueno Sushi on Washington Street (next to PI Alley) is gone. Not necessarily notable...

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      Did the one in Faneuil Hall close, too?

    2. Malcom adders much discussed, often disregarded place wher Bobs the Chef's was.

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      1. I know everyone cares about this one: The Last Drop (I think that's the name), formerly Father's whatever number at Marlboro and Mass Ave has closed. I was surprised to see that.

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        1. re: Joanie

          Was that place connected to The Last Drop in Oak Square (Brighton)? I used to go to that one and it was certainly a bit dicey at times.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            I don't know if the Last Drops are related but the previous incarnation on Marlborough street - the late somewhat-lamented (by my old college friends) Fathers Five - was definitely dicey. But on Sundays they had dollar pitchers (of Old Milwaukee, but still) and hot dogs for a quarter, and I could look past all sorts of diceness for that deal.

          2. re: Joanie

            This makes me sad... I remember, kind of, many foggy nights spend here trying to cram in a few final shots before last call. place introduced me to the Royal Flush.

            1. re: Joanie

              So the Last Drop will now be the Corner Bar. And there's a cafe opening next to Sweet on Mass Ave. which may or may not have been mentioned. And I'm sure someone must have talked about this, but I was surprised to see that Rangoli had closed. Wasn't that a favorite of everyone's? And did someone mention the new cafe on Cypress St. across from that market? It looks cute while driving by.

              1. re: Joanie

                Rangoli has been on a download slide for a number of years, I'm afraid. And now that they're in the midst of one of the more happening restaurant rows in town, they just couldn't compete.

            2. Walked by the Carving Station at 1 Beacon St. yesterday and they were dismantling everything. I had some hopes for this place before they opened but after a few visits they completely failed to impress so I never returned. Nevertheless, they always seemed to do a brisk business, so I was surprised to see them closed.

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              1. re: StevieC

                I'm not surprised. They weren't very good.

                I think they were owned by Pressed Sandwiches(which I also don't care fo)r; which also closed it's store on Bedford St.

                Hot Tomatos, the NE sandwich shop is opening across the street.

                Bina, and Oceanaire are notable openings. There's a new "small plates" place on Hanover..Damiano's?

                1. re: StevieC

                  The only time I ever bothered with that place was when they had a $2 (or so) special for their bbq beef sandwiches. It wasn't very good, and I never understood the attraction.

                2. After many, many years and many fine pizzas and cheap drinks the Highland Cafe in Malden is closing tomorrow

                  Bacci's in Stoneham opened in November

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                  1. re: pemma

                    What? No! I've been going to the Highland for many years now and have some truly great memories of the place. Ughhh, another one of my old-time favorites is closing.

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      Carving Station is the same ppl as Pressed Sandwiches... They also have their hands in Johnnies on the Side... and i believe are linked in to Z Square...

                      1. re: Mr Bigglesworth

                        We went to Johnnie's on the Side for a party and thought it was TERRIBLE. BAD food and odd set up.

                    2. re: pemma

                      Bacci's in Stoneham is not related to the Bacci's in Saugus, BTW. It's different owners.

                        1. re: almansa

                          Nope, but if it's the same owners who bought them out in Wakefield, I wouldn't bother. Not sure if it is.

                          1. re: Chris VR

                            No, the Bacci's in Stoneham has nothing to do with Wakefield. The owners have been in and out of the restaraunt business a long time. I've been to Stoneham a couple of times and it's quite good. Not gourmet by any means, but good, solid Italian-American and barbecue. (Actually the menu is similar to the Highland, but I have not tried their pizza yet.) Gnocchi was very soft and fluffly, veal parm was very tender. Both times there they were pretty busy. Waitresses are Highland-like -- veterans a little rough around the edges, but nice. Prices are quite reasonable. A nice neighborhood spot.

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                              Did Bacci's Saugus change? I hadn't gotten pizza from them in well over a year, since before the closing of the Wakefield branch. I did get pizza from them a couple of weeks ago (I actually went there to order and wait), and I was underwhelmed.

                              1. re: Karl S

                                No, they're the same owners. I agree, I feel like the quality has declined a bit... or the recipe? Something has changed. Although at a birthday party I went to recently where the pizzas were from Bacci's, everything was pretty good.

                                1. re: Chris VR

                                  I also tested an old standby of mine that I haven't gotten pizza from in at least 5 years - DiPietro's on Highland Ave in Malden (for a long time - before the advent of Bacci's, they were the only place around that had good *sliced* meatballs, NY-style, rather than the ubiquitous crumbled hamburger lamely passing for meatball; of course, now the gold standard for meatball pizza locally is Angela's CFP, which has superlative sliced meatballs). I hadn't realized they renovated. The sauce was a touch sweeter than I remembered it (not nearly bad enough to reject, but I have an alarm system for sweeteners in sauce on pizza).

                                  1. re: Karl S

                                    My standard these days for delivery is Vinnie's in Malden, but they also seem sweeter than they used to be, so I tend to stick with the white pizzas.

                                    1. re: Chris VR

                                      Vinnie's brochures illustrate pan pizza - not my fav style at all, bottom crust never develops properly - are they cooked in pans or on the oven shelf directly?

                                      And is Two Paisans still OK?

                                      1. re: Karl S

                                        pan pizza aka sicilian style thick n chewy
                                        the only pizza i can eat cold

                                        1. re: Karl S

                                          Hmm, I'm not sure how it's cooked. it's not a chewy Greek-style crust, or a Sicilian style crust. They do offer that I believe but I've never gotten it. All the pizzas I've ordered from this menu http://vinniespizza.net/stage/menu1/m... seem to be cooked on the oven shelf if I had to guess.

                                          I haven't been back to Two Paisans recently, I think they don't deliver my way and that's generally how I'm getting pizza these days.

                                          1. re: Karl S

                                            Two Paisans is still pretty good, although they roll the pizzas and use a lot of bench flour which to my taste sometimes gives a bitter flavor to the crust.

                                            Most pizza joints I go to do offer sliced meatball (hamburger pizzas too, although featured more at greek joints and don't remember crumbled meatballs). Certainly Amici's and Puccios in Medford, Armando's, Ernesto's and Haymarket.... Crumbled or pellet sausage, that's another story though.

                            2. re: pemma

                              I am heartbroken over Highland Cafe closing. Does anyone know why this happened, or where their pizza guys will be working now? I will follow them!

                            3. To your list of closings you have to include, The B-Side in Cambridge (loved that place!!!!)

                              Also I use to work for the guys that now own Max and Dylan's, They own Scoally Sq. Tavern on the Water and the Max and Dylan's in Downtown Crossing the food all tastes the same at any of these locations, it's not that great.

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                              1. Has anyone been to Basha's yet? Saw a flyer on a car window the other day, so I was wondering....

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                                1. re: galleygirl

                                  Tried to go on Monday, but he was closed. He claims he will be open from like 10am to midnight most days before too long.

                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                    Hey, just googled them, and saw a craiglist ad. If you mention you saw them on craigslist, you get $5 off your bill....

                                2. Just to clarify things, I talked to the folks at Brown Sugar yesterday and they will keep their Jersey Street location open for about two more weeks. So figure on a mid-January closing....

                                  1. New Bolocco opened in Park Sq; next to Peretti's cigar shop. Never been but they seem to do a good business at other location.

                                    Weggie's..famous Chinatown dive bar has reopened..as the Corner Pub..cleaned up the place got rid of the pool table and have a simple salad/sandwich/burger menu. Maybe good for lunch if you work nearby. Very good cocktail prices..hick..$6 for a healthy pour of Padron Silver. Very friendly bartender/waitress.

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                                    1. re: 9lives

                                      Yes, I think the Corner Pub opened late in the summer or in the early fall. Here is their site:


                                    2. Hot Tomatoes is open on Bedford St. This is from the Carmen people in the NE; their second sandwich shop.

                                      1. Noticed driving by that Pizza Crust & Grille in Ball Sq. has reopened as Medford St. Cafe, different phone #, menu apparently still pizza, subs, pasta. Free delivery.

                                        1. Not really an opening - Guru the Caterer has expanded next door, into the old Szechuan Bay space. I was rushing by tonight so I didn't stop in, but it's a bright spot with citrusy-colored walls and IKEA cheerful-modern seating for about 10-15 (?). I've been out of town for the last two weeks so I'm not sure when Pushpinder opened the new space. Best of luck to him! I am curious to see if he's expanded the menu options.

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                                          1. re: digga

                                            Finally got over to Guru on Friday night for some take-out Indian - incredible deal - a generous main, a vegetarian side, very good basmati rice and poori - $8.95. Had the lamb combo - best quality meat I have had from an Indian restaurant in years. So tender, generous amount of meat - the sauce had a little kick to it - very bright flavors - not at all what might be considered the typical Indian restaurant food flavor, which can sort of be one note.
                                            Also had lamb samosas - 2 for $4 - perfectly fried, mostly ground lamb, what little filler there was (potato, peas) was very fresh - the tamarind sauce was either homemade or seriously doctored - best I've ever tried - not cloyingly sweet and again, some complexity of flavors. Honestly, I'll vote it for best Indian in Boston right now.

                                          2. Not that it was a prime dining spot, but they did serve food - Boston Billiards near Fenway has closed, our company Christmas party got moved to their Worcester location.

                                            Wonder if they'll keep the name now that they don't even have a Boston location.

                                            1. Zoe's on Beacon St. in Somerville appears to be moving across the road into the closed down Chinese restaurant space next to Danny's Diner.

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                                              1. re: chickendhansak

                                                And there's a sign on the door of Zoe's that says "Pho and Rice coming soon."

                                                1. re: chickendhansak

                                                  Really? Does anyone have info on a timeline?

                                                  1. re: chickendhansak

                                                    I believe the "closed down chinese restaurant" is the previous Happy Garden space.

                                                  2. The Yucatan Taco outpost on Washington Street in Roslindale has been replaced with a different Mexican place.

                                                    1. The dish in the SE closed ( no big loss) but I wonder if anything is planned to go in there, anyone know?

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                                                      1. re: cassoulady

                                                        When did The Dish close? I just checked their Web site (it's still up) and called them (they have a message about their hours, reservations, etc., and the mailbox isn't full). Did this just happen?

                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                          yes, over the weekend from what I underestand.

                                                          1. re: cassoulady

                                                            Darn. I'm going to miss those warm summer nights I spent there sitting outside and enjoying pizza and beer.

                                                            1. re: hiddenboston

                                                              the patio is nice, I will be eager to see what goes in there.

                                                          2. re: hiddenboston

                                                            The dish is definitely closed...after their 10 year lease expired, the rent went up far to much for her to continue operating in that space. there is some talk that she may look for a new space.

                                                            1. re: Wannabfoode

                                                              I don't get it...why put a sign in the window that says "Closed --on vacation." Just to confuse people??

                                                              1. re: twentyoystahs

                                                                I don't know, but it seems like common practice these days. Tullio's in North Quincy did it, as did Shanghai and Tokyo in Arlington.

                                                            2. re: cassoulady

                                                              I think this is a loss. I always thought it was a cute place, decent and reasonable. Damn, that sucks.

                                                              1. re: Joanie

                                                                I hope something goes it, nothing is more depressing than empty storefronts.

                                                                1. re: cassoulady

                                                                  Very true about empty storefronts, especially in such a charming neighborhood like the South End. I really hope something goes in there by the summer so that we can be doing outdoor dining on that part of Shawmut once again.

                                                                  By the way, I got the official word last night that Rio in Arlington Center is closed for good. Arlington suddenly has a number of empty storefronts...

                                                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                    I have not heard of anything going into the Circle/Bob the Chef space either, so that is another empty storefront.

                                                                    1. re: cassoulady

                                                                      Malcolm Aalders reportedly wants $800K for the space. That's a lot of beans for the south side of Mass. Ave., technically not South End.

                                                                      1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                                                                        $800K? I'm thinking he'll be lucky if he gets $300K. That's a rough 'hood.

                                                                    2. re: hiddenboston

                                                                      Do we actually know for sure that Dish is closed?

                                                                      I went by there the other night and noticed that it was dark, but there was a sign on the door that said "On Vacation.."

                                                                      Just a stalling tactic?

                                                                      1. re: twentyoystahs

                                                                        These days, "On Vacation" usually means "We're Toast," but in this case, I wonder. Their voicemail box is still not full (perhaps they are still checking their messages?) and their Web site is intact.

                                                                        I hope it's only a vacation, but Tullio's in North Quincy pulled that prank on me and other fans of their restaurant for many weeks before finally changing the sign from "On Vacation" to "Fooled You--For Lease."

                                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                          Well......I just looked inside and everything was intact.

                                                                          However ---they usually have a menu posted on the inside window right by the door --and that's gone. Hmm. That's sort of weird.

                                                                          I don't get it though..why say you are on vacation if you are really closed? Unless....they are taking a little break, trying to figure out if they can stay open?

                                                                          The sign in the door says "Closed" in big letters. Then underneath in smaller letters..."On vacation." Also sort of interesting.

                                                                          I'm wondering why people thought they had closed for good. Was there some industry talk? Or just an assumption when walking by and seeing the doors closed?

                                                                          1. re: twentyoystahs

                                                                            I am sure. I have heard of a few other closings, but I want to research them before I post to make sure, but it seems like there will be quite a few empty places!

                                                                            1. re: twentyoystahs

                                                                              The Dish' phone line is now "not in service".

                                                                2. Spring Blossom on the VFW in West Roxbury has closed

                                                                  1. Yesterday I walked by a new Chinese BBQ place on Beach Street that looked ready to open called Quic Pic BBQ. They are opening in the space where Pacific BBQ used to be located.

                                                                    1. Got word of two new places in Weymouth: One that just opened and one that is about to.

                                                                      One is a tiny place that just opened near the Hearth and Kettle on Route 18 that may be some sort of seafood grill. The other is an Italian restaurant that will be opening on Route 53 in the spot formerly occupied by Cannolis, and before that, perhaps the Euro Cafe(?).

                                                                      Don't have names on either spot as of yet, so if anyone knows, please post! Thanks...

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                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                        I'm not surprised that Cannolis went out of biz. They didn't accept CC. When i went, i was instructed to use the ATM located inside the restaurant to grab some cash. When a place is a full service restaurant and only accepts cash, it makes me wonder if they're trying to pull a fast one on the IRS.

                                                                        1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                                                                          I never got there, but perhaps I should be glad I didn't!

                                                                          Do you know the name of the place that is going into their old spot? I hear it is going to be some kind of casual Italian restaurant with pizza.

                                                                          1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                                                                            Just to clear up the confusion, the new restaurant opening up will be called Pacini's (sign said opening soon, now hiring). It is going into the OLD location for Cannoli's. Cannoli's is still operating at their new location at 920 Washington St.

                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                or the same one in Hanover and Whitman??? Great for Chicken parm but mostly run of the mill stuff.

                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                  I think it may be related to at least the Pacini's in Marshfield - the logo on the sign in Weymouth looks similar to the one on the Marshfield website.

                                                                                  1. re: Chowzmeister

                                                                                    They are all the same: Hanover, Marshfield, Whitman and now Weymouth.

                                                                            1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                              I believe the seafood grill that you mention near H&K is called Grille Eighteen @ 119 Main Street (website: http://www.grilleeighteen.com/). Looks like a nice place, give it a try and let us know.

                                                                            2. One more: Rudy's Resto-Cafe has opened a new place in Newmarket Square, at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Melnea Cass Boulevard.

                                                                              1. Rita's Coffee Shop has opened on Cypress Street in Brookline, across from Kurkmans. Serves desserts, pastries. Walked by and it looks real nice inside (especially considering it was a dumpy laundromat before) Anyone been yet?

                                                                                1. According to this morning's Globe-on-line Locke-Ober has cancelled lunch "for the time being"......

                                                                                  1. Orta Restaurant, Jimmy Burke's new place is about to open in Pembroke. They may have had a "soft Opening" already.

                                                                                    1. The old Urban Gourmet space in Ball Sq. has signs up hiring for something called Eat at Jumbo's (yes, with elephant). "Pizza, wings, grill." Not too exciting. http://www.eatatjumbos.com/ for minimal info.
                                                                                      The Chinese place (restaurant? takeout? never went) across the street has closed.

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                                                                                      1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                        Clearly a play to the Tufts crowd with that name.

                                                                                        1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                          Hopefully it's not like the old Jumbo's where the only things on the menu were shells, duck, and broken leg of lamb. The neighborhood is admittedly much safer now that it was back then...

                                                                                        2. Sensing at Fairmont Battery Wharf opened in the past 2 weeks, here's a thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/587904

                                                                                          1. Brown Sugar did close, but they have already reopened as "Thaitation". Apparently the chef is still the same, and after looking through their menu online, not much has changed, if anything.

                                                                                            1. The second UBurger is set to open very soon on Comm ave.. next to angora cafe and T Anthony's. Another Japonaise cafe that was supposed to open in the same block looks like progress in the opening has stalled. Guessing the economy worries...

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                                                                                              1. re: mkap21

                                                                                                If this Uburger fails, I think we can officially declare that spot a Storefront Of Death. This is the fourth restaurant to open in this spot in four years, and all three of the previous incarnations were good-to-great.

                                                                                              2. Hiddenboston, Mi Tierra Restaurant in Jamaica Plain closed and was replaced by Royal Fried Chicken. The address of both is/was 3383 Washington Street JP. I wish I could tell you the month; I think it was October.

                                                                                                Joy Rice China Cafe also opened nearby, at 3510 Washington. It's been getting decent responses. It opened in October, I think.

                                                                                                1. Reef in Allston looks closed (newspaper lining the windows). I liked their Lebanese food and the nice people who worked there.

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                                                                                                  1. re: whops

                                                                                                    Reef closed about a month ago. Very sad about this....

                                                                                                  2. Sign on place in Brigham Circle next door to Flames II reads: Halal Indian Cuisine - COMING SOON. Am really happy to have an Indian resto in the area. Anyone know about the ownership or if they have other places?

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                                                                                                    1. re: Taralli

                                                                                                      What was here before? I assume the burrito/Latino place is still there?

                                                                                                      1. re: Joanie

                                                                                                        Yes, the burrito place is still there - this is a few doors closer towards the Mission. I can't remember what was in this space before.

                                                                                                      2. re: Taralli

                                                                                                        The owners of the Kwik-E sub shop next door are opening up this restaurant. The signs been up for a couple of months. Every week I ask "when?" and they say "Soon, but it is going slow." I second the "really happy to have Indian in the area".

                                                                                                      3. Ten Tables in Cambridge... Website says opening in beginning of February, any word on a specific date of opening??

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                                                                                                        1. re: mkap21

                                                                                                          February 22 soft opening, Feb 23 for real.

                                                                                                        2. Don't see any construction activity going on at Barbara Lynch's upscale restaurant on Congress Street. Thought it was due to open early "09; any update info.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Fort Point

                                                                                                            Last I spoke with her she said Spring

                                                                                                          2. Finally walked by Z-Square in Kenmore today and read the sign that says they are temporarily closed for kitchen renovations. I am only left to think that is a blatant lie. They only opened a year ago or something, and the kitchen looks immaculate and new. Not to mention there was clearly nothing going on inside. nothing that looked like renovations anyways. Also I read on another post that the other location (Harvard Sq) cited management issues or something which would be a lot more believable. The kenmore location is a perfect size etc.. and I only hope a better lunch place takes it over. There is high high high demand for a good sandwich/bakery place (Hi Rise, Flour, Sofra Please) and no supply. If only I had enough capital... Anyways, to Z-Square: Please don't insult my intelligence with your stupid sign.

                                                                                                            and PS- I only used you for your free Internet...

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                                                                                                            1. re: mkap21

                                                                                                              Ditto. That free wifi (esp. in HSq) was the best thing on their menu.

                                                                                                                1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                  Actually the truth is that bullsh$$ sign on their door

                                                                                                              1. The Fours is opening in Norwell at the old TGIF. I crave their Buffalo Chicken nachos - so wrong, so good.

                                                                                                                1. Cibo on Hanover Street has closed. It has been replaced with another Italian restaurant called Panza. (Thanks to the person who emailed this in to me.)

                                                                                                                  1. Im sorta late on this one- but Parish Cafe on Boylston is closed til Feb 9th-doing renovations.

                                                                                                                    1. As reported on a separate thread - Rangoli in Allston is now closed. Their other restaurant, Yanjore, is still open. BTW, several of us had quite a nice meal there on Sat - I haven't looked at the Tanjore menu to see if they have the same dishes as we had, but if they do, I will post a review of our lunch!

                                                                                                                      1. Antonia's in Davis Square -- which previously had said they'd closed in preparation for expansion into the space next door -- has closed for good. A banner in the window says they'll be soon replaced by "Boston Burger Company".

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                                          Yeah, I was just reading this page on a Davis Square blog about Antonia's closing.....


                                                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                            Just walked by the new Boston Burger Co spot tonight. It looks ~ one day from opening.

                                                                                                                            The new Soleil Cafe is now closed (the sign in the window points people in the direction of Lyndell's). Lasted only 6 months. Too bad - they did a nice job with the re-model. Unfortunately, I think they're prices were on the high side for the 'hood. And we tend not to go out for Italian, so never got around to trying it for dinner but did have an assortment of delicious Italian style cookies.

                                                                                                                            1. re: digga

                                                                                                                              That's too bad about Soleil. I was actually looking to go there this week. so much for that!

                                                                                                                              BTW, not exactly a chow-ish place, but Pete's Place Bar and Grill opened last week in Stoughton Center, where O'Donoghue's used to be.

                                                                                                                        2. Long time greasy pizza venue, Despina's Place (Massachusetts Avenue, near Marlborough Street) closed. They are remodeling the place for something called Cafe 47.

                                                                                                                          I'll watch and send updates.

                                                                                                                          The Last Drop also closed in December and has had signs out saying it will become the Corner Tavern with a food menu opening in February. There is no sign of anything happening there.

                                                                                                                          1. Regina's is opening 6 new branches, including Watertown, Peabody, and Danvers.

                                                                                                                            1. This thread is pretty depressing. Seems to be a lot more stuff on the red side of the ledger than the black...including some good places (Reef, Rangoli, Highland Cafe, Brown Sugar...)

                                                                                                                              1. NEWS BOSTON was closed Saturday, February 7 by Frank Depaquale. Mr. Depasquale is the proprietor of Bricco, Il Panino and Mare'.

                                                                                                                                Plans for the location are not known at this time but the building is need of structural repair.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: postemotional1

                                                                                                                                  Yes, News closed rather quietly earlier this month. I didn't realize the building had structural problems. It did seem like a lot of people weren't too thrilled by this place for various reasons. I never got there, so can't really give an opinion of the place, but I know it got mixed reviews at best.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                    News was pretty bad, and its servers seemed like one of the more miserable crews in town. I imagine I would be too if most of my business came from the stinko post-nightclub crowd.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: postemotional1

                                                                                                                                    "...the building is need of structural repair." LOL One of the few times I went to News, it was raining outside... and inside! Yeah, I would say it needed some structural repair.

                                                                                                                                  3. Takeshima, in Coolidge Corner, which has been under Korean management, and a new name, before closing....Saw "For Rent" signs in the window the other day,maybe they've been there awhile...

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                      Takeshima became Blue Ocean awhile ago, though it did seem like the same restaurant more or less. The last time I walked by there, the place was dark and looked very closed, and Yelp is showing it as closed so perhaps it is indeed gone for good.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                        Meant to say, the windows were papered over, with "For Rent" signs on them; they're definitely closed....

                                                                                                                                    2. I was told that bukowski on dalton was looking for a new location- not sure if their lease is up or what.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: cassoulady

                                                                                                                                        Technique -- the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts student-staffed resto in the Athenaeum building in Kendall-- is open now. They opened soft a week ago, but Kendall doesn't get any foot traffic, so I think they unleashed the publicity as it just got picked up by Thrillist Boston today. The Sam Adams glazed short ribs are delicious...

                                                                                                                                        Also Ten Tables Cambridge opened on Sunday, but that was probably mentioned somewhere before...

                                                                                                                                      2. The new place which had been Bostonian Market on Tremont st looked as though it was open this am ( shelves were stocked and lights were on), I was in the bus, so I couldnt stop to peak in, has anyone been in?

                                                                                                                                        1. Three Aces in Cambridge is closed for good.

                                                                                                                                          A new restaurant called the Allston Union Cafe will be opening at some point at Comm. Ave. and Harvard.

                                                                                                                                          Steve's in Arlington Center has been dark of late, and a sign went up this week saying "Closed for Renovations." We'll see exactly what this means fairly soon, I suppose.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                            The Aces is closed? Really? Believe it or not, there will be some very disappointed people out there. The ability to find cheap, decent food near Harvard Square continues to shrink.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                                                              Yeah, initially I think they had a sign up saying "Closed for Renovations," but now it is officially closed (something about the lease not being renewed, I believe).

                                                                                                                                              I used to go to Three Aces a lot back when I was doing the late-night scene. I thought the food wasn't bad there, though I wonder if this had something to do with the Midnight Rule ("All food tastes good after midnight").

                                                                                                                                            2. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                              Comm Ave and Harvard...is this something new in that storefront of death behind the McDonalds?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                                                I'm not completely sure of the address, but it is somewhere between 164 Harvard and 176 Harvard (the Everyblock site seems to have made an error on this--they said it's 164-176 Harvard). That is, unless the place is going to be REALLY big.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                  It's something in the stretch between the nail salon, Color, Hanmaru, the Grecian Yearning, and the dry cleaners. Of those, Hanmaru is the one spot showing signs of something new on the way - they installed a new red awning a few months ago, and there is now fresh paper over the windows with "opening soon" signs.

                                                                                                                                            3. Closed: the "new" Restaurant L with chef Marc Orfaly. That lasted all of three months. Never got by to try it. I can't decide if I get more annoyed when places close before I can check them out or when a place that I've taken the trouble to try closes quickly.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                You beat me to it, MC! I had noticed that Zagat had mentioned Restaurant L as being closed, but haven't had a chance to confirm it. I just called their number, and yes, it is indeed out of service.

                                                                                                                                                Wow, that was quick, huh?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                  Wow, that was super-quick. I remember when it opened, but I don't even remember reading a review of it!

                                                                                                                                              2. The first Pollo Campero franchise in the area is slated to open in Chelsea. They have mentioned a March opening date and are fairly well along on the construction, but its currently slipped to April. Its in the space on Park street where Riley's Roast beef used to be (right near John's Pizza at the start of Central), which thankfully has some parking, but nonetheless will probably cause some traffic confusion when it opens.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                                  Oooh, thanks! Can't wait to try it!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                                    BTW, at the time I posted this Pollo Campero was doing interviews, but if you check the myspace entry above they had 1000 people apply for 80 positions. If they can replicate that with the line on opening day, they will be off to a pretty booming start. And given that I still see people with imported pollo campero boxes around, they are certainly going to be busy for a while.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Has anyone tried the new Marino's Pizzeria in Teele Sq. next to Guru? The menu looks pretty standard.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bear

                                                                                                                                                      Franco's is closed. They were in Framingham and Natick then just Natick. I have only done takeout from there but the pizza is very good. They are scheduled to reopen in Sudbury in April.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: edgewater

                                                                                                                                                        Walked past on Friday, and Stephanie Sokolove's Stephi's on Tremont has quietly opened for dinner... didn't actually go in and try it, but the place looks ridiculously different from when it was Garden of Eden -- concrete bar, dark wood floors, etc...
                                                                                                                                                        and Thrillist wrote about it this morning, confirming said suspicions. They're at 571 Tremont St, at Union Park -- 617.236.2063. Some of the entrees I read about: Braised Short Rib served Stroganoff style over tagliatelle pasta & white truffle cream; Grilled Rib Eye w/ crumbled feta and garlic tater tots; cedar plank Hot Smoked Trout over a "hearty hash" of three beans, Yukon gold potatoes, and elephant garlic aioli... Interesting to see whether South Enders take to a diff version of the Newbury spot...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: travisb

                                                                                                                                                          Is anyone else here bored with braised short ribs? The trout sounds much more interesting.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                                                                            I totally agree. I'm pretty sure that I've seen Short Ribs on every single menu having come out this year. And that includes like three breakfast places.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                                                                              Not I, considering that I'm a huge fan anyways, I'm a huge fan of their current popularity (except when it comes to prices being higher due to said popularity)

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: travisb

                                                                                                                                                              the newbury st. location is so horrible, for food, service and pricing, i've little desire to try a new smaller version. menu doesn't exactly sound like a neighborhood place kinda pricing, which is what mrs. sokolove said was her concept.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: travisb

                                                                                                                                                                Just ate there tonight. I said to my husband that if it were around next year at this time, it would be because a non-local crowd was eating there.

                                                                                                                                                                Our cocktails were good, server and staff were excellent, renovation looks great, food was fine but nothing special (I had a salad, he had the cod), and our bill was very high for a so-so experience. I'd rather eat at 647 for the casual atmosphere or Union for the non-casual price.

                                                                                                                                                                It is nice to have a bar around though - other than Stella's weekend-in-the-back bar and Sib Rivalry, not too many places to hang out and keep one eye on The Game.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Maria Bonita in N. Cambridge has closed.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                                                                                              I didn't realize that Maria Bonita had closed. I just went on Yelp and it looks like they may have closed back in late January (a post in early February noted that they had been closed for a couple of weeks at that point).

                                                                                                                                                                1. A place called Great Taste Bakery and Restaurant on Beach Street in Chinatown recently opened. It's across from Gourmet Dumpling House.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Does anyone know what's going on with Dong Khanh in Chinatown? That place is always hopping, but it's been closed since last Monday. I was literally there two days before with no indication.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Quince and Gabriella's Bistro (formerly Eurotaste) in Needham both closed.