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Spring 2009 Openings and Closings

OK, maybe we're not quite to spring yet, but it'll be here by the end of the week. I'll start by mentioning one place that just opened. Capri Restaurant and Wine Bar has moved into the spot in South Braintree where Bickford's used to be (near the Route 3/Union Street intersection). It looks to be a slightly upscale place that features a mix of Northern and Southern Italian cuisine.

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  1. It doesn't feel like Spring yet, but there is now a Halal Butcher and Convenience store on Somerville Ave in Cambridge where there was just a Convenience store before across from the park, just down the street from Razzy's. Also the bakery space on Medford St (where Panificadora Modelo was before moving across the street) in Somerville is now under construction, although I wasn't close enough to see what was listed on the building permit.

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    1. re: itaunas

      That part of Somerville Ave is firmly in Somerville, of course.

      1. re: itaunas

        I just noticed that butcher shop on sunday (i had been over there a couple of days prior, but at night). Kind of took me by surprise, I don't even remember there being a convenience store there.

      2. Speaking of places that used to be Bickford's (and Boston Market before that), Bread & Co. has moved into that space on Broadway/Winter Hill in Somerville. I've been meaning to post here to ask if anyone's tried it.

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        1. re: Stride

          Interesting, I noticed some job postings on craigslist and wondered why a bickfords needed a barista. Bread & Co is a Brazilian Bakery based in Everett. After Padaria Brasil in Framingham (which took over a space in Union Sq last year), its one of the oldest, and has had a larger selection than others. Plus its offered some Italian pastries, croissants, espresso drinks for Americans, plus protein shakes and stuff. When it started the quality was always high, it varied over time and I have done better with the smaller Broadway Cafe in Everett. Had I know they opened I would have dropped in today. You can find some old reviews for the Everett location here...

          1. re: itaunas

            I've since noticed that they are now listed on Open Table as an Italian/Brazilian/American bistro. Their name sure sounds like a bakery, but the blurb and photo don't seem to match the name. I guess I'll have to check it out!

            1. re: Stride

              They definitely were hiring more full service positions, but don't know anything about the menu itself. Their web site is breadcompany.net and the only information they include about the Somerville site is:
              http://www.breadcompany.net/nova_loca...

              Funny thing is the random click art their graphic designer used looks a bit like Bickfords...

              1. re: itaunas

                There's a bakery counter with coffee and pastries, but all the seating inside is full-service and there appears to be a more extensive menu. I stopped in one morning for takeout - the coffee was great, but not much variety on the pastries and the guava pastry I got was rather dry.

        2. There's what I think is a new place next to Zoe's on Mass Ave., lower level. I think it's Indian. And a bunch of empty storefronts along where there used to be furniture stores.

          There's a new Sammy's that'll be opening on Centre St. in JP pretty soon, around the corner from Blue Frog bakery (where BF was going to expand into at one point, sigh).

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          1. re: Joanie

            The place next to Zoe's is called Tagine and it's going to be Moroccan. It's not open yet.

            1. re: Velda Mae

              Tagine appears to be open.

          2. The old Despina's Place (pizza joint) at Mass. Ave. and Marlborough Street in the Back Bay is going to reopen as Despina's Cafe 47 in a week or so.

            1. I noticed this place over the weekend. Any one been yet?

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              1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                Menu is posted in the windows and online now.

                http://www.cafe47.net/

                1. re: BostonZest

                  Cafe 47 on Mass ave opened today. I'll try to get there by this weekend an give an update.
                  http://www.cafe47.net/

                  1. re: BostonZest

                    Looking forward to hearing what you think of the place. I'm going to try to get there over the next few weeks if I can find the time.

                    Another pending opening is the Blue Ox in downtown Lynn. Looks to be a casual family-friendly restaurant. I'll be curious to see what that place is like, as the chef/partner has worked in some top spots (Prezza and No. 9 Park).

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      Can someone explain why the sign says "Despina's Cafe 47"? I thought this was a whole new thing, but the sign makes it look like the same ownership is involved.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        I heard it was because Despina's wanted their name to continue in this place. I believe it was a requirement of the lease.

                    2. re: BostonZest

                      Went this past Friday night. They did a nice renovation from the old Despina's. Sat at the bar, which is very small, but service was good. Food was mediocre (pizza and salad). I'd be wary of trying the entrees now.

                      1. re: sadieeats

                        haha, the pizza used to be disgusting, so sounds like a leap up!

                        1. re: sadieeats

                          oh gosh. bad news. was looking forward to having something decent in the space. anyone else been?

                  2. The scaffolding and plywood is finally off the front and sides of the old Martignetti’s site in the North End. Cafe Graffiti will be taking one of the four new spaces, and rumour has it another Gelateria will also be there, as will another outpost of Finale (which seems strange for the North End, but whatever).

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                    1. re: Bostonbob3

                      Finale? Seriously?

                      It'll be gone by Labor Day.

                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                        According to a story in today's Globe, Finale pulled out of this space, claiming "It's not a good time to open a new outpost." (Personally, I think it's never a good time to open a new outpost of something that sucks, but that's just me.) According to the article, the tenants will be Caffe Graffiti, a takeout-only outpost of the Gelateria, a fresh pasta shop (which the North End hasn't had since Trios closed) and something else that escapes me.

                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                          the hanover end has a bitty citizens bank.

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            Yeah, Citizens owns the whole space and is leasing to the other tenants.

                          2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                            Excellent news on the fresh pasta shop. Sure beats Finale.

                            I keep hearing the fourth space is being taken by some sort of clothing store.

                            UPDATE": After reading the article, it seems Nick Verano of Strega is opening a deli in the fourth space. The clothing designer said:

                            Christina Defalco wrote in her blog that she decided not to open there because of "the silly politics of that neighborhood and the really crazy economy right now."

                            1. re: Bostonbob3

                              "silly politics" sounds like Ms. Defalco values her silly kneecaps. ;-)

                              1. re: Bostonbob3

                                i'm thrilled finale is not going in there. what the hell kind of marquee is that for the entrance to the north end? some sub-standard pastry chain. phooey. :)

                        2. Upper crust pizza is under construction in West Roxbury. In the old Thai ho spot.

                          1. I've heard that Tom's Tavern in Wrentham is planning on closing, and going up on the auction block at the end of the month. Their website is still up so I can't confirm. Does anyone else have info?

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                            1. re: Pegmeister

                              Pegmeister, here's an earlier posting on this....

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603742

                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                Not sure how I missed that post. My trips to the Wrentham outlets will never be the same. I always stopped at Tom's after shopping. Loved their fried clams; scallops and cajun chicken pasta.

                                1. re: Pegmeister

                                  I missed it too and even tho my one trip there wasn't a huge success, I'm surprised by this. I thought it was a big fave down there. Are there any real reasons besides the vague comment he makes in the email?

                                  1. re: Joanie

                                    Don't know the reason, but I'm totally surprised. They were always busy.

                            2. Well, Pizza Republic has closed on Beacon in Brookline, past Coolidge Corner. I saw construction workers inside the old City Convenience store on Mass Ave (near Sweet n' Nasty, etc). I wonder if someone has bought/rented the spot and what it might be? Looked like they were gutting it inside.

                              1. Its really a winter opening, but Habesha in Malden Sq is open. I assume Ethopian, but haven't seen a menu the few times I have been right in front.

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                                1. re: itaunas

                                  itaunas, Habesha must have just opened, because there is nothing on this place anywhere on the Internet. Perhaps I'll take a spin by it this evening, since I'll be in the neighborhood. Do you know what was in that spot previously?

                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                    Actually, I just did a Google Street View and it looks like Cafe Marino was in that spot?

                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                      I posted about Habesha coming while it was under construction. Its at the intersection of Main and Florence. From the T go out the main entrance, turn left and follow the road up the hill, it'll curve to the right and cross a bridge (forget what it is in front of the T, but it becomes Florence). By car its on Main just 2 blocks after Salem when headed toward Stoneham (past the church and near the beauty academy), or turn off 60 onto that road which passes the T. It was some Cafe XXX offering "Neapolitan food" (Marino doesn't quite ring a bell) before, but that has been closed (at least at lunch) for ages. I believe Habesha has been open for at least 6 weeks now, I tried to go once and found it closed at lunch, but it appears to be open for both.

                                      If you go, I think the only parking is on the street. There is a parking lot just past it, but I think most of that parking is for the apartments there, but the signs are pretty confusing.

                                      1. re: itaunas

                                        Hmmm, maybe I'll get there next week. Thanks for the info!

                                  2. re: itaunas

                                    Has anyone been to Habesha yet and can report?

                                    1. re: Taralli

                                      We drove past Habesha last night on our way back from the Newbridge Cafe in Chelsea. It is a tiny spot with curtains across the windows, so we couldn't see in at all. I may get over there next week if I have time.

                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                        stopped by habesha last night. it's definitely ethiopian. large room with 10-15 tables, full bar, and a large flat screen television on the wall. short menu with typical ethiopian fare (tibs, wot, meat and veggie combinations). entrees run $8-$12 and combinations run $12-$14. open tuesday-sunday 11am-11pm. owner said they'd been open about three months

                                  3. Village Foodland, a/k/a the Korean market in Brookline Village, is dark with "For Rent" signs in the windows......

                                    1. Someone mentioned in the winter openings thread that Pressed Sandwiches owned The Carving Station on Tremont St., which recently closed.
                                      It now appears to have re-opened as.....Pressed Sandwiches.
                                      So there you go.

                                      1. The former Rangoli has a new sign saying "DAWAT Fine Indian Cuisine." WIndows say "coming soon." Anyone know anything?

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                                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                          Their Web site shows it as being open.....

                                          http://dawatrestaurantboston.com/inde...

                                          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                            Rangoli closed in February (the former owner who runs Tanjore in Harvard Square told us this). Must be new management. Too bad, as Tangoli was a favorite, but you can still get many of their dishes at Tanjore.

                                            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                              It's open now; I walked past the other day....

                                            2. I've heard rumors that Sherman Cafe, of Washington St. in Union Square, will be opening a prepared foods carry-out and market, in a small space right in Union Square. I've seen some action in the space, and a permit in the window that had the Sherman name somewhere on it, but it hasn't opened yet. Anyone know more about it and when it should open?

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                                              1. re: bella_sarda

                                                Been hearing this for months! Where's the space? Is it where "New Asia" was, around the corner? That would be amazing. Union Square is blowing up!

                                                1. re: hungryi

                                                  I think it's supposed to be in the space where the mortgage (?) place was - in between the cleaners and India Palace.

                                                  1. re: meaganl

                                                    Yes, that's the space where Sherman Market is going to be. I'm going to walk by there today and check for any action.

                                                2. re: bella_sarda

                                                  Oh, I thought it was going to be a green grocer with fresh veggies brought in from farms daily. Shoot!

                                                3. Just moved to Quincy, I will check it out. Any decent wine bars in the area.

                                                  1. Cafe da Fazenda in Everett has closed and is being replaced by Market Cafe, which sounds Brazilian too and probably a similar format but mentioned party rentals so probably more just catering. The smaller nearby Cake & CIA is still operating for salgadinhos including pastel fried to order, a $7.50 prato feito (rice, beans, steak, eggs, maybe fries). It might actually be now run by the family which ran CdF (where the daughter usually worked the counter, but the parents the kitchen) as I recognized the owners, but just wasn't 100% certain. Probably a bit difficult for English communication, but the pastel I had was really excellent and I'll be back soon to try the salgadinhos when I know they are fresh out of the fryer. Meat pastel had better seasoned filling than the Somerville Pastelaria (like Petiscos, which does a good filling, but bad fry job on this particular salgado), a fluffier pastry also than the Pastelaria (which I preferred), but a hair greasier and tended to fall apart a bit.

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                                                    1. re: itaunas

                                                      I realized a bit after posting this where I had seen the Cake and Cia. owners, they started the Bahia Grill in Somerville (afterwards Cafe Varanda, now Bom de Boca, all different owners).

                                                      1. re: itaunas

                                                        Market Cafe opened this weekend, they appeared to still be stocking things (part of its party rental) so I only saw a selection of salgadinhos and chocolate Easter eggs.

                                                        In trying a bunch more things, I am liking the pastry for the salgadinhos from Cake & CIA, but am not 100% sold on the chicken fillings. Like the fried pastel, the dough for coxinhas and croquettes wasn't as dense as others. A ham and cheese croquette was probably my favorite filling, but had a bit more oregano than I liked. Empadinha pastry (small empanadas) salty and strong taste of baking powder, the chicken filling was dry... fried salgadinhos were much better. The album they have of cakes they have done don't do the cakes justice, I ordered one and checked out several in the display case which were pretty. Cake itself wet Brazilian style with a decent doce de leite filling by request, not a sweet as some, but different style than American. Cake price for 2-level 9x13 was similar to pricing for basic sheet cake from an Italian bakery, but each cake was cut in half to have 4 total layers. They usually have a couple of whole cakes and ones they cut slices from in the display case. I'll definitely go back for another pastel sometime soon and try a few other things.

                                                    2. I just drove by Citrio in Newton Highlands and noticed it is now called Bread and Lily. Anyone know when this happened? I liked Citrio, I hope this new place is as good...

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                                                      1. re: Posenose

                                                        It was Citrio as recently as this past Sunday.

                                                        1. re: Velda Mae

                                                          If you type in citrioboston.com, you are redirected to breadandlily.com - Based on citrio reviews, there has been a change of ownership to that space.

                                                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                            Actually went to Bread and Lily tonight and it was fantastic - will absolutely go back!
                                                            Try the B&L chicken salad - delicious!
                                                            Apparently two brothers now own the place and you can check out menu, etc on website.
                                                            I believe it's breadandlily.com

                                                            1. re: Moxie13

                                                              They call it their "famous" chicken salad. How can a place that just opened have "famous" anything on the menu? "Soon-to-be-famous" might be presumptuous but more appropriate.

                                                      2. Daily Candy wrote about Cafe 47 on Mass Ave. opening, by Sweet.

                                                        1. Great Thai Chef in the Union Square section of Somerville closed. The owner is going to open a Thai tapas bar in its place--should be open sometime in April.

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                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                            It is already open; the sign on the door stills ays opening sometime in April, but as of Friday it was already running.

                                                          2. Something's opening/reopening in the Soleil space at Teele Sq. Paper's down, big bunches of balloons out front this a.m. Windows looked much the same, driving by.

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                                                            1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                              I walked by Teele Sq Cafe today. Grabbed a take-out menu and a pound of white bean/kale salad. The salad was okay - crisp, bright kale and carrots, firm cannelini - could some more flavor, but I think it would be good folded into some short pasta shapes for a quick dinner. Space is pleasant as ever. Offering sandwiches, grilled panini, and dinner specials, like stir-fried shrimp with veggies and ginger. http://teelesqcafe.com/

                                                              -----
                                                              Soleil Cafe
                                                              1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                                                              1. re: digga

                                                                Jon Adelson (sp?), the former owner of 2nd Street Cafe, and his wife own Teele Sq. Cafe. Food looks to be much like what he served at 2nd

                                                                1. re: bobot

                                                                  I always really liked the 2nd Street Cafe, thought the food was unusually fresh and delicious for a soup/sandwich/salad kind of counter-service place.

                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                    Just stopped in TSC to check it out today, and saw a photographer shooting extensive pictures of a Reuben, so I have a feeling we'll soon see a write-up of some sort.... sandwich looked great, although I think I heard them say they're planning on switching to Iggy's for bread bc "of thickness" issues. Place was very cozy, friendly-- like somewhere you'd want to hang for a few hours. Wasn't hungry so I didn't get a lot to eat, but the Tomato Fennel soup was tasty--fresh and piping hot, and I had a delicious house brined pickle. Saw someone eating brioche French toast with what looked like creme fraiche. Made me jealous. The chef Jon was in and out, talking to people all over the place. I'm definitely a fan of homecooked, housemade, family spots like this. Hope it does well.

                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                      Is 2nd Street gone or under different ownership now? Delighted to hear he will be so much closer and still serving awesome food - his breakfast, coffee, and fresh baked breads for sandwiches were always great. Must get to Teele Sq before it's completely discovered.

                                                                  2. re: digga

                                                                    I haven't tried Teele Square Cafe yet, but I love, love, love Amelia's Kitchen for both breakfast and lunch. Usually I have their "Hookah" panini with portobellow mushrooms for lunch, and Ravioli Bella for dinner. Great food!

                                                                2. I believe Coriander Bistro in Sharon, MA has closed. Can anyone confirm that? The Restaurant is listed as for sale on Atlantic Restaurant Group Site, and they no longer have a website. I knew Kevin Crowley left months ago, but I am assuming this has more to do with the economy.

                                                                  Also I gave a call over to Bread and Lily (formally Citrio) They told me that New owners bought the restaurant from the previous owners (Jeffery Fourneir and co) but that the staff remained? It sounded like they are still offering the same services, as far as having a cafe, catering, bulk ice cream. I think the new owners have some connection to bakers best, and I hope they do a better job then the last owners. I wasnt a fan..

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                                                                  1. re: burntoast

                                                                    Hope they have a connection to Baker's Best - been meaning to find a place to drop a quick note about them - stopped in for a quick bite the other day - nice wrap sandwich and their cookies are still delicious and pretty cheap.

                                                                    1. re: burntoast

                                                                      Just confirmed that Coriander Bistro in Sharon has indeed closed...

                                                                    2. Just got an email saying that Something Savory is closing so the family can concentrate on the catering business. Get your goat stew until this saturday, last day of business.

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                                                                      1. re: Ruprecht

                                                                        Oh, darnit! I love that place.
                                                                        Thanks for posting.

                                                                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                          Not that this needed confirming, but the owner of Something Savory just told me that the restaurant end of the business is indeed closing.

                                                                      2. Hanmaru has re-opened at long last, as of yesterday I believe. I won't have a chance to stop in for a while, but thought I would share the happy news.

                                                                        Still no sign of repair or renovation in the old Grecian Yearning space or the dry cleaner's, though.

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                                                                        1. re: Allstonian

                                                                          There was an article recently and it didn't sound like the Grecian guys planned on reopening in the too near future. Can't remember what the issue was. I saw that article on Allston closings in the Globe yesterday, can't believe the hardware store is gone. A couple big spaces sitting empty, not cool.

                                                                          1. re: Joanie

                                                                            Yeah, Economy Hardware closing took me completely by surprise. I didn't realize they were going under until a week after it happened! That space was a Woolworth's forever before that, so it's been the victim of economic downturns before.

                                                                            I hadn't really expected Grecian Yearning to come back, and unlike all the folks with fond memories of nursing their hangovers there, I won't miss it. But it would be nice to at least see that space repaired and ready to occupy.

                                                                        2. We had dinner at Capri a couple of weeks ago and were not impressed. They seem to have an identity crisis or are trying to be something that they aren't quite achieving yet. The decor was weird and not cohesive. They'd built a partial wall along the length of the restaurant blocking off what used to the be "open kitchen" of Bickfords and that wall was painted sage green with some Tuscan-inspired wall decor hung on it. The tables were all covered with vinyl tablecloths with a grape-motif. The menu featured apps, pasta and entrees and pizzas. I was kind of surprised by the prices for their entrees given their location (in the parking lot of a Motel 6) and the decor. Most of the entrees were between $18 & $25 dollars. While we were there at least one couple got up and left muttering to themselves that they weren't going to pay those kinds of prices.

                                                                          We ended up ordering the Chicken Parm pizza which they had flagged as their signature pizza. It was remniscent of a pizza from Dominos or somewhere of that ilk. Maybe their pasta dishes are better, but I definitely will not be trying their pizza again unless I hear that they've changed their recipe.

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                                                                          1. re: mangorita

                                                                            Went to Capri for lunch this afternoon (after its feature in this weekend's Patriot Ledger) as was just as unimpressed. The decor is a mess, and the logistics are awkward -- you need to pass through the long dining room in order to get to the bar area. Moreover, it was uncomfortably cold in the restaurant -- had to put my fleece back on. I ended up ordering one of their pasta "specialties," jumbo meatballs with penne pasta and garlic toast. What I ended up getting was two mounds of poorly seasoned hamburger (I think) covered with American (?!?) cheese with a sauce that was straight out of a jar. Couldn't bring myself to finish it. DC had another of their pasta dishes, chicken parm. He was longing for the McDonald's drive-thru up the street. No bread to start. Total for "lunch" (with two diet cokes) was $28. I know I wasn't kind to Viola (also in Braintree), but that is a fine dining establishment compared to this. I'll be surprised if it's still there come Labor Day.

                                                                          2. Is Pho Yan in Medford closed? It looked dark this past Wednesday night around 8pm. I was in a car - no chance to inspect closer.

                                                                            1. Baja Fresh in Hingham, at the Derby Street outdoor mall, is gone. The real question is, why is the Panera Bread that's 50 yards away doing gangbusters? Baja Fresh approached real restaurant status, with food that tried, and a pleasant staff. PB is airplane food without the reward of the trip, complete with gum snapping service and dirty tables. Why, Hingham, why, did you not eat more salsa and less faux focaccia?

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                                                                              1. re: SpicyTea

                                                                                Easy answer to that truth is people feel comfortable hagning at Panera In fact, folks are encouraged to make themselves at home. I find the food just OK enough to make it all worthwhile. They also have solid locations. Ergo, I often use PB locations as a coffee and wifi hub, food be damned.

                                                                              2. A co-worker mentioned that a new southern cuisine eatery will open in the old Magnolia spot in Inman Square and that the owner of Petsi Pies is involved. Has anyone heard about this? If so, is there a projected opening date?

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                                                                                1. re: BroadwayBound

                                                                                  I heard that rumor last fall--it may have even been in August or September--but have seen no evidence, though we will at least have southern food at the other end of Inman Square after Trina's Starlight Lounge opens in the old Abbey Lounge space. Also, it sounds like Ronnarong, the new thai tapas place that Great Thai Chef (in Union Square) became, will open soon:
                                                                                  http://www.cuisineenlocale.com/2009/0...

                                                                                  1. re: hckybg

                                                                                    Ronnarong was open as of this weekend. Haven't been myself yet, but a friend gave me a report when he walked by -- seems to be the same menu for lunch, but evenings will now offer small plates. The space has been updated from what it was and now has some bar space. Looking forward to checking it out soon.

                                                                                    1. re: hckybg

                                                                                      Has anyone been to Ronnarong yet? The green peppercorns in the picture of this blog look REALLY yummy -

                                                                                      http://ronnarong.wordpress.com/the-me...

                                                                                      Gonna try to go this week.

                                                                                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                        Not yet, but I am interested, too. Here's another blog post about the transformation:

                                                                                        http://www.cuisineenlocale.com/2009/0...

                                                                                    2. re: BroadwayBound

                                                                                      Tupelo is opening in the old Magnolia space, and is indeed from the Petsi's Pie lady. (I think I saw that in the Improper). Southern-leaning, a "fried chicken and grits" kind of place. Sounds promising!

                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                        Wow! Indeed, a google search uncovered a Twitter page and a facebook page for Tupelo. It sounds like opening day may be within the next month. This is awesome news; Renee McLeod, the "Petsi Pie's lady," seems to have the magic touch with the stuff she does:
                                                                                        http://api.twitter.com/tupelo02139
                                                                                        http://tinyurl.com/ctcjzs

                                                                                        1. re: hckybg

                                                                                          Ahh, more friends to add to my FB and Twitter pages. Thanks for the update on this!

                                                                                          I just heard that the owner of Strega will be opening a sandwich spot called Famous Deli on Cross Street in the North End. Should be open in a little over a month.

                                                                                          1. re: hckybg

                                                                                            I know Renee from the days way back when - on top of being a great baker (she even made my wedding cake - still get raves 10 years later), she's just an awesome person. She got the chops, but also I can't think of anyone who deserves the success more. Yay, Renee!

                                                                                            1. re: hckybg

                                                                                              Opening April 23, 2009 - Comfort Food with a Southern Flair

                                                                                        2. Just got an update on Twitter that Halal Indian Cuisine on Huntington Avenue (Brigham Circle) is now open.

                                                                                          1. Just a prediction, but the Jury Room in Quincy looks like its on its way out. Drove by this evening, red sign claiming they were open and the staff hanging out at the bar. Looked pretty sad. They had a good start, but the odd decor, the menu change and the odd hours are really killing them.

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                                                                                            1. re: jjbourgeois

                                                                                              I would be suprised if the Jury Room stayed open much longer. They changed chefs a few months ago and the food just hasn't been the same. It does't help that the fabuously popular Fat Cat is just across the street. Who knows maybe they'll survive on the overflow from the Cat. There was a 2 hour wait for a table there last week.

                                                                                            2. Guess what? C.F. Donovan's in Hyde Park is nearly ready to open. (No, this is NOT an April Fool's joke.)

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                                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                Well, they did have to wait for the adobe bricks to dry. :)

                                                                                                1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                  I heard that they made the bricks from lava that poured out of Mount Milton in 1980.

                                                                                                  1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                    So...does this mean they are going to open in 2010 or 2011? :-)

                                                                                                    1. re: catsmeow

                                                                                                      Seriously, is there any certainty to its opening? I know we have been down this path for years and have heard rumors of opening and then other rumors that it is being sold and that Mr. Donovan may be selling the Dorchester site as well. Did he just get in over his head with Hyde Park (economy) or has he lost interest?

                                                                                                2. Chowers, help -- I haven't had time to stop and ask, but my beloved Chau Chow City in Dorchester has been dark twice this past week. Yesterday, during prime dim sum hours, I drove by and saw no lights, no cars, just some furniture being hosed off in the parking lot. Anyone have any news?

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                                                                                                  1. re: SpicyTea

                                                                                                    Chau Chow in Dorchester failed a health inspection. And I do mean failed--about 25 separate violations, including some pretty serious ones. No idea when they might open again.

                                                                                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                      Good thing they're doing all that washing stuff, then ;-) Thanks for the info. If it reopens, I'll post. Right after I finish eating there.

                                                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                        Chau Chow City is reopened yesterday. Parking lot's packed tonight.

                                                                                                    2. In my weekly e-mails that I get from John Dewar's, it said that Spiga in Needham was re-opening soon with Marisa Iocco as the new Executive Head Chef (I hadn't known that they were closed). Hopefully, this is good news because it's a nice little venue in a very odd location (behind all of the commercial businesses on Highland Ave) and it was pretty bad and inconsistent in its first go round.

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                                                                                                      1. re: bakerboyz

                                                                                                        If that rumor is true, then get in while Marisa is still consulting (assuming she gets it up and running and then leaves.) She did wonderful things at Sagra in Davis Square but the quality dropped off after she left.

                                                                                                      2. I was in Arlington Heights this morning and took a peek in the window of Sala Thai. I noticed that all the tables are set and everything looks clean and in order, almost like they would be ready to open for lunch or dinner today. But the place continues to be dark night after night. So I guess I'm wondering--if they did close, why would they bother setting the tables?

                                                                                                        1. The Farm Bar and Grille will be opening in Essex a week from today.

                                                                                                          It will be on Route 22 where JR's used to be.

                                                                                                          1. Rumors have it that Village Grille in Chelmsford Center has closed. Website stopped working. Local gossip is swirling about rapid turnover of chefs, and constant bickering from wife/co-owner. Also,strain on finances following expansion, as they doubled their space. All this following a very publicized "tweaking" of menu in a Lowell Sun article on the downturn of restaurant business due to the poor economy. Looks like the tweaking didn't work.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Lighthousehunter

                                                                                                              It looked closed last night and from a distance I think some of the windows were covered up. This is sad because this was a nice place.

                                                                                                            2. A new place called the Blackstone Tavern will be opening on Route 3A in Cohasset (in the spot where Pacini's closed early in 2008).

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                                                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                it has opened.

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                                                                                                                Blackstone Tavern
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                                                                                                              2. Tory Row just opened in Harvard Square.

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                                                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                  Did you check it out? Does it seem more food than drinks? Or more lounge than restaurant?

                                                                                                                  1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                    I wasn't there, actually. Someone on Twitter gave us (nearly) live reports including pictures of various dishes while she was there. Looks like a mix of soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with some more substantial entrees.

                                                                                                                2. Pho Yan in Medford Sq. is "temporarily closed under new management."

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                                                    There's a big new shiny metal sign up at Pho Yan -- something like "Wonder Taste" Asian cuisine.

                                                                                                                  2. Just saw a note from Dan Andelman (from the PG) that Max Stein's in Lexington is closed. The owners opened a new restaurant in its place called Palio's Italian Grill.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                      (Wearing my sarcasm bonnet)...Whoop-de-do, just what the 'burbs need, another Italian restaurant! I only went to Max Stein's once, but had a good meal and would have returned eventually. Since I've always enjoyed nearby Cafe Luigi, I have no interest in P.I.G.

                                                                                                                    2. Another new opening is The Corner Tavern on the corner of Mass Ave and Marlborough St. It use to be The Last Drop but has renovated and is now offering food. I went by last weekend (opening weekend) and it was really good. No burgers and fries, just slow cooked comfort food. I had the lobster mac and cheese and my friend had short ribs with mushroom bread pudding. Both items were absolutely perfect! They also have lots of good looking apps and paninis on the menu...that I'll be trying soon. The wine by the glass list was a deal, and they a few craft beers to choose from, as well as some really unusual high end tequilas. Very cool place. It's great to have something like that near where I work..for after work....of course!

                                                                                                                      1. The Farm Bar and Grille in Essex opens its doors this afternoon. They're doing dinner only today, but will be doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner starting tomorrow.

                                                                                                                        Here's the address (note that it is in the old J R's Route 22 location--does anyone know how to fix the link?).

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                                                                                                                        233 Western Ave, Essex, MA

                                                                                                                        1. Has anyone heard anything about The Chicken Bone in Boston? It supposedly closed for the winter. I'm interested in finding out if they have re-opened or plan to re-open.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Novasmurf

                                                                                                                            The plan was to re-open when the new Sox season started. That has not happened, and no date is currently set for the re-opening.

                                                                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                            1. re: Novasmurf

                                                                                                                              I'm on th email list for The Chicken Bone and received a message from them this week. They only said that they would notify their list serve when the Boston location re-opens. I can understand them closing down during the post Red Sox season but find it very strange that they have not opened with the start of the new season. I'm sure they would get good business being so close to Fenway. Not a good sign . . .

                                                                                                                            2. I *think* the place on Belgrade in Rozzy that used to be the Albanian joint is closed. I've thought this before but I could have sworn I saw a for rent sign when I drove by. May be way wrong again, anyone know?

                                                                                                                              And any recent word on the CF Donovan's in Hyde Sq.?

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Joanie

                                                                                                                                The last I heard, CF Donovan's in Hyde Park is opening soon. ;-)

                                                                                                                                1. re: Joanie

                                                                                                                                  For the Albanian place - Do you mean Cafe Appollonia? That place became the Brickhouse like two years ago (burgers) and is still open. Or was / is there some other place that's been flying beneath my radar?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: bostonbroad

                                                                                                                                    I did mean Boston Brickhouse (and before that, Cafe A) and like I said, *thought* I saw a for rent sign but was driving and have made that mistake before.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Joanie

                                                                                                                                      Unless brown paper bag on the front door is a new look, they're closed.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Joanie

                                                                                                                                        Right, and unless the name of the Boston Brickhouse has been changed to "This Number Is No Longer In Service," their phone has been disconnected.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                          Drove by the Brickhouse today and it absolutely, positively, looked shut down. Their Web site is still running, but that doesn't mean much these days....wonder what will go in there next?

                                                                                                                                2. "Lucille's Fine Chicken" on Rte. 1 in Saugus had a banner saying "Now Open." Another thread said it's a Joey Crugnale place. Not much info on the web.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: bear

                                                                                                                                    Yup, Lucille's opened either yesterday or today. It will be a little like Wright's Farm in RI, if anyone knows that place. Fixed price menu, with roasted chicken, salad, pasta, and handcut fries brought to each table.

                                                                                                                                  2. The Blue Ox in downtown Lynn recently opened. It is in the spot where the Oxford Street Grill used to be.

                                                                                                                                    1. I noticed the other night that there's a moroccan place opening near harvard square (over by the non-chinese zoes) called "Tajine".

                                                                                                                                      Also, don't know how new this is but the pizza place over by Daedelus was replaced by something else (forget the name).

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: jgg13

                                                                                                                                        Do you mean Trata was replaced? Or are you thinking of the cheapy pizza place that was replaced by Trata?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                                                          Ah, trata, that was it. I don't know how "new" it was, but it was the first time I'd noticed it. There was a not-as-cheapy pizza place that was there between the old Tommys Pizza and this current place - at least, that's how it looked from the signage & whwatnot, I never went in but it looked like they were going for the fancier pizza topping model.

                                                                                                                                          Looking at Yelp reviews it looks like Trata opened about a year ago, which means that I need to walk to pay attention more when I walk over to harvard sq

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jgg13

                                                                                                                                            Trata and Daedalus have the same owner. Their menu is loosely italian, and the food I've had there has been quite good. Prices reasonable.

                                                                                                                                      2. Just got word from Universal Hub that Samia's in West Roxbury is closing today. A new Middle Eastern place (which will be owned by the person who owns Shawarma King in Brookline) will be moving in there around June 1.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                          not really surprising. i was at samia's a few weeks ago and it was basically a really big disorganized mess.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                            wow... that is mixed news. I will truly miss Samia's. At her irascible, inconvenient best, she was peerless. She put a ton of effort and passion into making superior food. But Shawarma King has been a consistent solid favorite for a very long time and if the WR place is on a similar level then that will soothe my pain. Eventually.

                                                                                                                                          2. Il Casale in Belmont center (in the old firehouse) opened Tuesday. I'm not sure when the grand opening is. My boss tried it and over all liked it. His favorites were the arancini, meatballs, and the ravioli.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: heypielady

                                                                                                                                              This is by the restaurant dante group.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: heypielady

                                                                                                                                                Grand opening for Il Casale is scheduled to be next Tuesday (April 28), but it could be earlier depending on how things go.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                  I drive by there every day and it doesn't look open yet

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pemma

                                                                                                                                                    I agree that it doesn't LOOK open (particularly because of all the construction around it) but it certainly is. I work upstairs from it.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: heypielady

                                                                                                                                                  I just had dinner at Il Casale tonight. The meatballs and arancini were outstanding. The frito misto was good, as was the tagliatelle with Bolognese. Overall the menu has great offerings and the nice option of appetizer or full size portions on the Primi (pastas). Service was excellent and very friendly. We took our 8 month old and sat in the bar area and felt very welcome. A full service bar in Belmont is a real treat. We'll be going back on a regular basis.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jerzygrlboston

                                                                                                                                                    Would you say it is a family-friendly place then? Always looking for good food I can bring the kids to...

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Posenose

                                                                                                                                                      There were several families with small children there by the time we left, but I'm not sure if it will stay family-friendly. It wasn't crowded since a lot of people don't even realize it is open yet. I think it has the potential to be quite the "bar scene" so I'm not sure we'll be welcome once they are busy. Let's hope so!

                                                                                                                                                3. Cambridge Market LLC on Cambridge St in Cambridge closed sometime in the last few weeks. It used to be a very complete Portuguese market, but was sold a few years back and turned into more of a convenience store with some Portuguese/Brazilian/other products (they kept the Portuguese CDs from the original store), it also was doing some hot food from a steam table but I hadn't seen that in a while. For Portuguese goods (beyond baked goods) there is still Fernandes & Courthouse on Cambridge St, Broadway Fish Market and Cross St Mkt in Somerville. Pires (Cape Verdean) and the Blue/White painted convenience store towards Inman also carry a few more products than other convenience stores. Mudial had a bit more options for piri piri than most, but not much turnover. The McGrath Shaws has some good deals on Portuguese spices.

                                                                                                                                                  Covered on another thread but Tupelo is now open in the former Magnolia's space.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                                    I get fish cakes, linguica and chorico at Fernandes in Cambridge. I don't think they make the linguica and chorico. They do make the fish cakes which are a little spicy but very good.

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                                                                                                                                                    1097 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                                                                  2. I know it's a chain, but Baja Fresh in the Derby Street Shops in Hingham has closed.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                      The one in Stoneham did also

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: phonelady

                                                                                                                                                        And the one in Beverly--someone recently emailed me saying that they also closed, even though it's still showing up on the Baja Fresh Web site as being open.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Bella Luna and the Milky Way Lounge have officially reopened in The Brewery Complex on Amory Street in JP. (Thanks to Bostonist for the info on this.)

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                        No bowling though.

                                                                                                                                                      2. I think it may have been mentioned in an earlier thread, but Habanero Mexican Grill is now open in Allston.

                                                                                                                                                        1. 55 High in Medford Square (planned steak house) closed before it opened. Word on the Medford listserv is that the sign in the window changed from "Coming Soon" to "For Lease". Work had started, but there were problems with financing. No surprise these days.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pemma

                                                                                                                                                            Like I said a couple of days ago, I'm really disappointed by this. Medford Square has a few good restaurants, but they really need an anchor in the square and this could have been it. Oh well, like you say, no real surprise...

                                                                                                                                                          2. Eat at Jumbo's in the old Urban Gourmet space is now open. There is what looked like a Halal type market now in part of what was Pemberton Market (looks like they split the space when the market closed). There is a Kebab place that I haven't seen mentioned near Mass Ave and Chauncy although I think this has been there for a while.

                                                                                                                                                            1. "Moscow" grocery store in Allston is now closed. Theyhad some great halava and sold Kinder Eggs.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Its not new (maybe a month old??), but Cafe Rossini's on Highland in Somerville is now Cafe Lola which I just got around to checking out. Not certain they made many changes and I wasn't a huge fan of Rossini (cheap pizza, but rarely nearby at night), but maybe someone liked it better or someone else now??? I'd still prefer Supreme Kitchen up the road.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                                                  Lola and Joe ran Cafe Rossini so it's probably just a name change.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Red Pepper in Framingham has a banner up that says something like "New Chef, New Menu, New Management."

                                                                                                                                                                  For what it's worth, Bickford's on Rte. 30 in Framingham is closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bear

                                                                                                                                                                    C'mon, Bear, go for it!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                                                      Okay, gg, but I have to wait until my husband goes away for a take-out orgy. I'll take one for the team when I can.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bear

                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe we need to meet there without the picky eaters!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                                                          The men are the picky eaters? Interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                                                                                            I was making an assumption, based on Bear saying she had to wait til her husband was away...I can say,however, that TC is a spice-phobe, so I can't stretch a Sichuan menu as much as I'd like!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I don't see it here at all, but it is not new news apparently. Mississippi's, battered by sprinkler problems and a bad economy, closed in March. There is a letter at
                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.mississippis.com/

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Not sure if someone else already spotted this: Herrell's in Harvard Sq is doubling it's size - don't know if that means an expansion of what they'll offer.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Very exciting news from another Hound: An (apparently) Senegalese restaurant is open!
                                                                                                                                                                        "Latest news--Teranga is now open (corner of Mass Ave and Washington across from Seiyo). Beautifully redone inside. And the prices are very reasonable--most expensive entree is $17. We haven't been yet but are hoping to try next week. And I noted Senegalese lambchops."

                                                                                                                                                                        GULawKA

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fredid

                                                                                                                                                                          I remember BarmyFotheringayPhipps mentioning something about Teranga a couple of months back. Glad to see it's open--maybe I'll swing by and get a menu sometime this week if I have a chance.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fredid

                                                                                                                                                                            I went in to Teranaga yesterday just for an apres work glass of wine and to check out the menu. I sat at the bar with my boss, there were two other parties at the bar and one couple at a table (however this was at 5:30 so I expect it probably picked up later), the waitress who helped us at the bar was very nice and explained the menu. She also brought us over a plate of warm bread with some absolutely delicious olive oil dip. The dip had olives, peppers and some spices -- neither of us could quite figure out what was in it, but it was definitely memerable we were actually just talking about how delicious it was just a minute ago. I wish I could have stayed for dinner and will defintiely be back later this week- and report back.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Not too exciting, but an IHOP is opening in that restaurant building in front of the Dedham Mall that's been empty for so long.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. New Malaysian place being built out on Beach St. No info! (We met 8 Hounds for lunch at Teranga, which was unfortunately closed for lunch today! Hiked to XinhXinh and saw this place being worked on.)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Tsunami in Arlington Center has closed (seemed like they just opened). A Turkish/Mediterranean place called Pasha will be moving into the spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                Also, it looks like there might be a new restaurant called Amanda's moving into Readville. If it happens, I think it will be going into the old La Cheminee spot on the Neponset Valley Parkway.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Per Universal Hub, the Square Corner Cafe in Roslindale Square is no more. Can't say I ever got there.

                                                                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                                                    That was fairly quick. I also wonder if something will go in the former Nuvo spot. I remember that was the space that first brought decent food to Rozzy (someone from the south end first opened it) but hasn't had much luck in the last few years.