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May 24, 2009 11:05 AM

Summer 2009 openings and closings

Just confirmed with the Four Seasons Hotel Boston (to my utter shock) that Aujourd'hui will be closing at the end of June 2009, to be converted into private meeting space. Another casualty of the recession and the resultant crimping of expense-account entertaining, I presume. Has to be scary for local fine-dining operators -- or maybe a welcome shrinking of the competition.

I can remember when this was one of my two or three favorite occasion dining places in Boston, but it went through several chef changes, some of them not so much to my liking, and I got tired of gambling on $300/couple meals. Too bad, as I'd heard their current chef was quite talented. I think I preferred its fussy, flowery, old-ladyish look prior to the most recent makeover, too; it had a nice throwback feel to it. I did get to a couple of Friday early-evening Bubbly Bar events, which were fun. R.I.P. to what has to be considered a modern Boston dining institution.

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  1. much more downscale but learned today that the Annisquam branch of Stone Soup Cafe will not reopen this season...bad thing

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    1. re: capeanne

      That's too bad, I liked it better than their Ipswich place.

    2. It'll mean more tips for the concierges and a slight bump in Back Bay restaurant business.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          The only kickbacks I know of are occasional free dinners where all the concierges gather at a restaurant for dinner on the house. And individually, when they're out they will get VIP treatment. But they get tipped by hotel guests, and the better the experience the hotel guests have, the better their tips tend to be. Concierges are an invaluable window into the fine dining scene, as you can see what restaurants are performing up to snuff. It doesn't take much to fall out of favor and concierges will collectively black-list a spot when they have to be responsible for their recommendations. Think Blackfin.

          1. re: almansa

            Interesting POV, almansa—thx!

            Does anybody know what's happening to the A'H somm, whose name escapes me at the moment but who seemed like a good guy?

            1. re: tatamagouche

              Jason Irving is the Four Seasons wine director; don't know if that means he does both Aujourd'hui and The Bristol.


              1. re: tatamagouche

                If you mean Brick Loomis who was the prior wine director he has since moved on, sadly for us, to a new Four Season in Washington DC as food and bev director.

                1. re: iloveporkbelly

                  Ah, yes, I meant Brick. That's too bad (for Boston).

        2. The Oregon club in Ashland will be reopening in late june. There was an article in The Metrowest Daily news last week.

          1. Absolutely shocked about Aujourd'hui. This is the saddest thing I've heard in a long time. Went there at Christmastime and had a flawless, superb meal. Everything about it was absolutely perfect. Went in the dead of February for a wine dinner and, again, an absolutely sublime meal (and for only $45!). I think the chef was fantastic. This really is so, so sad. Our special-occasion options are really dwindling, and it's so sad when they're not just restaurants, but institutions.

            1. IHOP in Dedham is now open. Its right on Rt. 1 where Applebeas used to be in the Dedham mall.

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