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New Jazz Club Coming to the South End

hiddenboston Jul 6, 2009 07:21 AM

Just discovered that a new jazz club and restaurant will be moving into the spot on Columbus Avenue where Bob's Southern Bistro used to be. I haven't been able to get the name of the place yet--has anyone else heard about this?

  1. Science Chick Aug 13, 2009 11:01 AM

    Several Yelps regarding the opening the other night......all quite positive. I'm optimistic.......will have to get over there....

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      mats77 Aug 3, 2009 06:21 AM

      The place that was Cirlce will be called the Stork Club. It was recently written about in the Herald however I can't remember when they said they hope to open.


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      1. re: mats77
        Science Chick Aug 3, 2009 07:54 AM

        I spoke with the manager....they are shooting for a 8/11 opening. Chef Jeff Poliseno
        is heading the kitchen and Ziad Chamoun from the Barking Crab is the manager....


        1. re: Science Chick
          Science Chick Aug 10, 2009 12:14 PM

          Talked to Ziad for a while last week. Soft opening Tues 8/11. Live jazz/blues nightly..menu looks interesting....

          1. re: Science Chick
            hiddenboston Aug 10, 2009 01:31 PM

            Yup, their Facebook page says they open tomorrow (8/11) at 3:30.

            Live Jazz and Comfort Food sounds like a good combination to me!

            1. re: hiddenboston
              southie Aug 11, 2009 04:06 AM

              I couldn't find them on facebook. How is it listed?

              1. re: southie
                Science Chick Aug 11, 2009 04:23 AM

                If you google "Stork Club boston" it comes up:


                1. re: Science Chick
                  southie Aug 11, 2009 05:07 AM


        2. re: mats77
          BobB Aug 10, 2009 01:05 PM

          The menu on their site looks good - moderately trendy comfort food - but lists no prices. And of course, composing a menu is one thing, actually cooking the food is quite another.

          1. re: BobB
            Science Chick Aug 10, 2009 01:22 PM

            Agreed...but I thought Jeff Poliseno had a pretty good handle on a kitchen, no?

            1. re: Science Chick
              BobB Aug 11, 2009 05:35 AM

              Not familiar with him - google shows he was at Vox Populi, but I never ate there. The search also turns up the tidbit that prices at the new Stork Club will be in the $7 - $17 range, which is quite reasonable - and wise, for a restaurant opening in this economic climate. Probably also a cover charge for the music though.

              1. re: Science Chick
                MC Slim JB Aug 11, 2009 06:53 AM

                Vox Populi's food is quite forgettable, but nobody goes there to eat. I don't think this should be held against a non-owner chef: you work within whatever constraints are placed on you. His work at Stork Club should be assessed on its own merits.


              2. re: BobB
                hotoynoodle Aug 11, 2009 07:39 AM

                wine list on line shows no prices either.

            2. Science Chick Jul 6, 2009 02:27 PM

              Is it Circle? They say they are re-opening........


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              1. re: Science Chick
                hiddenboston Jul 6, 2009 02:34 PM

                Huh. Could be! That would make sense, I guess....

                1. re: hiddenboston
                  trufflehound Jul 6, 2009 02:42 PM

                  Or, would it? Cool recepion last time.

                2. re: Science Chick
                  Allstonian Jul 6, 2009 03:50 PM

                  The page linked above just says "website under construction" - nothing about reopening that I could find.

                  1. re: Allstonian
                    Science Chick Jul 6, 2009 04:34 PM

                    They are advertising for help on Craigslist, and I called the number on the website. It said they were reopening soon. Here are other pages from their website:


                    Not sure if the menu is different from their previous one. Perhaps other hounds remember???

                    1. re: Science Chick
                      MC Slim JB Jul 6, 2009 06:14 PM

                      That menu looks awfully reminiscent of the old one: fairly expensive, elaborate French food, the unusual variant spelling "coulette steak" (I've more frequently seen it as "culotte", the French term for tri-tip). That was possibly the worst-timed opening of a Boston restaurant concept in memory.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                        Bob MacAdoo Jul 7, 2009 06:24 PM

                        That site is just the lingering remnant of the $1.4 million disaster that was Malcom Aalders' foray into the restaurant world. I wonder who will take over the space ...

                        1. re: Bob MacAdoo
                          Nab Jul 7, 2009 07:10 PM

                          Well, on the walk-by tonight there were def'y signs of activity, though nothing that seemed substantial which leads me to believe the interior will remain more or less the same.


                          Experience, commitment to teamwork and good service are "preferable" and apparently not a requirement for the job. FYI.

                      2. re: Science Chick
                        Alcachofa Jul 8, 2009 08:41 AM

                        LOL at Thrillist's "penultimate vision" comment. Well, I guess his ultimate vision is next.

                    2. re: Science Chick
                      mkoeck Aug 2, 2009 10:00 AM

                      Maybe my posting is wrong....I see the Circle menu now, but it's menu does not seem to fit the neighborhood....although interesting.

                    3. Nab Jul 6, 2009 12:47 PM

                      They still have a partially stocked leftover bar collecting dust in there, and the lease ad on the windows. There definitely have been no signs of activity of any kind, though that's not to say a deal hasn't been done. I'd be interested to hear the details as well.

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                        jackbauer Jul 6, 2009 11:56 AM

                        hey hiddenboston.....what's your source on this? I recall that a jazz club was initially slated to go in there, but it never materialized. I can't recall the name, but IIFC they were even to the point of advertising for kitchen/waitstaff. This would be terrific news.......

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                        1. re: jackbauer
                          hiddenboston Jul 6, 2009 12:59 PM

                          Are you really Jack Bauer? If so, I guess I have no choice but to tell you, heh.

                          There was a job posting on Craigslist for the place over the weekend, which would be "opening soon." Looks like they are hiring all positions.

                        2. mtm7654 Jul 6, 2009 09:24 AM

                          I'll be very interested to hear since jazz clubs are generally more user friendly for old farts like me!

                          1. Trumpetguy Jul 6, 2009 07:34 AM

                            Woo-hoo! Have not heard a thing, but that would be great :)

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