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New Jazz Club Coming to the South End

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?

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

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

      1. 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

          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. 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.

            1. re: Science Chick

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

              1. re: hiddenboston

                Or, would it? Cool recepion last time.

              2. re: Science Chick

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

                1. re: Allstonian

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

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

                  2. re: Science Chick

                    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. 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

                      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

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

                        1. re: Science Chick

                          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

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

                      2. re: mats77

                        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

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

                          1. re: Science Chick

                            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

                              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

                              wine list on line shows no prices either.

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