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Aug 31, 2009 08:50 AM

Fall 2009 Openings and Closings

OK, maybe it's not quite fall yet, but September 1 (tomorrow) does seem to be the unofficial start of fall for some, and it kind of feels like fall out there today. Anyways, what are some Boston-area restaurants that are soon to open? And once this thread starts to move into the fall, what about some closings?

A few openings that come to mind in the near future that I know of include Basta Pasta in North Quincy, Coppa in the South End, Lazziz and Red Lentil, both in Watertown, La Puerta Del Sol in Revere, Stadium Sports Bar in Quincy Center, Stoddard's and Market by Jean-Georges, both in Boston, Bobby's Grille in Wellesley, Olecito in Brookline, Peace o' Pie in Allston, Aquitaine in Dedham, Fusion Taste in Arlington, the Ginger Exchange in Inman Square, Cambridge, Littlenecks Bar and Grille in Weymouth, and Post 390 in the Back Bay.


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  1. Myung Dong 1st Avenue in Allston has a big "Grand Opening" banner hung over their awning. According to their Facebook page the opening was last Tuesday, 8/25.

    This is the new spot (owned by the Buk Kyung 2 folks and specializing in Korean street food, but apparently even more focused on shoju-based giant cocktails) in the space that had been Suvarnabhumi Kiri - Harvard Avenue just beyond Brighton Avenue, at the corner of Gardner Street.

    Their motto is "will work for SOJU." It looks like they're going for a dive bar vibe and have somehow managed to do an end run around those who don't really think that the intersection of Brighton and Harvard Avenues needs ANOTHER joint full of drunk college students. It's conceivable that in spite of all that the food might be good, but I have to say I'm dismayed.

    1. Unfortunately, Vela in Wellesley has closed. One of a succession of places in that spot that didn't make it. We enjoyed this place but the last time we ate there, it was not good- the owner was not in the kitchen and it showed.There is a sign indicating that there is a new place going in there- good luck to them.

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      1. re: emilief

        Thanks for reminding me about Vela. FYI, an Indian restaurant is going into that spot. Last I heard it was going to be called Singh’s Cafe. I'm going to check a couple of article on it this afternoon.

      2. What and where is Peace o' Pie? That sounds like my kind of place.
        Sami's on Centre St. in JP will open one of these days.
        I feel like I've seen a lot of closed things besides Huntington Pizza but can't think of them now.

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        1. re: Joanie

          It came up on some other thread - Peace o' Pie is a NEW vegan pizzeria in the same space as TJ Scallywaggle's (the old vegan pizzeria) in Union Square Allston. If I recall, .

          1. re: Allstonian

            Bummer. I thought we might have a slice of pie place closer than Newton or Petsi's.

            1. re: Joanie

              No kidding! I would have been excited about that too, but no, not this time.

          2. re: Joanie

            I rode by it; there is a sign that says "coming soon, Singh's Cafe, fine Indian cuisine." Also, in the suburbs, I saw a sign today that Ziti's is coming back (presumably a second location) to the restaurant at the Natick Golf Course on Speen Street. I believe that was their original location, and then they relocated to a strip mall in Westborough (sorry, I posted this under the wrong response, should be under the posts on Singh's Cafe above).

          3. Anthony Susi, chef/lowner of Sage Restaurant in the South End is opening a second restaurant somewhere in the same neighborhood this fall, name TBD, a more casual, rustic, trattoria kind of place. I'm curious as to where it will go. Lots of locations: the soon-to-be-vacated Pho Republique space, the spot across from Gaslight that was once going to be the home of a new Franklin Cafe, the old Icarus spot (last I looked, under agreement with the guys behind The Federal).

            I've really enjoyed the small-plates bar menu at Sage, as the fine-dining menu, while lovely, doesn't always fit my weeknight dining budget. This will make for a lot of Italian in the neighborhood: Sage, Stella, Rocca, Anchovies, Giacomo's, much of the Metropolis menu, Joe V's, and the forthcoming Coppa, not to mention a dozen pizza places.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Slim, is Pho looking to stay in the South End? Or are they moving out of the neighborhood?

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Did I miss another thread? What's up with Pho? They've been there forever, I'm surprised.

                And it doesn't seem like Sage does such a booming business that he'd deal with a 2nd restaurant but who knows. Maybe he'll end up like Chris Douglas in that respect.

                1. re: Joanie

                  I think the owner of Pho is looking for a bigger space. Doesn't sound like the move will happen anytime soon.....

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I thought I read somewhere the Bombay Club was looking to move (or expand) into the Pho Republique space?


                    1. re: southiesouthend

                      I heard last night that Pho will be closing in November - it sounded like a closing and not a move.

                      1. re: heathermb

                        Last I heard it was a move, but that might have changed.

                  2. re: Joanie

                    From the Herald a few weeks back: "Pho Republique will close by the beginning of next year. Owner plans to relocate to larger Boston digs that will allow for more seats and live entertainment." So that rules out Sage taking that space.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Okay, I was in Moose Jaw SK then so have a good reason for not knowing this. It seems like an odd time to close a sure thing but that's why I'm not in the restaurant business.

                2. Probably can add Trina's Starlight Lounge in Inman Square to that list. Looking forward to the Ginger Exchange--does anyone have any background info on the owners/chef/etc.?

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                  1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                    Ditto Lord Hobo, if/when they ever get things going. It seems that all bars in Cambridge will perforce have plenty of eating options, since the city's policy is to disallow 'barrooms' (ie drinking establishments with less than 50% food business).

                    1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                      Trina's website is up with their food and drink menu, for those that care. Being that it's a short stumble from my house to the Lounge, I'm eagerly awaiting its opening. The Abbey had its (rare) moments as a music venue, but I have a feeling I'll find this incarnation a much better addition to the neighborhood.


                      1. re: heavydee

                        I'd have to disagree on the rare music moments at the Abbey, still miss it altho the drive to Inman from JP is a drag.

                        UHOP will be taking the place of Huntington Pizza for what that's worth. And new but not food related is a comic/game store next to Bon Savor/Ten Tables in JP where Eva B's was.

                        Also, I noticed a restaurant on Washington St. in JP between the newish fried chicken place and long standing Latino place that begins with M. This place began with M too I think. Has that been there for a while?

                        1. re: heavydee

                          Both the food and the drinks look amazing. I too will be glad to have that in the neighborhood. Their sign is up and the outside looks refreshed. I saw somewhere that they are shooting for a mid-September opening.

                        2. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                          Ginger exchange is owned by the same people who own the ginger pad in Burlington Mall area. Sushi, pan Asian noodles etc...

                          1. re: uwebres

                            I walked by the future Ginger Exchange today, and they have the plywood facing off and there is a nice new facade up with big windows.

                            1. re: hckybg

                              How, if at all, will Ginger Exchange be different from Spice & Rice, which is a block or two away? They seem to promise the same brand of generic and predictable pan-Asian fare, noodles + sushi + rice, Chinese + Thai + Japanese + Malaysian + Korean, etc. Imaginative it ain't.

                              1. re: elbev

                                Agreed, though I get excited about any new restaurant in Inman Square. If Montien had offered their authentic menu, they would still be in business. I hope Ginger Exhange will be unique but agree with your sentiment.

                            2. re: uwebres

                              Ginger Exchange seems on the verge of opening. Last night there were staff members inside getting things ready though no menu is posted. The interior renovation look great. It is very clean and modern inside. Hopefully the food is just as nice.

                              Also, I don't think anyone mentioned here that Cafe Casal, on the eastern edge of Inman Square, seems to be closed for good. They had a sign indicated temporary closure but it seems vacated and I think there was a lease sign in the window.