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Sep 23, 2009 06:20 AM

Blues Diner in Melrose

Have heard that this place has changed owenership- also heard that the people who owned Pauli's and CEdar Perk have taken over. Did not care for the Blues Diners- Does anyone have any more info? Will have to take a drive by and see if the new place is open.

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  1. i don't know about the one in melrose but the owners of camino real in allston took over the blues diner in revere about a year ago. they kept the american breakfast and lunch menu and added a small colombian menu with typical colombian dishes and beverages. they recently extended the hours too

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    1. re: galangatron

      thanks, was not aware they were owned by the people who oened the allston/revere restaurants. Will be interested to see who- if anyone- takes over the melrose location.

    2. I was downtown Melrose during the past week. There is a sign in the front window that states something along the lines of " absolutely fabulous dining experience..." so I'm thinking that Absolutely Fabulous will be moving to this location. Only a guess though based on the way the sign was worded.

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      1. re: fuzzy

        Have had two great dinners at Absolutely Fabulous that I really enjoyed. Their website is down, so can't check it out there.

        1. re: macca

          So after a little facebook stalking, I found out that the restaurant is moving into the Blues Diner and the opening date is October 16.

            1. re: macca

              The only time I ate at Pauli's, the food was so disgusting, I vowed never to return. I have not been to Ab Fab as a result. There's something about a two inch long piece of gristle in your "bolognese" sauce along with the mush pasta that literally sticks with you forever. With La Vita Mia in the area, no need to bother IMHO.

              I wonder what will take over Cedar Perk/Ab Fab space. Seems to have trouble holding tenants.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                Absolutely Fabulous is not connected- food wise- with Paulis. The woman who co owned Paulis' owns Ceser Perk. She rents out Ceder Perk to chef Muise on the weekends. Muise does all the cooking for the Absolutely Fabulous meals, and they are really good.
                Also- in the free press this week, front page article- Muise is opening her own place at the Blues Diner location, and W. Golini ( owner of Ceder Perk) is not involved in the venture.

                1. re: macca

                  That's welcome news. Not to pick an old scab, but I rank tha pauli's disaster among my 5 worst ever culinary experiences.

                  1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                    Wow- Never went to the restaurant when it was in the Mexico Lindo location. I think I tried their take out place ( two doors down from the Blue Diner- it is now a small gift shop). Think I got some red sauced thingy- guess it was not memorable! Except for the Absolutely Fabulous dinners, I have never been to Cedar Perk.

                    1. re: macca

                      I just want to make this point abundantly clear- Absolutely Fabulous was absolutely fabulous in its old, kind of bizarre, weekend/nightime rental at Cedar Perk. Other than renting the Cedark Perk space, AF has nothing to do with CP. The CP is a little tiny, awkward space but man oh man was the AF food consistently fantastic.

                      It was a huge blow to the Melrose/Malden/Wakefield eating scene to lose AF. Having AF open up in the old Blues Diner spot (which was worthless) is fantastic and I predict people are going to rave, rave, rave once it gets up and running. I also predict it puts a major hurting on Sterns & Hill.

                      1. re: macca

                        Pauli's was dreadful, but its means of life support seemed to be as the auxiliary to Caruso's as the place to go for the then longtime local GOP power set.

                        Besides, I still miss Heavenly Muffins that preceded Paul's and was murdered when Dunkin was allowed to open a franchise nearby. Those were seriously good doughnuts (and muffins - but I am not a muffin fan) - it was a seriously great local place.

                        I am glad Mexico Lindo has thrived.

                        1. re: Karl S

                          Loved Heavenly Muffins- I had forgotten the name of it. Used to go in on Sunday mornings and wait in line for the freshly made donuts.