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Winter 2009-2010 Openings and Closings

The fall 2009 thread was getting a bit unwieldly, so perhaps it's time to start one up for Boston-area restaurants that will be opening or closing this winter. Any come to mind? A few I can think of that are opening in December are Legal C Bar in Dedham, Nickel's Grille in Woburn, and Stoddard's in downtown Boston.

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  1. Beacon Grille in Woburn opens in January.

    Fat Cactus in Lynnfield (Rt 1). Not sure exactly when it will open but likely within next 2 months

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    1. re: RichardA

      The Fat Cactus has an awful sign- the first time passing it I thought it said "The Fart Factory". It's billing itself as a "Mexicali" restaurant.

      1. re: Chris VR

        When I read this wine nearly came out my nose. Great name for a Mexicali restaurant.

        1. re: Niblet

          Yeah my first thought when I misread the sign was "well that sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy if I ever heard one..."

        2. re: Chris VR

          I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought so. You could get into an accident trying to make out what the sign says. They should find a new graphic designer.

      2. Carrying over from Fall 2009: Coppa, hopefully.

        EVOO and Za, moving to Kendall Square.

        Bombay Club in Harvard Square is now closed, moving to Washington St in the South End.

        Canteen, a restaurant aiming to bring "the ingredients from fine dining to fast food," is coming to Mass Ave between Central and Harvard Squares.

        Rumor that Flour might open a new outpost in Central Sq, although that likely won't be finalized this winter.

        East by Northeast, so-called "Momofuku-esque" shop, coming to Inman Square "around the end of the year."

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        1. re: rlove

          Is anything going into the old EVOO spot?

            1. re: heathermb

              My understanding is that EVOO is moving, and Za is opening a second location.

              1. re: greenzebra

                Right. Za will be opening a 2nd location in the same building as the one that EVOO is moving to.

            2. re: rlove

              Saw the sign for Canteen last night. For those that don't know where it is, it is oging into the old Friendly Eating Place spot.

            3. Barlow's, to open in South Boston, from the Superior Dining Group. They are the folks from the Warren Tavern, Orleans, Porterbelly's.
              It's to be a gastropub, I gather.
              The chef was at the Atlantic Fish Co, I believe: Kevin Brady

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              1. re: justbeingpolite

                Where is this going to be located? Thanks

              2. Any word on Symphony #8?
                I believe it's open. Has anyone eaten there?

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                1. re: peregrine

                  It is definitely open. I'm dying to get there, but may wait a few weeks just in case they need to get some of the kinks out.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I would normally also wait out the initial shakedown, but Barmy and I have symphony tix for this coming week, so unless it's too mobbed we're going to check it out.

                    1. re: Allstonian

                      As an associate of the owners, I can say it is for sure open though still having phone/fax line issues like pho and rice did their first few weeks. The kitchen seems pretty solid at this point but the bar setups are a work in progress. There was a snafu in the liquor license that delayed the opening but allowing the kitchen to get up to speed while the bar plays catch up. I will refrain from commenting about quality due to conflict of interest.

                  2. re: peregrine

                    Two of us ate there last night. It felt like a soft opening: food was excellent, service was a bit slow. They'll have to get that aspect organized if they're going to handle pre-concert and -theatre diners. The kitchen will be open until midnight, so there will now be someplace to go after the show, most welcome in that area.

                    We arrived at about 6:30 and found several other parties already seated in the upstairs restaurant and saw several others at street level in the bar. Several more parties were seated while we were there, but when we left about an hour later there were still many empty tables.

                    We ordered the halibut and the tuna and traded halfway through, as we often do. The tuna was nicely done, seared on the outside and nearly raw in the middle, served with a cold potato salad. The halibut had a sort of sweet-and-sour sauce that I don't usually associate with halibut, but it worked. A man whom I assumed to be the chef came to the table and asked about the halibut, saying the restaurant had only been open a few days and we were the first to order it.

                    The waitress recited the day's desserts. A printed menu would be helpful. Two waitresses seemed to be huddled in the back corner trying to figure out how to work the coffee makers.

                    We had no alcoholic beverages, as we usually don't before a concert or show. The beer list was impressive; the wine list was eight or ten each of red and white, fine for the cuisine but clearly not their specialty.

                    Overall, I would say they're off to a great start. We will return.

                  3. Still waiting for Sami's to open in JP. Anyone know anything about that? Passed by recently after not being there for a while, and it looks like nothing has progressed.

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                    1. re: purple bot

                      I go by Sami's regularly. Up until about a month ago it was dark most of the time, but lately the lights are on and they are working on it almost everyday. Nonetheless, it does look like there's much more to do, but hopefully it won't be too much longer.