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Jan 2, 2010 07:41 PM

January 2010 Openings and Closings

Here is a topic to discuss openings and closings in the Boston Area split by month as proposed since past seasonal topics were getting very long. We will have to see whether this new format works as many restaurant openings when they are close take more than a month, heck even waiting for the fire marshall seems to take longer than that sometimes. :-) If discussion of a opening continues to another month, you can use the "permalink" feature to link back previous discussions to be helpful to other hounds. As a reminder, restaurant reviews should be put into a separate new topic.

East by Northeast seems pretty far along, so I'll put that as a maybe for January. Sounds like Ebisuya is another strong possibility (and the fire marshall could walk there!). The new Muqueca and maybe the Cambridge Floating Rock (is there any work going on the "proposed" location) seem a bit further out, but I bet the former could be a winter opening.

I noticed Poboys on 3rd Street in Everett which I think could be a new or (re)opening (there was something always closed in that location, but today it was fully stocked, had some new equipment, and brand new menus on the door). It was closed today either as Saturday or a snow day, but since they were advertising "all subs $3.99" I am guessing that seafood Po'Boys probably are not their specialty but something to find out more later.

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  1. As of a few days ago the "proposed" FR location still said "retail/restaurant space available"

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    1. re: Luther

      Anyone have info on what could be going in Davis Square where the retail store Bowl & Board used to be???

        1. re: Aromatherapy

          Khayam, a Persian-American restaurant opened on Harvard in Brookline.

            1. re: ginnyhw

              Heading towards Allston. It is near Bok Dua, The Butcherie, etc. - JFK Crossing.

              1. re: ginnyhw

                Across Harvard from Dok Bua and Dorado.

                1. re: drewames03

                  Same owner of Jasmine Bistro in Brighton - I'm v. interested! Here's some info -

                  1. re: CookieLee

                    I think that is Jasmine on Mt Auburn in Watertown roughly across from Stella's, not Jasmine Bistro (it would also make more sense).

                    1. re: itaunas

                      Hmm, I see that, now that I reread the article. Have you been to Jasmine in Watertown? How is it?

                      1. re: CookieLee

                        I have been a couple of times and enjoyed it, but both Aromatherapy and Taralli have hounded the menu a lot further than me so check out their postings for menu ideas.

                        1. re: itaunas

                          I've tried a number of items on their menu. I'm a big fan of anyplace that uses sumac, and they definitely use it at Jasmine. The chicken shawarma is quite good there, and the Persian soup is very nice as well.

                        2. re: CookieLee

                          I have gone a few times for lunch since I work in the area. It is ok, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there unless you were in the area. Very basic kebabs, rice, Middle Eastern salad and humus plates for lunch.

                  2. re: Aromatherapy

                    I'm glad the planning board didn't approve the facade changes they wanted to make.

                  3. re: winecafe95

                    former gm of temple bar and grafton st. is the owner. financing and licensing all in place.

                2. Littlenecks in Weymouth closed on New Year's Eve after being in business for a little over two months.

                  Vej Naturals may be opening this month in Somerville after moving from Malden. Actually, they are changing their name to The Pulse Cafe.

                  Stoddard's is opening this week in downtown Boston.

                  Also, not sure about January, but two new restaurants may be coming to Allston: Ariana Cuisine (Afghan) and Basil Asia Cafe (perhaps Thai, though unsure at this time).

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                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    Some decent Afghan food in Allston would be fantastic... hopefully something better than boring Helmand or crappy Annapurna

                  2. actually, it closed in december, but papa's bakery, in eastie next to santarpio's, has closed. windows all papered over, but no info or signage saying anything.

                    1. Just got word that the Seaport Bar and Grille on the Waterfront closed their doors for good a few nights ago.

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                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        the atlantic beer garden guys are taking it over.

                      2. Quick update: Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale will NOT be opening in downtown Boston tomorrow. Their opening date has been pushed back to sometime during the last week of January.

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                        1. re: hiddenboston

                          apparently due to "delayed delivery of decor"? lol. what?

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            Maybe the shoeshine stand is coming from Minnesota and the planes were all stuck to the ground? :-b

                            1. re: hiddenboston

                              I guess no one should be surprised when a new restaurant doing major renovations to a space experiences extensive delays to its projected opening (see Coppa), but I have to admit this is the first time I've heard, "The snow ate my homework."


                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                so, they are waiting for fishnet stockinged-leg lamps ? missing decor does not delay opening the doors. do their investors have ANY hair left to pull out?

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  LOL! I believe they can get those at Newbury Comics. :-D

                              2. re: hotoynoodle

                                Aren't they getting some amazing bar from the UK?

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  I thought they are waiting on an amazing bar from the UK...

                                  1. re: Trumpetguy

                                    They were definitely waiting on the bar and it is now in place. I was in there earlier this week and to be honest, it looks amazing. A couple more final touches and hopefully they can make their mid January opening date.

                                    1. re: WestOnTheRight

                                      The menu does look amazing, I must say. The only odd thing I noted was a rabbit dish, that seemed to include a "rabbi mousse." I'm kind of hoping it was a typo...

                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                          And worse than the cannibalism, they used a possessive comma incorrectly on the "Entrees" heading.

                                          1. re: nsenada

                                            Oh no, I'm gonna have to boycott this place.

                                            Not that most people here care, but 29 Newbury is closed til the 14th (I think) for renovations. Didn't they do that fairly recently?