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Mar 1, 2010 03:18 AM

March openings and closings

i think Hiddenboston made a mistake when he put these in the "winter" thread (I got nothing new).

b.good is opening a new location on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay (where Boloco was). Also, they may be looking into another new space on Washington Street in or near Downtown Crossing.

One more: It looks like Buddhachen will open in Brookline next week (where Jae's used to be).

hiddenboston Feb 26, 2010 04:19PM

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  1. My bad, Joanie. Definitely a mistake on my part! (Thanks for posting these here.)

    I have one right off the bat (thanks to Eat Boston and Citysearch Boston for this one): Wu Chon House in Somerville has closed.

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      I just remembered Wu Chon when I was in the area Sat. nite. My first Korean food, sigh.

      1. re: Joanie

        Wow...If I had to pick a Union Square Korean place to close, I would have guessed Buk Kyung.

      2. re: hiddenboston

        Wow, that's really sad about Wu Chon. I'll miss them.

        1. re: Stride

          Ditto. Went there on board recommendation and really enjoyed it.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Oh no! I have to say, wu chon is one of the few Korean places that I think is relatively passable in town! (though since it mostly serves home-style dishes, it probably has the problem that people are more likely to cook them at home; that certainly has been a reason why I haven't ended up there often...) Sad, indeed...

            1. re: another_adam

              another_adam....totally agree with you. Let's hope that Buk Kyung I (aka Hometown) doesn't follow suit. I'm gonna go there this weekend and get my jampong fix.

              1. re: digga

                I gotta admit, Buk Kyung doesn't do much for me, though Myeong Dong 1st Ave in Allston has been consistently quite good when we've been there lately. Definitely not the same kind of place, but they do happen to have some homey stews, like haejang guk. (And a fairly generous al tang, too!)

          2. AKA Bistro, a new restaurant in Lincoln is tentatively scheduled to open arond March 22. This is a collaboration of Christian Touche, the former manager of Clio, and Chef Chris Chung from Uni. The new restaurant will feature Japanese sashimi and traditional Proven├žal fare, presented separately, with respect for each cuisine

            My blog post has lots of additional details and some photos.

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            1. re: RichardA

              WOW. Can't wait to see what Touche and Chung bring to be 'burbs. I wonder if they will take advantage of the awesome local farms in the area????

              1. re: bfree1

                Yes, they told me they will try to purchase what they can from local farms. And will even carry wine fron Turtle Creek winery in Lincoln.

                1. re: RichardA

                  I went on opening night and this restaurant is awesome and will just get better and better. I actually think I have a crush on the restaurant - is that possible?

            2. Per Grub Street Boston, a new place going into One Kendall called Think Tank, presumably a nod to their neighbors in Tech Square who are actually in that business. "Cantabridgian-American", i.e., World Beat cuisine, chef Colin Davis has worked at the Franklin, Toro, and South End Buttery. Locavore, natch. No opening date that I can see.


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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                The piece mentions, oh so specifically, "Think Tank is set to open at the end of April."

                And just my opinion, but Kendall is known for biotech companies, not "think tanks." The Boston/Cambridge area has a few small ones (focusing primarily on environmental and local issues, with a few exceptions like the Union of Concerned Scientists), but think DC stalwarts like Brookings, CSIS, Heritage, CAP, etc. for true examples of the genre.

                1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                  I expect this thread to be a place to relay news of openings/closings as it becomes available this month: we haven't yet gotten to the point where there's an April thread for openings targeted for April, etc.

                  There are plenty of research companies, if not traditional DC-style policy-oriented think tanks, in that neighborhood, and of course the looming presence of MIT. I'd welcome other theories on why they chose that name.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Let's instead discuss whether this style of restaurant is, ahem, stale yet. :). This is on the pretty low end of restaurants taking poetic license in choosing a name.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      And I'm confused. You posted first about Think Tank and mentioned a lack of opening information. I provided that and it happened to be in April. So were you just expecting no one to fill in that piece from Grubstreet regardless of month?

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        And my "oh so specifically " comment was not directed at you but the seemingly endless flexibility of opening dates in general.

                        1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                          Hmm. I guess I was lazy on reading both Grub Street item and the sense of your reply. This wold not be a first! Sorry.


                      2. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                        I think the name is clever enough...though I think Drunk Tank would get my attention more!

                      3. re: MC Slim JB

                        Vincent Conte is one of the partners and the GM, he was formerly the bar manager at Pho Republic and is a great bartender, so expect a fun bar scene

                      4. Uno's in Porter Square closed. No word what will be opening in the space.

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                        1. re: MtVernon

                          Given that the Blockbuster is still empty, and the rest of that building is a half-empty mish-mash I wouldn't hold my breath for anything of value anytime soon. The parking situation makes it tough, and Porter Square certainly doesn't need a chain restaurant...

                          1. re: crazycrazypete

                            I thought Planet Fitness was opening in the Blockbuster spot?

                            1. re: MtVernon

                              Planet Fitness is downstairs in the basement.

                              As for parking, there is actually a fairly large parking area behind that building, as opposed to the demolition derby at the Shaw's.

                              I suspect that Tavern on the Square has been drawing away the folks who used to go to Uno's when it was the only game in town. I haven't liked the food at Uno's since I was in high school, and the outdoor seating was always a bit of a stretch for me - always kept one eye on the traffic waiting for some car to jump the curb...people come flying off that funny turn from Mass Ave. and darn if their cars weren't aimed right for us!

                              I am not happy about a vacant storefront, but the problem is that space with the second level is pretty huge - there are not many non-chains that can likely afford all that square footage.

                              But imagine if Hungry Mother moved there? lolz...

                              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                I'd accept a Yard House, or perhaps a Capital Grill...and there is parking back there but it is a pain in butt - always a jam back there...

                                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                  Tavern on the Square is.... meeeh as far as the food goes. Laminated menu, never the chance for a special from the chef, corporate dictates portion size, down to the plating design - personality of a fencepost, IMHO.

                                  I also would get the deep dish jones occasionally, and would stop in at lunch, usually about 5 people at that Uno's. Hopes for a place with a personality....

                                  1. re: okra

                                    Agree completely, but the bar is big and the TVs are bigger. Uno's' layout was old and rundown in comparison. If I were 23, I would like totally cruise for chicks at the Tav. (Of course, it goes without saying if I were 23, I would not use such outdated slang. ;)

                                    1. re: okra

                                      Have you (or has anyone) got an opinion on their weekend brunch buffet?

                                      1. re: chickendhansak

                                        If it is like the central sq one it is the epitome of mediocre. I end up there now and then when with a decent sized group that can't agree on anything.

                            2. Yesterday, I noticed that ABC Pizza in Central Square is closed. Is this permanent? ABC Pizza was not an ideal slice. I hope that Central Square can one day have a good pizzeria.

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                              1. re: babka eater

                                I was wrong about ABC Pizza. I'm not sure why there was paper on the windows a few days ago but certainly the pizzeria is open for business.