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Apr 1, 2010 11:40 AM

April openings and closings

Well, it's April, so time for a new openings and closings thread!

Bergamot in Somerville and Menton in the Fort Point district are opening over the next couple of days. Garlic N Lemons in Allston was hoping to open today, but now it may be next week or the week after. Dionysos is having their grand reopening in Cambridge, perhaps after Easter.

And then there's Stoddard's......I guess we'll just keep waiting on this one!

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  1. What is Garlic and Lemons in Allston? Where is it going to be?

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    1. re: lmuller

      133 Harvard Ave, a few doors up from the puppy-stomping liquor store and Padaria Bakery -- used to be a little Russian grocery. It's supposedly "Mediterranean-influenced Lebanese," or something like that, but I don't know if they've actually posted a menu anywhere. Think shwarma and grape leaves, I guess.

      1. re: lmuller

        I can't post my article on this site (and it's about the only article with info on the place), but I can tell you that it's going to be a Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurant on Harvard Street where a Russian market used to be. The owner used to work at Aceituna in Cambridge (which remains open). I know that they are going to have shawarma dishes, but other than that, I'm not entirely sure what else will be on the menu.

        Aceituna Cafe
        605 W Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142

        1. re: hiddenboston

          I was handed a menu today while walking down Harvard Ave.. Looks like the usual Mediterranean suspects - tabouleh, fatoush, hummus, grape leabes, baba ghanouj, shwarma, falafel and kabob. The 'specials' section holds interest - Lebanese & Armenian influence including Riz Bi Jaj (rice, ground beef, chicken, fried almonds, pine nuts & yogurt), Malfoof (stuffed cabbage), and Lahmajun (Armenian flat bread.) If I'm in the area again anytime soon, i will check out the Dawood Basha for sure (kefta balls in a tomato based sauce over rice.)

      2. A Panera is supposed to open in April in the West Roxbury plaza that had the Finagle. It's not clear to me if it is going in the Finagle space or somewhere else.

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        1. re: pemma

          It will be where the Blockbusters was, which is a bigger space than Finagle. There's a lot of work being done to the space as they Panerize it. Not sure that area gets enough volume for a Panera to be successful. I give it 18 months. Finagle space is still empty and for lease.

          1. re: nincyh

            Just to clarify, Panera will be going where Hollywood video was, not Blockbuster. I know it is only a minor technicality, but there is a vacant Blockbuster space right down the street and it could be confusing to those who are not immediately in the area.

            1. re: hynespb

              When you're right, you're right. :)
              It's in the old Hollywood Video space and driving by today, it's either open now, or will be in days. Looked like it might be open already.

          2. re: pemma

            For everyone's information, the Panera in West Roxbury Plaze is now open.

          3. Does anyone know anything about Bergamot? What kind of cuisine is it and what is the general price point?

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              1. re: hiddenboston

                BTW, sign in the window I believe says they are open tonight for foolin'.

                Funny homage to EVOO? Appetizer of "Duck, Duck, Duck."

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  Thanks! It looks interesting. And the logo is cute. Some of the "dustings" seem unusual...

              2. Floating Rock Central Square... any week now?

                Floating Rock
                485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

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                1. re: Luther

                  Do you know if they got their liquor license? When we were in Revere last month, it sounded imminent, but I thought the daughter said they weren't opening until June.

                  1. re: Taralli

                    The hearing was imminent (this was a few weeks back). Shooting for June opening.

                    1. re: Aromatherapy

                      Check out their facebook page. Hearing was a few weeks ago, though they didn't post the outcome.

                      1. re: Luther

                        they got their liquor license. construction will start in a few weeks and they plan to open by the end of june

                    2. re: Taralli

                      Is the Revere location still open?

                        1. re: shaebones

                          Their latest FB post says that April will be their last month of operation in Revere, and confirms the "late June" estimate for Cambridge.

                    3. Sign up in the space next to the Fresh Pond Sav-Mor for "organic Japanese food sushi," or something like that.

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                      1. re: Aromatherapy

                        Genki-ya, they have a location in Brookline