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Anyone know what is going in next to American Craft on Beacon Street Brookline?Its freshly painted but the door only says restaurant and bar.

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American Craft
1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

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  1. I was in Publick House Provisions last week when someone stuck their head in to ask the same question of the guy at the register. He was only able to indicate that he thought it was to be an Asian fusion restaurant. Based on the below link, it sounds like it will be called "Umami Restaurant and Bar".

    http://ma.mypublicnotices.com/PublicN...

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    Publick House Provisions
    1706 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

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    1. re: A.A.

      Good research. I feel the "Umami" craze has passed though.

      1. re: NahantNative

        Yeah - that would be like opening a place in May 2010 called "Charcuterie"

        1. re: nsenada

          I care not for crazes and trends. I care only for good food. :)

          I figured that Umami was just a name and not necessarily a menu theme. Either way, I'll give it a go, if only because I live in the neighborhood and like to see empty storefronts filled. (Now if only something would take the old B&D Deli spot.)

          I noticed that the name of the liquor license applicant is the same as a co-owner of Khao Sarn. If it's the same person, that potentially a good sign.

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          Khao Sarn
          250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

          1. re: A.A.

            Yes it is THAT same person.

          2. re: nsenada

            Or Small Plates 'n Cupcakes

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            Small Plates
            56 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          3. re: NahantNative

            I don't know: isn't this like saying the "Salt" craze has passed? I'm thinking umami is going to remain popular for a long time.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Is Umami even proven? I've been under the impression that Kikoman created the theory to boost sales.

              1. re: NahantNative

                Ha, never heard the Kikkoman story! "Fight! Kikkoman", the creepy Flash animation promoting the soy sauce over competitors like ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and mayo is one of my all-time web favorites.

                I think some researcher proved that there are taste buds specifically keyed to function as umami receptors. I know a lot of local chefs who are believers.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                Umami HAS been popular for the entire history of human eating, we just didn't call it umami.

          4. Here's a photo I snapped this morning. http://post.ly/evZd

            Umami is set to open in Brookline on Beacon Street at Washington Square nestled between American Craft and Publik House Provisions.

            I talked to the owners yesterday and they said the menu would be "world cuisine with Asian influence." They hope to open by June 1.

            I am really pleased with the exterior. This was the building that housed The Roadhouse smoker (which was shut down because a smoke filter was not installed, not because of the neighbors). It was one long black gloomy facade taking up the entire block. And now Umami is this cheerful olive green, combined with the dark brown of American Craft, making for a much more pleasant and varied set of storefronts along the block.

            Plus it looks they are planning on outdoor seating, which you can't have too much of.

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            American Craft
            1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

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            1. re: jranft

              Thanks for the update! I love the color and I agree with you that it definitely adds a nice cheerful atmosphere in the surrounding. I lived in the neighborhood for the past 10 years and never found a nice place to sit outside and be comfortable. I hope Umami will do it and who cares about the name as long as the food is good.

              1. re: jranft

                I read an article where the owner mentioned that he did not want to spend big $ on filter system - which would not guarantee a smoke/smell free exhaust. Figured people would still complain, so decided to cut his losses and come up with a different gameplan.

              2. I heard it was going to be more of a Japanese-focussed restaurant. I hope so...no more of this in between cuisine nonsense. Gimme the traditional stuff!

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                1. re: justacook

                  I am with you: "world cuisine with Asian influence" give me a rash.

                2. I've heard that Umami is going to be more Japanese than anything, too. I understand that the owner has poached Khao Sarn's excellent bartender, too. No love lost between those two places.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                  Khao Sarn
                  250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446