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hiddenboston May 3, 2010 07:44 AM

Another month bites the dust! What are some Boston-area restaurants that are either opening/closing in May, or what is some news about restaurants that has come out this month? I'll start--a new Irish pub called Grumpy Doyle's is coming to Reading, moving into the space where Emperor's Choice has been, Also, a new New Mexican (and no, that's not a typo) is coming to downtown Salem. It'll be called Howling Wolf Taqueria.

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    9lives May 3, 2010 08:34 AM

    Sal's Pizza is pretty close to opening at 150 Tremont; ground floor of a Suffolk dorm and on the Common.

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    Tremont Cafe
    418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

    1. ChickenBrocandZiti May 3, 2010 10:12 AM

      Does anyone know anything about a new place in the S.E. supposedly to be maned by former East Coast Grill crew members? I'm intrigued by the rumor but can't imagine where it is unless it's The Gallows or the new Flash's offshoot on Harrison.

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        MC Slim JB May 5, 2010 07:24 AM

        I've heard no ECG-Gallows connection: only names I know there were the opening management team at The Biltmore. Is Harry's the place on Harrison?

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

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          ChickenBrocandZiti May 5, 2010 09:11 AM

          I believe Harry's is the name. Rattling my brain trying to figure out where this could be. A friend was at a party recently and spoke with said chef, but she cannot remember the name of the place. The only places I know of that are under construction, and opening soon are The Gallows and Harry's. I can't think of anything else, there are the newly refurbished spots on Tremont and some on Columbus that are empty and there is some sort of building going on across the street from Coppa, but none of those seem ECG related. Probably a bad rumor, but I would love to see some derivation of what happens @ ECG in the SE.

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            iloveporkbelly May 5, 2010 08:52 PM

            The Chef/Owner of the Gallows, Seth Morrison, did indeed work at East Coast Grill back in the day.

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            1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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            MC Slim JB May 20, 2010 07:22 AM

            The Gallows reports on their Facebook page that they "are close to opening". I don't know if this means days or weeks, but work on the space (former Sage) does appear to be progressing rapidly.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              hiddenboston May 20, 2010 07:42 AM

              Seth M. mentioned on his FB page that The Gallows will open in June.

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                UnionPark Jun 1, 2010 04:36 PM

                I just walked by and The Gallows is having a private event tonight (must be a test run). The construction cardboard is off the windows and the restaurant looks ready to go. I did not see a menu on the door, but honestly it is so humid outside that I was racing home to the air conditioning and barely looked.

          3. Kirs May 3, 2010 01:31 PM

            A Scottish restaurant/bar is supposed to be opening up where Zon's used to be (Heard rumors that it might be called Wee Angel). When I talked to the owner he said he was aiming for mid-May. I'm psyched for another restaurant to open up in that area. I miss Zon's so!

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            Zon's
            2 Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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              autopi May 3, 2010 01:43 PM

              yes, too bad about zon's. i particularly liked their burgers. any idea if the chef/owner(s) have new ventures planned?

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                hiddenboston May 3, 2010 02:02 PM

                It's actually going to be called The Haven rather than Wee Angel. The owner recently decided to change the name.

                http://twitter.com/thehavenjp

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                  Kirs May 3, 2010 02:35 PM

                  Ah, bummer- I kinda liked Wee Angel!

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                  trufflehound May 3, 2010 06:11 PM

                  Mmmmm. Haggis

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                    Fly May 4, 2010 12:56 PM

                    I heard they're going to be wine/beer only. Is that true? Seems like a huge miss for a, well, Scotch restaurant.

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                    kimfair1 May 3, 2010 02:12 PM

                    A work buddy and I walked down to Popeye's the other day (I was having a hankering for their great red beans and rice), and it was closed with a sign saying they would reopen after employee training finished on 4/19/10. This was on 4/30/10. Does anyone know if they are closed permanently?

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                      catsmeow May 5, 2010 06:13 PM

                      I've been wondering too. I just looked on the Popeyes web site and it's not listed. I guess they're gone for good.

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                        kimfair1 May 5, 2010 08:39 PM

                        That's too bad as it seems to have been an issue with the building, since it was packed every single time I was in there.

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                          jgg13 May 6, 2010 12:18 PM

                          are we talking about the one in kenmore?

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                            catsmeow May 6, 2010 01:25 PM

                            Yes. Kenmore is closed. There's still one in Roslindale on American Legion Hwy that opened about a year ago.

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                            321 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

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                              kimfair1 May 10, 2010 06:18 AM

                              Unfortunately I can't walk to that one from work for lunch for my red beans and rice fix. :~(

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                                yumyum May 27, 2010 11:56 AM

                                This is sad news indeed. I love Popeye's and even though I'd go only once or twice a year (when my arteries were feeling especially squeaky clean) I will miss their red beans and rice. And Cajun Sparkle. Dang.

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                                  snippet Aug 16, 2010 07:57 AM

                                  Hasn't been a Popeye's out my way in ages. Missed the beans and rice but found a recipe for it on one of the recipe clone sites which I've made several times. Very simple and tastes just like Popeye's.

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                                  ZantiMissKnit Jun 8, 2010 06:14 AM

                                  I am so glad to hear there is a Popeye's near my house, although my pants may not be so glad after a few biscuits. Thank you for the tip!

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                                    nsenada Jul 1, 2010 09:34 AM

                                    Here's the sad postscript: http://www.boston.com/news/local/mass...

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                          jjbourgeois May 4, 2010 12:45 PM

                          Drity Dogs, Burgers and More is now open on Hancock St. in Quincy.

                          1. galangatron May 4, 2010 01:02 PM

                            a new cambodian restaurant called thmor da (loosely translated as "the stones") has opened in the old floating rock location on shirley ave in revere

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                              hiddenboston May 4, 2010 01:29 PM

                              Can't find anything about thmor da online. If anyone goes, could you grab a menu and let us know what's on it? I'll try to get there over the coming days if I have a chance....

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                                galangatron May 4, 2010 08:27 PM

                                the menu is similar to floating rock (with a few additions and omissions)

                            2. Eatin in Woostah May 4, 2010 04:48 PM

                              Looks like Krazy Karry's in Arlington is closed. Don't know if this happened in May or April - maybe I'm just slow to notice.

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                              319 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

                              1. Joanie May 5, 2010 04:28 AM

                                I saw a Yelp email about Pavement Cafe on Boylston around Berklee, opened mid April. Have I missed the talk about it? First I've heard of it.

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                                  hiddenboston May 5, 2010 06:36 AM

                                  Yup, Pavement recently opened in the old drum shop that was in that block. They are connected with Bagel Rising and Espresso Royale. Haven't been yet, but I really like Espresso Royale, so I'm thinking (hoping) this might be a good place to check out.

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                                    bostonbroad May 5, 2010 08:04 AM

                                    There was a short review / article about it in today's Boston Globe G:
                                    http://www.boston.com/ae/food/restaur...

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                                      edgewater May 5, 2010 12:23 PM

                                      The name of the falafel wrap place on Route 9 West in Natick across from Scrub a Dub is Victor's Falafel Wraps. Someone asked the name quite some time ago. I think if opened in April. I have not been there but finally remembered to look for the name yesterday.

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                                        Gordough May 5, 2010 12:40 PM

                                        That was me. I also started a separate thread on Victor's a few weeks ago and no one responded. I still haven't had a chance to try it yet.

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                                          jphound May 5, 2010 05:15 PM

                                          Went to Tostado today in JP (Jackson Square). Apparently it opened 3 days ago. Seems like a great addition to the area--a little bit nicer than the other takeouts around without loosing the neighborhood character. I had a Dominican cheese tostado, which was good, though not earth shatteringly so and fairly priced ($4.99 for a huge sandwich). My husband had a limonada con fresa which was also very nice. Service was friendly, slow and mostly Spanish-speaking.

                                  2. MC Slim JB May 6, 2010 11:39 AM

                                    This belongs in a "opening some time this summer" thread, but it's pretty exciting news for North Shore folks: a second outlet of Cafe Polonia opening in Salem, MA, next to the Upper Crust at 118 Washington Street, and much bigger than the Andrews Square original, something like 100 seats.

                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                    611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

                                    1. Joanie May 10, 2010 05:42 AM

                                      I saw that Globe on Boylston St. was open again, not sure if this was in another thread. Didn't look at a menu but everything else looked the same.

                                      1. hiddenboston May 11, 2010 06:41 AM

                                        According to their website, Think Tank is planning on opening in Cambridge (Kendall Square) sometime this month.

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                                          jgg13 May 11, 2010 01:30 PM

                                          do you know of any place that has info on think tank? the site is ubergeneric right now, in a way that makes me think that I'll never want to go there - but i know sometime these spots put the lame placeholders in.

                                          edit: errr - nm, your website works for me ;)

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                                            hiddenboston May 11, 2010 01:47 PM

                                            Grub Street has a bit of info on the place, though no one really seems to have a ton of information on the place (myself included).

                                            http://boston.grubstreet.com/2010/03/...

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                                              Taralli May 11, 2010 01:57 PM

                                              I think Improper has a blurb.

                                          2. Luther May 11, 2010 01:09 PM

                                            Any word on Floating Rock Cambridge or Sichuan Gourmet Brookline?

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                                            485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

                                            Sichuan Gourmet
                                            502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

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                                              Berheenia May 11, 2010 01:18 PM

                                              Many words about Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline
                                              It opened May 2.
                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/688646

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                                                Luther May 12, 2010 12:32 AM

                                                Thanks, I totally missed that. Looks like a full review of the standards is in order.

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                                                hiddenboston May 11, 2010 01:44 PM

                                                I believe Floating Rock is looking to open in Cambridge in June.

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                                                  galangatron May 12, 2010 07:14 AM

                                                  floating rock is planning to open in late june/early july

                                                2. tatsu May 12, 2010 02:07 AM

                                                  Looks like the second Genki-Ya is scheduled to open at Fresh Pond around May 20th. Never tried the Brookline location but it gets generally favorable reviews. I've heard it's Chinese-run. (Name is a bit Sino-Japlish, like Oishii.) It's squeezed in between the liquor store and a bank in the new building where The Ground Round used to stand. (By Trader Joes and CVS.)

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                                                    blink617 May 16, 2010 06:50 AM

                                                    Genki-Ya has some pretty good sushi. Not a great choice for traditionalists, but if you like brown rice and/or an astonishing variety of rolls (including many fruit/veg options), it's worth a visit.

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                                                      VintageMolly May 19, 2010 06:47 PM

                                                      Genki-Ya is now open. Went on a quick CVS run, and noticed it was open, not sure if tonight was opening night or not.

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                                                        hiddenboston May 20, 2010 06:50 AM

                                                        Yup, Genki Ya in Cambridge now has a "Grand Opening" sign on the back (front?) door.

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                                                          kobuta May 20, 2010 07:40 PM

                                                          Where is this again?

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                                                            MC Slim JB May 20, 2010 11:30 PM

                                                            Fresh Pond, back behind where the Ground Round used to be, a newish strip mall.

                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                            1500 S Willow St, Manchester, NH 03103

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                                                              jajjguy May 25, 2010 04:01 PM

                                                              I gave the new Genki-ya an abbreviated test run today at lunch and was quite pleased. I'll give a proper report soon.

                                                      2. galangatron May 12, 2010 07:18 AM

                                                        lu's sandwich shop has moved inside pho hoa restaurant on beach street in chinatown

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                                                          hiddenboston May 12, 2010 07:42 AM

                                                          Lu's used to be across the way from Pho Hoa, no? Never been there....

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                                                            galangatron May 12, 2010 08:03 AM

                                                            yes

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                                                              tatsu May 12, 2010 10:58 AM

                                                              I always wondered if Lu's was the outgrowth of the stall inside the supermarket from around the 2001-2. Those were my favorite Banh Mi. They were a dollar, any kind of filling. I'd get 2 and be kinda full, with breadcrumbs absolutely everywhere. Happy days.

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                                                                nsenada May 13, 2010 10:11 AM

                                                                Yes, those were my favorite, too, when it was in the Thai Binh market (now C-Mart). I had heard it was the same people, but I just didn't like it as much at the new location. I pretty much only go to 163 for Banh Mi in Chinatown these days

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                                                            litchick May 19, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                            THANK YOU for this tip. I was totally bummed the other day when I was hankering for Lu's without fulfillment. Instead, I ended up with a terrible and boring bahn mi from 163 Vietnamese Sandwich, made by a woman who seemed filled with annoyance at me bothering her. Lame.

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                                                            66 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

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                                                              StriperGuy May 30, 2010 08:58 AM

                                                              Have you tried Mei Sum. Best Bahn Mi in beantown if if you ask me.

                                                          3. ChickenBrocandZiti May 12, 2010 03:15 PM

                                                            There is a new sandwich shop opened in Jackson Sq. in JP called Tostada. Looks like it could be an interesting cheap eats option though I've never been in and don't know anything about the menu. Sounds like a good target for a MC Sim JB Phoenix piece. Anyone know anything?

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                                                              Joanie May 13, 2010 04:24 AM

                                                              There was discussion about this and the Tostada on Washington St. in Roslindale, which I still haven't been to.

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                                                                MC Slim JB May 13, 2010 03:08 PM

                                                                If I'm not mistaken, it's actually Tostado, which refers to the Dominican sandwich they feature.

                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                            2. mangorita May 13, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                              Reggio Italian Ristorante and Catering are hoping to open their new location on rte 53 in Norwell (42 Washington St-- next to Taco Bell in the old Pizza Hut/53 South space) at the end of May according to their website: http://reggioitalian.com/

                                                              They were formerly located on Rte 18 in Weymouth.

                                                              1. hiddenboston May 13, 2010 11:34 AM

                                                                Typhoon Restaurant in the Back Bay is going to be opening a new spot in The Launch at Hingham Shipyard. It'll be called Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge. Looks like a late-summer opening.

                                                                1. nsenada May 13, 2010 11:45 AM

                                                                  I wonder when the new Uburger near the common is going to open. Looks like a B. Good is opening on Washington Street near Pi Alley.

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                                                                    Gordough May 13, 2010 03:04 PM

                                                                    I too wonder about the Park Street Uburger. It's still listed on their site as "coming soon" but I have not heard a thing about it since it was announced.

                                                                    and who the heck is eating at all these B. Goods? Whenever I drive by the one in Brookline on Harvard St. (across from Ana's) it is always dead. Yet they keep opening locations by the month it seems.

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                                                                      nsenada May 13, 2010 03:14 PM

                                                                      I'm waiting for the B. Good to arrive so I can pronounce it, like the others "meh" on arrival. I did see some work being done inside the uburger space, but it looked to be pretty bare

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                                                                        hiddenboston May 14, 2010 06:15 AM

                                                                        For what it's worth, someone on the UBurger Facebook page posted that it looks like late July or early August for their opening. Haven't been able to confirm this yet....

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                                                                          jgg13 May 15, 2010 01:27 PM

                                                                          Im going to be so fat when that park st uburger goes in

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                                                                      marcreichman May 14, 2010 04:21 AM

                                                                      I was walking by Istanbu'lu yesterday on the way home. I asked a guy who was working outside (looked owner-ish) when they were planning on opening and he said Saturday. I am looking forward to checking it out.

                                                                      1. hiddenboston May 14, 2010 07:35 AM

                                                                        Tasty Burger (love that name!) is planning on opening at the corner of Boylston Street and Yawkey Way just south of Fenway Park.

                                                                        1. Berheenia May 15, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                          Olecito on Cypress St Brookline has sign in the window saying "OPEN MONDAY"

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                                                                            Mr Bigglesworth May 15, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                                            Wow! I thought they were going to give Stoddard's a run for the money for most overdue opening!

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                                                                              Mr Bigglesworth May 17, 2010 05:15 PM

                                                                              Olecito in Brookline has finally opened! I had the tasty carnitas and baja tacos. Life is good.

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                                                                          2. MC Slim JB May 15, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                            Not sure why I posted this earlier today in the "March openings" thread, but to repost:

                                                                            Not certain it's new or just new-to-me, but I noticed what looks like a new churrascaria where I remember the old Cafe Belo being once upon a time on Somerville Ave not far from Market Basket: Mix Flavor Grill, or something like that. Anyone know this place?

                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                              itaunas May 19, 2010 10:31 AM

                                                                              MC that was most recently a Cafe Belo, but not the "old Cafe Belo." Its in a restaurant space which was attached to the original location of Bar Brasil (now called Samba Bar). So you could call it the "old Bar Brasil." It got relaunched once as a bar only, then as a restaurant (Mar e Terra or maybe that was later) that tried combining both spaces. Then I think the bar space became retail (Brazilian gospel books, cds, clothing), I think something opened in the restaurant and then briefly as the Belo. None of the bar/restaurants have succeeded since BB. The Mix Flavor Grill is similar to another suburban restaurant name, but I think its different ownership. They were advertising in Brazilian media for staff about a month ago, so they are probably pretty close to opening. Permitting has seemed to take forever for that location in the past. The advertising probably used stock photos, so I can't say much about it.

                                                                              Cafe Belo a long time ago had a take-out only outlet on the corner of School Street. It had a bad kitchen fire though, and since then has reopened under a number of different ownerships. One of them was an excellent option for delivery food, until the quality dropped off. I think there is a Brazilian restaurant still operating there, but its been closed whenever I have been past. BTW the Belos in Framingham, Somerville, and Everett are all back open after their various scrapes with local government. I think they have said they will rebuild Allston, but I wouldn't hold my breath. In any case they should be in good shape going into the World Cup. If you want something different in Somerville, the Portuguese club on Marshall was serving Brazilian food again as of a month ago (I think both Brazilian and Portuguese plates of the day type offerings) but that can change moment-to-moment.

                                                                              In other Somerville news what was Mr B's on Cross Street reopened a while back with a similar name "B's Restaurant and Grill" or something.

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                                                                              Duster17 May 17, 2010 06:28 AM

                                                                              Sign at the closed Luigi's in Wayland: Primebar Grill opening soon

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                                                                                hiddenboston May 17, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                                                Yeah, I've already seen several job postings for Primebar Grill online. At least one of the postings mentioned that it is "privately owned and operated," so perhaps it isn't connected with the group behind Grassfields, Jimmy's, and Luigi's after all.

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                                                                                Taralli May 17, 2010 06:39 AM

                                                                                613 Mount Auburn, Watertown: Folks from Sevan Bakery are developing something at this vacant storefront between the hairdressing salon & Tv place.

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                                                                                  Taralli Jun 4, 2010 06:16 AM

                                                                                  Looked at the permit in the window this morning, & it said take-out restaurant. Can't wait for more Armenian treats.

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                                                                                    bear Jun 4, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                    Good news. That should be something to look forward to.

                                                                                2. hiddenboston May 17, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                  Someone just told me that the name of the upcoming brasserie and comedy spot in Davis Square is going to be Foundry. Can anyone confirm this? Sounds like there might be a "coming soon" sign in front of the place now.

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                                                                                    msackton May 17, 2010 03:42 PM

                                                                                    I just walked by there an hour ago, and there is a sign on the door saying "The Foundry". And I think it said Fall 2010, but now I can't remember.

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                                                                                      winecafe95 May 17, 2010 07:00 PM

                                                                                      Any news on Yak and Yeti for an opening date in Ball Square?

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                                                                                        buelow May 24, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                        Yak & Yeti opens today, May 24.

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                                                                                          Parsnipity May 27, 2010 07:03 AM

                                                                                          Walked by last night and it was pretty full. We thought about eating, but honestly it was 85 degrees in there and part of why we were going out was to get somewhere cool. They need to get better AC. We took a menu which looks pretty heavy on the standard Indian dishes, and the prices were mostly in the $11 range for veggie options and $12-13 for meat dishes. A Nepali set meal with appetizer, entree, lentils, rice, chutney and tea was $18 or 19. We'll go when it's cooler out. Anyone been?

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                                                                                            msackton May 27, 2010 05:32 PM

                                                                                            Went tonight. My DC and I split veggie mo-mos, a pumpkin nepali dish, and chana paneer. Foodwise I'd say it is comparable to Namaskar (which is our favorite Indian place in the area) or Martsa on Elm.

                                                                                            Atmosphere is fairly cheery and certainly not a hole-in-the-wall kind of feel. A bit noisy. I'd certainly recommend it if your in the neighborhood.

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                                                                                            236 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                                                                                            Martsa On Elms
                                                                                            233A Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                                                                                        hiddenboston May 17, 2010 07:13 PM

                                                                                        Great, thanks!

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                                                                                      9lives May 18, 2010 09:14 AM

                                                                                      Few pizza and burger updates...

                                                                                      Bostone Pizza/Financial District looks completed and should open soon.

                                                                                      Sal's Pizza..150 Tremont..still few weeks; though they are cooking pizza for the construction crew.

                                                                                      U Burger..few doors away..not progressing quickly

                                                                                      B Good..new store on Washington, near Borders

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                                                                                        Alcachofa May 19, 2010 10:03 AM

                                                                                        Whereabouts will the Bostone Pizza be?

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                                                                                          nsenada May 19, 2010 12:40 PM

                                                                                          Liberty Square, near the Boston Kabob House - I've been casing the joint for a while.

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                                                                                            9lives May 19, 2010 03:59 PM

                                                                                            My plan the other day was a slice at Bostone (walked by Sat and they looked open but closed for the day)and a walk to Galleria Umberto for more pizza, but Bostone was closed. I went early and on my way back I saw a long line; maybe 15 people outside of Boston Kebab at a few mins before noon. Is that the usual?

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                                                                                              nsenada May 20, 2010 07:18 AM

                                                                                              Yes - that place always has a ridiculous line for the "make your own salad" area. I usually either get a kebab sandwich, or put together a sampler from the mezze bar (love the zucchini and artichoke fritters, eggplant dip with mayo, and anything else fried) which also has the same salad items that people inexplicably line up for.

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                                                                                                Alcachofa May 20, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                I've never made it into Boston Kebab, because once I'm in that area, I just figure I might as well go to Sultan's Kitchen. Did not know they had a mezze bar though.

                                                                                                9: a pizza to pizza lunch. Sounds good.

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                                                                                                116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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                                                                                                  Kinopio May 21, 2010 04:09 PM

                                                                                                  Boston Kebab is great. The Mezze usually doesn't have a line, but I go before noon just to be safe. I love getting a ton of veggies and eating them with their delicious baba ghanouj.

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                                                                                        damneddemand May 19, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                                                        Noticed today that the signage is up for deuxave in the spot formerly occupied by Panificio on the corner of Mass and Comm Ave in the Back Bay. Anyone have any updates/info? A quick googling reveals it's being opened by the owner(s) of dbar, and by the looks of this craigslist post they are going after the fancy-schmancy set:

                                                                                        http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/fbh/...

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                                                                                        144 Charles St, Boston, MA

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                                                                                          litchick May 21, 2010 03:27 PM

                                                                                          I wish them luck, but that spot seems cursed....

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                                                                                          phonelady May 20, 2010 07:06 AM

                                                                                          Jake's Dixie Roadhouse, Waltham will close 5/31

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                                                                                            Joanie May 20, 2010 11:41 AM

                                                                                            I find this surprising, any more word on that?

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                                                                                              owen_meany May 20, 2010 11:51 AM

                                                                                              Apparently it's due to family/health issues according to this:

                                                                                              http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                phonelady May 20, 2010 12:29 PM

                                                                                                Was also on wickedlocal.com/waltham

                                                                                            2. hiddenboston May 20, 2010 10:31 AM

                                                                                              I just noticed on Craigslist that a higher-end tapas-style Mexican place is opening in South Boston, and it will be featuring more than 100 different tequilas. No name and no address, though. Anyone hear anything about this?

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                                                                                                MC Slim JB May 20, 2010 01:07 PM

                                                                                                I'm guessing that's Papa Gallo, from Legendary Restaurant Group (Max & Dylan's, Scollay Square, Tavern on the Water), 283 Summer Street in Fort Point. That's the old Persephone / Achilles Project space.

                                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                21 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

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                                                                                                  hiddenboston May 20, 2010 01:15 PM

                                                                                                  I believe you're correct! I just saw this on Universal Hub:

                                                                                                  http://www.universalhub.com/2010/seap...

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                                                                                                joth68 May 21, 2010 07:18 AM

                                                                                                Not a restaurant closing exactly, but Peter Ungar of the Dining Alternative is moving to France to work a kitchen in Paris. The last Chefs Table will be in June. I consider a big loss to the Boston scene considering the one chefs table I attended was one of the best meals I have ever had.

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                                                                                                18 Fellsway W, Somerville, MA 02145

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                                                                                                  globalgourmand May 25, 2010 08:34 AM

                                                                                                  I agree-- its a huge loss. Perhaps he'll be back in the future though. I remain hopeful. Until then, I look forward to my last Chef's Table with him this weekend.

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                                                                                                    joth68 May 25, 2010 12:43 PM

                                                                                                    Lucky you! By the time I saw that email come out there was only 1 spot left. I considered going by myself but my s.o. would have killed me.

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                                                                                                  cindywho May 21, 2010 08:36 AM

                                                                                                  Heard on LJ that Istanbul'lu is open in Teele Square, Somerville as a reincarnation of Cafe Istanbul - Can't wait to get over there...

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                                                                                                  Somerville, MA, Somerville, MA

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                                                                                                    hiddenboston May 21, 2010 08:59 AM

                                                                                                    Yup, they told me earlier this week that they opened on Monday, but they were just open for breakfast and lunch at the time. Not sure when Istanbul'lu will start opening for dinner.

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                                                                                                      marcreichman May 21, 2010 05:09 PM

                                                                                                      They have a big sign out front that says "Breakfast all day". They seem to be open when I'm coming home from work (around 6pm) so maybe they just stay open all day serving the same menu.

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                                                                                                        Joanie May 22, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                        I happened to walk by there today, saw the interesting sounding breakfast items on the menu. All around $7-9 Can't remember the names but definitely not run of the mill.

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                                                                                                          marcreichman May 22, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                                                                          Agreed on the menu perusal. Prices did seem a touch high but hopefully the quality will match.

                                                                                                    2. jgg13 May 21, 2010 12:06 PM

                                                                                                      Canteen, in the old friendly eating place spot between central & harvard has their soft opening tomorrow

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                                                                                                        Jenny Ondioline May 22, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                                                                        Universal Hub reports that the Sports Depot (corner of Harvard and Cambridge in Allston) is closing down for the second time in less than a decade. It's turning into a Pizzeria Regina.

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                                                                                                        353 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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                                                                                                          Joanie May 24, 2010 03:43 AM

                                                                                                          Hmm, I always assumed they did pretty well but I haven't been there in years. Too many other places with a ton of sports on TV now?

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                                                                                                            jody May 24, 2010 08:44 AM

                                                                                                            I hadn't been for years, but went there to watch NCAA tournament on a Sunday afternoon in March and it was totally empty.

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                                                                                                              L2k May 24, 2010 01:50 PM

                                                                                                              last time I was there was Day 1 of the NCAA tournament in 2009 (Thursday) and the place was rocking. Late afternoon, even.

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                                                                                                            MtVernon May 25, 2010 01:25 PM

                                                                                                            The whole space is going to be a Pizzeria Regina? Seems like a huge space for a pizza joint.

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                                                                                                              Jenny Ondioline May 25, 2010 01:42 PM

                                                                                                              Function rooms, maybe?

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                                                                                                                Eatin in Woostah May 30, 2010 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                Or another Polcari's.

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                                                                                                                309 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA 01801

                                                                                                          3. hiddenboston May 24, 2010 06:42 AM

                                                                                                            Zocalo is reopening in the Back Bay of Boston after closing its Brighton location earlier this month. The owner posted on my Facebook page that they are taking over the old Stix location, which is confusing, as Stix is still open in the Back Bay. I'm waiting to hear back from him to clarify this....

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                                                                                                            203 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

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                                                                                                              damneddemand May 24, 2010 07:01 AM

                                                                                                              Maybe he means 33? They did close.

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                                                                                                                hiddenboston May 24, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                Y'know, I was just thinking that myself. Perhaps that's what he meant. Either way, hopefully he'll get back to me to clarify this.

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                                                                                                                  almansa May 29, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                  No, he means STIX. He told me as we both stood outside the restaurant and discussed it. I don't get it either, but I'm looking forward to it. It should be open within 2 weeks.

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                                                                                                              purple bot May 24, 2010 05:46 PM

                                                                                                              Saw the sign at Acapulco in JP being taken down today... is it closing? Anyone know?

                                                                                                              1. hiddenboston May 25, 2010 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                Anyone hear anything about Guru the Caterer in Somerville opening a second location?

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                                                                                                                1297 Broadway, Somerville, MA

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                                                                                                                  bobot May 25, 2010 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                  Pushp has been trying to open in Boston for months, but has had problems getting all the permits straightened out. I think it's a location near Downtown Crossing, but it's been a while since I talked to him about it.

                                                                                                                2. MC Slim JB May 25, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                  Saw on Universal Hub today that Ka Carlos in Uphams Corner is no more, alas, a consequence of gun violence there last summer that killed their chef. http://www.universalhub.com/2010/double-murder-uphams-corner-restaurant-claims-anot . I really liked their Cape Verdean food, though it had been a while since I'd been back.

                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                    itaunas May 26, 2010 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                    Ka Carlos had some kind of closing bash on the last weekend and then their equipment was auctioned off the next week (maybe even the next day). I think the space was still left configured for a restaurant (with ducting, bathrooms, access etc), but there would be resistance to another bar there and aside from the basics everything there was being sold. I think this all happened about 6 weeks ago, I think its just popping up because of the licensing hearing.

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                                                                                                                    lc02139 May 25, 2010 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                    Just drove by Mass. Ave by Lake street in East Arlington there is a sign in the window on the corner saying Camelias was comming soon anyone have any details??

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                                                                                                                      marcreichman May 26, 2010 04:13 AM

                                                                                                                      I believe it's Comellas? This was Monroe Salt Works. I referred to it in the April thread.

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                                                                                                                        hiddenboston May 26, 2010 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                        Definitely Comella's. This will be their 6th location in the Boston area.

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                                                                                                                        1302 Washington St, Newton, MA 02465

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                                                                                                                      catsmeow May 25, 2010 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                      Serinos has closed it's retail operation in Hyde Park but is keeping it's wholesale operation open.

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                                                                                                                        Fly May 26, 2010 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                        The storefront in the same building as Carey's Catch on the Lexington/Arlington line promises "Jackson's Kitchen" and comfort food, "Opening soon". It looks like a prepared meals type of place.

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                                                                                                                          Parsnipity May 27, 2010 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                          Anyone know if Spun near the Powderhouse rotary is closed for good? The shades have been down every time I've gone by, but I asked the owner at East Asia last night and he didn't think they'd closed. It sure looks closed to me though, and I feel partly responsible for having ragged on their name so much...

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                                                                                                                          868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

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                                                                                                                            SaraASR May 27, 2010 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                            I'm pretty sure they've been closed for a while, but not 100%.

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                                                                                                                              joth68 May 27, 2010 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                              I think they keep their shades down when it is sunny out. I drove by there last week in the evening and the shades were up there were people inside.

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                                                                                                                                Parsnipity May 28, 2010 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                http://spunyogurt.com/1652.html

                                                                                                                                According to their website, they are indeed open. It looked so closed on Wed night that I didn't think to actually try the door. They might want to consider this-- they lost our business.

                                                                                                                            2. hiddenboston May 27, 2010 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                              The new Santarpio's in Peabody has had their opening pushed back to July.

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                                                                                                                                scottdrums Jun 6, 2010 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                Santarpio's in peabody cool... did not hear about this where abouts?

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                                                                                                                                  hiddenboston Jun 7, 2010 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                  It is going into the old Bennigans spot on Route 1.

                                                                                                                              2. Alcachofa May 27, 2010 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                Not sure where to ask this, sorry, but where would I find out if Pressed Sandwich's assets are being auctioned/sold off?

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                                                                                                                                  skasi May 29, 2010 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  boston restaurant group, charlie perkins has them for sale. they are listed on his website.

                                                                                                                                2. galangatron May 31, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                  pho hoa has opened a branch on pleasant street in malden

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                                                                                                                                    Eatin in Woostah May 31, 2010 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                    Wow, thanks for the tip! We are in desperate need of some decent pho north of town.

                                                                                                                                  2. Beachowolfe May 31, 2010 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                    Saus on Union street looked to be coming along when I peaked in the other day. It's going into the space that was previously a homeless shelter/liquor store. Read somewhere online that it will be Belgian street food.

                                                                                                                                    With Belgian street food, Union Oyster house, and McDonald's on one street in Faneuil Hall I can't imagine why anyone would venture all the way out to the south end.

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                                                                                                                                      marcreichman May 31, 2010 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                      Kayuga II has turned into Midami Asian Cuisine in Arlington Center. The menu is the same, the prices seem ever-so-slightly higher, and the food is the same average-to-good quality.

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                                                                                                                                      1030 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                                                                                                                                      1. hiddenboston May 31, 2010 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                        Just talked with someone at Jake's Dixie Roadhouse in Waltham, and it's official--they close their doors for good tonight.

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