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May 3, 2010 07:44 AM

May openings and closings

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

    Tremont Cafe
    418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

    1. 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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      1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

        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?

        The Biltmore
        1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          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.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

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

            East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
            1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          2. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

            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.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

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

              1. re: hiddenboston

                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. 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!

            2 Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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            1. re: Kirs

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

              1. re: Kirs

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


                1. re: hiddenboston

                  Ah, bummer- I kinda liked Wee Angel!

                  1. re: Kirs

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: kimfair1

                      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.

                      1. re: catsmeow

                        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.

                        1. re: kimfair1

                          are we talking about the one in kenmore?

                          1. re: jgg13

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

                            American Legion
                            321 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

                            1. re: catsmeow

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

                              1. re: catsmeow

                                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.

                                1. re: yumyum

                                  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.

                                2. re: catsmeow

                                  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!

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