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Jun 1, 2010 07:16 AM

June openings and closings

Yup, it's June already, so it's time for a new monthly list of openings and closings!

A few openings that come to mind--Alma Nove in Hingham should be opening this month, as will The Haven in Jamaica Plain, Journeyman in Somerville, and Andale Express near the Aquarium.

As far as closings, Jake's Dixie Roadhouse in Waltham closed last night, and I'm almost 100% sure that The Alchemist in JP is now closed, though I haven't been able to confirm that.

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  1. I thought I was at the last nite of the Alchemist on Sun. but people were outside when I drove by Mon. at midnite. Maybe it was an employee party. Fish n chips were decent, slaw too mayo-y, salad with goat cheese croquette very good, okay mussels. But a review is moot at this point I guess.

    I still can't believe Jake's closed. Was there some personal issue? Who's got the bbq market in Waltham?

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    1. re: Joanie

      Hey, Joanie. Health issues were involved in the decision to close Jake's. I believe another restaurant may be moving into that spot, but no other info at this time. As far as where to go around there for BBQ, Bison County is one option, but I prefer Blue Ribbon, which has a location nearby in West Newton.

    2. Karma in Weymouth closed after being in business for only two months.

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      1. re: hiddenboston


        Someone said they thought Acapulco in JP was closing but it's had the 'open' light on for the last two nites.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Karma opened only like two weeks in Weymouth but promptly sold it. The owners are the people from the famous VNmese sandwich place Hau Giang Restaurant. They have been looking to reopen right across the street on Dot Ave but construction on hold because of credit crunch.

            1. re: joebloe

              I'd actually bumped into the owner awhile back at the South Shore Plaza and she told me that she had opened another location for a few months after getting kicked out but the rent was tripled of what they used to pay.

              She told me that if she found the right price location she would open up again. I'd given her my card to give me a call when she does for I told her I'd truly missed their food and all the other vietnamese places haven't compare.

            2. re: hiddenboston

              Drove by the other day and saw a sign for the new restaurant, Stockholders (a chops/seafood place) underneath it said a Kevin Haynes or Hynes restaurant). Too much to take in while driving.

            3. A few places that look close to opening in June: The Gallows (fka Sage South End), Sam's Place (at the new Louis Boston), The Haven (fka Zon's), Chez Jacky (fka Zocalo Brighton).

              Got word that Geoffrey's Cafe of Roslindale is shopping for a second location somewhere closer in town. I really liked the South End original, the Back Bay one (currently BarLola) not so much.


              203 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

              2 Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Was discussing this weekend with some Rozzie friends the merits of the "doughnut muffin" at Geoffrey's. That is one yummy baked good.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Looks like The Gallows may have had a soft opening this week, and I saw something about a possible grand opening tomorrow, though I'm trying to confirm.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    While the website itself is kinda ugly, the menu at Sam's look promising. Although they certainly are not venturing off the middle of the fairway, if the food is good, it will be a nice, moderately priced addition to the neighborhood.


                    1. re: Blumie

                      The place is really out of the way. It is in a standalone building toward the back of a huge parking lot to the east of the courthouse. Even with the big signs saying that Louis Boston (and Sam's) is "here," we had a bit of trouble finding it. Nice spot, though, with gorgeous views of the water.

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        We were by there last Saturday before the restaurant opened. Menu was very reasonably priced. WIth that big deck overlooking the harbor I think it's going to be a very popular place on nice days.

                  2. Any word on when Bull (H-Sq, in the old Shilla space) will be opening?

                    1. Just walked by Bostone in Liberty Square - a lady that walked out and handed me a free slice coupon said they were most likely opening Friday. Looks like the ovens are working, there were pizza slices out on the counter, and the front counter seemed stocked with different bags of chips.

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                      1. re: nsenada

                        I had a slice of Bostone pizza the other day from the Liberty square shop. It reminded me of High School cafeteria pizza. I can't fathom why anyone would eat there more than once.