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Aug 1, 2010 06:26 PM

August Openings and Closings

Anyone hear of any restaurants opening or closing this month (or beyond, for that matter)?

A few potential openings I'm wondering about, since I haven't heard much about them lately: Harry's on Harrison's (South End), Pasta Beach (Waterfront), Doc's Long Wharf (Waterfront) Cafe Polonia (Salem). Anyone hear anything about these lately?

Cafe Polonia
611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

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  1. Speaking of Cafe Polonia, Zaps on Brighton Ave in Allston -- run by friends of the Polonia owners -- has been "closed for renovations" for several weeks.

    Cafe Polonia
    611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      The Zaps website is gone (and in fact crashed my computer with some little Java issue--avoid the site) and their phone number has been disconnected, so my guess is, "renovations" means new restaurant or other business coming.

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Yeah, I've seen a sign up on the inside door saying they were closed due to "technical issues," but yesterday I saw a sign on the outside door and a building permit posted. Unfortunately, I was passing by in a car & not able to stop to read anything.

    2. Any chance Pasta Beach is related to the one in Newport?

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      1. re: trufflehound

        It is indeed connected with the Newport one.

        By the way, Back Bay Social Club opened in the old Vinny T's spot on Boylston Street over the weekend.

        1. re: hiddenboston

          Are the picketers gone? There were a few in front early last week

          1. re: L2k

            Picketers? What were they picketing?

            1. re: hiddenboston

              I'm going to guess there was non-union workers doing the buildout.

          2. re: hiddenboston

            I checked out Back Bay Social Club last Thursday and gave a few of their apps a shot. I would advise waiting to check it out until the kinks are worked out....I couldn't recommend one item- but then that's to be expected at this point I suppose.

        2. Does anyone know when Santarpios is opening in Peabody? I thought I read it was going to be in August.

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          1. re: pumpkin2

            What were the picketers picketing against?

            1. re: MParente

              Not a permanent closing but I was at the UBurger on Comm Ave near the Brighton line (not the Kenmore location) and saw a sign that said they were closing for two weeks in the beginning of August.

            2. re: pumpkin2

              Was at a family party yesterday with someone who works at the Boston Santarpio's and he said "mid August". He couldn't be more specific than that.


            3. Just read in Scene( a waterfont magazine) that the old La Brace/Paesan's spot on Salem St. in the North End is going to be Caffe Nuovo La Pasteria serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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              1. re: phatchris

                Just before going over the Fore River Bridge(towards Hull) there is new lobster place opening where the plumbing supply was(and before that a bakery). There was a big sign in the window that it was coming soon. Anyone know anything more?

                1. re: catsmeow

                  Which place is it moving into? Atlantic Appliance Parts? Chenette Plumbing is still around, isn't it?
                  I know Rock Island had been looking to open a dining spot, but it was supposed to be closer to Hough's Neck.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    The old Mazzini Plumbing Specialties/The Fireplace Store, literally ON the rotary.

                    1. re: kbarry1726

                      Can't find any info on this new spot. If anyone drives by it, try to get a name or something, as I'm really curious about it, thanks!

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        That sign has been in the window for months. Next time I drive by, I'll check the fine print!

                          1. re: hiddenboston

                            I drove by today on the way to the Hingham Lobster Pound & saw the place. It had a sign in the window saying, "Coming Soon - The Lobster Stop". It didn't have any opening date on it, & I couldn't see inside as I drove by. Don't know if they're gonna do take-out food or just sell seafood to cook at home - does anyone know?

                            1. re: southie_chick

                              I'm just starting to find some info on this place. I'll try to post again ASAP--looks like they might be opening before the fall.

                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                They are open now, there was a sign out front yesterday advertising lobster prices by the lb.

                                1. re: mkel34

                                  Has anyone been yet? Their Facebook page isn't showing much right now:

              2. Well, I don't know that Bull BBQ (bonchon) in Harvard Sq is opening in August, but I am ever hopeful. Anyone have news?