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hiddenboston Oct 4, 2010 06:14 AM

Any upcoming openings or closings you've heard about? I walked by the soon-to-open Cafe Polonia in Salem this weekend--looks very nice. I believe they will be opening around mid-week this week.

The new Geoffrey's Cafe in the Back Bay may be opening this week as well.

  1. Chris VR Oct 31, 2010 06:45 PM

    I heard from a friend that Union Jack in Peabody closed about a month ago. Too bad, it had a nice selection of British candies, crisps, sodas and other sundries.

    Union Jack
    134 Newbury St # 2, Peabody, MA

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      Berheenia Oct 31, 2010 06:03 AM

      Overheard at breakfast yesterday "Geoffrey's in Roslindale is closing"

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        jjbourgeois Oct 28, 2010 05:39 PM

        Not sure if they are closed yet, but drove by Firefly's in Quincy tonight at 6:30. Parking lot empty, no lights in the building, no lights in the parking lot. Looks like they may be closed.

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        1. re: jjbourgeois
          southie_chick Oct 28, 2010 06:42 PM

          I remember reading a truck smashed thru the front or side of the building earlier this week - maybe it was closed due to repairs.

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            jjbourgeois Oct 28, 2010 07:23 PM

            I just saw it in the Globe. Some drunk drove into the side of the building. Not surprising for Adams St.

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              Pegmeister Oct 29, 2010 09:16 AM

              There were all sorts of construction trucks there yesterday when I passed by mid-day. My guess is closed for repairs.

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            mats77 Oct 28, 2010 09:29 AM

            Kind of far afield but still noteworthy: Ten Tables is opening a third restaurant in Provincetown. Not sure of the exact date though.

            Ten Tables
            5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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              Taralli Oct 27, 2010 05:47 AM

              Looks like a Vietnamese restaurant may be going into the space vacated by City Express cleaners at 524 Mass. Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge. Hope so.

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              1. re: Taralli
                jgg13 Oct 27, 2010 06:22 AM

                wow, with that and floating rock opening up, life will be good. Have been saying for a while that i need to move to the other side of central sq, this would help mtoivate me.

              2. itaunas Oct 26, 2010 08:51 AM

                Out of curiosity anyone know how preparations at Bondir are coming along?

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                1. re: itaunas
                  zizzpudding Nov 17, 2010 10:02 AM

                  Was by there last weekend, they said they might be able to open this weekend. I've been checking the website with anticipation.

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                  Berheenia Oct 23, 2010 02:43 PM

                  Opening tonight at 9pm is Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar near Fenway Park in a new building on Boylston. We stopped in at lunch to look at the oyster menu and found out they didn't have one yet because they were opening tonight. Awesome whiskey list on the blackboard.

                  1. Allstonian Oct 22, 2010 05:44 AM

                    Minsok in Brookline Village is gone - I noticed a couple of weeks ago that it looked kind of defunct, and this morning I saw that it was stripped of furniture, there's a large hole in the ceiling of the "greenhouse" room, and "For Lease" signs have been posted.

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                    1. re: Allstonian
                      lergnom Oct 23, 2010 09:28 AM

                      There was a sign that it was changing names again and becoming a Japanese restaurant and two guys started painting the building. They stopped about halfway through, so it's now colored like a bad saddle shoe.

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                        MC Slim JB Oct 26, 2010 08:24 AM

                        That Minsok location seems to turn over every couple of years. Ugly space; I think a gas station used to occupy that spot. Minsok, Shalom Hunan, Choe's, Zoe's, Shalom Beijing, Orchid Garden, Pier 9, a Greek place whose name I don't recall. Can we call this location jinxed yet?


                        Minsok Restaurant
                        92 Harvard Sq, Brookline, MA 02445

                        1. re: MC Slim JB
                          lergnom Oct 26, 2010 09:36 AM

                          It's difficult because:

                          1. It's not in either the Village or Coolidge Corner and doesn't benefit from foot traffic. This is the biggest reason. No sense of excitement eating in what feels like a suburban location when you're actually in Brookline.
                          2. On street parking is limited. It's available but you need to have a reason to go there. Again, it's a suburban style location in an urban setting but without the parking lot.

                          The place needs an exterior rehab to make it look more urban.

                          1. re: lergnom
                            Mike5966 Oct 27, 2010 07:39 AM

                            Sentence 3 of point 2 nailed it (i.e., uttered the subconscious thoughts I had in my head every time I drove by the place and decided not to go there even though I was kinda curious).

                          2. re: MC Slim JB
                            tatsu Oct 31, 2010 08:21 PM

                            I remember Shalom Hunan. A joke I run by my Jewish friends is "Hmmm, Jewish ppl LOVE sweet and sour pork!" The funny thing was, they wouldn't exactly deny it.

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                          Berheenia Oct 21, 2010 01:01 PM

                          Blue State Coffee has moved into former spot of Cold Stone Creamery on Comm Ave in Allston. Menu doesn't look like a chain but lists healthy sandwiches and presumably they sell coffee.

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                          1. re: Berheenia
                            hckybg Oct 24, 2010 09:47 PM

                            I have been to their New Haven location. It is a small company and I found their coffee to be good, though I don't remember it extremely well. Not a big chain or anything.

                          2. mangorita Oct 21, 2010 06:27 AM

                            I know that no one here is much of a fan...but Canolli's in Weymouth shut down a month or 2 ago and in the past week have put up a gazillion banners stating that they will be reopening soon with a new menu.
                            Haven't stopped to read the banners...they are loaded with information in a small font that is difficult to read as you drive by...so I can't supply full details.

                            1. Bob Dobalina Oct 19, 2010 04:32 AM

                              Looks like b.good is open or close to it on Washington Street near the old State House / State St. end of things.

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                                lz1982 Oct 20, 2010 05:55 PM

                                Yup, it's open. I'm not really a fan but the location has been busy the few times I've walked by, so it will probably do well in the space.

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                                  Bob Dobalina Oct 21, 2010 07:35 AM

                                  Will be interesting to see whether it can compete with Wendy's and Mickey D's, at what I assume is a higher price point.

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                                Jenny Ondioline Oct 18, 2010 02:48 PM

                                UHub reports that reconstruction has finally begun on the Fenway restaurant row, and they're targeting spring 2011 for completion.

                                Supposedly, El Pelon, Rod Dee and Thornton's are confirmed to reopen, and a Japanese place wants in as well.

                                El Pelon
                                2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA 02135

                                1. jonabad Oct 18, 2010 01:34 PM

                                  Pedro's Latin Cuisine has opened up in Billerica at the former Naked Fish location, serving Venezuelan food (lots of beef and fish with rice and yucca root) as well as some more accesible Mexican favorities.
                                  Some folks know of Pedro's from their Watertown location, which i've seen discussed previously. I've never been to that one, so I can't compare.
                                  As for the food, what i've had has good and the menu speaks well to what my parents and I had while growing up in Venezuela.

                                  Naked Fish Restaurant
                                  15 Middlesex Tpke, Billerica, MA 01821

                                  Pedro's Latin Cuisine
                                  15 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica, MA 01730

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                                    y2000k Oct 18, 2010 12:02 PM

                                    Beijing Star in Waltham has closed.

                                    A sign on the door says, "Undergoing Renovations" and "MULAN Restaurant coming soon". I'm not sure if it's the same Mulan as Kendall???

                                    Beijing Star Restaurant
                                    835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

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                                    1. re: y2000k
                                      galangatron Oct 21, 2010 06:46 AM

                                      that is sad news. i will miss their lamb soup with shao ping

                                    2. fmcoxe6188 Oct 18, 2010 11:43 AM

                                      Just saw on Twitter that Matt Murphy's in Brookline is being gutted- anyone know what is happening there? Please tell me Matt Murphy's isn't gone for good!

                                      Matt Murphy's
                                      14 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

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                                      1. re: fmcoxe6188
                                        hiddenboston Oct 18, 2010 12:46 PM

                                        I'm trying to get to the bottom of this right now. The inside of the place looks completely cleared out.

                                        1. re: hiddenboston
                                          lergnom Oct 18, 2010 07:32 PM

                                          They plan to reopen in a few weeks - 11/1 - which seems far-fetched given the state of things, but that is what they said today, complete with a tweeted pic of the destruction.

                                          1. re: hiddenboston
                                            hiddenboston Oct 19, 2010 06:10 AM

                                            Just confirmed that they are doing renovations at Matt Murphy's. Should be open again in a couple of weeks.

                                            Matt Murphy's
                                            14 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

                                            1. re: hiddenboston
                                              fmcoxe6188 Oct 19, 2010 07:13 AM

                                              Phenomenal-thanks all!

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                                          pemma Oct 18, 2010 06:08 AM

                                          Salvatore's is open in Medford Square.

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                                            groptimum Oct 21, 2010 11:11 PM

                                            If any Chowhounds have already made it or will make it over to Salvatore's Medford to eat, I'd love to read their thoughts!

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                                            yummieeee Oct 17, 2010 06:53 AM

                                            Chinese Mirch coming soon. Route 9 east in Framingham. It's right next to stardust jewlers and right before the British beer company. Sign says it's chinese and indian.

                                            1. hiddenboston Oct 13, 2010 11:32 AM

                                              The new Geoffrey's Cafe opens today in the Back Bay. Also, it looks like Life Alive in Cambridge is in the process of opening.

                                              Life Alive
                                              194 Middle St Apt 3R, Lowell, MA 01852

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                                              1. re: hiddenboston
                                                mvi Oct 13, 2010 07:56 PM

                                                More good news.

                                              2. hotoynoodle Oct 13, 2010 06:10 AM

                                                ivy at downtown crossing has shut down.

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                                                1. re: hotoynoodle
                                                  Gordough Oct 13, 2010 06:28 AM

                                                  That was mentioned last week in this thread by SaraASR. No loss although they had some nice deals on a few wines.

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                                                    hotoynoodle Oct 13, 2010 07:03 AM

                                                    sorry i missed that post and yes, i agree with your sentiment.

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                                                      postemotional1 Nov 1, 2010 03:53 PM

                                                      Ivy was doomed by the bartenders hooking up all of their friends.

                                                      I was there 3 times and got free drinks twice.

                                                      Tolerating this practice never works.

                                                      Management thinks that the number of bodies consuming free alcohol will turn into paying customers but this transformation never truly takes place.

                                                      I was acquainted with some people there and the room was nice and the food was good.

                                                      Unfortunately no one had the courage to collect from the bar clientele.

                                                      49 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111

                                                2. BobB Oct 12, 2010 10:55 AM

                                                  Latest reports on Cognac Bistro indicate it will be open before the end of the month in the old b. good space in JFK Crossing, Brookline.

                                                  1. mtm7654 Oct 12, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                    Sounds like Telegraph Hill in Southie is finally open-at least according to an email I got. I'll be interested to see how it goes-funny spot but there isn't much competition in the area so they might do well.

                                                    Made it to Cafe Polonia for lunch yesterday and they've got a new menu. I didn't notice a huge difference-maybe more American type apps. And it looks like the decor changed a little too. But we were the only table in there not speaking Polish so that is a wonderful sign.

                                                    Cafe Polonia
                                                    611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

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                                                    1. re: mtm7654
                                                      MC Slim JB Oct 12, 2010 02:11 PM

                                                      Telegraph Hill is definitely open. Using that Irish-y font on their sign, so I'm expecting a maybe-slightly-upscale-for-Southie take on pub fare.


                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                        Beachowolfe Oct 12, 2010 04:46 PM

                                                        font looks strangely similar to Whiskey Priest... any connection?

                                                        1. re: Beachowolfe
                                                          MC Slim JB Oct 13, 2010 06:12 AM

                                                          I think it's from a generic family of fonts called "Celtic" this or that. It's used in the signs of many Irish-American and faux-Irish pubs in town. Would make for a droll photo-essay, I'm guessing.


                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                            greygarious Oct 18, 2010 08:30 PM

                                                            Permission to pick a nit, sir? Font is the size of the print. Typeface is the style.

                                                            1. re: greygarious
                                                              BobB Oct 19, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                              As one nit-picker (and ex-technical writer) to another - you're half right. Yes, typeface refers to the design, but font is not the size, it's the delivery method, be it physical or digital. A font can be a drawer of lead bits that all share the same typeface or a computer file containing graphical representations of said typeface.

                                                              However, turning nitpick mode off for a moment - this is a case where prescriptivist linguistics has already lost the battle. When 99.9% of the English-speaking world calls Helvetica a font - it's a font! ;-)

                                                              1. re: greygarious
                                                                MC Slim JB Oct 22, 2010 06:00 AM

                                                                Actually, I believe font in the traditional sense refers to an entire typeface of a particular size. Since the advent of desktop publishing, font has become synonymous with typeface, with its size expressed as a separate characteristic called font size.

                                                                In general, seeing that font on a pub or restaurant sign in Boston fills me with foreboding about the food, puts me in mind of the Somers Pubs group.


                                                      2. chickendhansak Oct 12, 2010 08:22 AM

                                                        Danny's Diner on Beacon St. on the Somerville/Cambridge line looks to be changing hands.

                                                        Danny's Diner
                                                        300 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

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                                                        1. re: chickendhansak
                                                          MC Slim JB Oct 12, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                          I thought Danny's Diner had been closed since Danny passed on a couple of years back. Did it reopen since?


                                                          Danny's Diner
                                                          300 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                            chickendhansak Oct 12, 2010 02:27 PM

                                                            It stayed open on what seemed to have been a regular schedule but was open fewer days of the week. I never exactly pinned down which days but it was definitely open. I haven't eaten there in more than a year, but pass it often.

                                                          2. re: chickendhansak
                                                            knoedel Oct 20, 2010 01:05 PM

                                                            It will become Great Taste Diner, with a Peruvian-American diner menu...could be interesting. There's a short article about this on Somerville.patch.com (n.b., I'm the editor). Read the posting rules and am hoping it's OK to mention this here.

                                                            1. re: knoedel
                                                              chickendhansak Oct 21, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                              It says so in the window so why not. Looking forward to the opening.

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                                                            mmocpi Oct 10, 2010 08:11 AM

                                                            When is the new Pizzeria Regina in Allston (at the Depot) slated to open?

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                                                            1. re: mmocpi
                                                              Allstonian Oct 10, 2010 09:53 AM

                                                              According to the Regina Pizzeria website, they're shooting for some time this month:

                                                              I think they're still working on the interior, but the new signage is up outside and the message sign says they're accepting job applications.

                                                              1. re: mmocpi
                                                                digga Oct 16, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                I called and got a date of Oct 26.

                                                                1. re: digga
                                                                  Allstonian Oct 26, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                                  According to the sign out front, Regina at the Depot will be opening tomorrow (Wednesday, October 27) at 4pm.

                                                              2. MC Slim JB Oct 9, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                                Heard from a neighbor that Stella in the South End is changing ownership to The Aquitaine Group (Metropolis Cafe, Union Bar & Grill, Aquitaine, Gaslight).

                                                                This was shocking news to me, as the place is clearly highly successful. Maybe the owner got bored with serving essentially the same menu for over five years? Decided to start some new project and wanted to unload the cash cow first? Wonder what the story behind the story is here.


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                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                                  purple bot Oct 9, 2010 02:38 PM

                                                                  Whoa! That's certainly a surprise.

                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                                    cbhcomm Oct 13, 2010 10:15 AM

                                                                    I am the publicist for both Stella and the Aquitaine Group. There is ZERO truth this rumor. It is 100% false.

                                                                    Think about it, instinctively, why would Evan Deluty sell one of the most successful restaurants ever built in Boston?

                                                                    1. re: cbhcomm
                                                                      hckybg Oct 13, 2010 10:43 AM

                                                                      What time frame are we talking? Boston is a pretty old city, and I am not sure many of us can really speak to restaurant success in the 18th century.

                                                                      1. re: cbhcomm
                                                                        MC Slim JB Oct 13, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                        I apologize for spreading false scuttlebutt, then. As I said above, the notion was baffling to me for exactly the reason you cite. (But it's not exactly inconceivable that someone might sell a restaurant even though it was profitable.)


                                                                        1. re: cbhcomm
                                                                          hotoynoodle Oct 17, 2010 04:45 PM

                                                                          appreciate you squashing the rumor, but the hyperbole is totally not necessary, lol.

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                                                                        Fort Point Oct 9, 2010 10:14 AM

                                                                        Walked by St Alphonzo's site today and there is a sign on the door indicating KO Catering & Pies is locating there. Serves Australian food.

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                                                                        1. re: Fort Point
                                                                          hiddenboston Oct 12, 2010 07:08 AM

                                                                          Yup, and it looks like there will also be a food truck on the premises. Not sure how that is going to work, as the food truck will apparently be permanently stationed there.

                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston
                                                                            Bob Dobalina Oct 12, 2010 07:20 AM

                                                                            Is Boston ready for vegemite? Is anyone?

                                                                            1. re: Bob Dobalina
                                                                              hiddenboston Oct 12, 2010 08:06 AM

                                                                              I am. But then again, I'm a big fan of any foods made with yeast.

                                                                          2. re: Fort Point
                                                                            Chicken with a Capon Oct 14, 2010 08:11 AM

                                                                            That's sad to hear, I liked St Alphonzo's but it just seemed way too small to me to stay viable. Any word on the owners starting something new or just hanging it up?

                                                                            1. re: Fort Point
                                                                              natasha kanieff Oct 20, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                              My husband and I owned St. Alphonzo's Kitchen. I just wanted to sincerely thank everyone for there
                                                                              very nice posts. It really means a lot to both of us. Yes we are taking a break from the restaurant business. I am working at Salon Patrice Vinci on Newbury Street. And Peter is at Baker's Best in Newton. We still reside in South Boston. Again thank you we couldn't have asked for nicer costumers. Sincerely, Natasha

                                                                              St. Alphonzo's Kitchen
                                                                              87 A Street South, Boston, MA

                                                                              1. re: natasha kanieff
                                                                                southie Oct 23, 2010 06:43 AM

                                                                                I wish you both the best. I have lived in Southie for 7 years but only started visiting your restaurant over the past 18 months. I can't believe I missed out on so many great meals. Besides the great food, your front-of-the-house presence added so much! Just after our first visit, you remembered what we liked to drink and eat. What a great environment!

                                                                                Keep us posted if you re-enter the restaurant world. There are a lot of people that will be clammering to come back!

                                                                                Best wishes!

                                                                                1. re: natasha kanieff
                                                                                  erikamwalleston Nov 14, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                                                  You will be missed. I was just thinking of your ruben the other day :(

                                                                                2. re: Fort Point
                                                                                  Fort Point Oct 24, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                                  Understand KO Catering is opening Tuesday

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                                                                                  granolagurl Oct 9, 2010 09:02 AM

                                                                                  Banjos near Porter Square in Cambridge has been "closed for remodeling" for the past several months. I was pretty sure that meant they were closed for good. Today as I was walking by, I see a bunch of trucks and remodeling being done. It is hard to believe Banjos would be coming back. Does anyone have any idea of what is happening with that space?????

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                                                                                  1. re: granolagurl
                                                                                    mats77 Oct 15, 2010 08:10 AM

                                                                                    Looks like a place called Darul Kebab is going in there.


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                                                                                      Boston_Otter Oct 28, 2010 01:01 PM

                                                                                      Sadly, I was actually holding out hope that KFC was returning.

                                                                                  2. SaraASR Oct 7, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                                                    Friend got OpenTable email today canceling her reservation to Ivy for tomorrow night because it's CLOSED.

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                                                                                      iloveporkbelly Oct 7, 2010 06:47 PM

                                                                                      That could be some of the best news that I have heard in a long time. Hopefully it is true.

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                                                                                      hardi Oct 7, 2010 05:30 PM

                                                                                      A couple of changes going on in Winthrop Center. The former Moonstruck Cafe closed and is moving a couple of doors down in the former Luna Boutique. I think they are set to open later this month. Also saw a sign in the former Moonstruck storefront that Blackstrap BBQ will be opening later this month. Their Facebook site says it's being opened by a couple of people that own Tasty Plates catering company.

                                                                                      I've been missing Moonstruck's lattes and blueberry scones- sure hope the location change doesn't change the quality.

                                                                                      1. Chris VR Oct 7, 2010 08:30 AM

                                                                                        Salvatore's in Medford is scheduled to open next week. Another outpost of this place http://salvatoresrestaurants.com/ which I don't know much about.

                                                                                        Edit... oh, maybe the same people as Sal's PIzza?

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                                                                                        1. re: Chris VR
                                                                                          hiddenboston Oct 7, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                                          Definitely the same people. The Salvatore's in Lawrence is kind of a mix of the two places, with pizza offered as well as Italian meals.

                                                                                        2. itaunas Oct 6, 2010 02:08 PM

                                                                                          Oliveira's Brazilian Restaurant (of Everett and other locations) is taking over the Sunset Cafe location on Cambridge Street across from the King school dunno an exact date when they plan to open.

                                                                                          751 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149

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                                                                                            mvi Oct 7, 2010 06:01 AM

                                                                                            Oh, it's nice to think of that space being used in a good way. This street is continuing to offer a nice array of options. If anyone knows what is happening to the old Muqueca location, I'd like to find out. After a couple of months of inactivity since the move, there's been some action on the building. Hopefully that means something productive is going to happen.

                                                                                            1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                            1. re: mvi
                                                                                              dulce de leche Oct 11, 2010 11:41 PM

                                                                                              The plan I heard is to make the smaller location into a cafe/coffee place. (Tony & Fafa will still be the proprietors.)

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                                                                                                mvi Oct 13, 2010 06:29 AM


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                                                                                            Cathleen02 Oct 6, 2010 11:08 AM

                                                                                            I got an email that says Cafe Polonia opened today:

                                                                                            Café Polonia now Open!
                                                                                            We are pleased to announce the opening of Cafe Polonia on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Featuring a rich menu of Polish, German and Eastern European cuisine, the restaurant will bring a new culinary tradition to the dining destination that Salem has become. Cafe Polonia will be open daily for lunch and dinner as well as Polka brunch on Sundays and will feature Octoberfest specials in the European style Beer Garden through Halloween. Reservations now being taken at (978) 745-0045.

                                                                                            Cafe Polonia
                                                                                            611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

                                                                                            1. Bob Dobalina Oct 6, 2010 05:17 AM

                                                                                              The Red Barn Roasters outlet in Faneuil Hall has to close up shop by October 31, for renovations to the building. (The post office station there is gone without a trace.) They are looking for new digs in the area, but their loss will be great for the area around Gov't Center / Quincy Market which has little in the way of good coffee.

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                                                                                              1. re: Bob Dobalina
                                                                                                lergnom Oct 6, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                                                                True, but it's a short walk to Boston Common Coffee on Salem Street.

                                                                                                1. re: lergnom
                                                                                                  Bob Dobalina Oct 6, 2010 12:16 PM

                                                                                                  I should have said North End excluded. It's a 20 minute walk if you are arriving by Gov't Center T and I rarely have that kind of time in the a.m.

                                                                                                  I should also mention that a new cafe opened just off State Street across the side street from the Starbucks - Arista or something - they have a sandwich board out with sandwich specials.
                                                                                                  Have to see if they are open in the morning - looks like a possibility of well-made coffee.

                                                                                                  State Street Cafe
                                                                                                  114 State St, Boston, MA 02109

                                                                                                  1. re: Bob Dobalina
                                                                                                    lergnom Oct 7, 2010 07:22 AM

                                                                                                    It's Aristo with an o, though my mind still says it should be an a. Says they are Parisian-style, and they do have the look. Stopped in and they are trying to be upscale in presentation and ingredients. Sandwiches are mostly $7.50 and, as I said, I think they are aiming for quality more than quantity. I noticed they have a bunch of hot chocolates, which could be a nice thing.

                                                                                                    I almost forgot to mention that I stopped in because I saw they serve Rao's coffee. That's good stuff.

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                                                                                                      hiddenboston Oct 7, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                                                      I thought Aristo Cafe opened last year(?)

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                                                                                                        Bob Dobalina Oct 7, 2010 07:38 AM

                                                                                                        Really? Wow...maybe that sandwich board was money really well spent!
                                                                                                        Because I don't recall seeing them before on several trips down State Street to Al's.

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                                                                                                          JoeM Oct 7, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                                                                          Yes, they've been open for a while. Sandwiches are good and very high quality, but very expensive given their size.

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                                                                                                            lergnom Oct 7, 2010 09:47 AM

                                                                                                            You'd think the location would be good but it's nearly impossible to see. I've noticed it several times and yet unless you stand right at the door and look at an angle you can't see much at all.

                                                                                                2. MC Slim JB Oct 5, 2010 06:55 PM

                                                                                                  Geoffrey's Back Bay, f/k/a Laurel, is set to open Wed, Oct 13.


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                                                                                                    sinned61 Oct 5, 2010 06:26 PM

                                                                                                    Sammy Jo's Italian Bakery and Cafe opened yesterday at 2 Haven St in Reading.

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                                                                                                      MIDGETFISTER Oct 4, 2010 03:30 PM

                                                                                                      Anyone have any intel on Bull BBQ in Harvard Square? I need to get my bon chon on.

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                                                                                                        MIDGETFISTER Oct 16, 2010 05:04 PM

                                                                                                        Just stumbled across this:

                                                                                                        "Other establishments scheduled to debut in the near future include Bull BBQ—a Korean barbeque restaurant—which will occupy the space formerly home to Shilla Sushi at 57 JFK Street by the end of October or early November, according to Jillson.

                                                                                                        Initially stymied by the scarcity of beer and wine licenses for sale, Bull BBQ has now obtained the proper permit and awaits approval by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, Jillson said.

                                                                                                        “We anticipate that the license will be approved and they will be opening hopefully by Head of the Charles weekend,” she added."


                                                                                                        Shilla Restaurant
                                                                                                        57 Jfk St Ste 9, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                                                                                        1. re: MIDGETFISTER
                                                                                                          MIDGETFISTER Oct 25, 2010 07:06 PM

                                                                                                          Well I just swung by the renovation site. Bull look WEEKS away from opening, if not months.

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                                                                                                            Uncle Yabai Oct 25, 2010 10:56 PM

                                                                                                            Maybe it will open at the same time as "First Printer". They could merge and call it "Bull Printer".

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                                                                                                          msw79 Oct 4, 2010 01:29 PM

                                                                                                          New place called Telegraph Hill Kitchen & Bar opened on Dorchester Street in South Boston the other day. Can't find much info online and website still says "Coming Soon".

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                                                                                                            hiddenboston Oct 4, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                                            When you click on "Menu" on the Telegraph Hill site, it has a form asking people to leave a reply. :-D Maybe they're taking requests?

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                                                                                                            lulu806 Oct 4, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                                                            District 7 opened up this past weekend on Pleasant St. in Malden (down from Hugh O'Neills and All Seasons Table). Don't think it replaced anything but I'm not sure. Some friends of mine checked it out and said the food (pub grub, burgers, steaks, seafood, etc.) was solid especially the prime rib special and that it has a comfortable, neighborhood bar feel. It appears they have a facebook page with a menu up but website has basically a business card up and says it's in development. We'll probably stop in this week after work to check it out.

                                                                                                            All Seasons Table Restaurant
                                                                                                            64 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148

                                                                                                            1. gini Oct 4, 2010 08:55 AM

                                                                                                              Pretty sure Floating Rock in Cambridge opens this month.

                                                                                                              Floating Rock
                                                                                                              485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

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                                                                                                                9lives Oct 6, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                I'm on their mailing list and they are interviewing for staff this week. I hope they open soon or I'll be on the Blue Line soon fora fix from Thmor Dat..:)

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                                                                                                                  gini Oct 6, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                  I cannot wait. It's down the street from my office and I plan to go for lunch...I don't know...every day. Is that too often?

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                                                                                                                    9lives Oct 6, 2010 12:27 PM


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                                                                                                                Gabatta Oct 4, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                Not new news, but very much looking forward to the Island Creek Oyster Bar opening in Kenmore. Hopefully it happens this month.

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                                                                                                                  Mike5966 Oct 15, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                  Island Creek Oyster Bar to open at 5 PM today according to their Twitter feed.

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                                                                                                                  hckybg Oct 4, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                  The other day I noticed that the New Asia in Union Square, Somerville has magically reopened. They were cleaning up the space over the last couple months but it appears refreshed and once again in business.

                                                                                                                  New Asia Restaurant
                                                                                                                  326 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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                                                                                                                    Gordough Oct 4, 2010 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                    I've got one in Metro West that I just saw last night although an October opening may be a long shot. It's called Feng Shui and is opening on Route westbound 9 in Natick where Vinny T's used to be (adjacent to Chuck E Cheese) and the sign says "Hibachi and Sushi Room". I have no information as to opening date.

                                                                                                                    Edit to add that a google search reveals there is a restaurant in Chelmsford with the same name and concept so these are likely related.

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