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November Openings and Closings

hiddenboston Nov 1, 2010 08:15 AM

Yup, November is here already (feels like December out there, actually), and with it, more upcoming restaurant openings and closings. A few I can think of are Kelly's Landing in South Boston (closed), Clover Food Lab in Harvard Square (open), Papagallo in the Fort Point district (opening), Cakes Bakery and Cafe in Arlington (opening), and Prime Roast Beef and Seafood in Lexington (opening).


  1. maillard Nov 27, 2010 02:06 PM

    Anyone know when Rod Dee in Cambridge will be opening? They've got menus up in the windows and lights hung (all I could see from across the street).

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      hckybg Nov 22, 2010 12:28 PM

      Welcome to Chowhound.

      1. MC Slim JB Nov 22, 2010 10:11 AM

        Bondir officially opened last night; next service will be Friday after Thanksgiving.


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          lz1982 Nov 19, 2010 08:58 AM

          Get Fresh Rotisserie in Quincy Center has closed and is being replaced by a restaurant called The Overeasy. I think the sign said it would be breakfast and lunch only.

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            Gordough Nov 16, 2010 07:47 PM

            There is a sign where Skipjack's in Natick used to be that says that a place called Ten-Ichi Dynamic Kitchen & Bar will be opening in the space.

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              galleygirl Nov 17, 2010 01:25 PM

              I'm just thrilled there may be one place on this strip that isn't part of a chain...We stopped at China-Mirch last Saturday night, their wait was too long, but we were kinda turned off by the shiny, plastic-y feel...

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              terrilynn Nov 16, 2010 05:42 PM

              It looks like the new branch of Sugar in Roslindale could open soon--the exterior is all finished. Interested to see what this one is because the sign says Sugar Bakery and Cafe--maybe it will be mostly a bakery but also sell sandwiches and pizza, like their Real Deal sisters in JP and West Roxbury?

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              1. re: terrilynn
                hynespb Nov 20, 2010 02:39 PM

                It is a partnership between Sugar bakery and Rox Dinner.


              2. chickendhansak Nov 16, 2010 08:55 AM

                Little India, the Union Square Indian grocer, has finally moved into the former Somerville boxing club space next to the Market Basket. There is a beer and wine section in the back.

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                1. re: chickendhansak
                  itaunas Nov 16, 2010 09:32 AM

                  So that's what that coming-soon sign was there. BTW, that also used to be Paper Products Warehouse or something like that (similar to but less selection than BMS Paper in JP) , which had some food service and packaging products. The boxing club was initially intended to go into either where Seabra is or more likely the space next to it, before moving into the PPW space after the first place fell through. So it was chowish one before and good to see it again, I do wish them some luck with the parking situation though, I think that would be hard on a small business and certainly affected PPW.

                  1. re: itaunas
                    chickendhansak Nov 19, 2010 09:35 AM

                    I'm not sure if we are talking about the same space -- we might be. I'm referring to the building that's in the same grounds as Market Basket and has faded boxing murals on the walls. Certainly there is plenty of parking right there, but whether they could use it, is another matter of course. In practice I can't see how MB could stop it.

                    1. re: chickendhansak
                      itaunas Nov 19, 2010 10:00 AM

                      We are talking about the same building, it used to be PPW (could be wrong on the exact name, but you can find threads about it searching the board archives). The boxing club which was originally based at the World Gym (now demolished) had signed a lease for space further down Somerville ave which fell through. Some of the parking at the side is reserved for other things in the complex. PPW itself used to have a few dedicated spots out front which on weekends Market Basket shoppers parked in. Plus weekend MB shopping parking has moved into the former employee parking and delivery area so the parking problem is worse than it was for PPW. I think parking was less of an issue for the boxing club because it was more at night where some of the other firms (including the large lot for the box company) weren't in operation.

                      1. re: itaunas
                        chickendhansak Nov 21, 2010 09:06 AM

                        They have a sign asking people not to park in the MB spaces under threat of towing, so it seems that issue has not been worked out satisfactorily.

                        Anyway, stock is much the same as before but better laid out in the larger space. Bigger fridges so hopefully there will be more fresh food in time.

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                  fantundo Nov 15, 2010 07:48 PM

                  As best I could tell without driving through their window, Cakes is now open in Arlington.

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                  1. re: fantundo
                    hiddenboston Nov 16, 2010 06:21 AM

                    Yup, it opened today.

                  2. itaunas Nov 15, 2010 08:11 AM

                    Top Steak House in Peabody (formerly O'Fado and O'Fados) is now Oliveira's Steak House which also took over Gold Beef Grill in Woburn and it is this, not the Oliveira's of Everett (atlhough they were started by relatives), is opening the Cambridge Street Oliveira's (what was Sunset Cafe).

                    The Somerville Cafe Belo is being renamed Zona Sul Churrascaria (same as in Quincy and there was a relationship between the people who ran Belo's entertainment in the past and Zona Sul).

                    Gold Beef Grill
                    428 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

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                    1. re: itaunas
                      hiddenboston Nov 15, 2010 08:28 AM

                      Well that was quick! (re: Top Steak House)

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                      Mr. Mxyzptlk Nov 15, 2010 05:51 AM

                      Margarita's is set to open tomorrow in the space last occupied by Naked Fish at the intersection of Rte. 30 (Commonwealth Ave.) and Speen Street in Framingham. La Carreta, I believe, is set to open by the end of the coming week according to a friend I spoke with over the weekend. They are replacing Bickford's on Rte. 30 Framingham.
                      Mr. M

                      Naked Fish Restaurant
                      725 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

                      La Carreta
                      35 Manchester Rd, Derry, NH 03053

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                      1. re: Mr. Mxyzptlk
                        tamerlanenj Nov 25, 2010 04:57 AM

                        Ugh, is this an outpost of the horrible tex-mex chain scattered throughout New Hampshire and Maine? yucky

                        1. re: tamerlanenj
                          MC Slim JB Nov 25, 2010 05:29 AM

                          This Margaritas is indeed part of that Margaritas: it's their sixth Mass location. They're in Connecticut now, too. And yes: blech.


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                        sallyt Nov 14, 2010 05:50 PM

                        Kings in West Roxbury (formerly the home of the much missed Samia's) is now closed... Sign saying "Sticky Rice Cafe - Thai food - coming soon." Great - just what we need - more Thai food in West Rox!

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                        1. re: sallyt
                          BeverlyCY Dec 5, 2010 05:12 AM

                          Good Riddance to King's! What a pit and the food was inedible. Thank God for the new Al Wadi!
                          Rather have 100 Thai restaurants in West Roxbury than 1 King's. It was THAT bad.

                        2. galleygirl Nov 13, 2010 05:42 PM

                          Pongal II, which is open on Boston Post Road in Sudbury, is having 20% off for their Grand Opening, til the end of November...It's really GREAT, albeit pricey, but it's some of the best Indian food I've ever had...

                          The Pongal II
                          103 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776

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                            Fort Point Nov 13, 2010 05:46 AM

                            Went to Papagayo's soft opening last night and the food that was passed around was very good. From a conversation I overheard it sounded like they are closing back down for a few days for training and aiming for an official opening next Wednesday. It is located on Summer St in South Boston in the space vacated by Persephone.

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                              sallyt Nov 12, 2010 05:27 AM

                              I'm waiting for Canary Square to open in JP - where the Alchemist used to be...

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                                Kirs Nov 12, 2010 05:53 AM

                                Yeah- it looks like it's coming along. Haven't heard anything about a proposed opening date, though.

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                                  sallyt Nov 12, 2010 06:37 AM

                                  Me either - I'm a "friend" of theirs on Facebook, but they've been dodging questions about an opening date...

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                                    mapgirl Nov 12, 2010 07:11 AM

                                    Yesterday's Daily Candy suggested they were opening on Monday, 3pm to 1am.
                                    I'm looking forward to it too though, the description of their "Womanhattan" (basil bourbon, raspberry vodka, sweet vermouth, and bitters) in the Daily Candy blurb kind of gave me pause...

                                    1. re: mapgirl
                                      Kirs Nov 12, 2010 08:08 AM

                                      Ewwww. That kinda thing is usually not a good sign.

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                                Jenny Ondioline Nov 11, 2010 12:04 PM

                                Allston Cafe, formerly the Herrell's at the corner of Brighton and Harvard, is closing for good this Saturday.

                                No tears here, I'm afraid: it had slid from funky to just plain gross even before the split from Herrell's.

                                155 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

                                1. Boston_Otter Nov 10, 2010 12:48 PM

                                  Good Food Cafe in Somerville/Cambridge area closed sometime in the past week or so, after months of erratic hours.

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                                    BlueTrain84 Nov 7, 2010 12:57 PM

                                    Don otto's local organic grocery store on Tremont is closed. Sad to see it go, but they really had a limited selection of products.

                                    Tremont Cafe
                                    418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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                                    1. re: BlueTrain84
                                      random amblings Nov 11, 2010 07:54 PM

                                      Wonder where I can get duck fat now?

                                      1. re: random amblings
                                        lipoff Nov 11, 2010 09:41 PM

                                        I've gotten excellent duck fat from Savenor's.

                                        1. re: random amblings
                                          rlove Nov 12, 2010 04:25 AM

                                          Formaggio Kitchen, Formaggio South End, Savenor's Market.

                                          Formaggio Kitchen
                                          244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                          Savenor's Market
                                          92 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

                                        2. re: BlueTrain84
                                          Jenny Ondioline Nov 12, 2010 07:46 AM

                                          Read this incredibly snotty note they had posted on their website and then had the good sense to remove. Apparently, they were taken from the premises in a waaaaaaaahmbulance:

                                          "Don Otto's Market is now closed.

                                          We featured local, high quality foods both raw and prepared. Unfortunately our products were expensive both at our cost and because we had a storefront to maintain at your cost as well. In some parts of the world people are accustomed to spending a higher percentage of their income on food, but in America we suffer from sticker shock because of Wal Mart and other discount vendors.

                                          The reality is we pay for what we eat. Some are informed enough to know what that statement means. For those that don't I am not going to elaborate here there is plenty of information out there if you are looking.

                                          Don Otto's Market wants to say we had few customers that understood customer loyalty and its importance to our business. Thank you for those that came in regularly and bought what we had though it may not have been exactly what they wanted. If you came in only for baguettes, the occasional piece of cheese, the occasional dinner, or something specific you were very disappointed we did not have, you can not tell yourself you were a supporter of our market. We hope that people that say they support small local businesses actually do support small local businesses. You may not always get what you want but you will get what you need.

                                          Thanks to our patrons and we are sorry we couldn't educate more people in the time we needed to for such a business to work."

                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                            bear Nov 12, 2010 08:26 AM

                                            I remember reading this Boston.com article when they first opened, and decided it wasn't my kind of place after I read that they charged $8.50 for a dozen eggs.


                                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                              Bob Dobalina Nov 12, 2010 09:02 AM

                                              "If you came in only for baguettes, the occasional piece of cheese, the occasional dinner, or something specific you were very disappointed we did not have, you can not tell yourself you were a supporter of our market."

                                              Wow! - That's messed up on so many levels...

                                              1. re: Bob Dobalina
                                                Jenny Ondioline Nov 12, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                Yes, at this point, I'm proud to say I was not a supporter of their market. I simply can't condone this attitude towards their customers...which incidentally helps explain why they're not open anymore.

                                                1. re: Bob Dobalina
                                                  joebloe Nov 12, 2010 09:58 PM

                                                  Good riddance. The owners are real jerks to think I am obligated to buy their one pack of egg for $8 or one pound of beef for $30 bucks.

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                                                    catsmeow Nov 13, 2010 05:16 AM

                                                    The last time thet I was in there no one was around. I waited a few minutes and then walked out.

                                                    1. re: catsmeow
                                                      bostonbroad Nov 17, 2010 01:42 PM

                                                      Same here. I could have walked out with all of their merchandise with no one lifting a finger - maybe that's why they went of business. I was disappointed in the incredible lack of products anyway, so just as well no one showed up.

                                                2. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                                  MC Slim JB Nov 12, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                  I stopped shopping at Don Otto's when I picked up some lemons in the store and realized that they were completely moldy and rotten, must have been festering there for days: inexcusable in a place that small. But yeah, I guess it's my fault they went out of business.


                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                    hckybg Nov 12, 2010 08:52 PM

                                                    I think that is proof that the statement "You may not always get what you want but you will get what you need" is actually not true.

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                                                redelephant Nov 7, 2010 08:20 AM

                                                True Bistro in Teele Square will be opening on Tuesday, Nov. 9th. They had a sign announcing the news posted on their door. I'm not one to seek out vegan food, but they will be serving alcohol as well, so that makes it okay in my book. And, it's touted as "upscale"....


                                                Oh, it's also announced on their website: http://www.truebistroboston.com/

                                                Jeeze, it's a bit pricey. I was hoping for something similar to the Angelica Kitchen in NYC when I read the words "upscale vegan", but this makes the Angelica Kitchen seem really cheap. And AK is BYOB. Sigh...

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                                                1. re: redelephant
                                                  Bob Dobalina Nov 8, 2010 07:35 AM

                                                  As to pricing, I think it is maybe a couple of bucks on average higher than Red Lentil and certainly a couple of bucks higher than Pulse Cafe, but if they can deliver on quality, it seems fair for the area, in my opinion.

                                                  1. re: redelephant
                                                    meatluvr Nov 8, 2010 07:57 PM

                                                    Although I wish these folks the best of luck - the name of the restaurant is a kinda funny after looking at the menu!

                                                    1. re: redelephant
                                                      joth68 Nov 9, 2010 08:20 AM

                                                      I'm as carnivorous as they come but the bahn mi and mushroom tacos on the lunch menu will get me in the door.

                                                      1. re: redelephant
                                                        yarm Nov 15, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                        We ate there on Saturday night. They hired the old chefs from Prana in Newton. It is upscale and is a better place to impress a date than Red Lentil or Pulse (although depends on your date -- grungy vegan punks might prefer Allston's Grasshopper more). Good vegan wine and beer menu. Dinner was well prepared and flavorful as were the salad and dessert. Was a bit pricey especially after we splurged on a bottle of wine (think we dropped ~$90 with tip).

                                                        Will gladly return again, but it's a little too pricey to be a very regular occurrence. Perhaps next time we'll skip the booze.

                                                        Red Lentil
                                                        600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

                                                        1. re: yarm
                                                          Maxinella Dec 20, 2010 12:47 PM

                                                          Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's worth it--particularly if you and your significant other are both vegetarians/vegans and want to eat in a place with a bit of atmosphere that has a wine list. We ate there last Saturday night for our anniversary and will be back.

                                                      2. peregrine Nov 6, 2010 10:23 PM

                                                        Does anyone know what's going into the former Burger King space on Huntington at Gainsborough? All BK signs have been removed and there are ladders inside, so something's happening.

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                                                        1. re: peregrine
                                                          ilovedessert Nov 8, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                          Panera Bread is opening in that space. The signs went up last week.

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                                                          Brock Lee Robb Nov 6, 2010 08:03 PM

                                                          Craft Beer Cellar opening in Belmont Center on Wednesday 11/10. Kate Baker & Suzanne Schalow, formerly of Cambridge Common are owners. Saw them putting up finishing details today, alongside many, many dozens of different beers.

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                                                            emilief Nov 5, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                            I read that Nelson Cognac, owner-chef of Kouzina, is opening a Bistro. Anyone have more info????

                                                            1649 Beacon St, Waban, MA 02468

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                                                            1. re: emilief
                                                              Jenny Ondioline Nov 5, 2010 02:16 PM

                                                              Search various threads for Cognac Bistro: it's in Brookline in a disused gas station, and reviews are mixed-to-positive, with some carping about the prices.

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                                                              Stride Nov 5, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                              There appears to be a great deal of activity at the Qdoba space in Porter Square. Does anyone know what's going in there and when the ETA is?

                                                              5 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                                              1. re: Stride
                                                                Boston_Otter Nov 7, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                                I noticed "under construction" signs in the Dunkin' Donuts next door -- are they expanding into that space, I wonder?

                                                                1. re: Boston_Otter
                                                                  Stride Nov 8, 2010 09:09 AM

                                                                  Or perhaps what I took for work in the Qdoba spot was actually in the DD space. Guess we'll have to see what develops!

                                                                  5 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                                                afarring Nov 5, 2010 07:07 AM

                                                                Does anyone know if Persephone is reopening in Southie? I saw a sign that said, "Now Hiring" and I believe the sign above still read, Achilles/Persephone. Also, if you know any details feel free to offer them up (same owners/chefs/menu/etc)... Thanks!!!

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                                                                1. re: afarring
                                                                  hiddenboston Nov 5, 2010 07:13 AM

                                                                  Papagayo Mexican Kitchen and Bar is moving into that space.

                                                                  1. re: afarring
                                                                    MC Slim JB Nov 5, 2010 10:31 AM

                                                                    Pretty sure no one connected with The Achilles Project / Persephone has anything to do with Pappa Gallo, which is from the people behind the Max & Dylan'ses, Scollay Square, and Tavern on the Water.


                                                                    Scollay Square
                                                                    21 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

                                                                    1. re: afarring
                                                                      dlin2007 Nov 10, 2010 01:12 PM

                                                                      Check out the Papagayo menu: http://static.urbandaddy.com/uploads/assets/file/pdfs//405f9f7281850ccdfe8ff07832798d56.pdf

                                                                      Drink menu: http://static.urbandaddy.com/uploads/...

                                                                      1. re: dlin2007
                                                                        bear Nov 10, 2010 01:20 PM

                                                                        Hope that's not an actual copy of the menu. If so, they need some work on their appetizer spelling. Looks pretty tacky.

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                                                                      hckybg Nov 3, 2010 06:42 PM

                                                                      I ran by Jason Bond's Bondir near Inman Square today, and the interior looked nearly complete. There were even flowers on the tables. I shouted to him that I was looking forward to them opening and he said "soon." So that's excellent news for an already burgeoning dining scene (hiddenboston: you broke the story but haven't mentioned that Bosphorus, a Turkish restaurant, will be opening on Cambridge Street near Spice 'n Rice: http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com...).

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                                                                      1. re: hckybg
                                                                        hiddenboston Nov 4, 2010 07:08 AM

                                                                        Bosphorus, a Turkish restaurant, will be opening on Cambridge Street near Spice 'n Rice. :-)

                                                                        1. re: hiddenboston
                                                                          hckybg Nov 4, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                          Can't wait!

                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston
                                                                            mgp Nov 8, 2010 06:49 AM

                                                                            So excited! Any guesstimate on when Bosphorus might open?

                                                                            1. re: mgp
                                                                              hiddenboston Nov 8, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                                              Haven't heard anything yet. My guess is, it'll be awhile.

                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston
                                                                                hckybg Nov 8, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                                When I walked by, there was paper in the windows of both Akimenko Meats and the future Bosphorus. But even at 11 PM with temperatures in the 30s, hiddenboston was out there with his notepad, waiting for the scoop.

                                                                                1. re: hckybg
                                                                                  hiddenboston Nov 8, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                                                  It was closer to 10:30. :-b

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                                                                                    hckybg Nov 8, 2010 06:22 PM

                                                                                    I thought the fedora was a nice touch.

                                                                          2. re: hckybg
                                                                            zizzpudding Nov 13, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                            I walked by Bondir on Broadway today. They were painting a mural on the outside and doing some finishing touches. They said they may open as soon as next week. Hope that's true. Can't wait to see how they do.

                                                                            1. re: zizzpudding
                                                                              redelephant Nov 20, 2010 03:23 PM

                                                                              Bondir has Nov. 26 posted as its opening date on its webpage. I'm looking forward to trying it.

                                                                          3. JudyHP Nov 3, 2010 05:39 AM

                                                                            OK Folks...the CF Donovan's in Hyde Park that was never going to open is now going to be Annabelle's. Signs are up, they are hiring, and lots of activity going on. I don't know the date of the grand opening but I think it is going to be soon! Website is www.annabellesrestaurant.com but no menus posted yet. I'm encouraged!

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                                                                              bugsmum Nov 3, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                              Does anybody know when the restaurant (MuLan?) going into the Beijing Star space in Waltham is opening?

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                                                                              jomo9501 Nov 3, 2010 05:38 AM

                                                                              A new Persian restaurant in Easton - Chaloos Restaurant. From their website - "A Culinary journey down Silk Road at Chaloos restaurant. The best Persian House of Kabobs located in town of Easton Massachusetts."


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                                                                                catsmeow Nov 1, 2010 05:38 PM

                                                                                I thought Kelly's Landing closed for the winter around this time every year.

                                                                                Kelly's Landing
                                                                                159 Bridge St, Weymouth, MA 02191

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                                                                                1. re: catsmeow
                                                                                  hiddenboston Nov 2, 2010 06:19 AM

                                                                                  This time it has closed for good. The owner decided to retire.

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                                                                                    catsmeow Nov 2, 2010 05:11 PM


                                                                                2. chefematician Nov 1, 2010 03:25 PM

                                                                                  Is Bull in Harvard Square open yet?

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                                                                                    jgg13 Nov 1, 2010 05:31 PM


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                                                                                      MIDGETFISTER Nov 2, 2010 05:28 PM

                                                                                      They are really taking their sweet time...it was supposed to open in freaking May. I swung by yesterday to take some pictures. The inside is a ghost town and the outside doesn't look very promising.

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                                                                                        Prav Nov 4, 2010 08:34 AM

                                                                                        lol @ your screenname :D

                                                                                    2. MC Slim JB Nov 1, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                                      The Wholy Grain, a new storefront sandwich shop down the block on Shawmut Ave from Coppa -- and former "social club" / business office of the late mobster who used to own the bygone Waltham Tavern -- has shown a lot of construction progress recently after a long fallow period: http://wholygrain.com/


                                                                                      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                                                                                        rlove Nov 10, 2010 01:02 PM

                                                                                        A sandwich shop going in the unit that used to have the gambling events? I always wondered what was up with that place. A social club, huh?

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                                                                                        Fort Point Nov 1, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                        Do we know if is going to be called Papagallo or Papagayo? Have seen both listed. Also is it part of a chain?

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                                                                                        1. re: Fort Point
                                                                                          mats77 Nov 1, 2010 10:16 AM

                                                                                          Same group as Max and Dylan's, Tavern on the Water and Scollay Square

                                                                                          Scollay Square
                                                                                          21 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

                                                                                        2. Matt H Nov 1, 2010 09:21 AM

                                                                                          The sign at Voltage Coffee and Art in Kendall says they will be open Wednesday.

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                                                                                            hiddenboston Nov 1, 2010 12:06 PM

                                                                                            Yup. Their Twitter page mentions a soft opening that day.

                                                                                            1. re: hiddenboston
                                                                                              Matt H Nov 1, 2010 12:12 PM

                                                                                              Really looking forward to an alternative to Starbucks on that end of Kendall. Extra bonus that it is right downstairs.

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                                                                                                hiddenboston Nov 1, 2010 01:01 PM


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                                                                                            smtucker Nov 1, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                                                            Certainly hope that Qingdao Garden is reopening today. Has anyone walked by the space recently?

                                                                                            Qingdao Garden Restaurant
                                                                                            2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                                                                            1. re: smtucker
                                                                                              Bob Dobalina Nov 2, 2010 07:46 AM

                                                                                              Website still says closed until 10/31 - tried calling yesterday - no answer
                                                                                              Went to Wang's instead - dumplings were really good and fresh, pork chop in the pork chop noodle soup had a lot of five spice flavor - singapore rice noodles were too oily, but had a good amount of heat from hot peppers.

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                                                                                                lipoff Nov 10, 2010 01:26 PM

                                                                                                Wang's is terrific, but the Singapore rice sticks is literally the worst dish I've had on their menu. I also hope Qingdao Garden re-opens soon.

                                                                                                Qingdao Garden Restaurant
                                                                                                2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

                                                                                              2. re: smtucker
                                                                                                cindywho Nov 2, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                                No answer today either. I was hoping to go tomorrow :(

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                                                                                                  MESsmate Nov 4, 2010 08:13 AM

                                                                                                  I walked by and it looks like they have a ways to go. Having withdrawal!

                                                                                                  1. re: MESsmate
                                                                                                    maillard Nov 5, 2010 05:08 PM

                                                                                                    Website says December 2 now: http://www.qingdaogarden.com/

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                                                                                                      smtucker Nov 5, 2010 05:10 PM

                                                                                                      How can I wait this long?

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                                                                                                        maillard Nov 8, 2010 03:12 PM

                                                                                                        I know! If I'd know they were going to be closing I would've stocked up on dumplings. In the meantime, I went to Fuloon the other night to help with my Qingdao withdrawal. Very tasty stuff. And I discovered that the JingDu pork pancake is very similar to a new item that East Asia has (I forget what they call it, but it was on the specials board last time I was there). Yum.

                                                                                                        East Asia Restaurant
                                                                                                        868 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

                                                                                              3. hiddenboston Nov 1, 2010 08:46 AM

                                                                                                Deluxe will definitely be opening a second diner in Newton Centre. Not sure exactly when at this point. And Little Mary's Bagels looks like it might not open for a little while longer. Last time I went by there (about 4 days ago) it looked like some work was being done inside.

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                                                                                                  bear Nov 1, 2010 08:30 AM

                                                                                                  I peeked into Prime RB yesterday and it looks pretty close to opening.

                                                                                                  Any news on Little Mary's Bagels in Arlington? They haven't updated their facebook page in a while.

                                                                                                  1. Prav Nov 1, 2010 08:19 AM

                                                                                                    Wow, Kelly's Landing closed? That place has been around a while...

                                                                                                    Also, is it true that Deluxe Town Diner will be opening another location in Newton Centre?

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