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Dec 1, 2010 05:45 AM

December Openings and Closings

Any upcoming openings or closings in the Boston area? A few I can think of include the Sea Dog Pub in Woburn (opening), Lawton's in Lawrence (closing), Lakay Island in Salem (opening), and Sake in Braintree (opening). Others?

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  1. Rod Dee's pretty blue neon sign was beckoning last night in Porter Square, along with a big "Opening Soon" sign. Can't wait.

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    1. re: bear

      They made it just under the gun.
      Rod Dee (Porter Sq): open today, hallelujah!

    2. Qingdao Garden's website says they are due to re-open on December 2. Yay.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        A friend and I drove by Qingdao Garden today, hoping to find it open for lunch. Given the work-in-progress that we saw, it is going to be a while before they re-open. That day cannot come too soon!

        Qingdao Garden Restaurant
        2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

        1. re: PinchOfSalt

          Ugh! We are on a very restricted eat-out budget and have been saving our pennies for their reopening. So disappointing!

        2. re: Bob Dobalina

          The website now says mid-December. Fingers crossed that they don't have to push back the date again!

          1. re: maillard

            I am now in total withdrawal. Down to 7 dumplings in the freezer and am craving some lamb with cumin. I will keep driving by and hoping to see an open sign.

            1. re: smtucker

              I'm so jealous of your frozen dumplings. I was just about to restock (had been out for months) when they closed. I am suffering from Severe Dumpling Withdrawal.

              1. re: smtucker

                what about wang's, golden garden or mulan as subsitutes for dumplings. and GG does a great lamb with cumin.

                228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  Very true and I've been meaning to get to one of them, but none of those are a 10 minute walk from my house like Qingdao is. :) Still, if Qingdao doesn't open back up soon I'll definitely just make the time to get some substitute dumplings.

                  1. re: maillard

                    Have you tried the cumin lamb at Zoe's? Depending on the direction of your walk, it could also be just ten minutes for you.

          2. This morning I walked by the new location of UBurger on Tremont Street across from the Common. It looks like they have made substantial progress in the last few weeks. So much so that I could see them opening in December although they still look a few weeks away. Good news for those that live/work in the area and want a quick, decent burger and fries under $10.

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            1. re: Gordough

              U Burger is in a tough competition with Stoddards as the slowest opening in history. I walk by regularly and the progress is proceeding at a glacial pace. maybe late DEC..:)...though it appears they could open by next week, I'm bettting they won't. The place is littered with DD cups and crap...but no workers.

              1. re: 9lives

                I think I saw someone filling out an application for employment when I walked by last week.

              2. re: Gordough

                I asked the guys in there today when they would open and they said hopefully next week.

                1. re: Gordough

                  U Burger is open on Tremont St.

                  1. re: mats77

                    They couldn't possibly have bothered to open when it was still warm out :)

                    Ah well!

                    1. re: jgg13

                      And they picked one of the windiest places in Boston to open! (The windiest other than the corner of Ashburton Place and Bowdoin Street on Beacon Hill, that is--people who went to Suffolk may know what I mean.)

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        Ever since the yawkey center went up, i'd submit that walking down cambridge st toward charles/mgh - the moment you clear the corner of the building is the worst downtown. It only lasts a second though :)

                        1. re: jgg13

                          none of you must walk around the seaport district. or by the john hancock in copley.

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            Age old truth - everyone thinks the areas they frequent are the windiest :)

                            Try telling a kendall square denizen that kendall (real kendall, not 1 kendall) ain't the windiest spot in the city :)

                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                              the wind in copley once pulled a pierced earring out of my ear!

                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                The wind at the corner of Clarendon and Boylston once blew stagnant water from a puddle into my mouth. ewwww.....

                  2. Chipotle is opening today at 101 Summer Street.

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                      1. re: SaraASR

                        I went at 12:30 on opening day -- line out the door and around the corner. Thank goodness I had ordered online and skipped the crowd -- went right to the front and claimed my food. It was tasty and up to par with other Chipotle experiences. Very excited to have a new lunch option in the financial district, especially since I much prefer Chipotle to Qdoba (by a lot). Looking forward to the initial insanity dying down though, will probably take awhile for the newness to wear off.

                        5 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                        1. re: cbw_chowfan

                          I can't ever find a food driven reason to visit Chipoltaway or Qdoba when Herrera's is right up the street.

                          5 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                          1. re: Beachowolfe

                            Try Burrito Express on Bedford/Kingston..Their quaility is what Herrera's was 10 years ago, when they had a single stand...which is to say good.. BX is far better.

                    1. Not super Chowish news, but I saw on the Davis Square LJ that a Subway will be taking place of Spun, the frozen yogurt place in Powderhouse that was open 2 hours/week.

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                        1. re: maillard

                          +1 That little formerly funky strip of restos at the Powderhouse corner will now host both a Dunkie's and a Subway. Boo.

                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                And a Starbucks inside that Dunkie's bathroom!