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Feb 1, 2011 05:46 AM

February Openings and Closings

So what restaurants are opening or closing this month? I've heard of a few, including Saus possibly opening (finally) over by Quincy Market, as well as Pronti Bistro in Needham, City Streets in Waltham (where Legends used to be), and Tico in the Back Bay (where Cottonwood Cafe used to be). As far as closings, Andros Diner in Belmont may be shutting down.


Andros Diner
628 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA 02478

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  1. Rabbit rabbit!

    Do you know any further details about this Pronti Bistro in Needham?

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    1. re: Prav

      Pronti Bistro is going to be a quick-food Indian fusion place that will be open for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. It'll be near the intersection of Route 128 and Highland Avenue.

    2. Local 149 in Southie in the old Farragut House space and Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain as part of Rhythm & Muse were both supposed to open in January, so hopefully this month?

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      1. re: copykat

        I live in South Boston and walk by the former-Farragut/ now-Local 149 spot every week to check on the progress. It looks like (despite the mostly papered windows) they've made a good amount of headway on the interior. The exterior still has the old Farragut sign up and needs a lot of work. My guess would be that its still about a month from opening, just based on construction appearances. I hope I'm wrong though -- would love it to open sooner!

        If anyone has an update on Local 149's estimated opening day, please share!

        1. re: cbw_chowfan

          Local 149 is getting close. Look for it to be open definitely by the last week of February if not sooner.

        2. re: copykat

          Here's an updated on Local 149:

          They're saying the opening date is now set at March 1st, but that's still pending permits/inspections. I'm hoping for mid-March, realistically. But, still, can't wait for it to open!

        3. While riding the 1 bus I thought that I saw a sign for a sushi and Japanese restaurant on Mass Ave around Central Square? Did I make this up, or is there a new restaurant coming?

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          1. re: viperlush

            There is indeed a sign that says something like "asian fusion". I did see that the soon to no longer be with us All Asia owners claim that htey're opening an asian fusion restaurant in central sq, so it may or may not be them.

          2. Peeking through the paper on the windows at the Al's State Street location in Holyoke Center (Harvard Square) yesterday it looks like they are finally moving on the build out there. There appeared to be a good amount of work yet to be done, but at least they are cranking. Hopefully soon.

            Sadly, in a step in the wrong direction, a new Dominos location opened on furniture row (Corner of Ellery and Mass Ave) outside of Harvard Square. Sad are the realities of chain economies of scale which allow Dominos to open while Il Pannino closed a few doors down not too long ago.

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            1. re: Gabatta

              But did Il Panino deliver in 30 minutes or less? ;)

              Sort of tongue in cheek there but I am more surprised there has not been one there sooner, given the demands of hard working college students.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                There's GOT to be better pizza around the corner... any corner. Domino's is vile.

                1. re: ChefJune

                  I think the big difference is neither Il Panino or Angelo's have particularly late hours, although Pinocchio's does which draws plenty of college students. Panino did when they opened but was more dinner oriented then. Cindarella's and Dial a Pizza don't have good pizza, but deliver and deliver late so people order them. HiFi in Central still draws lines, well, late at night.

                  Il Panino
                  266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

                  1. re: itaunas

                    I'm many years past college, but I would prefer a cold day old slice of pinocchio's pizza to the Domino's we made it better, really we did slice

                1. re: nonaggie

                  I have eaten subs from there twice. It is a great addition to the area. The sandwiches are basically the same, and as good as the downtown location. I love their fresh bread. A lot of the staff for the opening appears to have been brought in (at least temporarily) from the original location. They are more on the ball than the customers who seem to be scared to order from the eager and fast counter people.

                  1. re: Gabatta

                    Al was even there. I got him to sign my sub with permanent marker. But seriously, it is a tasty place. Just don't order the large unless you know what you are in for.

              2. From the 77 bus today, I noticed that Prose in Arlington is papered over. Are they just doing renovations?

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                1. re: digga

                  Here is what was written in the advocate a while ago, closed.