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Hey why not! Qingdao Garden is set to re-open on March 2 (thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768376 ). Floating Rock has resumed the buildout in their Central Square spot and it looks like they may finally open (about 12 months after their initial projected date). There are photos of this on their Facebook page.

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

Qingdao Garden Restaurant
2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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  1. saus is opening today

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    1. re: jgg13

      They are indeed open. Good fries albeit a little expensive.

      1. re: marcusnaz14

        FYI, Saus discussion over at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/723929

    2. Drove by Seven stars bistro in Rozzie today. Nothing going on. What happened?
      Super fusion sushi in JP has the paper down from the windows.

      gutterman

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      1. re: gutterman

        I can't wait for the JP Super Fusion. I love the Brookline location and can practically crawl to this one.

      2. 5 Napkin website now says "Opening Soon" (use to say "Opening February, 2011")

        1. I guess this happened some time in Feb, but I just noticed a new sign today: Sushi Box, at 617 Main Street in Waltham, where Sushi Yasu used to be. The place looks exactly the same as before except for the sign, and it's "new" website address still says Sushi Yasu even though the contents states Sushi Box. I'm not sure if it's the same owners or new owners.

          http://www.sushiboxwaltham.com/

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          Sushi Yasu
          617 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

          1. An otherwise undescribed restaurant (Persian?) named Sabzi (Mehran Khosrowdad, described as ten year restauranteur) just got a beer and wine license in Arlington, in the old Prose spot.

            http://arlington.patch.com/articles/a...

            1. Naked Pizza opens in Brookline next Monday. And Zaftigs is now open in Natick.

              1. Thelonious Monkfish ("sushi and Asian fusion," as the banner outside declares) in Central Sq is open. I walked by tonight but didn't stop in. Cute name, I must say! I'm a sucker for jazz references!

                Floating Rock space has a big sign looking for applicants for lots of positions including bartenders! And I saw light fixtures!

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                1. re: digga

                  We hit up T.M. Friday night. Quite solid Thai offerings, the Tom Yum soup was stellar as was the Pad See Ew. We also got a "burmese noodle soup" which was a grilled/crispy chicken leg in a yellow curry broth with pad thai noodles and crispy onions on top. Good taste but way too heavy to order again. Ordered one Oshinko Maki that never came. Service was a touch spotty but promising for the future. Great interior/music, friendly folks, a touch pricy but still good for Central.

                  We'll be back!

                  1. re: digga

                    Floating Rock soft opening this month (after they pass inspection), grand opening April 1st.

                    1. re: viperlush

                      The folks at Floating Rock sent an email a few days ago stating that their soft opening, which was originally scheduled for March 25, has been delayed due to inspection taking longer that they thought. Hopefully they'll be ready to open soon!

                  2. Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, Sushi, Shabu is set to open any day now. It is located at South Shore Plaza where the Rock Bottom used to be.

                    1. La Romagnoli in Watertown closed after 11 months.

                      Poor place just never had any appeal.

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                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        Loved the quality at La Romagnoli....the prices started rising steadily and it was just a matter of time. Found the owner to be abrasive at best.

                        1. re: miketr

                          That's a real shame. The owner's parents were iconic in the Boston restaurant scene 30 years ago.

                      2. Local 149 looks pretty close to being ready.

                        1. Globe reports that Jerry Remy's in the new Liberty Wharf complex in the Seaport District will open March 9. Mexican restaurant in the same complex is expected to open by the end of the March. Giant Legal's and DelFrisco steak house to follow in April. A big increase in Boston's waterfront dining options in one fell swoop.

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                          1. re: pemma

                            There should also be some places opening not too far away at the new skyscraper at Russia Wharf that was recently finished. I believe I read something saying there will be 3-4 restaurants in that development although some or all will be of the quick lunch variety.

                            1. re: Gordough

                              There is a fifth restaurant planned for the complex, but they have not announced what it is (Maybe they don't know yet?) It would be nice if it was a local, interesting fine-dining kind of place.

                              1. re: pemma

                                jody adams is going in there, as well as smith & wollensky grill.

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  What is Jody Adams opening there?

                                  1. re: mkfisher

                                    not certain of the concept. hopefully she will fare better than her former partners.

                            2. re: pemma

                              do we know who owns and who will be the chef at the Mexican restaurant.

                              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                                rumors are swirling it may rick bayless. sign says two-time james beard award-winning chef.

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  eta: todd hall, who made his name at la hacienda, in scottsdale, will be chef at temazcal. main money is coming from joe cronin, who also owns atlantic beer garden and whiskey priest. let's hope this is a step up from those unholy hells of townie drunkeness.

                            3. The Somerville Journal reports that Sagra in Davis Square is closing, to be replaced by something called Five Horse Tavern.

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                              Sagra
                              400 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

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                              1. re: greenzebra

                                Ahhh, the rumors were true, then (someone emailed me last night about it). I tried to call Sagra this morning, but the maintenance people knew nothing about it.
                                I should have suspected this when I went to the OpenTable page earlier today and it was no longer taking reservations for the place.

                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                  Damn, I have a GC....

                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                    I'm sure the Dedham location will honor it.

                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                      Hope so; it's restaurant.com.

                                      1. re: galleygirl

                                        You can always get a credit refund from restaurant.com for a place that has gone out of business. I've done that a few times (via email).

                                2. re: greenzebra

                                  YES!! Service was wretched the 2 times we went...and after two tries, we were out!

                                3. Is Bobalicious in Newton on the skids again? Tried to get some lunch there today around 12:30 and there is bright yellow "For Lease" signs up in the front window, boxes/crates in the middle of the shop,and the door was locked. Someone was in the store folding laundry or something and she waved me away when I looked in the window.

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                                  Bobalicious
                                  308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458

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                                  1. re: LStaff

                                    NO!! :(

                                    1. re: Prav

                                      Sadly, yes. Stopped by Giuseppe's for lunch while erranding this afternoon, and Bobalicious is indeed gone for good.

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                                      Bobalicious
                                      308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458

                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                        that's too bad. they had good banh mi. the family that owned it was really nice too

                                        1. re: galangatron

                                          The sisters that owned and ran Bobalicious left it a while ago and it's never been quite the same since. Still sad to see it close, though. It sure was nice to have that option in the neighborhood of mostly all Italian places.

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                                          Bobalicious
                                          308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458

                                  2. Thrillist is reporting a grilled cheese sandwich place opening in Cleveland Circle,

                                    Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese.

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                                    1. re: CookieLee

                                      just FYI, It's actually a food truck, and not a B&M store.

                                      1. re: hynespb

                                        oh, interesting. thanks.

                                    2. Someone told me that Roast Beast of Boston on Comm. Ave. (near the Brighton Avenue split) may have finally opened, but I'm still trying to confirm. Has anyone been by it over the past day or two? It's at 1080 Comm. Ave.

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                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                        I drove by the other night, and it was dark.

                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                          Really? Because the sign was up there for a while and then it was gone, and we assumed the deal had fallen through somehow.

                                          Odd location for a restaurant, anyway: it used to be a head shop.

                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                            It's one of those basement apartments on the corner of comm av and a residential street. It was only a retail location for a few brief months, after Boston issued permits to head shops and before they suddenly changed their mind and shut them down illegally. Should be a fun location for food.

                                        2. Hi all,
                                          I called MuLan today to see if there was any news on its Waltham opening. The person answering the Cambridge location said "maybe 2 weeks".

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                                          MuLan
                                          228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                                          1. re: JoJo5

                                            I *think* Mulan in Waltham is open! I walked by this am and there's a "Grand Opening" banner below the sign. Tables/chairs AND dinnerware are all laid out. As it was early, the place was dark and there is no hours posted at the door, except that it's closed Mondays.

                                            1. re: y2000k

                                              YES!!!! Have been waiting for the opening. Will report back if I do.

                                              1. re: y2000k

                                                Yup, their Twitter page says "GRAND OPENING" (twice).

                                            2. The Garden of Eat-In Pizzeria has opened in the former space of Good Food Cafe in Cambridge. Italian food, pizzas, sandwiches.

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                                              1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                Did a little googling...the owners appear to be the former owners of Franco’s Pizzeria and Pub in Waltham (not Franca's - always got the two confused.)

                                                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                  That's promising. Franco's pizza is solid.

                                                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                    That could be huge. Franco's has some of the best thin crust pizza in Boston. After Regina's, their pie is one of my favorites around.

                                                    1. re: Gabatta

                                                      Was it Franco's or Franca's? I seem to recall that Franca's was the better one, with the brick oven by the train tracks.

                                                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                        I preferred the pizza at Franco's personally (good 'NY style' thin crust). However, you are correct, Franca's was the one by the tracks. Franca's had a more complete menu. I believe Franca's has closed?, while Franco's is in a different location than back in the days when I had clients in Waltham (and reason to be there).

                                                  2. re: Boston_Otter

                                                    We stopped in last night for a take-out pie and it was good - well balanced, good chewy crust, reasonably priced ($12 for a large with two toppings). We got sausage (high quality) and hot cherry peppers (quite hot) on ours - next time I'll skip the toppings as it all was a bit overloaded and overwhelmed the thin crust. But this is a solid new option for pizza around Davis, especially considering the generally poor quality of other takeout joints nearby (at least in my experience). The nice woman at the counter told us that she and her husband are the owners and had previously run a bigger place in Waltham for 20 years. The place was empty on a Friday night and they didn't seem to be fielding too many phone orders...hope things pick up! In any case, we will return for sure.

                                                  3. The Main Street branch of Kabab & Tandoor in Waltham has closed. Sign says it has moved to 315 Moody street (I presume, inside the Waltham India Market?).

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                                                    Kabab & Tandoor
                                                    699 Main St, Waltham, MA

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                                                    1. re: y2000k

                                                      Yes, it's inside the new market, in the basement.

                                                      1. re: Allstonian

                                                        Are they open in that new location yet?

                                                        1. re: Luther

                                                          Yes. I stopped by the market today and the Kabab & Tandoor restaurant in the basement is indeed open, with pretty good business too!

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                                                          Kabab & Tandoor
                                                          699 Main St, Waltham, MA

                                                    2. ltk is back open after a water main break had them dark for about a month.

                                                      1. JPLicks will be opening in Wellesley Center later this month, per their enewsletter. their 10th location.

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                                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                          Ex-Brighams location?

                                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                            No. Wellesley Square where the Body Shop used to be.

                                                          2. re: opinionatedchef

                                                            As of earlier this week (Wednesday, I think), they were open. I think they're going to do a booming business in that location.

                                                            1. re: peelmeagrape

                                                              Think so? Even with White Mountain Creamery and Truly Yogurt a few hundred yards away? I am in the minority and actually enjoy White Mountain the most of all 3 places. At least for ice cream.

                                                          3. Jery Remy's is open in the Seaport. First to open on Liberty Wharf.

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                                                            1. re: Bostonphotobill

                                                              stopped in yesterday afternoon and the bar was nearly full at 4:00. guess they filled a much-needed niche! a gajillion tvs, and menu offerings like wings and quesadllias. will have a waterside patio when the weather finally ever relents.

                                                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                I ate at the Fenway one right after it opened. Quite possibly the worst BBQ I've ever had. The place is on par w/ Friday's/Chili's for me food-wise. They did have a pretty good beer selection, IIRC.

                                                                1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                                  The BBQ when the smoker was going out back was decent IMO. Not spectacular, but certainly much better than chains such as Fridays to be fair.

                                                            2. Pronti Bistro should be opening soon in Needham (on the Newton line) - at the corner of Highland Ave and 2nd Ave (across the street from Petco/Staples and - ugh - Panera). I work a block away and can't wait for a new lunchtime option. Not a lot of info or menu online yet, but supposedly an "Indian-Fusion" restaurant, roll-up sandwiches on paratha. Hopefully set for a March opening.

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                                                              1. re: nincyh

                                                                I work a block away too and can't wait! I've been calling every day.. hehe

                                                              2. Sticky Rice Cafe is open at 1894 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132.
                                                                It has Korean, Thai and Japanese dishes now. Sushi will be added soon.

                                                                1. Probably not too exciting for most, but in Rockland, MA a new Mexican restaurant has opened on Union St. called Three Amigos.(not Tres Amigos!). This was the former locale of Aygila and before that, Tuscany. Would love a great Mexican restaurant to open here, but doubt the locals would embrace that concept, so not too optimistic myself, but will give it a shot :) It does appear to have a full bar.

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                                                                  1. re: Trumpetguy

                                                                    That is the same spelling as 'Three Amigos' in Stoneham which is an above average mexican-american restaurant/taqueria. Its a little simpler and I prefer it to Mexico Lindo in Melrose which some hounds like. Even if its the same owners with a full bar, I would expect they would change their concept a bit. In Rockland BYOB would be even better because of Luke's Liquors, but probably not feasible.

                                                                    1. re: itaunas

                                                                      Interesting--I will investigate ;) Love Luke's Liquors!

                                                                  2. Abigail's (former B Siders) announced on Facebook earlier this week that construction had begun. Is there a March 2011 Progress thread? ;) Any further news on Mead Hall or Area 4? these will be welcomed spots in this neglected hood!

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                                                                    1. re: 5thAndNowhere

                                                                      Which hood?

                                                                      1. re: Wineack

                                                                        Northeast side of Kendall Square.

                                                                    2. Savin Bar and Kitchen is advertising their soft opening for next week through Thrilllist

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                                                                      Savin Bar and Kitchen
                                                                      112 Savin Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125

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                                                                      1. re: Wannabfoode

                                                                        They have been slammed ever since they opened on Monday. Brunch service is supposed to start on April 2nd. I haven't been yet, waiting for things to calm down, but I have a friend who works there and he said things are going very well. The chef came from Franklin Cafe.

                                                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                          He was the daytime sous at the Franklin - the Franklin still has the same chef that has been there a couple years now. The menu at Savin looks good, haven't made it out that way yet. I may wait for things to settle down, the place is getting killed on yelp -- I think some people wanted a grungy tavern instead of a casual upscale restaurant. Hopefully it does well, right near the T should be a great spot.

                                                                      2. Saw a sign yesterday for Montecristo in a NE corner window on Main St. In Everett near the Malden line. The logo looked identical to the Brigham Circle restaurant. Web site's mum, though, so I'm not sure what's going on there. The Huntington Ave. spot bills itself as a Mexican Grill, although it isn't exactly (Salvadoran?); beans aren't refried but given a more black bean treatment. But Mexican coworkers have given that place a thumbs-up as "the real deal," and I like it, so if they're coming to the area that's good news.

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                                                                        Montecristo Restaurant
                                                                        146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

                                                                        1. Bon Savor and Robinwood cafe are both for sale here in JP. The end is near for the robinwood, the owner is back in Greece.

                                                                          Gutterman

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                                                                          Bon Savor
                                                                          605 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

                                                                          1. Driving to the T today I noticed that Bickfords Grille (no apostrophe?) in Braintree is once again closed. A van with the corporate logo was outside today, and a "This Location Is Closed - Thank you for your patronage" sign was pasted on the windows. Rotary traffic aside, I'll never understand how a restaurant could survive in that location with the stench of the abutting transfer station permeating the parking lot on days warmer than freezing.

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                                                                            1. re: kbarry1726

                                                                              So I wonder what restaurant will go into the Bickford's space before it closes and becomes a Bickford's again?

                                                                              1. re: kbarry1726

                                                                                Bickfords survived b/c it was open 24 hours. When I was in high school I practically lived there. If only they could have monetized angst and bitterness instead of eggs..

                                                                              2. Noticed a sign in the window next to Stella Bella in Porter that said "Coming Soon Miso Market - a Japanese Grocery"

                                                                                There'll be alot of work to transform it from retail to a market, but here's hoping they make their own house made tofu and riceballs like Kotobukiya used to!!!!!!

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                                                                                1. re: myladyfae

                                                                                  I'm hoping against hope that the very sweet Mi Da Mi restaurant in Arlington isn't closed. I drive by on my daily commute, and it's been dark at dinnertime most nights -- not sure if it's a temporary closure or closed forever.

                                                                                  1. re: Swankalicious

                                                                                    I walked by tonight and people were going in and out. I agree, tho, that it looks closed when you drive by - they should reconsider their lighting.

                                                                                    1. re: Swankalicious

                                                                                      Not closed. They were on vacation and then renovating. We just had takeout on Friday.

                                                                                  2. Comella's on Harvard St. in Brookline has closed, just in case it hasn't been mentioned yet.
                                                                                    Q

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                                                                                    1. re: QCumber

                                                                                      Not surprised. I walk past there all the time, and I don't think I ever saw a customer in there.

                                                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                        We tried it once, when it first opened. We were very disappointed. Tasted like Italian, school cafeteria style.

                                                                                        1. re: CookieLee

                                                                                          Same here - tried it once, never went back. They always seemed to have at least some customers, mostly college-age. Obviously not enough though. No great loss.

                                                                                          I am curious to see what comes in next.

                                                                                        2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                          They have been expanding very quickly. I wonder how things are going for them at their recently opened Arlington location, or what it portends for their yet-to-be opened Belmont location, which I notice is advertising that it will have a wine bar?

                                                                                          1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                                            I don't think the Arlington location will last. It never seems busy , save for high school kids after class, and their is already a plethora of "Italian" places that have the same style menu.

                                                                                            However I do think the Belmont location will do well, especially wine bar, considering Belmont residents go into Il Casale demanding chicken parm and Caesar Salad.

                                                                                            1. re: Unfoodie

                                                                                              I drive by the Arlington Place around a little after 5 almost every day and though not packed there are always some people in there. It seems like more of a take-out place, but the parking situation there is pretty bad, so I don't know how that would work unless they do delivery.

                                                                                            2. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                                              I just noticed, Comella's has opened in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center.

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                                                                                              Comella's
                                                                                              1302 Washington St, Newton, MA 02465

                                                                                        3. As reported on Boston's Hidden Restaurants / Boston Restaurant Talk http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com...
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                                                                                          Hi-Rise Bread Company is opening in Porter near Harvard Law, probably around June. The space is in a new building, and will have a format like the Harvard Sq. location. I just talked to Rene Becker, the owner, he got the lease today!

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                                                                                          56 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA

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                                                                                          1. re: tatsu

                                                                                            That's the new Lesley College building, which has had retail vacancy since it opened. Definitely a different type of space than the other two locations but it will be a nice place for it. Between that and Simon's across the street there will be lots of good choices for coffee in that neighborhood!

                                                                                            1. re: hckybg

                                                                                              good luck to them with that reno work. That space was originally imagined as retail space only, and I don't believe it has any plumbing for things like sinks and bathrooms.

                                                                                              1. re: myladyfae

                                                                                                The space might not have plumbing for a kitchen, but even retail spaces have to provide sinks and bathrooms for their employees, don't they?

                                                                                                1. re: Allstonian

                                                                                                  From what I've seen with similar spaces in the South End, the problem is often the capacity of the water lines. The folks at Wilkes Passage (1313 Washington St.) discovered this when they designated one of their retail spaces for use as a restaurant, then a potential tenant discovered they would have to spend $30-40K upgrading the water main under the building to make a commercial kitchen work. That space has remained without a tenant for nigh on eight years now.

                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                    Perhaps if Lesley owns the space and because it has been vacant since completion, they will help with the conversion. We will see, though I can't imagine that Hi-Rise wasn't aware of the need for modifications when they signed on.

                                                                                                    1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                      hmmm I went to a mid cambridge planning meeting and there were lots of well connected RE folk who seemed to think that Lesley had wanted a restaurant there all along.... Maybe they're just putting a good face on it, but evidently they were really happy to get Hi-Rise in the space.

                                                                                          2. Bengal Cafe (N. Cambridge) has a For Rent sign in the window.

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                                                                                            1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                              There's a sign for a new sushi place on Kneeland. Construction is justs starting but the sign is up..maybe a block down from Jacob Wirths. I can't tell how deep the space is but it looks very small. I'd love to see a smaller, intimate place go in the space..or better yet a market like the 1 in Allston.

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                                                                                              31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

                                                                                              1. re: 9lives

                                                                                                Not ready to open, windoows are blocked with cardboard..but a website

                                                                                                http://www.irashaisushi.com/home.html

                                                                                              2. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                                Yes, I saw the sign myself today. It's a pity. They were very uneven, but on a good day they were very good. Many of the things they offered were hard to get elsewhere and, most importantly, they did not follow the commonplace practice among poor IndoPakBD restaurants here of making generic sauces and mixing stuff into them just before serving.

                                                                                                1. re: FoodDabbler

                                                                                                  Yeah, I think they fell between not being "typical Indian" enough and not being spicy/exotic enough, and the things that really were different--the little mustard-bomb dishes, especially--were just *too* different. Good cooking, but I'm amazed they kept going as long as they did. Catering, maybe.

                                                                                                2. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                                  We saw the sign over the weekend as well. That block is really tough for restaurants, as there isn't much parking, little foot traffic, and just a bit out of the way if you are taking the Red Line. I wasn't overly impressed by Bengal Cafe (it seemed a bit dirty), but it was around for several years and will definitely be missed by more than a few people.

                                                                                                3. Remicks in Quincy is scheduled to open on Thursday, March 24th. A friend had the chance to peak inside and said it's decor is black and chrome. The horseshoe bar has been replaced with a straight bar set at the back of the room.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                                                    Remicks was hopping when I happened to go to nearby Good Health Natural Foods last night.

                                                                                                    I'll be interested to see what their concept/menu etc. is. Hope they do well.

                                                                                                    1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                                                      Grubstreet has the low down on Remick's, along with a menu. They are going to be doing a family-style full roast suckling pig dinner for 10, similar to what Citizens in the Fenway is doing. The menu seems very heavily slanted towards Italian, which is a bit disappointing, but there are a few interesting items on the menu. I think I'm reserving a pig roast for my next birthday, though.

                                                                                                      http://boston.grubstreet.com/2011/03/...

                                                                                                      1. re: mwk

                                                                                                        From the photos in the Patriot Ledger, my impression was that the focus was not going to be on the food. It was described as a lounge restaurant, and gave more of an impression of a drinking establishment, not that there is anything wrong with that, but my interest level drop down considerably. Hope, I'm wrong, the pig roast thing would be pretty cool. Hope someone goes soon and gives us a review.

                                                                                                      2. re: Pegmeister

                                                                                                        I went to Remick's about a week ago for dinner on a Tuesday night. The decor is nice, though dark. I love the communal high top in the bar. Definitely a spot to have a few cocktails with friends.

                                                                                                        The Drinks: Grey Goose Dirty martini and glass of wine (can't for the life of me recall which red was ordered). The martini was NOT good.

                                                                                                        The Food: DC and I split the oxtail arancini which were good, but did not have a good portion of oxtail. For dinner, I went with the ramen with pork belly and smoked pork shoulder. HUGE portion which unfortunately after a while the saltiness of the soy wore on me. However, the first 5 bites or so were very good. DC ordered the duck and said it was very good, and I tried the mashed and glazed kumquats which were both excellent.

                                                                                                        The Service: I'll have to give two thumbs up to our waitress - she was very friendly, checked on us enough but not to the point of annoying.

                                                                                                        I would give Remick's 4 out of 5 stars overall.

                                                                                                        1. re: Wannabechef21

                                                                                                          Tried Remick's tonight. Agree the service was very good. Started with the arugula salad, dressed with lemon, olive oil & parmesaen. Some fingerling potato chips as an accompanyment. Very nice, fresh arugula, not drowned in dressing. Only complaint was aruglua had some long stems, so a bit of a pain to eat. For entrees, DC had the half duck, I had the cassoulet. Both were good, but were just missing something. The duck was done well, good flavor, but on the dry side. Cassoulet, lamb shank, duck confit and house made sausage. Sausage gave a huge hit of thyme, almost to the point of bad, lamb not a lot of flavor. It seems like everything was cooked separately and then added to the cast iron with a bed of white beans and thrown in the oven. It was good, and for $16 it was not unreasonable, but really not a wow dish. The dessert, billed as a lemon budino, essentially a lemon eclair, was ok, but again, not wowing us. Vegetables are fresh with the entrees, but the meats seem to be pre-cooked and then reheated. It's still early and hopefully they'll improve on some solid cuisine.

                                                                                                          1. re: jjbourgeois

                                                                                                            I'll pile on too. Went to Remick's Sat nite.

                                                                                                            Great service at the bar and at the table. Asked for a dry martini--got it (sometimes I think bartenders add MORE dry vermouth when asked for dry--this was not the case, they did it right). DC's beer was as ordered.

                                                                                                            Were sat immediately at table post ordering drinks.

                                                                                                            Very friendly service (but not overly so) . Really good homemade foccacia with hummus (olive oil and sumack on top). YUM.

                                                                                                            I odered the duck--breast and leg with pureed potatoes, kumquat glaze, veggies. I loved every bite and am looking forward to my leftovers tonight. DC had the Angus sirloin steak tips. Very nice charred flavor. He subbed FF for rice-- Nice fry job. We both loved our meals.

                                                                                                            Given the menuy, the decor, the price-point, this is exactly the spot I was hoping for for QC. Iam delighted Remick's has arrived.YAY!

                                                                                                      3. More questions than answers here. There is a newish Brazilian lanchonete (service Brazilian lanches or sandwiches, snacks, etc) on lower Broadway in East Somerville. I think its in an old cellular store, but in any case its roughly one block before the Police substation when heading towards Sullivan (the cross street is the one with the catholic parish). Was closed when I went by so haven't check it out. Has anyone heard anything about Oliveira's in East Cambridge, I haven't seen any change since it was announced and it looked like Sunset might be opening their bar (I heard some possibly related rumors but won't post them because of board policies)?? Also Acai Juice bar on Medford St in Somerville was dark the two times I went by and looked sort of empty, is that still open? Also doesn't look like there is much or any movement on the old Muqueca space...

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                                                                                                        1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                        Oliveira's
                                                                                                        751 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149

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                                                                                                        1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                          I was wondering about the old Muqueca place too, as I walked by yesterday. They've got a sign (Cafe Bom) but paper is covering the windows. I can't even tell what kind of restaurant it will be if it ever opens. Does anyone know?

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                                                                                                          1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                          1. re: Stride

                                                                                                            The Muqueca owners were opening a cafe, Brazilian oriented but I think not strictly (eg I thought I saw mention of sandwiches). They were more generous with 'tempero verde' in their salgadinhos in the past. I wish they would go back to their original name Ponto de Encontro which I enjoyed and would be good for a cafe, but in any case I hadn't seen much movement inside the papers.

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                                                                                                            1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                            1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                              Thanks, Itaunas. If it's the Muqueca folks I'll certainly want to check it out, when they finally open. Maybe it's worth another visit to the new Muqueca space for dinner and to ask what they know... (Any excuse!)

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                                                                                                              1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                                                                                                          2. re: itaunas

                                                                                                            Acai Juice bar is always dark. Walked by the other day and peeped in the windows, the equipment and stuff is in there, just no people. Ever.

                                                                                                            It's a strange place for a juice bar. Not a ton of foot traffic in these parts, and not close to other Brazilian stores where they might get a little overflow.

                                                                                                            1. re: yumyum

                                                                                                              Pazzo on Newbury St. is closed. Is there any story on this?

                                                                                                              1. re: postemotional1

                                                                                                                I'd lay it on the food going downhill after Bill Bradley left, and the fact that it's a huge space with high rent in a down economy.

                                                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                  Any Idea where Bradley ended up? Forced out of Incontro and now this.

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                                                                                                                  860 W Central St, Franklin, MA 02038

                                                                                                              2. re: yumyum

                                                                                                                Ok cool, in the past they had an open sign or something which indicated a bit of life (maybe I am thinking of the door propped open in warmer Sept weather). Was sort of planning to drop in, but couldn't figure out whether it was open. They should really have opened it either inside the Gold's or the Planet Fitness :-)

                                                                                                            2. I know Taqeuria Jalisco has been closed for a week for vacation (reopening tomorrow), but I was just at Restaurante El Buen Gusto next door to it two weeks ago and a couple of times last week, and I went by today to find it closed for the second day in a row. Normally it's only closed on Wednesdays, so I'm wondering if this is a permanent closure or something temporary. I hope it's the latter; I quite liked it.

                                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                              295 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

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                                                                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                An update from Tuesday, El Buen Gusto was open and Jalisco was closed but I don't think they open Tuesday.

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                                                                                                                295 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

                                                                                                              2. Saw a sign for a new place with "Mexican cuisine" where the Brazilian bbq restaurant used to be in Arlington Center.

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                                                                                                                1. re: fantundo

                                                                                                                  It's going to be called Acitron.

                                                                                                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                    Until I looked it up and discovered that acitrón is candied prickly pear, I was beyond excited about Arlington's post-punk, industrial, techno restaurant. But no.

                                                                                                                    1. re: enhF94

                                                                                                                      I speak some Spanish, and still think Acitrón is a really terrible name.

                                                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                        Maybe they REALLY wanted to be among the first in the phone book...or....internet searches sorted alphabetically.

                                                                                                                      2. re: enhF94

                                                                                                                        Delete the 'A' and add "Lady"?

                                                                                                                      3. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                        Is this related to the acitronrestaurant.com site?

                                                                                                                        1. re: Taralli

                                                                                                                          Not sure if that's the site. Nothing came up when I tried to open it.

                                                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                            The restaurant space at the corner of Harvard & School St. in Brookline has a renovation dumpster out back. Any word as to what might be going in there?

                                                                                                                            1. re: CookieLee

                                                                                                                              Last I heard, Charcoal Japanese Bistro was going to be moving into that spot. Not completely sure that's still the name of the upcoming place, though. I'll try to check around today.

                                                                                                                            2. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                              http://acitronrestaurant.com/

                                                                                                                      4. maybe i missed a post, but when someone tries the new kebab place in the old KFC Mass Ave/Porter Sq/Walden St.- plse tell us how it is! thnx much.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/756502

                                                                                                                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                            here's one from today: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774419

                                                                                                                            1. re: Prav

                                                                                                                              thnx you two. V. helpful.

                                                                                                                          2. I just noticed recently that Espresso Pizza across from Tufts in Medford appeared closed. Then this weekend I noticed paper on the windows. That place has been there for a million years. Does anybody know what happened and/or what is going in? Just curious.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: pemma

                                                                                                                              I noticed that too. I'm shocked that Espresso has closed (if it has) because they were basically printing money off the Tufts kids' deliveries. I know when I was there, a million years ago, it was always our go to spot. Nothing to get excited about in terms of food, but speedy delivery and good for soaking up the booze.

                                                                                                                              1. re: yumyum

                                                                                                                                Pizza Days really cut into Espresso's Tufts delivery business (didn't hurt that they stayed open one hour later), although I don't know anything specific about Espresso even if they closed. Another spot very near by is up for sale (don't think chowhound policies permit any more to be said). Have been meaning to get a patty melt at the Tasty per gini's mention ages ago and they always did much better day business than Espresso. Also have a friend who swears by the wings at Nick's, which are pretty decent for Medford, but have light breading....

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                                                                                                                                364 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155

                                                                                                                                1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                  Speaking of Pizza Days, their Allston location must really be struggling, because the banners draped out front have been advertising increasingly desperate price cuts. I swear I think the next one will read "Okay, we'll pay you to order a damn pizza, all right? Please?"

                                                                                                                                  1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                    ugh i have never ordered espresso but it has to be better than pizza days

                                                                                                                                    1. re: joth68

                                                                                                                                      One's claim to fame was it was open until 2am, the other that it delivers until 3am... Medford has much better food options than either. BTW, Jenny Ondioline, both accept Tufts bucks or whatever their meal plan shopping money/parent chargeback setup is so that is a big deal and not certain if in Allston they would have the same (plus the student population is more spread out and has a lot more options).

                                                                                                                              2. Okay this is pushing March, but many places are reporting a soft opening of the long awaited Floating Rock in Central square this Friday, hope springs eternal

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                                                                                                                                485 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

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                                                                                                                                1. re: lc02139

                                                                                                                                  Soft opening was originally promised some time last week or this week, but they failed the initial inspection, so I guess the scheduled hard opening (April 1) will now be an attempted soft opening target?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Luther

                                                                                                                                    Yesterday there were building permits on the front glass and plenty of work going on inside (possibly to remedy inspection woes). After blowing so many proposed dates, maybe they should just concentrate on getting ready to open and then set a date.

                                                                                                                                    I am looking forward to having Floating Rock closeby, but it will be interesting to see how long it takes them to hit stride given the struggles to open this location.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gabatta

                                                                                                                                      Yes, I saw that as well and it is a bit annoying at this point. I've lost interest for now and will probably give it a couple months before I even try them.

                                                                                                                                      I noticed "Vegan Galaxy" across the street, looks like baked goods, meals and more. Anything else ppl know about this? It has a Didi Emmons kind of feel, just from the messaging and signage, but I don't know anything about it.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: tatsu

                                                                                                                                        Veggie Galaxy is from the owners for Veggie Planet in Harvard Square which I like a lot. The Veggie Galaxy concept seems to be vegetarian or vegan versions of typical diner dishes. I generally don't love veggie dishes that try to imitate classic dishes (e.g. meatloaf), but we shall see. If the success of Life Alive up the street is any indication, this place should do well.

                                                                                                                                2. Old Minsok location had workmen there this morning renovating the space.

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                                                                                                                                  92 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Taralli

                                                                                                                                    I'm trying to think of a location that has had more different tenants than the Minsok one in the last 20 years, and I can't.

                                                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                    92 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

                                                                                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                      How many in this spot? Another two with extreme turnover are the spot at the corner of Porter Exchange, now a Tavern on the Square (I can remember at least 4 tenants) and the spot that is now Pizzeria Posto near Davis Square.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                                        Also, the Sagra spot in Davis has been pretty active.

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                                                                                                                                        400 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

                                                                                                                                        1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                                          Azama Grill is at least the fourth--and I feel I may have forgotten one or two--tenant in its space in the nine years I've lived here. Same with what is now Smile Thai in the HKM food court. And I've long since lost count of the number of cafes that have failed to make a go in what is now InHouse Cafe on Harvard near Comm Ave.

                                                                                                                                          Seems like every block has one of what Matt Groening once dubbed The Storefront Of Doom.

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                                                                                                                                          54 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                                                                            I have a certain, probably unhealthy, fascination with failure, I guess, but have always found this phenomenon very intriguing. My armchair psychologist's guess is that the string of failures probably increases, rather than decreases, the chance that another restaurant will open in the same place. Of course this is in part infrastructural, but I'd bet there is also a bit of moxie--"they failed because their idea was terrible, but mine will never fail!" The Globe had a nice slideshow of the many occupants of 187 Elm Street, the Pizzeria Posto site, when it opened; there have been five restaurants there:
                                                                                                                                            http://www.boston.com/yourtown/somerv...

                                                                                                                                        2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                          Vlora's space has been turned over a lot.

                                                                                                                                          Same for Beacon Street tavern and The Roadhouse or whatever it is now.

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                                                                                                                                          545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                                                                                                                                          1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                                                            And the basement of the old police station in Union Square, Somerville, currently Precinct, has been home to several different restaurants over the years, including the original Elephant Walk.

                                                                                                                                        3. re: Taralli

                                                                                                                                          Go back in time long enough, and the Minsok location was originally a gas station, so there, Cognac Bistro. .Prior to Minsok, it was Shalom Hunan, Choe's, Zoe's, Shalom Beijing, Orchid Garden, Pier 9, and (I think originally) a Greek place whose name I can't recall.

                                                                                                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                          92 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

                                                                                                                                          Cognac Bistro
                                                                                                                                          455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

                                                                                                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                            HA! ding ding ding; the Winnah!!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                              You're like some sort of prodigy of the culinary palimpsest, Slim.

                                                                                                                                          2. Tropical Cafe has taken over the Brazille spot on Hollis in Framingham Center, which I believe means they closed the LLoyd's Diner location (not certain what happened there). Main change from what I could tell over Marlborough location was good sized buffet, which is $8.99. Unlike Brazille I don't think they are doing churrasco or at least weren't when I checked it out.

                                                                                                                                            Also a Somerville building permit was finally in the window of Bom de Boca Grill, but that could just as likely be the landlord doing some demolition because no repairs have been done to the attached house where the fire started.

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                                                                                                                                            11 Pine St, Waltham, MA 02453

                                                                                                                                            1. It appears someone has finally put the Bugaboo Creek Steak House on Arsenal St in Watertown out of it's misery....

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                                                                                                                                              615 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: okra

                                                                                                                                                thank goodness. though i call dibbs on the talking moose!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Prav

                                                                                                                                                  hey now !!

                                                                                                                                                2. re: okra

                                                                                                                                                  I'll miss their unique atmosphere -- a bizarre combination of the Country Bear Jamboree and the Possum Lodge from the Red Green Show -- and their tasty steaks and shrimp. I won't miss the creepy people who eat there, the often-lousy service, or the greasy (!) salads.

                                                                                                                                                3. Mulan on Main St., Waltham in the former Beijing Star spot opened on Tuesday. I stopped by for lunch today and it was mobbed with mostly Chinese patrons. The food I ordered and the portions were excellent. To start there was some marinated cabbage and a small bowl of peanuts for each table. I ordered the luncheon special of shredded pork in garlic sauce. It came with choice of soup, choice of rice, a crab rangoon, and some tempura veggies. Everything was delicious. I'd probably avoid the traditional lunch hour in the future, and go a little earlier or later because the waitresses were flying around the restaurant trying to accommodate the full house.

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                                                                                                                                                  835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451