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Sensing goodbye, hello Aragosta!

greenstate Apr 9, 2011 12:34 PM

Fairmont Battery Wharf finally decided to make some long-needed changes at their wonderful hotel and put in a new restaurant. This new venture will be led by the acclaimed chef from the Wauwinet in Nantucket. As someone in the neighborhood, I look forward to the changes and I look forward to a bar and restaurant that I draws me in and keeps me coming back for more. I hope with the changes, they replace the old bartender or give him a lesson in how not to drive customers away. When you enter an establishment through the bar, the first impression you get from the staff there is pretty important. I don't need to be kissed up to but I do expect to be welcomed pleasantly and made to feel like I want to stay - particularly at the prices they charged for their bevs. As someone who prefers to eat at the bar with friends, the bartender is as important as the chef. (well almost!) I am really looking forward to the opening of Aragosta next week.

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  1. StriperGuy RE: greenstate Apr 9, 2011 12:47 PM

    I'll drink to Sensing's demise. Nothing worse then an absentee chef.

    1. tatamagouche RE: greenstate Apr 21, 2011 12:20 PM

      David Daniels was a Boston chef before he went to the Cape...In fact, wasn't he at The Federalist or whatever that was called before it was Mooo?

      15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

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      1. re: tatamagouche
        yumyum RE: tatamagouche Apr 21, 2011 12:23 PM

        No idea, but I hope you are researching for an upcoming visit. ;-)

        1. re: yumyum
          tatamagouche RE: yumyum Apr 21, 2011 12:28 PM

          Hopefully soon. Although Heather & I decided you needed to be the 3rd in a row who meets a Denver man and moves out here.

          So this doesn't get tossed, have you (or has anyone) been yet?

        2. re: tatamagouche
          MC Slim JB RE: tatamagouche Apr 21, 2011 01:15 PM

          Daniels was exec chef at Toppers and (I believe) the opening chef at The Federalist; also did prior stints at Stephanie's on Newbury and Ambrosia.


          1. re: MC Slim JB
            CocoDan RE: MC Slim JB Apr 21, 2011 01:28 PM

            Let's hope this spaceshot lasts longer than those shining stars.

            1. re: CocoDan
              tatamagouche RE: CocoDan Apr 21, 2011 03:16 PM

              He's definitely got talent but the venue never seemed to be quite right.

          2. re: tatamagouche
            almansa RE: tatamagouche Apr 22, 2011 07:21 AM

            He was the chef at Stephanie's on Newbury.

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              StriperGuy RE: almansa Apr 22, 2011 07:30 AM

              That is NOT a good thing. Stephanie's food was mediocre at best.

              1. re: StriperGuy
                T.Clark RE: StriperGuy Apr 22, 2011 09:04 AM

                I've eaten at Topper's a few times over the past couple of years. I've never been sham-wow'd by the food, just the location and the prices.

                1. re: T.Clark
                  yumyum RE: T.Clark Apr 22, 2011 11:59 AM

                  Sham-wow reference, FTW!!!

          3. jinet12 RE: greenstate Apr 21, 2011 02:05 PM

            I KNEW that Sensing would not last...Overpriced and just not at all approachable in so many ways in this day and age...I stayed at this hotel last fall and was perplexed as to what to get for room service as everything was so unappealing to me...I felt like I was stuck in a time warp from the 90s'

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              MC Slim JB RE: jinet12 Apr 22, 2011 08:09 AM

              I think at least as big a problem with Sensing was having Guy Savoy's name on the project when he clearly had almost nothing to do with it, whooshed through the place every nine months or so. It was a bait-and-switch.


              1. re: MC Slim JB
                hotoynoodle RE: MC Slim JB Apr 22, 2011 11:47 AM

                now when will the intercontinental revamp the tumbleweed town that is miel?

                1. re: hotoynoodle
                  Beachowolfe RE: hotoynoodle Apr 22, 2011 05:03 PM

                  ha! tumbleweed town.

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