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May 2011 Openings and Closings

hiddenboston May 2, 2011 06:13 AM

Yup, it's May already (although it felt like early April waking up today), and it looks like more restaurant openings are on the way, including Mija over by Quincy Market (Mexican), Jaho Coffee and Tea in the South End, and BrickYard Pizzeria and Burger Bar in Woburn. Any closings imminent that you know of?

  1. itaunas May 31, 2011 12:18 PM

    Definately not a May opening, but after being vacant for over 5 years the former home of what is today Panificadora Modelo (still open across the street) in Magoun Square, Somerville is finally under construction. I hope another restaurant goes into that place as there are plenty of hair, nail salon, wireless stores, money transfer, takeout/pizza joints and a further draw might lift the other restaurants around. Since its served as a virtual billboard for Brazilian concert, chuch meeting, and general poster board they put up signs saying "no flyers" and wrote it in Portuguese, but that doesn't necessarily mean what is coming is Brazilian (the building was at one point Portuguese owned).

    Anyone know what happened to 660 Liquors on Cambridge Street. I noticed the big difference in stock (empty shelves) last week, particularly Portuguese wine (previously all 3 shelves of one aisle, but less and spread around in other places around the store) and the section of liquers from Lusaphone countries? Same counter staff that they have had for the past year, so wouldn't jump to conclusions about ownership. Almost looked like they sold off part of their stock (liens on license?) or sold the business without the existing stock, but in that case you would think they would target the neighborhood's upscale trend rather than devoting a display to Brazilian canção wine?

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    Panificadora Modelo
    508 Medford St, Somerville, MA

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      Unfoodie May 31, 2011 09:25 PM

      660 has often had empty shelves and lots of blank space no? I've only been in there a few times and I thought it was on the brinks of closing.

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        nickls Jun 6, 2011 01:20 PM

        Yeah, 660 had maybe three-quarters of the shelf space empty the last time I went there, and the beer selection was dismal. It looked like the owners ran out of cash. I asked the cashiers if they were going out of business, but they didn't really say anything. My friends who live around the corner say it has been like that for weeks. Based on what was posted on Yelp, looks like they have been having issues paying their bills since at least the end of 2010. It's too bad because they used to have some decent beer selection at reasonable prices when I lived in that neighborhood a few years ago.

      2. hiddenboston May 31, 2011 07:51 AM

        Looks like Little Mary's Bagels on Mass. Ave. in Arlington is not happening, as there is now a "For Rent" sign in the window.

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          smtucker May 28, 2011 09:36 AM

          EbiSushi in Union Square is open. Menu was left at my doorstep this morning, but I believe they were open yesterday. The website is still all placeholders, so I will try to take photos of the real menu and upload later today.

          The menu is not limited to sushi. There is some yakitori, tempura, udon noodle soups, grilled fish both a la carte and in sets.

          1. hiddenboston May 27, 2011 11:27 AM

            Someone just emailed me that the Fish House/Surf and Turf in Burlington has closed. Can anyone confirm this?

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              myladyfae May 27, 2011 12:31 PM

              i hope not - the options in the area for a plate of decent fried clams seem to be dwindling at an alarming rate!

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                Aquila May 31, 2011 08:00 AM

                Yes, it is true, the Fish House is closed for good.

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                dulce de leche May 26, 2011 01:20 PM

                Workers near our house told us that Cafe Belo has closed. I tried calling but haven't got anyone to answer the phone. Anyone know more?
                We'd miss it.

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                  Jenny Ondioline May 26, 2011 01:59 PM

                  Which one? Or do you mean all of them?

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                    dulce de leche May 26, 2011 02:10 PM

                    They tried to go to the Washington St./Somerville one but they said they were all closed.

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                    Snooch May 27, 2011 05:50 AM

                    They are all closed. The Somerville location is for sale.

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                    gutterman May 26, 2011 07:03 AM

                    7 stars street food in rozzie has posted that June 1st is opening day!!
                    been waitin a long time for this.....

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                      lc02139 May 26, 2011 07:54 AM

                      Yes I was very happy when I saw this on their facebook page, but aren't we getting ahead of ourselves :)) it's still May. I was a big fan when his father had seven stars Mandarin house in newtwon center in the 90's.
                      Hopefully all their ducks are in line not like other places that kept us waiting for months after their initial target date.
                      Please post when you go, I fear it will be a while for me to get over there.
                      http://www.sevenstarstreetbistro.com/

                    2. okra May 25, 2011 07:03 AM

                      Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar and Grill" has opened at Patriot Place in Foxboro. Guitar shaped bar, mechanical bull, just what Foxboro needed! Get in line...

                      http://countrybarma.com/

                      http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articl...

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                      Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill
                      2 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035

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                        MC Slim JB May 26, 2011 07:23 AM

                        That sounds like one of my ideas of Hell. Naturally, the website is ferociously annoying. Spend five minutes waiting for it to load, and you'll find the menu sorta looks like a Ninety-Nine.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                          bear May 26, 2011 07:50 AM

                          Gotta love those "Whiskey Girls". Classy.

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                            hiddenboston May 26, 2011 08:09 AM

                            The Bass Pro shoppers will probably like it. Seems like a similar theme in a way. Maybe they can get a Can-Am outlet in there as well.

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                              Unfoodie May 27, 2011 06:37 PM

                              I like whiskey, I like girls, I like beer in mason jars and I love the Bass Pro shop (for fishing supplies, their cool airgun and hunting games and camouflage bed sheets!) but I already know that I hate this place.

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                          Snowflake May 23, 2011 08:30 PM

                          As noted at the end of April, Phoenicia has closed. The permit on the window notes the addition of a sushi bar (and a restroom). anyone heard details on a targeted opening date?

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                            edgewater May 24, 2011 06:35 PM

                            The second floor dining room at Legal Harborside is opening tonight.

                          2. hiddenboston May 23, 2011 06:35 AM

                            Has anyone heard that El Triunfo may be opening a third spot on Broad Street? I''ll try to confirm this today, but just wondering if any of you know anything about this.

                            1. Chris VR May 22, 2011 06:19 AM

                              2 openings in Melrose:

                              D'Amici's Bakery at 462 Main St
                              http://www.damicis.com/

                              Same owners as Lynn & Wakefield stores, and articles I've read say it will be their "flagship" store. Breads, pastries, cookies, cannoli filled to order and elaborate cakes. I bought some sourdough bread last week and it was good, and nice to have a consistent source of breads in town, if nothing else. I have ordered a cake from their Wakefield store in the past and liked it. I think they'll do well here. Main Street has been lacking in a baker since Sweet Tooth moved across town to open Peacuddy's.

                              Coffee, Tea or Me at 421 Main St.
                              http://melrose.patch.com/articles/mor...

                              That article describes it as a coffe, tea and lunch shop. The owner is Venezuelan and they have empanadas on the menu. Muffins, buns, breads, desserts and the aforementioned empanadas are baked on premises and the owners seem very passionate and knowledgeable about coffee. Although it's almost across from D'Amici's, it seems to have a really different focus, so I'm hoping there's a place for both in town.

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                                opinionatedchef May 24, 2011 11:09 PM

                                chris,
                                Empanadas>>I love it when you talk to me like that :-)

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                                  Chris VR May 25, 2011 05:10 AM

                                  See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786356

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                                edibletable May 20, 2011 05:30 PM

                                I was at Depasquale's on Watertown Street in Newton today and I saw that the bubble tea place was gone and a sign was going up for a gelateria...I think the name is NUDA or NUDO. Anyone know about it ?

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                                  Jenny Ondioline May 21, 2011 08:33 PM

                                  The bubble tea place has been gone for a while, but this is the first I've heard of a gelateria. That would be a great addition to that neighborhood, especially after a meatball sub across the street.

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                                    Ralphie_in_Boston May 25, 2011 08:23 PM

                                    I suppose it's a smarter idea to open a gelateria rather than an(other) ice cream shop in that space, especially with Cabot's nearby.

                                    But please, oh please can it really be really good gelato? I'll have to try it myself to find out. The only place I've had good gelato in the states was from Dolce Freddo in Newburyport.

                                    Nuda eh? No shirt no shoes.....no service till ya take off the rest of your clothes?

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                                      southie_chick May 31, 2011 08:06 PM

                                      Heard that Casa Razdora may be selling homemade gelato at some point. They have someone who works there who took a class in Italy so it should be more "authentic" than the gelato you usually find around here. I'll have to check when they're gonna start this - if they need a permit, it may take a while.

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                                      Casa Razdora
                                      115 Water St, Boston, MA 02109

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                                        Ralphie_in_Boston Jun 6, 2011 12:17 PM

                                        That's interesting and would be a good alternative in the Financial District. I forgot to mention that the owner of Dolce Freddo is an Italian guy who was a gelatiero back in Italy. Makes one heckuva difference.!

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                                    antimony May 26, 2011 12:31 PM

                                    I sped past on a bike yesterday and remember seeing 6/4 as the opening date. Didn't stop to read the fine print on any of the signs.

                                  3. Matt H May 20, 2011 10:33 AM

                                    Olea Cafe in Brookline Village opened this week. It replaced Sandwich Works. Seems to be a similar theme as SW, Breakfast and Sandwiches.

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                                    Sandwich Works
                                    195A Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

                                    1. opinionatedchef May 20, 2011 10:13 AM

                                      this from another thread about Tacos Lupita in somerville being sold:

                                      I just went.
                                      They sold it, the old owner was putting the neon Tacos Lupita signs in his truck.
                                      Same women were inside making the food.

                                      Aguacate Verde, which was indeed the name involved with the possible liquor license thing from before.

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                                        opinionatedchef May 20, 2011 10:51 AM

                                        again per rknrll: new place is Aquacate Verde;
                                        http://www.aguacateverderestaurant.com/

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                                          somerville01 May 20, 2011 11:18 AM

                                          Say it ain't so! I love that place.

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                                            coolhandluke May 24, 2011 09:47 PM

                                            Oh crap. Menu looks the same, but no lard in the beans? No chix stock in the rice? Vegan friendly options? Closed on Sunday? At least I can still go see the same ladies behind the counter and see if I can get them to crack a smile.

                                          2. tatsu May 20, 2011 09:03 AM

                                            There is a new Oyster Bar/Cocktails place called "Abigail's" next to Voltage Coffee and Art on the ground floor of the Third Square Apartment complex in Kendall Sq.

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                                              MC Slim JB May 20, 2011 09:10 AM

                                              Abigail's is some weeks from opening, isn't it?

                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                Matt H May 20, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                The pictures on Facebook look like they are at least a few weeks out.

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                                                  tatsu May 21, 2011 08:40 AM

                                                  Oh sorry, I neglected to mention that the space is still pretty raw, no proper flooring or even completed walls yet.

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                                                loper May 20, 2011 08:00 AM

                                                From one cult to another: on Green Street in Coolidge Corner, the former Kabbalah center space sports a sign saying "coming soon: Osaka, sushi & hibachi". You know, because we need more sushi in Coolidge.

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                                                  sflory May 19, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                  I think AreaIV in Kendall Square just opened - just breakfast,lunch for now. Looking forward to another option for after work drinks, not sure when that will happen

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                                                    bear May 19, 2011 04:25 PM

                                                    The Waltham wickedlocal blog reported that NY Pie will open on Moody St. It will be a brick oven pizzeria, deli and will have Italian beef sandwiches.

                                                    http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/brandnew...

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                                                      LStaff May 20, 2011 07:00 AM

                                                      Its called "NY" Pie, not "New York Pie" - but they are going to make New York Style pizza.... - I guess in order to not be confused with New York Deli and Pizza also in Waltham which does not make NY style pizza?

                                                      "And we’re going be the first to introduce the Italian Beef to New England.”

                                                      I think that ship sailed a couple of years ago with Windy City Eats....

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                                                      Windy City Eats
                                                      407A Middle St, Weymouth, MA 02189

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                                                        T.Clark May 20, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                        22" slices? That's a big ass slice.

                                                    2. typhoonfish May 19, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                      Paul Wahlberg is opening a burger restaurant across the street from Alma Nove

                                                      http://www.patriotledger.com/topstori...

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                                                      Alma Nove
                                                      Hingham, Hingham, MA 02043

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                                                        postemotional1 May 19, 2011 12:05 AM

                                                        Red Lantern is taking applications for their store that will occupy the old Bertucci's space on Stanhope St. The website looks nice.

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                                                        Red Lantern
                                                        235 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604

                                                        Bertuccis
                                                        280 School St Ste G100, Mansfield, MA 02048

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                                                          MC Slim JB May 19, 2011 07:12 AM

                                                          Red Lantern is owned by the folks behind the Toscas, the Estate, and a couple of nightclub/restaurants at Foxwoods. They have told me that the Stanhope Street concept will be purely restaurant and lounge, not nightclubby.

                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                            postemotional1 May 21, 2011 09:11 PM

                                                            Big Night the Kane bros, company is the organization. Do you wanna bet that it will be "nightclubby?" Take a look at the website or look in the window.

                                                            Please.

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                                                              MC Slim JB May 22, 2011 04:46 AM

                                                              My comment was simply relating what the owners told me, after I myself noted here that the concept looks very much like a nightclub.

                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                              BostonZest May 22, 2011 06:43 AM

                                                              That's what restaurant developers always say to get past neighborhood groups and get their licenses.

                                                              Every restaurant is going to be a "neighborhood spot"... "Here to serve the neighbors." "Prices will be reasonable, you'll be able to come here a few times a week." We even had one declare it was going to be "the next Craige on Main but at a better price point - we were going to love it."

                                                              My experience says that the vast majority of them will say anything to get in and then do exactly what they have done at their other addresses. I look to actions not words when listening to this pre-opening banter.

                                                              Yes, I'm a cynic about the restaurant groups and their lawyers. I guess I've heard too many of tall tales over the years.

                                                              Penny
                                                              http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                                                                MC Slim JB May 22, 2011 08:34 AM

                                                                Wait, are you trying to tell me that The Butcher Shop isn't primarily a meat retailer that only serves tapas-like snacks a few hours a day? Are you telling me Union's $8 burger is no more? I'm pretty confident that Pops is going to fix that noisy ventilation system any day now: it's only been, what, seven years? Honestly, I have no idea what you're getting at.

                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                  MC Slim JB May 22, 2011 08:48 AM

                                                                  Also, to quote an earlier Chowhound post of mine:

                                                                  Awesome Moments in Boston Restaurant/Media Hucksterism:

                                                                  "We're not looking to reinvent the wheel, just have a really good bar. Construction workers can come have a beer and a shot."

                                                                  -- Barbara Lynch, in the Globe prior to Drink's opening, sharing her hopes for its egalitarian appeal.

                                                                  "Toro's average check size will be $25, including drinks."

                                                                  -- Ken Oringer, in the Globe prior to Toro's opening, telling a whopper.

                                                                  "Go to Dallas. Go to Tampa. I go to Tampa once a month because of my Home Shopping Network gig and it's chain city. I don't eat for three days."

                                                                  -- Todd English, in Boston Magazine, revealing the altruism behind his empire-building: he wants to rescue people from eating at chain restaurants.

                                                                  "I'm sorry, but it's a business, and the people you're going to talk to -- it's all about money."

                                                                  -- Dave Andelman, to an audience of Emerson College journalism students, explaining with uncharacteristic candor how the media world works.

                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                    Spike May 27, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                                    Surprised their jmenu is already available...
                                                                    http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

                                                                    $30 Pu Pu platter????? Hilarious :-
                                                                    )For the folks who are too lazy to walk 10min to chinatown?

                                                                    The sushi prices look ok...seems cheaper than Douzo.
                                                                    And they have wagyu steaks.
                                                                    Still a pretty weird mish-mash...sort of "hey, let's make a restaurant that combines the most popular other restaurant types and hope we get a lot of visitors" :-)

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                                                                    Douzo
                                                                    131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

                                                                    Pu Pu Restaurant
                                                                    2060 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

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                                                                      MC Slim JB May 27, 2011 11:11 AM

                                                                      Red Lantern reminds me of the bygone Peking Tom's (though not as ridiculously physically close to Chinatown): Westernized Asian food at premium prices in a nightclub-like setting, with probably a huge emphasis on drinks. I'm expecting a Scorpion Fishbowl to be on that cocktail list.

                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                        Spike May 29, 2011 03:26 PM

                                                                        LOL...whoever hits it has to check for the Scorpion Bowl :-)

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                                                                skordalia May 18, 2011 08:34 AM

                                                                not exactly an opening, but thought you should know that the Rox Diner in West Roxbury (formerly Auntie B's) is now serving their excellent burgers for dinner, weeknights. plus lobster rolls and some other interesting looking stuff. cheap. such a great place.

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                                                                  MC Slim JB May 18, 2011 08:48 AM

                                                                  Did the Rox Diner change hands from the Auntie B's gang?

                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                    skordalia May 18, 2011 10:08 AM

                                                                    no- it's the same people, pretty much the same decor, slightly expanded menu. same high quality. I have no idea why they changed their name.

                                                                2. hiddenboston May 18, 2011 07:00 AM

                                                                  According to a photo and note from The Boston Foodie, Il Faro in Medford has been seized by the state.

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                                                                  Il Faro
                                                                  21 Main St, Medford, MA 02155

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                                                                    JP RS May 17, 2011 07:56 PM

                                                                    Savant Project is closing -- last day is this coming Saturday.

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                                                                    The Savant Project
                                                                    1625 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

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                                                                      Kirs May 18, 2011 10:41 AM

                                                                      Guess I best go use that groupon...

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                                                                        JP RS May 18, 2011 01:15 PM

                                                                        Or return it... I'm not sure Groupon's return policy in the event of closures, but I think this Groupon was sold back when you would have been able to use it for alcohol. Now that alcoholic beverages don't apply, Groupon will refund you for any certificate you bought under the old policy.

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                                                                        Taralli May 19, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                        Anyone know what's replacing it?

                                                                      3. opinionatedchef May 16, 2011 04:47 PM

                                                                        In Allston/Brighton today, I noticed a new sign for the corner spot just to the right of S and I Thai and Fish Market. didn't write it down, the name, sigh. sorry. but it sounded Mexican.

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                                                                        170 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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                                                                          Allstonian May 17, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                                          That is, if "Teriyaki Joe's" sounds Mexican to you. It's the corner spot that had been Burritos on Fire and then UChef.

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                                                                            opinionatedchef May 17, 2011 11:26 PM

                                                                            HA! that's what happens when i don't write it down. sigh.

                                                                        2. erinire May 16, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                                          Original post was deleted by mods, but I'll say again that Rosticeria Cancun in East Boston has closed, at least temporarily. Sadness!

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                                                                            fantundo May 15, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                                            The Comella's in Belmont Center is finally open. WIll be interesting to see how it does there. I see more traffic than I expected in the one in East Arlington.

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                                                                              bear May 16, 2011 03:14 AM

                                                                              The Arlington Comella's had pretty decent 16" cheese pizzas for $5 last time I was there. Not sure how long that price will last. It was fairly busy. I stay away from the red sauce, though, since it's a bit too sweet and herby for my taste, and the pasta can be mushy. The sweet potato ravioli with alfredo sauce is tasty, though.

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                                                                              Comella's
                                                                              1302 Washington St, Newton, MA 02465

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                                                                              66corvair May 14, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                                              I just drove by the closed Bugaboo Creek in Dedham and it says "Summer Shack hiring"

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                                                                                mangotango May 14, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                                                any word about the new place under construction in E arlington- Sabzi? Taking the place of the old Prose?

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                                                                                  opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 03:35 PM

                                                                                  isn't sabzi the name of the turkish place in Arl Center?

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                                                                                    Allstonian May 14, 2011 04:03 PM

                                                                                    Looks like Sabzi will be Persian cuisine. Isn't the Turkish restaurant called Pasha?

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                                                                                      PinchOfSalt May 14, 2011 05:21 PM

                                                                                      Yes, Pasha is the Turkish restaurant in Arlington Center.

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                                                                                        opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 10:16 PM

                                                                                        well, this will be exciting if the food is as good or better than lala rokh.

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                                                                                    bear May 14, 2011 09:34 AM

                                                                                    My husband and I had brunch at Bon Savor in JP this morning. They are no longer serving dinner. They are serving brunch only on Sat. and Sun. from 8:30 to 3:30.

                                                                                    I guess the owners are still having trouble returning to the country after ridiculous immigration red tape, and made the decision to go brunch only for now.

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                                                                                      Bob Dobalina May 16, 2011 05:28 AM

                                                                                      Assume you mean no dinner only on the weekends?

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                                                                                        bear May 16, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                                                        No, no dinner at all from what I understand. Just brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The only menus on the website are the brunch and wine menus. Too bad.

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                                                                                        gourmaniac May 16, 2011 07:28 AM

                                                                                        Oh, oh, that doesn;t sound promising. I haven;t been for a while since Suarez left. How was the brunch?

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                                                                                          jira May 18, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                                                          Wife and I were there for dinner a couple of weeks ago, our first time. We were bummed to find out that they had no salmon and no lobster, the only seafood was mussels. Food was mostly very good except for my still cold in the middle pork shank. They warmed it, replated it, and comped us two desserts.

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                                                                                          gutterman May 19, 2011 07:07 AM

                                                                                          Bon Savor has been for sale for a while now. they posted on craigslist.
                                                                                          sorry to see it going down hill.
                                                                                          gutterman.

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                                                                                          605 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

                                                                                        3. opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 09:14 AM

                                                                                          if someone alrdy mentioned this, apologies, but i just wanted to post it before i forgot.
                                                                                          talked w/ the owners of All Star Sandwiches yesterday (Chris Sch. sold it to them 2 yrs ago) and they are soon to open an All Star Pizza and Salads- in the space of the former pizza shop on the corner right across the street. Intention of take out (not seating) including slices.

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                                                                                            hckybg May 15, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                                                            That's interesting because there was a zoning hearing notice on the door of the auto body shop on Hampshire (near the Hess station) that said a change was requested to turn it into a pizza restaurant. But that sign was no longer there when I walked by yesterday, and I assume it had nothing to do with the plans you mention. So it is possible that there will be two new pizza restaurants, we will see.

                                                                                            I'm surprised they wouldn't have seating in the spot you mention, since there is so much room. But that is a great tip.

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                                                                                              opinionatedchef May 15, 2011 06:38 PM

                                                                                              maybe they'll change their mind about that, but i just repeated what he told me.

                                                                                          2. Science Chick May 13, 2011 09:59 AM

                                                                                            Not sure when they opened, but has anyone seen the new B Street Restaurant and Bar in Newton Center? Menu looks very interesting. They rehabbed the space formerly occupied by Pie.

                                                                                            http://www.bstreetnewton.com/

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                                                                                            796 Beacon St, Newton, MA 02459

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                                                                                              okra May 13, 2011 10:19 AM

                                                                                              "They rehabbed" - still the same owner. I haven't found the urge for another $13 burger....

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                                                                                                Science Chick May 13, 2011 11:14 AM

                                                                                                Hmmm.....being a non-meat eater I hadn't noticed that. But many other options at reasonable enough prices. Hardly a burger place, per se, don't you think? Might be worth a try.....

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                                                                                                  Prav May 13, 2011 12:55 PM

                                                                                                  Agreed - this place sounds great, especially the late night/bar menu. Especially cause it's Newton. Especially cause it's open late.

                                                                                                  Also, I noticed that the owner responds to Yelp reviews (the ones with complaints) with incredible humility and gratitude - very classy. This makes a big impression on me.

                                                                                                  Can't wait to try it.

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                                                                                                    Science Chick May 13, 2011 12:59 PM

                                                                                                    And new owner or not....the space is completely renovated from the Pie Bakery and appears warm and inviting.

                                                                                            2. okra May 13, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                                              Big Sky Bakery
                                                                                              105 Union St
                                                                                              Newton, MA 02459

                                                                                              closed - rumor is they're moving to Watertown?

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                                                                                                hiddenboston May 13, 2011 11:46 AM

                                                                                                Not a rumor. :-)

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                                                                                                y2000k May 11, 2011 10:09 AM

                                                                                                Mimi's Roast Beef in Waltham (on Carter St, right next to commuter rail station) is currently closed. Signs on the window says "new management, new menu, new hours".

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                                                                                                3 Carter St, Waltham, MA 02453

                                                                                                1. MC Slim JB May 11, 2011 08:59 AM

                                                                                                  Grafton Group just announced they're closing Redline at the end of the month, reconcepting, renaming, and reopening in the same space in the fall.

                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                    Unfoodie May 11, 2011 09:55 AM

                                                                                                    It's good to see Grafton Group catering less to the student crowd. With what Russell House has shown them through finer fare and drink it's no wonder the menus at both Temple and Grafton are getting up to par.

                                                                                                  2. MC Slim JB May 10, 2011 11:22 AM

                                                                                                    El Centro, a new Mexican restaurant with a chef from Sonora, is set to open in late May in the South End space formerly occupied by Siraj Cafe. Would be great to have some real traditional Mexican food in town, after the openings of all those upscale fake-Mex places.

                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                    472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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                                                                                                      opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                                                                      now THAT could be some seriously terrific news. I'm gonna try not to lose sleep over it because

                                                                                                      Born in Mexico does not mean Can Cook Great Mexican Food.

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                                                                                                        MC Slim JB May 14, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                                        No, of course not. But I've been to most of the new upscale places, and none of them are doing anything remotely like traditional Mexican. They're all fakers. I have higher hopes for El Centro.

                                                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                        keith May 27, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                                                        Word on the street is that soft opening starts tonight...
                                                                                                        Looking forward to checking it out and seeing if it can FINALLY break the Mexican food curse in Boston.

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                                                                                                          MC Slim JB May 27, 2011 10:08 AM

                                                                                                          Some pre-opening observations on El Centro:

                                                                                                          -- South End prices: apps in the high single digits, mid-point of entrees near $20.

                                                                                                          -- Beer / wine / cordial license. Ten Mex beers, several sangrias, including a frozen version (!)

                                                                                                          -- Chef from Sonora, not an Anglo pretending to do traditional fare and missing by a mile

                                                                                                          -- Dinner service starts tonight, they'll be serving lunch starting next week, and add weekend brunch eventually

                                                                                                          My one concern: that location doesn't have a commercial-kitchen hood, as it's in a dense residential area. I'm wondering how he's going to do things like grilled skirt steak (an opening-menu item) a la minute.

                                                                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                      3. hiddenboston May 10, 2011 06:34 AM

                                                                                                        It looks like Mija in Faneuil Hall may be opening on Friday, but definitely not written in stone at this point.

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                                                                                                          mkfisher May 10, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                                                          Any idea what's been holding this up? From what I've seen of the inside, it looks like it's been ready for quite some time.

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                                                                                                            hiddenboston May 10, 2011 01:17 PM

                                                                                                            Permits, I believe.

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                                                                                                            mkfisher May 20, 2011 09:18 AM

                                                                                                            It sounds like Mija will finally open this weekend

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                                                                                                              mkfisher May 25, 2011 07:59 AM

                                                                                                              My previous post on this got removed, but Mija opened last Friday.

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                                                                                                            mkfisher May 5, 2011 01:27 PM

                                                                                                            Does anyone know the timeline on the restaurants in the Atlantic (I'm still going to call it Russia) Wharf space? Jody Adams place sounds like it could be interesting

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                                                                                                              nachovegas May 5, 2011 06:39 AM

                                                                                                              Mead Hall just opened up at the old Quantom Bookstore space on Broadway outside of Kendall. They've got a zillion beers on tap, and what looks like a pretty standard gastropub menu. Looked like they were getting a pretty decent afterwork crowd already.

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                                                                                                                mkfisher May 5, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                Sounds a lot like The Asgard to me

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                                                                                                                  hckybg May 5, 2011 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                  I've not yet been, but I think this beer menu has much to distinguish it from the Asgard:
                                                                                                                  http://twitpic.com/4q0gvl
                                                                                                                  If anything, it is similar to Lord Hobo.

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                                                                                                                  LStaff May 5, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                  Have they started listing their prices and pour sizes yet?

                                                                                                                  May stop in for a quick one on Friday to check this place out.

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                                                                                                                    emannths May 5, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                    A thread on Meadhall is here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/782786

                                                                                                                    There's a full menu, including food and drinks (incl pour sizes and prices), linked to in that thread.

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                                                                                                                    4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

                                                                                                                3. CocoDan May 5, 2011 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                  Not personally my thing, but looks like a new cupcake store is opening/opened on Main St. in Hingham 2 doors down from Atlantic Bagel (I like these bagels).
                                                                                                                  Enjoy,
                                                                                                                  CocoDan

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                                                                                                                    typhoonfish May 10, 2011 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                    So many different things have been in that space over the years. Hope the cupcake place works out.

                                                                                                                    Next door Hingham Video....sniff sniff. Story of my childhood.

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                                                                                                                      Pomegranate Martini May 10, 2011 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                      I went in there last weekend and was very surprised. They had three or four types of cupcakes, all vanilla in appearance, though I believe one was lemon. Frosting looked supermarket style. No personality in the store. No aromas. Thought there would be some variety, innovation, and energy. Not so much.

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                                                                                                                        CocoDan May 11, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                        Thanks for the tip. I was planning on staying away anyway. I do like Alantic Bagel though.
                                                                                                                        CocoDan

                                                                                                                    2. hiddenboston May 4, 2011 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                      Espresso Love is going to be opening on Broad Street in the Financial District. Looks like possibly next weekend for a soft opening.

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                                                                                                                        mkfisher May 4, 2011 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                        Where on Broad? I haven't noticed it.

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                                                                                                                          hiddenboston May 4, 2011 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                          33 Broad Street, which is near...Water Street, I think?

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                                                                                                                            mkfisher May 4, 2011 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                            Thanks... Market (the other one) is in that building too. I guess I'll have to walk by on my way home tonight and check it out. Could be promising for those like me that live in the area. Broad Street (the other end of it) is also getting Jason Santos' new place, but that sounds like a June opening.

                                                                                                                      2. digga May 2, 2011 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                        I felt sad to notice that Carey's Catch fish market (on Mass Ave, at Lexington-Arlington line) has closed its' doors.

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                                                                                                                          opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                          but you are going to have the fresh pond seafood folks soon in arlington, so that's good for you i hope.

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                                                                                                                          66corvair May 2, 2011 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                          When Pigs Fly will be opening up in JP on Centre St. It's in one of the new storefronts where the realty office was burned down.

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                                                                                                                            bluepotato2 May 4, 2011 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                            Yippeedippee, love that bread. I use a wheelchair, and the Brookline store is down stairs. Haven't been to Davis Sq yet.

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                                                                                                                              opinionatedchef May 14, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                              just fyi, the davis store has a ramp as its entry. congrats on the new one being near you; i'm a huge fan.

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                                                                                                                              Kirs May 6, 2011 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                              So excited about this one. We need a place to get good bread in JP. Now if only we could get a place with good groceries.... :-)

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                                                                                                                              9lives May 2, 2011 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                              BWX, Boston Wine Exchange on Devonshire, near D'Guru has taken over the space next door. I think the plan is to add more wine and higher end foods and sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                              185 Devonshire St, Boston, MA 02110

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                                                                                                                                Beachowolfe May 2, 2011 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                That sounds cool... BWX has a great selection but I didn't think it would last long. Rent's gotta be high and nobody really lives around there. I only ever see bike messengers picking up beers or people grabbing bottles of wine on the way home from work. Never seen more than 2 people in line.

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                                                                                                                                  Kinopio May 4, 2011 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                  One of the guys who works at BWX told me the expansion was mostly for improving their craft beer selection. It was good to begin with, now hopefully it'll be great.

                                                                                                                                  Federal Wine and Spirits is also planning on improving their beer selection now that they have a new beer buyer and worked some things out with distributors.
                                                                                                                                  Things are looking up for people looking for good brew in the downtown area.

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