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Jun 2, 2011 08:16 AM

June 2011 Openings and Closings

Any upcoming openings this month? Any closings down the road that you've heard about? I know that an An Olive Garden whose design is based on Riserva di Fizzano in Tuscany opens next week in Danvers (and no, I'm not kidding), and the Red Lantern (Asian restaurant) should be opening in the Back Bay soon. And BerryLine just opened on Newbury Street, making this the 396th frozen yogurt place to open in that neighborhood in the past few weeks.

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  1. Area IV expanding to dinner service.

    Abigail's in that same neighborhood possibly opening.

    El Centro adding lunch and brunch service.

    Salty Pig (Coda folks in the old Firefly / Six Burner space).

    Paul's in the North End (sandwiches in the former Going Bananas spot from the J. Pace crew).

    Anemochory, Boston's least-underground underground dining club (they have more effective PR than many overground places).

    Six Burner
    130 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Do you know when Area iV is supposed to start dinner? I bike home right past it, and every night it's been closed. Would like to check it out, esp. since it's near my DC's work, but it's too far for lunch.

        1. re: cpingenot

          I'll correct that by saying that they looked open on Friday the 17th when I rode by on my way home. (that's the first time I've seen them open for dinner)

        2. re: MC Slim JB

          Incidentally, El Centro, which has lines out the door most nights for dinner, has not yet started its lunch service, thought it's threatening to do so soon. I don't imagine brunch will happen there until after lunch gets established.

          El Centro
          472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            still seeing studs and 2x4s when i walk past Abigails!

          2. Tootsie's Coffee Shop in the Greenwood area of Wakefield/Melrose (same shopping plaza as Porto Bello) looks close to opening.

            There's a place going on on Rte 1 North, in Peabody, where the old diner was. Something like Red's Bistro. I have to go up thataways to the pool store, will confirm the name. It's a full new build.

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            1. re: Chris VR

              Red's Bistro is by the people that own Red's in Salem.

              1. re: Fly

                I think I have the name wrong, it's Red's Restaurant and Tavern. Still the same people?

                1. re: Chris VR

                  Unless something changed, while keeping the same name, yes.


                  1. re: Fly

                    Great, thanks! That's going to work out really well for me on my pretty regular lunchtime trips up in that direction.

              2. re: Chris VR

                Tootsie's opened last Thursday, serving gelato, cupcakes and coffee drinks.

              3. the grand opening of the new floating rock in cambridge is scheduled for june 17

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                1. re: galangatron

                  Wow. Longest Soft Opening Evar! I wonder if they'll ditch the kiddie-cocktails menu by then.


                2. HB, your kickoff to June openings and closings is really depressing. Thanks to others for adding more hopeful chow.

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                  1. re: gourmaniac

                    What, you don't like Italian farmhouses that serve exquisite versions of scrod parmigiana and toasted ravioli?

                  2. Recently spent some time with two guys that are opening an Italian restaurant in Waltham named "Charcoal Guido's". You can guess the rest. Should be opened by the end of Summer or sooner. Awaiting equipment from Italy. We'll see! Will update as I get more information.