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Dining Changes in Amherst, MA

Does anyone out there know about some new changes in restaurants coming to Amherst, MA soon?

I read that the manager of the incomparable beer pub, Moan and Dove in South Amherst, has been hired to run a restaurant in the space that Amherst Brewing is vacating in Amherst Center. (AB is going to a new, larger space on University Drive.) My fantasy restaurant for the vacated space is Moan and Dove 2.0 but with fabulous burgers and pub food that goes with the great beers they serve at their current space where they don't serve food. Anybody out there have details on what's planned? Things move slowly in Amherst, so I probably shouldn't let my mouth water anytime soon. I'm longing for a grown-up beer pub. Amherst Brewing didn't do it for me--kind of had that college vibe you find at Antonio's, Souper, Hanger, etc. The Moan and Dove has a more varied crowd and just lacks great pub grub to make it perfect.

There's something called Lumber Yard planned for Main St. down past the Emily Dickinson house. Any details on that?

And I read that White Hut of Springfield is coming to Amherst, probably good for takeout.

Still haven't tried Chez Albert, which is moving a bit north to another location on North Pleasant.

I've got my fingers crossed about all of the above. Anybody out there know anything about these possible new restaurants?

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Moan and Dove
460 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

Chez Albert
27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

White Hut
280 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089

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  1. Thanks for the info! I've been out of the area for a year and am coming back shortly - anything changed in Amherst since spring 2010?

    1. Lumber Yard has a sign up saying it is opening in October. It's from the people that run the Sconset Cafe in Nantucket. Looks like a great space, and will feature wines. I have high hopes for it!

      Chez Albert's new space looks great too, supposed to move in in August, I believe. They are adding a bar and outdoor seating. Should be great for them.

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      Chez Albert
      27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

      1. Wow, haven't heard about any of this. Please keep us updated if you hear anything!

        1. Anyone been to the new Mexican joint down by the Moan and Dove? I think it just opened... We are about to move to the area so I am scoping out the chow scene.

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          Moan and Dove
          460 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

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            1. re: corinnerose

              No- it's called Cantina something. Just opened. Let me know if anyone checks it out!

                1. re: josied

                  Hate to be a wet blanket, but that review doesn't inspire confidence. I'll wait until someone who knows Mexican writes something here.

                  1. re: fame da lupo

                    Wow. Not to hate on the Gazette, but that's not even a review... she quotes her own children!

                    Yelp doesn't make it sound worth a visit, either.

                    1. re: corinnerose

                      Ok haters, I've been there a few times now, mostly for take-out, and it's quite good. The carne asada is great, as is the carnitas filling for tacos. They also have delicious homemade salsas. It gets very crowded and is quite small, but the flavors are on point!

                      1. re: josied

                        Haha, okay fine... but can you give a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttle bit more of a description. I mean, many places have carne asada and homemade salsa. What is good about theirs? How does it compare to Veracruzana (using that as a reference point, not the gold standard..)

                        1. re: corinnerose

                          Well, in having carnitas they actually fill a niche!

          1. About a year or two ago, I went to a nice Italian restaurant. My searches do not bring up a name that sounds familiar. It's address was on some walk of a parking lot. Does anyone recallthe name? Thanks.

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              1. re: magiesmom

                I don't think they are there anymore