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July 2011 Openings and Closings

hiddenboston Jul 1, 2011 06:13 AM

Happy July, all! Any of you hear about any restaurants that are opening or closing this month? I know that Blue Inc. in the Financial District and the Salty Pig and Forum in the Back Bay should be opening in July. Also the Fore River Grille in Weymouth. Not sure about closings at this point...

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    deglazer Jul 31, 2011 05:55 PM

    I think it was Valhalla. Signs for it in the windows of the former CCTV space on Prospect St. in Central Square (across from The Field etc.) Signage featured beer and also hinted at direction for the food, but that part didn't stick in my brain. Maybe international something? And we then assume probably not just Viking food. Couldn't find anything via google, but apologies if this is already out there.

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      JoeM Jul 28, 2011 09:08 AM

      A new burrito/taco place is opening (or opened) on Broad St across the street from Flat Black. I just noticed it this morning. (and hadn't ingested my coffee yet, so I don't remember details like the name). Sign said 15% off.

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        9lives Jul 28, 2011 10:10 AM

        El Triunfo. They've had a place on E Berkley for a while and also just opened in the NE. Haven't been in years.

        Was open today.

      2. galangatron Jul 27, 2011 09:17 AM

        tropical grill on revere street in revere is now montecristo restaurant

        1. MC Slim JB Jul 26, 2011 07:51 PM

          Saw some activity in the old Joe V's space for the first time in many moons. Still no idea what might be going in there, but one report here from a neighborhood resident suggests the izakaya concept fell through, alas.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Joe V's
          315 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          1. SeaSide Tomato Jul 26, 2011 12:37 PM

            There's a new place going into Quincy Center. Korean Grill (??) I know the Korean part is right, not sure of "grill".

            It's in the spot near the top of Hancock where "Boar's Nest" Deli used to be, which became a short-lived hot dog place, then just a deli. Same folks for the last two incarnations, I think, with different names.

            I imagine this is totally new. Brown papers on windows still, so not sure of opening date, Have not heard anything about it locally--but will be glad to have Korean close to home.

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              sully357 Jul 26, 2011 06:01 AM

              Pho and Spice Thai/Vietnamese restaurant on Moody Street in Waltham is now open according to wicked local.

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                LStaff Jul 28, 2011 08:14 PM

                Pho and banh mi (coming soon I read on a local blog) is much needed in town - especially after Bobalicious closing.

                Huge menu and some great pics of many items in the gallery:
                http://phoandspice.com/

              2. Bob Dobalina Jul 25, 2011 11:21 AM

                The Garden of Eat-In pizza joint on Mass. Ave. was closed this past Saturday, although the hours on the door said they should have been open. No other signs.

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                  hiddenboston Jul 26, 2011 06:41 AM

                  Someone on Yelp recently said that Garden of Eat-In wasn't delivering anymore. Not a good sign...I'll try to swing over there this week and see what's going on.

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                  cbw_chowfan Jul 25, 2011 09:12 AM

                  The new sign is now up at the old Kelly's on L St. in South Boston -- its now going to be "Wolfie's Kitchen & Bar". The interior has looked finished with beer taps, tables, chairs, etc. for weeks, but other than the signage install on Saturday, I've heard nothing else about this place (opening date, menu, etc.). Happened to sit near Wolfie himself at another Southie establishment over the weekend and heard him talking about the new place, but didn't glean any details, unfortunately. Based on the taps, it looks like there will be a couple good beers on tap beyond Bud Light.

                  1. MC Slim JB Jul 25, 2011 06:45 AM

                    Thrillist Boston reports that The Brahmin opens in the old 33 space this Wednesday. Small plates, throwback cocktails, and a downstairs VIP room (ick, more nightclubby nonsense).

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                    1. MC Slim JB Jul 21, 2011 11:24 AM

                      Walked by Unique last night, the Allston Dongbei place; it was closed at 8pm. Early close, vacation, out of business?

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        Taralli Jul 21, 2011 11:58 AM

                        Been closed for days.

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                          tatsu Jul 21, 2011 09:40 PM

                          Weeks! So sad. Kind of like Wisteria's slow demise. Did you ever make it MC?

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                            MC Slim JB Jul 21, 2011 11:08 PM

                            Nope. Had it queued up for a Phoenix review, too. He who hesitates....

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                              tatsu Jul 22, 2011 12:13 PM

                              ...misses out on good eats and ebay auctions!

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                              Jenny Ondioline Jul 22, 2011 12:41 PM

                              Even though it was just up the street, I'm afraid that after a few promising but inconsistent visits, it just was never quite good enough to make me want to go back. It was really the inconsistency that got me, I'm afraid. Dumplings would be great one time, a congealed mass the next, the cumin lamb could be hot and juicy and flavorful or cold and gristly...it was just a bit too much of a crapshoot.

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                          hckybg Jul 21, 2011 06:39 AM

                          Inman Square updates:
                          Clover is definitely coming into the old Cafe Casal space, construction is underway. It looks like they will have offices there as well as a cafe.
                          Dwelltime, the new Barismo venture, got their zoning change approved so I expect construction will begin to move quickly. The site is on Broadway near Antrim Street.

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                            jjbourgeois Jul 21, 2011 04:59 AM

                            The former site of Montreal Fries on Rte 106 in West Bridgewater has a new restaurant. Cafe Francesca has an opening soon sign in the window. They've repainted the exterior and looks like they did some interior work.

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                              Cathleen02 Jul 20, 2011 01:44 PM

                              I just got and email from The Lyceum in Salem saying they are closing July 31. The owner is retiring.

                              It says another restaurant will be opening in the space in August, but no details on the new place.

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                                mats77 Jul 20, 2011 09:28 AM

                                Bella Drew's in downtown crossing is closed.

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                                  Kirs Jul 21, 2011 07:45 AM

                                  That didn't last long. Can't say I ever bothered to try it- for something that was selling itself as southwestern, the menu didn't have much of a southwestern flair

                                2. galangatron Jul 20, 2011 07:31 AM

                                  la puerta del sol on squire road in revere has closed. a sign outside the restaurant indicates that a new restaurant called "squire road buffet" will be opening in it's place soon

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                                    hiddenboston Jul 20, 2011 08:28 AM

                                    I still miss Uncle Pete's in that space.

                                    P.S. Sounds like the same ownership behind the new spot.

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                                      galangatron Jul 20, 2011 08:43 AM

                                      me too

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                                        galangatron Jul 20, 2011 08:44 AM

                                        i don't think there is any relation to the new restaurant. the sign had a fancy looking crest with the letter s in the middle

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                                          hiddenboston Jul 20, 2011 08:49 AM

                                          The city of Revere website indicates that the manager of La Puerta del Sol requested the name change to Squire Road Buffet, so even though it could be a completely different restaurant, it appears that the same people may be behind it.

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                                          La Puerta del Sol
                                          72 Squire Rd, Revere, MA 02151

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                                      dulce de leche Jul 19, 2011 10:40 AM

                                      While walking, saw on Mass Ave near Mt. Auburn intersection (Harvard Sq) a tiny little honey store getting ready to open up. Curious.

                                      There's a wonderful abundance of local honey to be had around here, but maybe this will be some competition for the outrageous markups at Cardullo's for those from further afield.

                                      Ah, google-san tells me that it will open in August. Get ready: http://followthehoney.com/

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                                        Science Chick Jul 19, 2011 11:15 AM

                                        Very cool! From the looks of their website, it appears that they are going to "bee" the bomb! ;)

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                                          hckybg Jul 19, 2011 03:11 PM

                                          A vendor by the same name used to also sell at the Harvard University Farmers Market. I assume it must be the same folks; I am no honey expert but I liked what I had from them.

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                                            gourmaniac Jul 21, 2011 06:09 AM

                                            I can't see the phrase "local honey" without thinking about the roadside sign: "Bed and breakfast with local honey". On topic, I've noticed more and more honey stands at the Farmer's markets (e.g. Loring Greenough House in JP on Thur.

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                                            nightsky Jul 18, 2011 07:40 PM

                                            Cambridge1 in the Fenway has closed for good. Yelp says:

                                            "Cambridge, 1. Fenway will close in late July 2011 to make room for a new restaurant. Come visit us at 27 Church Street in Harvard Square!"

                                            Anyone know what's going to replace it?

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                                              MC Slim JB Jul 18, 2011 08:22 PM

                                              Tiffani Faison's barbecue joint, Sweet Cheeks, is going into the old Cambridge 1 Fenway spot.

                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                emannths Jul 19, 2011 06:07 AM

                                                "Expect barbecue that is ingredient-driven, highly thoughtful, and intensely flavorful. Faison will be cooking with Southern and modern influences: ingredients will be responsibly sourced and recipes will be steeped in Southern tradition, Faison's family history, and modern culinary techniques."

                                                Ingredient-driven BBQ...I hope they consider smoke an ingredient, unlike some other NE purveyors of "bbq."

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                                                  MC Slim JB Jul 19, 2011 06:15 AM

                                                  I understand it's going to be one of those "food to mouth" joints.

                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                    hckybg Jul 19, 2011 03:08 PM

                                                    Is that the same as "farm to potty"?

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                                                      MC Slim JB Jul 19, 2011 03:19 PM

                                                      The concept is effectively the same, but with my marketing cap on, I don't think I would make that last step so explicit.

                                                      This year, I've seen "farm to fork" and "oven to table" used unironically. I'm proposing "food to mouth", "plate to maw", and "bowl to gullet" to focus on the part of this chain that is of keenest interest to consumers.

                                                      I'd also like to see Sweet Cheeks with a slogan like, "You have to gnaw the meat off the bone: it doesn't just fall off."

                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                        hckybg Jul 19, 2011 03:46 PM

                                                        Someone on twitter (Sam Sifton?) has been citing funny (irritating) versions of this turn of phrase. I think "Farm to Cone" was the most ridiculous so far, from an ice cream truck. I like your "plate to mouth" very much. Don't forget the very important "front of mouth to back of mouth."

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                                                          pemma Jul 21, 2011 06:03 AM

                                                          Well why don't we just complete the cycle and say "farm to toilet?" Sorry in advance for the grossness.

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                                                            southie_chick Jul 21, 2011 08:22 AM

                                                            OK, now pardon my "grossnes", but as my mom used to say, "in one end, out the other"! I think this trend of puting a "label" on everything (food / couples) is just going too far nowadays. Liked when it was just "local", & they would tell you where it was from.
                                                            Besides, the main thing is (& how I ALWAYS base my food judgement), ask yourself 3 little words (which my mom taught me MANY years ago): IS IT YUMMY? Mom wasn't the best cook, & it might not look pretty, but she sometimes made a pretty tasty "mess", so I learned early on it's not as important how it looks - or what's in it - as much as how it tastes. Then again, I was cooking at an early age for my family (about 10, since my mom wanted me to be in "double digits" before touching the stove) since my mom wasn't too big on cooking.

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                                                            KevinKS Jul 26, 2011 04:51 PM

                                                            Let's try to avoid stomach to mouth!

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                                                    Berheenia Jul 28, 2011 07:22 AM

                                                    Just read this in a publicity piece for a Fund Raiser she;s doing in Ptown in August.
                                                    As a Fenway area resident I like the take-out part

                                                    Tiffani Faison, who received much acclaim for her role as Executive Chef of ROCCA Kitchen & Bar last year, has just announced that she will open a fabulous new barbecue restaurant in Boston’s Fenway area called Sweet Cheeks. Sweet Cheeks is due to open later this summer and will emphasize Southern-style hospitality: warm, lighthearted and genuine. The ambiance will invite a form of dining that is lively, casual and over-the-top in fun. Sweet Cheeks also promises a large outdoor space, a serious beverage program that matches the spirit of the menu, and like any good Q joint, a strong take-out program.

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                                                      Uncle Yabai Jul 28, 2011 07:31 PM

                                                      I have a feeling I wouldn't really get along with the person who designed the restaurant concept, name, or the write-up. "ambiance will invite a form of dining that is lively, casual and over-the-top in fun" What in the fresh hell does that mean?

                                                      And I probably wouldn't get along with somebody named "Tiffani" unless I was in Vegas at the Spearmint Rhino.

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                                                  66corvair Jul 18, 2011 04:43 AM

                                                  When Pigs Fly finally opened it's store on Centre St in JP

                                                  1. enhF94 Jul 18, 2011 04:21 AM

                                                    Aroma cafe, 278 Highland Ave. in Somerville, has closed. These sources say it will be replaced by "3 Little Figs: Tasty Bakin'."

                                                    http://bit.ly/nRQuI6

                                                    http://www.3littlefigs.com/

                                                    Apparently 3LP:TB already supplies to some coffeeshops and farmer's markets around town through their wholesale bakery in JP.

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                                                      yumyum Jul 18, 2011 07:00 AM

                                                      This is great news! I'm not a sweets lover but I tried the avocado tea cake at the Winter Farmer's Market this past season and it's delicious! You don't actually taste avocado, just get the creaminess and moisture in the loaf. Serious yum.

                                                      If all their goods are this tasty, they'll be a nice addition to that little strip. Not a lot of foot traffic there, but I know a lot of folks from the yoga studio down the road stop in for a pre or post pranayama snack. Hopefully the figs folks can capitalize on that audience. Avocado tea bread seems like a step in the right direction. Good luck to them!

                                                    2. Karl S Jul 13, 2011 08:58 AM

                                                      There seems to be a new Indian market/deli on Main Street on the Melrose/Wakefield line, but I don't have any first hand info to provide.

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                                                        southie_chick Jul 14, 2011 07:37 PM

                                                        Slate Bar & Grill is going into the old Brigham's space on High Street. I pulled up their website, but all that's on it is their logo / colors & "coming soon" - but no mention when "soon" is.

                                                        http://www.slatebarandgrill.com/

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                                                          mkfisher Jul 15, 2011 10:03 AM

                                                          I just walked by this place too. Looks like there's a lot of work to be done inside before they get it up and running.

                                                      2. galleygirl Jul 12, 2011 01:22 PM

                                                        Don't know if I've missed it here, but the old MinSok space, rumored to become a Japanese restaurant, is becoming a day care center....Guess there isn't sufficient density of them per block in the nabe....

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                                                          hiddenboston Jul 13, 2011 07:16 AM

                                                          Is there a sign up for the new day care center? I hadn't heard this.

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                                                            galleygirl Jul 13, 2011 04:16 PM

                                                            It was in Brookline Patch, or the Tab.....

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                                                          hoolese Jul 12, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                          Has anyone heard anything about either the Cambridge Barisimo opening (it was on this thread a few months ago) or the year plus "opening soon" Korean place in Harvard Sq, Bull?

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                                                            emannths Jul 12, 2011 10:40 AM

                                                            The Barismo folks have a licensing hearing on 7/19. The place is to be called dwelltime. A little more info: http://barismo.com/dev/index.php?_a=v...

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                                                            169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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                                                              ponyboy Jul 12, 2011 11:39 AM

                                                              "outgoing and positive staff behavior"

                                                              I would have loved some of that the two times I went to the Arlington location. Whatever.

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                                                                suzysue2 Jul 28, 2011 11:10 AM

                                                                I just finished laughing out loud about that with my BF, however their nerdy social awkwardness is kind of endearing sometimes. I try to see it as the price for really good coffee, if they were hanging out having fun with their friends and being cool and popular they wouldn't have time be finding eight zillion different ways to brew an amazing cup of coffee. That being said they should find a manager for that shop with a good set of social skills to hire and train the staff to properly treat customers and they can focus on the coffee training. I'm excited to check it out.

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                                                                hckybg Jul 12, 2011 01:04 PM

                                                                Thanks for posting that, a lot of good info there! Sounds like it will be an interesting place. As long as they have their coffee, I'll be a happy camper. As far as I know that will be the first La Marzocco Strada machine (which allows variable pressure control) in the Boston area (just the other day someone asked if there were any around, I don't remember in which thread).

                                                                Some other Inman Square area news:
                                                                I saw a zoning hearing notice posted next to Franco's Hair Salon on Hampshire, on the old Franco's location (they moved next door when Lorem Ipsum moved to Cambridge Street). The zoning change is for a "coffee shop," and the contact person is the owner of Franco's.

                                                                I also learned on Twitter that there is a building permit of some sort at the old Cafe Casal space, in Clover's name. I haven't walked down to see exactly what this means, because I thought Cafe Casal had reopened. But I believe the new space was only a portion of that old space, so maybe they are still there and Clover is moving in next door? See what you can find if you are in the area before I am.

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                                                              myladyfae Jul 11, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                              Shockingly, things are actually moving forward with Bourbon Coffee in the Porter Exchange. Tho I have not gotten a definitive opening date yet, they have finished the demo work and already framed out the bathrooms.

                                                              It will be quite large inside, taking up the space where the Cleaners, Miss Kitty's, and the remainder of the old GAP space used to be. Given the size I'm hoping they'll be doing sandwiches/salads in there as well...could use a good salad go-to in the building!

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                                                                5thAndNowhere Jul 11, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                Blue Inc opening tonight per Santos' twitter

                                                                http://www.blueincboston.com/

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                                                                  LeoLioness Jul 11, 2011 12:26 PM

                                                                  That sure is one obnoxious drink list.

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                                                                    jgg13 Jul 11, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                    Wow, that web page made me want to never go there. What's even worse about that is 99% of the time when I say that, it's due to stereotypical "crappy restaurant website" (bad layout, heavy Flash usage, overusing PDF) but this one isn't so bad .... it just screams complete & utter lameness to me.

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                                                                      emannths Jul 11, 2011 12:52 PM

                                                                      I wonder what they think the word "Kobe" means. On the bar menu, they offer a "Kobe Burger" and "Mini Kobe Corn Dogs." Neither item's description mentions anything about beef, and "Kobe" appears no where else on their menus.

                                                                      Kobe corn dogs?!?!

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                                                                        jgg13 Jul 11, 2011 01:16 PM

                                                                        Assuming it has *any* basis in reality (e.g. just referring to american wagyu beef or the like), i'd imagine that they're using "kobe" beef hot dogs. I know I've seen them for sale at Savenors.

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                                                                          emannths Jul 11, 2011 01:30 PM

                                                                          lol. I had no idea that someone had even dreamed up such a product. I guess they have to use the bits somehow.

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                                                                        Jenny Ondioline Jul 11, 2011 01:28 PM

                                                                        Yeah, it almost makes you think this is supposed to be some kind of deadpan parody of obnoxious trendy eateries. The food looks awful and the descriptions sound even worse.

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                                                                          tatsu Jul 11, 2011 02:01 PM

                                                                          It's a bit kooky with the superman hair and all, but the menu reads pretty straightforward to me, actually kind of crowdpleasing with drinks that one-up the weird Corona plopped in a margarita glass at one of the new mexican't places. Guess we'll see how the cooking pans out.

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                                                                            Bob Dobalina Jul 12, 2011 07:03 AM

                                                                            The descriptions of the food don't seem all that different from what Santos was doing at Gargoyle's, only this menu "goes to 11."

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                                                                              jgg13 Jul 12, 2011 07:04 AM

                                                                              It's the "goes to 11" part that somewhat bugs me. Beyond that it's not so much the *menu* as the overall presentation via the website that makes me not want to go there. Jenny's line about "deadpan parody of obnoxious trendy eateries" captures my thinking pretty well

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                                                                                LeoLioness Jul 12, 2011 07:09 AM

                                                                                The drink menu reads like Guy Fieri had a hand in writing it. "On the rox or in your face!"? Uh, okay.

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                                                                                  jgg13 Jul 12, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                                                  Err, I meant that the food menus weren't a prime motivator in my original statement :) The drink menu definitely was.

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                                                                                    C. Hamster Jul 12, 2011 01:39 PM

                                                                                    Or Amy Sedaris

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                                                                                      Kirs Jul 13, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                                                      I saw that and just felt embarrassed for whomever decided that was "cool."

                                                                                      Also would be embarrassed if I ordered any of those drinks.

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                                                                              mkfisher Jul 12, 2011 08:35 AM

                                                                              I walked by last night around 7 and the place was pretty empty. Nobody at the outside tables. The bar and dining area were about 1/2 full.

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                                                                                Gordough Jul 12, 2011 08:42 AM

                                                                                I give it 3 months before we hear about a concept change. they won't survive in that location with that menu.

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                                                                                  mkfisher Jul 12, 2011 10:50 AM

                                                                                  I'm going to take one for the team and try it out either tonight or Thursday. Will report back. As a resident of that neighborhood, we could really use something with that kind of menu, so I hope it sticks around for more than 3 months.

                                                                            3. Kirs Jul 8, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                                              Fill Belly's opened a couple days ago down on Washington Street in JP. I stopped in last night for some mac & cheese and bosilitos. A little slow with the service, but the guy helping out at the counter kept us busy talking about the grafitti artwork they've got goin' on.

                                                                              Dinner for two was 16 bucks. You can't beat that. And just down the street from home? Even better!

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                                                                                drewames03 Jul 8, 2011 02:27 PM

                                                                                I saw this in The Dig. This is exciting...

                                                                                http://digboston.com/taste/2011/07/tr...

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                                                                                mkfisher Jul 7, 2011 06:09 AM

                                                                                The sign for Blue Inc went up yesterday. The windows are papered over, but I think they're still shooting to open tomorrow.

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                                                                                  mkfisher Jul 7, 2011 08:53 AM

                                                                                  And now Grub Street is reporting Monday of next week

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                                                                                    hiddenboston Jul 7, 2011 09:07 AM

                                                                                    Hopefully Monday. :-)

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                                                                                  granolagurl Jul 6, 2011 10:02 AM

                                                                                  just what we need, another sub-par, cookie-cutter, chain (panera, opened this morning in porter square):

                                                                                  (article in the globe: if you are able to access it):
                                                                                  http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/c...

                                                                                  ugh!

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                                                                                    hiddenboston Jul 6, 2011 11:21 AM

                                                                                    Oddly enough, it's the first Panera in Cambridge.

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                                                                                      granolagurl Jul 6, 2011 11:34 AM

                                                                                      .......and hopefully the last!

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                                                                                      MC Slim JB Jul 6, 2011 11:42 AM

                                                                                      I've eaten at a few Paneras, and their food always gives me indigestion.

                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                        C. Hamster Jul 6, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                                                        And a dent in the wallet.

                                                                                        The new one on Boylston Street is insane at lunch time. Line out the door.

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                                                                                        mkfisher Jul 6, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                                                        I don't hate the bbq chicken salad at Panera. I've certainly eaten a lot worse things.

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                                                                                          lergnom Jul 7, 2011 08:38 AM

                                                                                          There are some good things at Panera. They make a good sourdough bread. It actually tastes like sourdough and the soft crust is appropriate for that kind of bread. Their chipotle chicken sandwich is pretty good - and quite caloric. They make a pretty good cinnamon roll. The asiago bagel is good - because of the cheese. They make a decent smoothie. They've worked really hard on improving their coffee, because all the franchisees knew it was bad. Some of the locations post calorie counts on the menu.

                                                                                          BTW, with a Panera card, they give you free stuff to encourage return visits. That's why I know about the cinnamon roll.

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                                                                                            tamerlanenj Jul 22, 2011 03:15 AM

                                                                                            And the most important part of Panera: free unlimited wifi. Back when Starbucks was still charging for it, you could spend hours in one of their comfy chairs with a soda using the internet if need be. I also like their chicken and rice soup.

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                                                                                              smtucker Jul 31, 2011 07:54 PM

                                                                                              beware... between 11 and 1 you only get 30 minutes of wifi before they shut you down.

                                                                                        2. galangatron Jul 6, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                                                          abiata ethiopian restaurant has opened on pleasant street in malden

                                                                                          1. BostonZest Jul 5, 2011 08:37 AM

                                                                                            We also get a few places that close for vacation and cosmetic renovations in July. This seems like a good place to include those as well.

                                                                                            Penny
                                                                                            http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                                                                                              itaunas Jul 5, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                              The openings/closing thread can get a bit long with discussions and all, there is a specific topic for seasonal closings in 2011 which you can use if desired.

                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787543

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                                                                                                BostonZest Jul 5, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                                                Should have caught up on my reading before posting! I just popped back over here to say what you said. Thanks for setting that up, itaunas. It's a conversation I refer to often this time of year.

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                                                                                                  itaunas Jul 5, 2011 12:39 PM

                                                                                                  Cool and good to see you around. The interesting thing is July seems to spur a creative spark around here, particularly for ethnic food. Last year around this time Striperguy posted his 'to go to" list of ethnic food and this year EATTV is doing his 30 days of ethnic eating. There definately are places on both lists which take a summer break. That said, this particular thread and the June one are good starting points for people who want to try something new as presumably you won't open in June/July and take part of July or August off. :-)

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                                                                                              mkfisher Jul 5, 2011 06:09 AM

                                                                                              It looks like El Triunfo on Broad Street is pretty close to opening. I walked by yesterday, and there was some serious work going on inside (on the 4th - so they're clearly in a rush because nobody was working yesterday). The exterior signage is already up.

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                                                                                                meeps2002 Jul 5, 2011 05:26 AM

                                                                                                Forum - the new restaurant that is taking the old Vox Populi space is making progress. The awning and signage is all up

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                                                                                                755 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

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                                                                                                  wickedated Jul 6, 2011 08:07 AM

                                                                                                  We open July 13th
                                                                                                  http://www.improper.com/going-out/pub...

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                                                                                                    tamerlanenj Jul 22, 2011 03:18 AM

                                                                                                    Good riddance to Vox, one of the worst places in all Boston.

                                                                                                  2. galangatron Jul 4, 2011 10:51 PM

                                                                                                    this is actually a june opening but s&s market on broadway in malden has opened a small restaurant called biryani park. the menu is a mix of north indian, south indian, indo-chinese, and sri lankan specials

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                                                                                                      Nab Jul 5, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                                                                      nice. did you scope it out GT, and anything jump out at you from the menu ? i would like to take a stroll through biryani park.

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                                                                                                        Prav Jul 5, 2011 03:07 PM

                                                                                                        sounds like a suburb!

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                                                                                                          Nab Jul 6, 2011 09:26 AM

                                                                                                          mississauga

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                                                                                                          galangatron Jul 6, 2011 07:57 AM

                                                                                                          i plan on trying it soon. the sri lankan specials (hoppers, pittu, kottu, etc) seem like the heart of the menu

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                                                                                                            Nab Jul 6, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                                            that's what i was hoping for. keep us posted !

                                                                                                      2. nurit Jul 2, 2011 05:42 PM

                                                                                                        I don't know if this was discussed or not already, but driving on Mass Ave on my way to Arlington I noticed a "new restaurant opening soon" sign on an empty store front two down from Yummy Thai (formerly known as Pho Kitchen). The internet tells me this used to be Bengal Cafe.

                                                                                                        The sign said something like, Italian restaurant with homemade pasta and homemade bread.

                                                                                                        I don't know if there were any details as to owner, opening date, etc.

                                                                                                        Approximate address 2263 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA 02140

                                                                                                        Edit: Woops, yes, Aromatherapy posted this in the June thread on the 11th, so I guess it might still be awhile before the as-yet-unnamed Italian place opens.

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                                                                                                          emannths Jul 11, 2011 09:43 AM

                                                                                                          Sign just went up. It's to be called L'Impasto. According to the City of Cambridge website, L'Impasto, will have a capacity of 30, including 6 seats within an outdoor patio area. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, with hours being 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.

                                                                                                          http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com...

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                                                                                                            myladyfae Jul 11, 2011 12:16 PM

                                                                                                            I noticed this just today too and can I just say...what a horrible name for a restaurant!

                                                                                                            All it evokes in my head is "La Impostor." Somehow i dont think they intended their possible customers to think of them as a fake!

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                                                                                                              emannths Jul 11, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                                                                              Yeah, it's one of those words that doesn't sound good in the English context, even if the Italian is fine. To me it either sounds like a silly play on "pasta" (which it is, even in Italian), or impostor.

                                                                                                              The manager's name is Riccardo Passini. I might have called it Cucina (di) Riccardo or something.

                                                                                                              fwiw: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impasto

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                                                                                                              Boston_Otter Jul 11, 2011 01:32 PM

                                                                                                              Terrible, terrible name. As others have said, when I first saw the sign, I thought of two things: "Impostor", which is not a great association, and "Limp Pasta", which is even worse.

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                                                                                                                hiddenboston Jul 11, 2011 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                Maybe they could change the theme to a Southern comfort food place and call it "Limp Biscuit."

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                                                                                                                  Boston_Otter Jul 12, 2011 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                  I would LOVE a soul food restaurant in this neighborhood. I'd like to go to the fellas doing construction and say "Guys, seriously. The last thing we need here is fast-food Italian. Save your money, think hard about what you're doing and your silly name, and start over."

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                                                                                                                    hiddenboston Jul 12, 2011 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                    I agree on your first point, though as to Italian in Cambridge, well, Cambridge does seem to be lacking a bit in this category (Gran Gusto and East Side aside).

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                                                                                                                      Boston_Otter Jul 12, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                      Within a quick walk of L'Impasto, there's Gran Gusto, the Rosebud Diner, The Garden of Eat-In, Marco's Pizza, and Posto, not to mention Dave's Fresh Pasta. No shortage of places to get pasta in the vicinity :)

                                                                                                          2. itaunas Jul 2, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                                            Did something other than El Paisa Butcher recently take over Carmen's location in East Boston or do I have my storefronts mixed up? I went to El Paisa restaurant a few weeks back and noticed a banner for something with a fairly anglo name (to my mind it was along the lines of Sally Ann's the bakery), but I didn't have a pen or chance to write it down before I forgot.

                                                                                                            1. Science Chick Jul 1, 2011 10:50 AM

                                                                                                              Sweet Potato Bistro in Newton 4 Corners is slated to open soon. No answer yet, though, trying to phone them. "Taiwanese Tapas" according to website. Other menu items look promising......fingers crossed and holding my breath.....

                                                                                                              http://www.sweetpotatobistro.com

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                                                                                                                czarp Jul 7, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                They open on Monday.

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                                                                                                                  hiddenboston Jul 7, 2011 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                  Where did you hear that, czarp? Do they have a sign up for its opening? Their Facebook page has almost nothing on it.

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                                                                                                                    Science Chick Jul 8, 2011 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                    I've tried calling them a few times over the last week and no one has yet to pick up the phone. BTW, I have to say that I am a little annoyed by their homepage which quotes an over-the-top review from "Jimmy". If they haven't opened yet, how there be a review?!! Hopefully the actual food will live up to the claim!

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                                                                                                                      hiddenboston Jul 8, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                      Maybe they had a soft opening that was attended only by the people who work there. If I get there, I'll be sure to ask the waiter's name. :-)

                                                                                                              2. tatsu Jul 1, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                I was in Newton so I checked out the village of Nonantum. Although it looks like parts of Melrose, it is actually somewhat of an interesting Italian American hamlet. I specifically wanted to check out Magni Bakery, but to my dismay, it was all cleared out with no letter or sign posted. Does anyone know when they closed? How long were they in existence? From the 2 reviews on yelp, it seemed interesting.

                                                                                                                The most curious place to me was Maria di Napoli, I talked to the man behind the counter, he says the woman, Maria, I suppose, is from Napoli and makes real Neapolitan pizza. Seems worth trying, as Gran Gusto in Cambridge is the only other place I can think of that does this. This place is not new most likely, sorry for sticking it in here.

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                                                                                                                90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                                                                                                                Napoli
                                                                                                                120 Salem St, Boston, MA

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                                                                                                                  hiddenboston Jul 1, 2011 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                  No problem! I can tell you that the pizza at Maria di Napoli is probably in my top 5 in all of the Boston area, along with Regina's in the North End, Santarpio's, Picco, and maybe the Alumni Cafe in Quincy.

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                                                                                                                    gourmaniac Jul 1, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                    Sorry you made the trip for naught. I was last at Magni about 4 years ago and as I mentioned on another thread, it had authentic Italian breads in a no frills little bakery. In that same neighborhood is De Pasquales for sausage and sundry Italian items.

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