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Jul 19, 2011 07:27 PM

Old Joe V's space

Any progress going on here?

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

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  1. Please tell me that the rumor that a Japanese Izakaya is going there is going to happen.

    I don't see many signs of construction there, but neither do I see a For Sale sign.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Fukui San

      I heard that the Japanese restaurant deal fell through.

      1. re: UnionPark

        This saddens me greatly. It was my long lost hope for a yakitori joint.

    2. I've seen very little activity in that space, which I walk by often. I think they finally removed the old Joe V's bottle of crème de banane, so I guess that's something.

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

      1. Great news! Per South End Patch, the yakitori joint, to be called Zia, is not dead, just slow to birth. Aiming for late September opening.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Skin... hearts... liver... gizzards... maybe even chicken sashimi???

          I hope with all my heart this place turns out to be the real deal.

          1. re: Mike5966

            they better bring the binchotan boyeeeee !!

            1. re: Mike5966

              Can't say I have high hopes for that kind of traditional yakitori, but we'll see.

              Also, the place is to be called Zai, not Zia -- the Patch reported it both ways, but Hidden Boston got the real scoop.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Just did a search on "Joe V's" to see what was happening in that space. I am beyond excited for this news. Even if it's only a halfway decent imitation of the real thing, I'm glad that this sort of place is opening in the South End rather than another high end continental restaurant.

          2. Incidentally, there's been a construction dumpster in front of the former Joe V's for a week or so now; they're doing serious work to gut the old space and rebuild it. Progress!


            1. ZAI - Yakitori Bar - they're trying for permits. Someone who has something to do with Snappy Sushi... ??? That's all I hear so far.