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August 2011 Openings and Closings

Here we go again. (Is it really August already? Damn...) What are some restaurants that are opening or closing this month? I just heard that The Capital Grille is moving from Newbury Street to Boylston Street with a planned opening date of August 24. Also looks like The Brahmin should be opening any day now on Stanhope Street. And Common Ground in Allston should be reopening shortly, under new ownership.

Not sure of any closings other than The Lyceum in Salem closing its doors yesterday.

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  1. Abigail's in Kendall Square appears to be set to open this month.

    Robinwood Cafe in JP has new owners; not yet clear how much the menu or concept will change.

    Catalyst in Area IV is angling for a late-August opening, though that might be optimistic.

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Abigail's has the paper down off the windows and looks complete. Should be any day now.

      1. re: Matt H

        I was walking by last night as they were taking off those huge photos from the windows and then on my way back, saw lot of activity inside. VERY good news for this neighborhood. I was told to come in on Friday night for opening night and may do so if it is not too crazy. The menu looks great.

    2. Firebrand Saints in Kendal and Five Horses in Davis are shooting for late August.

      1. Has "The African Cuisine" in Hyde Park (Boston's only W. African restaurant that I know of) closed for good? I was sad to read this by someone on Yelp, but I wanted to make sure it was true and that they weren't on vacation or something.

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        The African Cuisine
        1248 Hyde Park Ave, Boston, MA 02136

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          1. re: galangatron

            yikes, that would be turrble. seeing aromatherapy lamenting the loss of nigerian goat pepper pot stew from the lowell festy had me thinking of returning to TAC for the same. say it ain't so.

        1. Someone just emailed me, saying that Genesio in Randolph was closed. I'm still trying to confirm--anyone know for a fact that the place is gone?

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          Genesio Restaurant & Bar
          482 S Main St, Randolph, MA 02368

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            No cars have been at the site when I have been by for at least the last 3 weeks.

          2. It looks like Miso Market in Porter is getting ready to open this month, according to a sign in the window.

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            1. re: bear

              Just saw on Cambridge Day that it opened yesterday:

              http://www.cambridgeday.com/2011/08/0...

              Sounds like they are not fully stocked yet. I'm going to try to check them out in the hext few days.

              1. re: czarp

                Good news, but too bad they aren't going to carry produce or sushi.

                1. re: bear

                  So I went today. Pretty obvious that they are not fully stocked yet -- they could double the number of aisles and it still would not feel crowded.

                  One really nice touch: there is an assortment of real baskets you can use while shopping.

                  The owner mentioned that she hopes to get some produce and fish stocked soon, and that they will also be selling more takeaway lunches and snacks. (Today they had several seaweed-wrapped rice balls, some daikon salads, and an assortment of goods from Japanoise.)

                  1. re: czarp

                    Thanks for the report. I guess I misunderstood and thought they wouldn't have fish or produce, so this is really good news to me. I'll check it out soon.