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Aug 26, 2011 04:35 AM

The Mystery of the Village Fish

A restaurant I've been fond of ever since it first opened in Brookline, even took my current wife there on our first date. Followed it to Needham, where it wasn't as crowded, maybe a little less comfortable, but still tasty (and you couldn't beat their early bird!)

Last week, in another thread here, it was reported to be closed. Drive bys didn't prove anything, although the sign was still up. Discussion with a local resident told me that the owners were closing down and reopening "in time for football season" as a BBQ-Sports Bar joint, had gotten a smoker, were adding tv's, etc, which I reported here in the August closings/openings thread.

Was walking in the neighborhood last night, could see folks seated inside, signs still say Village Fish, so we went in. Place looks the same, other than they've enclosed the formerly open kitchen in the back left. Menu was the same. Staff appeared to be the same.

We were in a hurry, so couldn't ask anyone (and DW thought I was odd enough that I would walk in and look at a menu when I had no interest in dining -- anymore would have brought on the wrath).


What gives?

Village Fish
970 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

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  1. Interesting! I thought that the powers that be in Needham didn't want a BBQ joint to open up due to the smoke. Would definitely like some good 'cue nearby, hopefully their old proximity to the Village Smokehouse (except for their beef ribs) doesn't signify anything re: general quality.

    Village Smokehouse
    69 Harvard Sq, Brookline, MA 02445

    1. Gee L, 'current wife' over 'wife'? yikes.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Maybe that's why they were iin such a hurry...

        1. It was open on the 27th.

          I haven't heard anything about a bbq/sports bar type of place and imagine that such a place would create quite a 'controversy' with lots of letters and local paper editorials worried about underage drinking and the smoke and the undesireables who go to bars in the metrowest suburbs (I'm being sarcastic, but I'd be willing to put money on it happening...).

          1. Between yesterday noonish and tonight at 6PM, the windows (front and back) were papered over and it says:

            COMING SOON!


            Genuine Dry rubbed, Authentic BBQ Wood smoked and Slow cooked over Natural Hickory on Premises


            Midtown Smokehouse & Grill
            970 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

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            1. re: L2k

              By the time they reopen, you'll be able to get there with your next wife.

              1. re: FoodDabbler

                too funny. i don't think you're ever going to live that one down, L.

                1. re: FoodDabbler

                  They hope to be open in 2 weeks. And may drop the 'grill' part of the name.

                  And my next wife has already been approved by the current one, so I got that going for me.

                2. re: L2k

                  I'd like to get excited, but how in the world (or at least a town like Needham where nothing gets done without months and months of outrage and controversy) are they going to smoke on premises??? I hope they find a way... or at least have a good menu otherwise.

                3. I for one will miss their pasta and seafood dishes. Not Italian, but a very good version nontheless.
                  Thought he made some of the best "scampi" around. Grilled lobster there was very good. Greg did a good job. Salads, not so great. Bread, not so great. Sorry to see it change.
                  Always Enjoyed,

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