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when is Chez Albert in Amherst reopening?

Does anyone know? Their website had said end of the month (August) but just today I tried the site and it wouldn't load due to bandwidth issues and their phone was disconnected. Also, where exactly is the new location? Thanks!!

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Chez Albert
27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

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  1. oh man, i thought they were already re-opened! i was going to call tomorrow to make reservations for our 11 year anniversary in a few weeks. hmm, maybe i will need to re-think this. Chez Albert has been our go-to "fine dining" option since they've opened. any other ideas? we've never tried Blue Heron....what's the word on them these days?

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    Chez Albert
    27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

    5 Replies
    1. re: saintp

      Blue Heron is only ok, imo. How about Night Kitchen, great food, gorgeous setting. If it is warm enough sit outside.

      http://montaguenightkitchen.com/

      1. re: magiesmom

        What specifically do you recommend there? Nothing on their menu really jumped out at me (and I know descriptions can often under- and over-sell so it's never a great way to decide on a restaurant).

        1. re: jennywoj

          we went to Night Kitchen maybe 5 years ago and sat outside, which was lovely. I do remember getting short ribs, which i loved, but I can't remember the preparation.

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          Night Kitchen
          440 Greenfield Rd, Montague, MA 01351

          1. re: jennywoj

            the menu changes seasonally and I haven't been recently, but my niece just exclaimed over her paella, and I remember both the short ribs and a pork and white bean ragout fondly. And the mushroom pierogies were stellar.
            It is a place where I find the food to be always well prepared so I go with a food I like and trust it will be good. My memory is that the fish dishes are not the best thing.

            1. re: magiesmom

              thanks for the input. i'll give chez albert a try this weekend, with fingers crossed, and if they're still not open, then i guess we'll have to try something new (or at least different!).

      2. i just called the restaurant and got a generic recording saying something about "the party you are trying to reach is unavailable", but no info about Chez Albert. The website is up and running....it looks good. Makes me want to eat there soon!

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        Chez Albert
        27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

        1. Hubby just drove by yesterday and the paper is still on the windows. :(

          To be honest, I am starting to get concerned. They were supposed to open a month ago.

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          1. re: MsBees

            September is a really silly month to miss in a college town. Does not bode well.

            1. re: magiesmom

              True, and that is what makes me wonder what is up. I doubt it was purposely missed They were moving into a place where another restaurant was supposed to open but never finished the renovations. I'm hoping this is just a matter of there was more to do then they anticipated. Chez Albert is my favorite restaurant in town and I would hate to see them not reopen.

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              Chez Albert
              27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

          2. Good news- Chez Albert reopened this past Saturday night. The new space is very attractive and the food is still terrific. The service at dinner tonight ( only their third night open at the new location) was very attentive. Be sure to make reservations- they were quite full.

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            Chez Albert
            27 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

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            1. re: garber13

              thank god. i was really getting worried. although having it closed made me try something new, which we haven't done in a loooong time, since we love chez albert's so much. can't wait to see the new space!

              1. re: garber13

                We had dinner here tonight; they offered a 'casual' menu for New Year's day. The food was quite good - we had the pate de foie, curried mussels, short ribs and a creamy seafood stew. I was expecting more of a torchon de foie rather than the mousse-like preparation I received, but it was OK. What I really disliked was the new space - ill-conceived and uncomfortable, with odd partitions and wasted space, small (tiny) tables too close together. Also, the decor is absolutely WEIRD. It comes across as a slightly demented Halloweenish cave, repetitive orange and black. I would not bring guests to Chez Albert simply because the interior is so very off-putting. Service was very good, however. Too bad.

                1. re: tatwood

                  I should mention, in all fairness, that the French fries are probably the best I have ever had (or made at home). They come with the mussels and the steak frites. I don't know if you can order them a la carte. Unbelievably good - worth putting up with the strange environment.

                  1. re: tatwood

                    Well, we finally made over to Chez Albert for dinner this past Friday night. Here's my take on it:
                    I loved the old space a lot, but the new space will probably grow on me. I agree with the "odd partitions", but since we were seated in the "front" part of the space, it was really nice. Every seat at the bar was taken and almost all the people at the bar had full meals. Also, a party of 6 came in and got drinks and stood around the bar area (near the front window) and chatted before they sat down....it made for a very convivial (is that the right word?) scene.
                    Now, the food. I had a salad to start: spinach, braised endive, mushrooms, a few onions and pork belly. It was wonderful. My husband got (as always) the escargots. Very good.
                    For entrees: I had the lamb shank, over whipped potatoes, roasted garlic and greens. The lamb was falling off the bone, almost sweet. It was lovely. My husband had the Boulonnais seafood stew...shrimp, mussels, a meaty whitefish (in his words), clams in a chowder-ish broth with leeks and celery and potatoes. He loved it. He is very picky about the way his seafood is cooked and said that at Chez Albert, they always do it right.
                    The service was great. Manu was in top form and I think I will be sure to request a table in his section from now on. The service has always been great there, but I just love Manu.
                    So, a lovely dinner from start to finish. Can't wait to go back.