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Sep 1, 2011 05:59 AM

September 2011 Openings and Closings

Any of you hear anything about upcoming openings and closings for this month? I know that Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge has their grand opening Monday (and a soft opening likely for today), and Five Horses Tavern may be opening today. Also, Basha in Cambridge may be closing to make way for a new restaurant apparently coming from the owner of Casablanca.

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  1. Catalyst in Kendall is estimating a September 10th opening date. Firebrand Saints also in Kendall, looks pretty near finished last time I walked by.

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    1. re: Matt H

      Cocktail menu giggle at Catalyst:

      Mexican Sand

      An Interpretation
      Mezcal, Cherry *Herring*, Vermouth, Orange 10 - yikes!

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        The fish-accented cocktail is a frontier that has been underexplored, to say the least.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Heh - why not?
          Hendricks, Pernod, PEI Mussel - 10
          Aquavit, Vermouth, Shallot, Oyster - 12
          Mackerel and PBR tall boy - 6

        2. re: Bob Dobalina

          le sigh. in my next life i want to come back as a menu fairy and fix all these embarrassments with a wave of a glittery wand and no shame on the establishment.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            I'll nominate you for the job just because you've started my morning with a fun thought.

            Could I borrow your wand once in a while to convert some of the chains in the Back Bay to real restaurants? Or, would I need a magic sword for that task?


      2. Mt. Everest Kitchen on Brighton Ave is apparently going to be replaced by a Chinese and Japanese place called O Yummy Cuisine.

        O Crappy Name.

        Mt. Everest Kitchen
        182 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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        1. Storyville, a nightclub with food, craft cocktails (they're calling that aspect of it a "speakeasy"), and live music, is opening Sept 9 in the old Saint space in the Copley Square Hotel. Chef is Louis DiBiccari (ex Sel de la Terre Back Bay), bar program by "English Bill" Codman (ex L'Espalier, Woodward, most recently at Island Creek Oyster Bar). They kept this one under wraps pretty well.

          The name has a long history, originally New Orleans' red-light district in the late 19th century. The first Storyville in Boston was a jazz club in this same spot and later in Harvard Square in the 1940s. It moved Kenmore Square in 1950 (where Uno is now); I remember its incarnation there as a rock club in the 80s.

          Same operator as Saint is behind it, so the commitment to good food and drink is a big question mark in my mind; nightclub people rarely stick with it once they build a customer base of nightlife people. But they're starting out with an excellent team.

          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

          Sel de la Terre
          774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

          Island Creek Oyster Bar
          500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            As reported in the Globe Calender magizine today.

            As far as I know, George Wein, of Newport Jazz Festival fame created one of the Storyville venues. Will look it up and reoprt back, for those that are interested.

            1. re: CocoDan

              You have it right Coco Dan. I wrote an article about it last year timed to run with Jazz Week.


              I'm a fan of Chef Louis' food so I'll make a point of visiting early before the direction changes.
              This was also the site of a short-lived, great menu from René Michelena a few years back.



          2. Masala Indian & Nepalese in Teele is supposed to open today. They finally took the paper off the window. Didn't think it would ever open as it has been under construction for like a year.

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            1. re: joth68

              Masala has no presence anywhere online. No website, no FB page, no Twitter page, no nothing. They need to get something up there if they plan to open today.

                1. re: joth68

                  Wow, nothing gives me more confidence in a business than seeing that their website is "created by Shadyclown based on Wine World".

                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                    Or that they don't appear to have a volume / mute button on the website. Argh.

              1. I saw a bunch of people eating and drinking inside Five Horses today; at a glance, it sorta looked like a pre-opening meal for staff and owners and such. But the windows were all open and the place looks ready to go.