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.
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
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.
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.