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Oct 3, 2011 06:21 AM

October 2011 Openings and Closings

All right, all, here we go again. Any upcoming openings or closings this month? A few openings that come to mind include Wahlburgers in Hingham, Sweet Cheeks in the Fenway area, and Render Coffee in the South End. Not sure about closings right now, though it looks like Gargoyles in Somerville closed for good this past weekend.

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  1. a dessert stand called lickie lickie has opened in the food court at hong kong market in allston

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      1. re: galangatron

        galangatron, do they have a website? I was going to Google it, but figured I'd come up with results that would make my hair stand on end.

          1. re: galangatron

            It's probably best that they don't have a website. :-b

        1. re: galangatron

          I was at the food court yesterday, and took a look at lickie lickie. I didn't try anything. They have ice cream and yogurt and a few other special desserts, but it didn't strike me as being very special. Am curious to hear if/when others try it...

        2. I hadn't heard about Render Coffee until now, as far as I know they are the first coffee bar in town to serve Counter Culture (though Clover occasionally does use their beans). I had heard rumors that Counter Culture was looking to expand into Boston; in DC and elsewhere they have training centers and the Counter Culture website mentions they are considering opening one in Boston, so I'd expect to see more of their coffee around. I like it very much, though we have the benefit of two great roasters in town (Barismo and George Howell) and several other great regional roasters (Barrington, Matt's Wood Roasted). I'll look forward to trying Render, though I hope they include some of the area roasters among their featured beans.

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          1. re: hckybg

            Counter Culture Coffee has been served at various spots around the city. Espresso Royale Caffe/Pavement Coffeehouse has been serving them and recently switched over to them as their house roaster. They'll be setting up a training center in Union Square ready sometime early-2012. Render Coffee ( will open soon and will feature guest roasters as well.

            Render Coffee
            563 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

            Pavement Coffeehouse
            1096 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

            1. re: yehwan

              Funny, I just went to Pavement the other day (for the first time in a few months) and noticed that everything was now Counter Culture. I liked that Pavement offered a range of beans, which was nice for comparison. I don't mind Counter Culture at all, but I do hope that places that use them still do mix in others. That is the best part of RBC, one of my favorite New York cafes, which rotates perhaps six or seven roasters.

              Do you mean Union Square, Somerville, I assume? Their training facilities typically host events and training for both their dealers and for the public, right? Not cafes? That's interesting, Inman Square is increasingly at the center of our budding coffee culture.

              1. re: hckybg

                RBC?! hckybg, now you've got my attention. But, I think you would agree that RBC offering multiple roasters/brew methods is the exception. (Hurts to be spoiled)

                Yes...close to the heart of the square. The Boston training will be in the mold of their other centers but double the size of New York. Yeah, I love living in Area 4. I gather you're excited for the opening of Dwelltime Coffee Bar as well?

                Dwelltime Coffee Bar
                364 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

                1. re: yehwan

                  Yes, very excited for dwelltime, which is very close to my home. They do say they will also feature other roasters, but I'm generally just a big fan of Barismo because they try lots of different things and remain a local roaster. RBC is actually the only place I've seen their beans outside Boston, though I'd assume there might be others.

                  I had a nice experience at Area Four the other day, they always have a guest roaster too. Their espresso was from Novo, which I hadn't had before. It was tasty, though I don't meet a lot of espresso I don't like as long as it's well pulled.

          2. For those looking for good tortilla, fresh masa, etc, La Nina Tortilleria just opened in Chelsea. $2.50/lb for tortillas.



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            1. re: emannths

              That is really good news. I see a field trip coming soon. Fresh masa for tamales. Yes!

            2. In Harvard Square where most recently the short lived Congo was, there are paper signs up saying a Sushi/Wine Bar is coming soon. There is no activity going on inside the space that I can tell.

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              1. re: SEH

                That sounds about right :).

                1. re: hckybg

                  Sushi/Wine bar? I give it six months, if it ever opens. Bring back that coffee shop that was there for ages before the revolving door.

              2. I follow The Pulse Cafe on Facebook where there have been rumblings about the fact that they are looking for a buyer and will close by the end of the month unless they find someone to take it on. I follow a mainly vegan diet (I do eat fish) and have not been over there yet myself as I heard mixed things about it, but I feel like I should go over and check it out.

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                1. re: mvi

                  That's too bad. I was hopeful for this place - initially it was not so good, then it seemed to find its footing and I patronized about once or twice a month between eat-in and take-out and was generally happy - salads were fresh and plentiful, if simple - entrees were a bit hit-or-miss but the flavors were generally good. Then they went and changed the menu, adding breakfast fare all-day and veggies burgers/sandwiches, and deleting the more interesting weekly rotation of entrees. I wonder if True Bistro siphoned off some of their clientele. Plus, the place was really dingy, in a Portlandia sorta way. It did kind of break my heart a little to watch people walk by Pulse and sneer at the menu on their way to Posto.

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    I have to try it. They have cut back on their hours so I'll see what I can do. If I see any more news on their Facebook page, I'll post it.

                  2. re: mvi

                    I wanted to like this place a lot, and loved the idea of vegan "gourmet food" near me. But twice in a row, they served me over-steamed, limp, unseasoned vegetables (asparagus and broccoli). If a vegan place can't cook vegetables competently, I find it hard to give them business.

                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                      Are you referring to Pulse or True Bistro? Pulse never really billed itself as gourmet, as far as I know. TB does go for the gourmet gold, and my one dining experience there was excellent.

                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                        I shouldn't have said 'gourmet', you're right. What I meant was that all of the other vegetarian/vegan places in the area focused on wraps, while Pulse served vegan 'calamari', raw-food 'pizzas', and other interesting things... at first.

                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                          That must have been in its really really early days. Never saw anything quite that creative on the menu while I was sampling. How was the vegan calamari? WHAT was the vegan calamari?!

                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                            I think I had the vegan calamari. I think they were some sort of fired mushroom that came with a garlicky dipping sauce and were good. I am not vegetarian, but went there when it first opened with someone who is a semi-vegetarian and I thought the food was creative and pretty good. Did they ever start to serve wine/beer? I think it's tough for restaurants without the profit from alcohol.

                            1. re: pemma

                              Thanks for the responses. That actually sounds like something you could approximate at home, too.
                              No liquor license there - another area where True Bistro had them beat.

                            2. re: Bob Dobalina

                              pemma has it right -- they were some kind of mushroom (oyster?) that was cut into rings and sort of tempura fried. They approximated calamari rings pretty well but didn't last long on the menu. I tried the seitan 'roast beef' as well but honestly, it just tasted like store-bought seitan with some generic brown gravy. I loved their cornbread, though.