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Jan 3, 2012 06:27 AM

January 2012 Openings and Closings

Any updates on places opening or closing over the next month or so?

I know that Carroll's may be opening in Medford Square this month, and RJ Gourmet is planning to open in East Cambridge. Also, a new restaurant is coming to downtown Boston from the Big Night Entertainment Group, though no name has been given.

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  1. Siros at Marina Bay will be closed from January through March. Planning to add dishes to the Port 305 menu for the Winter. Makes sense. Not much traffic in the cold months. We do like the pubish menu at 305.

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    1. re: CocoDan

      The new Armenian market on Elm St. across from Target looks close to opening. It was partially stocked and there was activity this afternoon. The awning says "Armenian Pizza" and signs in the window promise hot coffee and pastries as well as chicken and beef shawarma.

      It will be interesting to see if it can distinguish itself from the wonder markets already established like Sevan and Arax, or if it will offer something unique.

      1. re: CocoDan

        Caffe Graffiti in the North End has closed.

      2. Lone Star Taco Bar is purportedly opening this month in Allston, next door to (and from the same team as) Deep Ellum.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Inside knowledge posted on Facebook a few moments ago puts this in the next 2 weeks. Of course in restaurant speak, that could translate into the next two months. Max Toste seems really excited about the food (including his vegetarian and vegan options) and we've already spoke about tequila and mezcal drinks. The ones that he made me that might make it on the menu were quite excellent.

          1. re: yarm

            According to Deep Ellum's FB page, Lone Star opened last night. I'm super busy or I'd go check it out for lunch.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              It's not open for lunch today, just dinner.

        2. Los Amigos in West Rox is supposed to open this month - we have high hopes for a good Mexican place!

          1. I believe Moksa is opening in Central Square this month... I just checked their dreadful website, and it makes no mention of an opening date. They do have the menu posted.

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            1. re: mkfisher

              The menu looks good and I am excited about having another option in Central Sq. But I swear time must flow differently in Central Square. Floating Rock, then the hardware store, and now Moksa, all pushing (and pushing) back their openings.

            2. Does anyone know whats going on with the old pops space on tremont? I heard rumors that the owner of grotto might be opening something there. Can anyone verify this / have any additional info?

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              1. re: Quinn823

                When did Pops close? It was our go-to quick bite before the theater down there, since it was OK food, and we knew we'd get in. Now I'm going to need to find another alternative.

                1. re: kimfair1

                  Back in October. I heard a rumor (can't recall where now) that the Grotto / Marliave folks were looking at the space.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Damn - now I need a new place for a quick bite before the theater.

                    1. re: kimfair1

                      kim, in the spirit of still wanting to repay the Esperia tip>> Aquitaine,no? Masa? Picco has a number of CH fans that love the pizza and chili and more. Myers + Chang too far away?

                      569 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

                      439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

                      Myers + Chang
                      1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        Not a huge fan of Aquitaine or Masa, Picco's always packed whenever we go to the theater (but I do like their food), Myers and Chang is a bit of a walk. We're trying Metropolis Cafe this Wed, will report back.

                    2. re: MC Slim JB

                      New Intel on the pop's space. Apparently it is going to be a British style pub. Add to list of increasingly overflooded beer bar fad.

                      1. re: Quinn823

                        That depends. There's still room for somewhere doing cask ales well or even focusing on them. I won't hold my breath, though.

                        1. re: chickendhansak

                          I like the way you think. I dedicated Real Ale bar in Boston would be amazing.