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So another month begins, and with it, a number of openings and closings, I bet (last month saw a ton of changes, by the way). Any new spots on the horizon? Any closings coming up? I know that Moksa in Cambridge may be opening this month, and First Printer in Harvard Square is finally opening.

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  1. Alba in Quincy Center has opened its new and expanded dining room. Old dining room has been converted to all cocktail lounge. New space also has a private dining room/function room that looks to be able to handle a fairly good sized party. They did a nice job as usual, focusing on wine.
    Enjoy,
    CocoDan

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    1. re: CocoDan

      Did Blue 22 close yet? I heard it may have closed over the weekend?

      1. re: hiddenboston

        Haven't been by there recently, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're gone soon. Actually had friends look at the place for a possible blues club. Blue 22 was not very good. We need a great Mexican restaurant in Quincy. Please God!!!
        CocoDan

        1. re: CocoDan

          Blue 22 did close yesterday - I know it was sold so I'll have to ask the former owner (who I work with) if he knows what's going in there.

          1. re: southie_chick

            Looks like Blue22 is being replaced by an Indian restaurant called Sher-a-Punjab, according to the Ledger:

            http://www.patriotledger.com/entertai...

          2. re: CocoDan

            Blue 22 Started out good, but after the first 6 months it slid down the tubes. I don't understand how they managed to stay in business so long. Everytime I went by, they only had 3-4 people at the bar.

            1. re: CocoDan

              A blues club would be the best!!!

              How I miss the Yard Rock. Even the Blue Note Exchange had something going for it. Heck-I'd even take Fireflies back for the music. And to keep this on food--maybe this hypothetical blues club would have some nibbies, too.

        2. Technically January, but Deep Ellum's new taco spot, Lone Star Taco Bar, opened last night.

          1. Lone Star Taco opened next door to Deep Ellum in Allston yesterday! It's gonna be good!

            1. back bay morton's is closed. company was purchased by landry's group. the seaport location will remain open.

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              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I thought I heard something about them moving to the old Borders location on Newbury? Maybe that's not true? Or maybe it is why they closed?

                1. re: hckybg

                  that was pending under the old ownership, but i haven't heard if that is still a go.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    eta: a few staff members will be absorbed by the seaport location, but i wouldn't hold my breath that a relocation of the back bay store is imminent.

                2. re: hotoynoodle

                  I think I am in the minority here, but I liked the Back bay Morton's space. I know people griped it didn't have windows, but that is the way all Morton's were before recently. I thought the atmosphere was cozy. The Seaport location is part of the new wave of Morton's. As far as steakhouses go, I think the old Morton's had consistent service, good beef and it is one place I was never served an overcooked steak. At the end of the day the city can afford to lose a high end steak house, but I will miss this Mortons. The scene in my old neighborhood has changed a lot with the closing or moving of Morton's, L'Espalier and Capital Grill, which were all walkable without crossing Boylston. The new spaces for each are more commercial and less what I am looking for.

                  1. re: Gabatta

                    with the new ownership, the back bay location is not the only one shuttered. the revenue simply didn't make them viable anymore.

                3. The seemingly abandoned Allston Diner is finally open on Cambridge Street.

                  1. Looks lik Stats on High Street is open.

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                    1. re: Guinness02122

                      Not sure what's going on with Stats - there was an Dunkin's iced coffe cup on one of the tables tonite but I haven't seen any customers yet (just people on there for interviews). I'll have to take a look at lunchtime tomorrow to see if they're open yet - I thought they were doing both lunch & dinner so maybe they're just starting off with lunch (since there's no one in there at 5PM when I walk by the place when I'm heading home).

                      1. re: southie_chick

                        I walked in the door yesterday, and it looked like a business meeting was going on. Not open yet.

                    2. I went tonight and the new banh mi shop in Randolph (next door to Fred's Seafood). They had just opened on Monday.

                      I've always judge banh mi places by their pork sandwich. Sadly, I'd choose badly. Their version is BBQ minced pork that is more like minced lap cheong. They get their bread from Chau bakery in Dorchester (personally not a fan). The veggies are fresh and plentiful and they use english cukes instead of the standard. The pate is very peppery.

                      I believe all the sandwiches were priced at $3.50 as were most of their drinks.

                      I do like that they have vegetarian options too. On the board they have a lemongrass tofu listed but when I asked if it was available now I was told that they have other veggie "meat" options too and you just need to ask.

                      If I wanted grilled pork banh mi, I will go to N&H subs at the other end of town. Might go back and give the lemongrass tofu a try.

                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
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                      1. re: Chocomom

                        hmm another bahn mi place. yay. hope other options are better. still love N&H.

                      2. Saw some construction work going on today for the first time in a long while at Zai, the Japanese place (yakitori, maybe?) going into the South End spot formerly occupied by Joe V's.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          http://www.yakitorizai.com/

                          This looks like it will be a fun spot

                          1. re: meeps2002

                            A serious Yakatori place would be great to have around here. Also with the Two O Ya chefs opening up that Ramen place, we could be filling two major voids in the coming months.

                            1. re: Matt H

                              Would it be pessimistic to suspect that Zai will offer a pretty safe, bowdlerized version of yakitori? Few if any scary chicken parts, is my guess.

                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                Interesting to see they've got the entire year mapped out for Japanese cultural classes with a focus on traditional elements of the Japanese cuisine.

                                1. re: Nab

                                  Very interesting, they have classes set for the entire year!

                                  My favorite place in NYC does an "omakase" of it, and it's basically the entire chicken. The oyster, a rarely appreciated item here, (Catalyst does a meh pasta dish with it.) really shines in this format, as other parts, such neck skin. The breast is definitely the most boring by far, but can be tarted up with shiso leaves, etc.

                                  I'm pretty hopeful for this place. Yakitori is very common but like ramen, can reach sublime heights. The true specialists are definitely masters and it's even more fun to watch than sushi. My favorite chef in NY, I just have tremendous respect for him and I think he's the best chef on a grill of any sort in the city.

                                  So I have really high standards but anyone brave enough to be the first in Boston, kudos. Japanese food is criminally neglected here. People have no idea what they are missing.

                                  1. re: tatsu

                                    Tatsu,

                                    which place in NYC are you referring to?

                                    Thanks,
                                    Tz

                                    1. re: Tzonis

                                      Tori Shin. I have tried all the Totto outlets - Tori Shin is in a league all it's own. Heck, even the vegetable omakase is better than the chicken at the Tottos. Fighting words but I don't mess around.

                                      1. re: tatsu

                                        Where are the other Totto's? I've only been to the Midtown one. I didn't realize there were others.

                                        1. re: hckybg

                                          They are scattered all over town, they also run Aburiya Kinnosuke, a robataya, which is a larger format of grilling. Still, even that is outdone by Robataya, which is very close to the NYTimes building.

                                          1. re: tatsu

                                            I see, I didn't realize Yakitori Totto was affiliated with Totto Ramen, etc. Makes sense.

                                        2. re: tatsu

                                          Hey tatsu, I agree with your assessment of Tori Shin v. Totto (and also Taisho, which is a distant 3rd to me). I've had a bunch of yakitori in Tokyo including the little alley right outside of Shinjuku station and I think about yakitori at least in passing almost every time I wonder what I'm gonna eat for dinner even though I know it doesn't exist in Boston yet.

                                          My biggest hope for Zai is that they will offer a good approximation of the true Japanese yakitori experience... smell hits you the second you walk by close, with multiple specialty offerings like hearts and gizzards and oysters and even chicken sashimi. It would be a shame if they had shrimp, beef, mushrooms, etc., in place of all of the true chicken offerings like you used to see on some sidecar yakitori menus.

                                          Does anyone have a better idea of the actual opening date? I'm guessing sometime before 3/11 which is when they look like they offer their first class.

                                          1. re: Mike5966

                                            Work on Zai is definitely steadily progressing. It looked like they'd gotten the dining room grill installed when I peeked in a couple of days ago.

                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                            1. re: Mike5966

                                              Always glad to see someone with similar tastes, Mike. Your hopes for Zai are really on point...a bunch of us CH'ers lamented the other day that Boston does not have any specialist restaurants, which is of course antithetical to Japanese restaurants. YumYum threw out "Except Cupcakes!" which made us all laugh.

                                    2. re: MC Slim JB

                                      Can you have a yakitori only restaurant and keep the menu so narrow? Given the crowds at Yakitori Totto in New York, I'm hopeful that they will realize the potential market they have in a place that is a bit more challenging and ambitious.

                              2. A sign in the storefront next to Golden Garden in Belmont promises

                                "Gen Sushi

                                Open Feb 8th"

                                -----
                                Golden Garden
                                63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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                                1. re: okra

                                  Next to? Whew--for a minute I was thinking that Golden Garden was no more (my eyes are tired today).

                                2. Swish Shabu opens in the Fenway (Peterborough Street row) on Monday.

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                                  1. re: nightsky

                                    That's a really clever name, since I think "shabu shabu" is the Japanese word for the swishing sound you make when you swish your food in the broth.

                                    1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                      i didn't know that was the translation. i got a whole different connotation from the name. ;)

                                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                                        Too funny!

                                        Here's the wiki-thought on this: "The name Shabu Shabu is derived from the "swish swish" sound of cooking the meat in the pot."

                                        So we were both close.

                                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                          Too bad the new the new O Yummy in Allston and this place didn't combine. It could be called "O Yummy Swish Swish Shabu."

                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                            which could be hilarious after some sake. :)

                                  2. The new L.A. Burdick is open at 220 Clarendon Street opened on Monday. They don't have the cafe open yet so no hot drinks. They said they are waiting on the license but wanted to be open in time for Valentine's Day.

                                    1. A new sushi restaurant has opened in the Park Square building. I believe it's called Samurai Express? Haven't been yet, but a co-worker described it as "better than supermarket quality." The menu looks like an ordinary lowest common denominator sushi restaurant, but it's basically the only non-sandwich/salad/soup lunch option in the immediate vicinity, so I expect it'll do well.

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                                      1. re: VintageMolly

                                        I had lunch at the new Samurai Express in the Park Square Bldg late last week (Feb 9 or 10?).

                                        First of all the place is so poorly organized that my sense of order was scandalized. Why were 12-15 people milling around clutching menus? Had they ordered? Were they waiting for food to be prepared? How long might *I* have to wait? Why did I have to order from one person and pay at another place, if both staff had registers? Why was there a registered labelled "Order Here" with no one working there?

                                        Plus, a friend called in an order and got there to discover the order was still sitting on a pad near the phone and had never made it to the kitchen.

                                        I got their "Sushi/Sashimi Combo" which, despite it's name, was made up of 4 pieces of yellowtail sushi (they mean nigiri) and 6 pieces of yellowtail roll. This cost $11.50 and is a good buy since the four pieces of nigiri would have cost $2.75 each of $11 all by themselves. Like I got the roll for free.

                                        Not sure why their combos are the same sort of fish. In addition to the combo I had, they offer it with tuna and salmon.

                                        Bottom line, if Shaw's supermarket sushi is a 5 out of 10, this was a 6.5 (but I only tried one thing!)

                                        Couldn't help remembering that for $20 I could have had lunch at Oishii. #JustSaying

                                      2. Folks on the Davis Square LiveJournal list are reporting that Namaskar, in Davis Square, has been completely closed all week after several weeks of very dodgy service and cooking. No word yet on whether it's temporary or permanent.

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                                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                                          I'm afraid that would not surprise me one bit: the last time we went, the food was just dreadful. It was a real disappointment, because that was one of our standards before gigs at the Somerville Theater.

                                          1. re: Boston_Otter

                                            A shame: I remember Namaskar being good two or three years ago.

                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                            1. re: Boston_Otter

                                              My wife and I went a couple of weeks ago and it was as good as it has ever been. Very few customers the times we were there though.

                                            2. Moe's Southwest Grill is opening a branch in Waltham on Main Street, right next door to Mulan (at the street corner). It's not opened yet but looks like it'll be ready before end of the month. Its location used to be a corner convenience store.

                                              Its facebook page says it'll open on Feb 23. 831 Main Street Waltham
                                              http://www.facebook.com/MoesWaltham

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                                              1. re: y2000k

                                                Has anyone eaten at Moe's? I'd be psyched to have a decent burrito place so close to me.

                                                1. re: bear

                                                  Allstonian and I have eaten at a Moe's in Albany NY a couple of times, because it's near the motel we usually stay at during the Old Songs festival. Don't hold your breath. It's maybe a half-step up from Chipotle.

                                                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                    Did you mean Chipolt-away?

                                                  2. re: bear

                                                    I have tried the Moe's on Route 9 across from the Natick Mall. Eh. Pretty much the same quality as Qdoba, Chipotle, BOLOCO etc. They do have a salsa bar which is just ok. I think Ana's and Boca Grande are better products for less money.

                                                    1. re: Gordough

                                                      Thanks, Jenny and Gordough. Sounds like I'd be better off heading to Zocalo in Arlington for my burrito fix unless I'm starving and craving burritos in downtown Waltham, in which case I'd probably head to Carl's for their very inauthentic but fun huge burritos.

                                                      The Zocalo carnitas burrito with a bit of chipotle salsa is pretty tasty.

                                                      1. re: bear

                                                        How 'bout that Mexican restaurant on Moody St. on the corner approaching the fire station? I wanna try it!

                                                        1. re: Trumpetguy

                                                          Habanero's on Moody St. has good margaritas and an array of salsas with the chips. Food is fine but servers & kitchen are slow. Bartenders are skilled.

                                                          1. re: carneyvore

                                                            Moe's is open. Driving by, my son noticed that they had a board listing Carvel Soft Serve flavors. That would be nice!

                                                2. LeanWorks is opening in West Roxbury sometime this month.

                                                  1. Fins Sushi and Grill looked open for business last night after the game. I just called and they confirmed they are open - shortened hours tonight and standard hours tomorrow on which are roughly 11:30-10 or 11

                                                    1. Just was on Grubstreet: Rose Buds in Davis

                                                      http://boston.grubstreet.com/2012/02/...

                                                      1. Armenian Market and Bakery on Elm St. in Watertown across from Target has opened. I stopped in yesterday to take a quick peek. They carry a small selection of groceries, cheeses and have a nice olive bar.

                                                        They potential draw is the food prep counter. They have both chicken and beef shawarma (a sign said made from 90% beef and 10% lamb), along with soujouk (sp?) and basturma sandwiches. They also advertise fresh, hot lamejun.

                                                        Unfortunately, the timing wasn't right so I didn't try anything. The shawarma looked good and worth trying, as did the sandwiches someone was getting for takeout.

                                                        It looks like a work in progress as they figure out what they want to keep on the menu.

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                                                        1. re: bear

                                                          I can't wait to try the lamejun there. Nice to have another option for Armenian food around the area.

                                                        2. I read about a new Nigerian restaurant called Suya Joint, which just opened last night in Roslindale Square. I definitely want to give it a try. The menu looks delicious:

                                                          http://www.suyajoint.com/

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                                                          1. re: mwk

                                                            If it's anything like the Nigerian food stall at the Lowell Folk Fest, it's going to be the latest CH crush. Especially the goat stew.

                                                            1. re: tatsu

                                                              oh! that goat stew! cruel of you to bring it up 6 months out of season! lol.

                                                          2. I drove by a new place in Arlington Heights called The Savory Plate. It looks to be prepared foods/take-out. Not too much info on the web, but hiddenboston lists it as open.

                                                            The menu is very broad and it's unclear whether they offer everything or have rotating selections. Australian Meat Pies caught my eye.

                                                            http://savoryplatefoods.com/menu/

                                                            Anyone tried it?

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                                                            1. re: bear

                                                              No, but I will soon, it is basically around the corner from me. Competition for nearby Jackson's Kitchen and it may hurt both of them.

                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                I stopped in today and bought a few things but haven't eaten any of them yet. They have a rotating menu and start offering the dinner selections around 5. Much of what they might not have that day is available frozen. There was quite a variety to choose from, a friendly staff, and everything looked fresh. Also noticed that the Meat House has starting selling some prepared foods. You could live in the Heights forever and never need to cook for yourswel again!

                                                            2. RJ Gourmet, a coffee shop on Cambridge Street a bit east of Inman Square (near Fifth Street), is opening on Monday. They will be using beans from Barismo and have a nice looking La Marzocco GB/5 machine making the coffee.

                                                              1. Looks like Moogy's Sandwich Shop in Brighton went up in flames this morning: http://www.universalhub.com/2012/four...

                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                  The updated article says the fire was across the street from Moogy's. Anyone have a visual?

                                                                  1. re: Unfoodie

                                                                    It was across the street, started in Boston House of Pizza, or at least that was the name when google did street view.

                                                                    fire photos here:
                                                                    https://twitter.com/#!/BostonFire

                                                                    Penny
                                                                    http://www.bostonzest.com/

                                                                2. Looks like Mare in the North End has re-opened as Mare Oyster Bar, following its brief hiatus for re-design.

                                                                  http://www.marenatural.com/

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                                                                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                    The most interesting aspect of this announcement for me was the news that Mare's "official" name used to be Mare Natural Coastal Italian Restaurant. Who knew?

                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                  2. Sweet Caroline's in the Fenway opens at 9pm on Sat, Feb 25: http://www.sweetcarolinesboston.com/S...

                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                      Wow, that was a really, really long soft opening I guess. I had a beer there two months ago.

                                                                      1. re: bobot

                                                                        Their soft opening may have been longer than the total opening time for Garden of Eat-In in Cambridge.

                                                                        1. re: bobot

                                                                          I thought Sweet Caroline's had already opened, too -- I recognized them in my 2011 Devil's Dining Awards with the "Pu Pu Hot Pot Award for Dubious Restaurant Naming" (tied with Blue Inc.) -- but then I got an email inviting me to Saturday's "Grand Opening VIP Reception" (I demurred) which is to be followed by their Official Grand Opening to the General Public.

                                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                            This clarifies things a bit. http://boston.eater.com/archives/2012...

                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                              And it seems like you made a wise decision to skip the "Grand Opening VIP Reception"...
                                                                              http://thebostonfoodie.blogspot.com/2...

                                                                              1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

                                                                                Yes, see my comment about that blog post here: http://www.universalhub.com/2012/swee... The Boston Foodie was the dude who published a rant on his blog (since deleted) about Chowhounds being grubby little plebes with dirt under their fingernails. Details of that little dust-up are here: http://www.universalhub.com/node/26172

                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                  The best part of that link is the donsakladrobotthing showing up randomly in the comments.

                                                                        2. The windows of Bubble Berry, in Union Square, Allston, were papered over this morning. The sign posted said "closed for renovation," which is usually a bad sign, especially for a place that hasn't even been open 6 months.

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                                                                          1. re: Allstonian

                                                                            Not a February opening, but I just spoke to the owners of Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits and he confirmed that he will be opening a restaurant/bar in the former Finale spot called Hops & Scotch. The downstairs will feature about 30 craft beers on tap and the upstairs will be more of a lounge with a focus on Scotch, rye, and bourbon. He is hoping for a late spring opening...

                                                                            1. re: drewames03

                                                                              that sounds promising! the lack of a decent watering hole always bums me out when i visit the coolidge.

                                                                              1. re: drewames03

                                                                                I love hearing Bourbon. That would make it worth a look for me.

                                                                                Penny
                                                                                http://www.bostonzest.com/

                                                                                1. re: BostonZest

                                                                                  Bourbon is indeed a beautiful thing.

                                                                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                    Is that a bumper sticker?

                                                                                    yet?

                                                                                    1. re: okra

                                                                                      Maybe I'll print some up this afternoon. :-b

                                                                                2. re: drewames03

                                                                                  well, at least that's better than Brew and Chew.

                                                                              2. Blue Pointe Bistro in Weymouth Landing is shuttered/gone/bye, bye/so long.
                                                                                CocoDan

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                                                                                1. re: CocoDan

                                                                                  That's sad - the food was really good when it first opened, but something seemed amiss the last time I was there. I found this on an Association website representing the Weymouth Landing neighborhood: Blue Pointe Bistro located at 61 Washington Street / Weymouth, MA. 02188, closed on Monday 12 December 2011. Todd and his wife sold the restaurant to Weymouth people who also own 2 other restaurants. The new owners will renovate the place and plan to re-open the end of January / early February. We Thank Todd and his wife for 5 wonderful years and wish them both the very best in future endeavors.

                                                                                  Trying to think of the "Weymouth people" that would fit the bill...

                                                                                  1. re: beb31

                                                                                    5 years, Jeepers--I will think of Blue Pointe bistro as that newish place in weymouth I keep meaning to try. Ah well. Tempus Fugit.

                                                                                2. Not February, but Hidden Restaurants is reporting that KO, the meat pie purveyor in Southie, is going to open a sit-down spot in the space that used to be Scup's.

                                                                                  I know I'm in the minority here, but I absolutely hated Scup's: mediocre-at-best food in a stupid, ugly room. But hey, a takeaway order of meat pies, chips and lamingtons to eat in that cute little park down the street? Yes, please!

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                                                                                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                    Don't forget the sausage rolls. Vegemite on toast optional.

                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                      Ooh, I don't think I knew about the sausage rolls. Yes, some of those as well.

                                                                                  2. Two changes coming in Coolidge Corner, Brookline.

                                                                                    1. Hops & Scotch is apparently the name of the replacement for Finale on Beacon. One of the owners is an owner of Coolidge Wine & Spirits, the liquor store next door. The idea is beer downstairs and scotch upstairs. No idea about the food.

                                                                                    2. Otto's Pizza - chain from Portland with carryout location in Harvard Sq. - takes over the closed Friendly's space at Harvard and Green St. In case the name flummoxes you, they serve pizza.

                                                                                    Both should be open around May.

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                                                                                    1. re: lergnom

                                                                                      The Coolidge Corner Upper Crust was skating on thin ice even before the recent labor scandal -- having Otto's just across the street may well kill it dead.

                                                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                        The labor scandals are nothing new for Upper Crust. They've been in and out of court for years because of them.

                                                                                      2. re: lergnom

                                                                                        And the Best Cellars space on the corner of Beacon and Harvard will now be...a bank! Yawn. At least the other two openings are something interesting.

                                                                                        New coffee shop in Brigham Circle, Green T in the spot formerly known as "Stylz by Da Barba". Looks cute, open very early.

                                                                                        1. re: lergnom

                                                                                          Portland ME or OR?

                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                            Portland, Maine. www.ottoportland.com

                                                                                          2. re: lergnom

                                                                                            oh boy ,Otto's! i hope they have seats here.

                                                                                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                              I read in the Brookline Tab it will be similar to the Maine location. 60 seats. Here's the article:
                                                                                              http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/...

                                                                                          3. Herald reports that Kingfish Hall closed Wednesday night "for renovations", but an English rep insists it will reopen today. I've heard all kinds of bad things about this place, like that it owes six months of back rent, and worse. Wasn't it facing an eviction hearing at some point recently? I'll be curious to see if it does reopen.

                                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                              OpenTable shows Kingfish as being "offline temporarily." I would think that if it were reopening today, it would be back online. I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

                                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                From Devra First of the Globe (via Twitter): "According to @ChefToddEnglish Kingfish Hall closed for a night for repairs but is now open and will stay open."

                                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                  I'd more than half-expect English's PR people to lie in this situation. And English doesn't exactly have a track record of going out gracefully when one of his projects fails. I wouldn't be surprised at tales of giant arrears in rent, vendors left holding the bag, employee paychecks bouncing, etc. (Not that this is specific to The Todd -- it's often ugly when any restaurant goes bust.)

                                                                                                  According to the Twitter feed of Michael Cooney, who manages the bar at Sorriso (and perhaps has some insider skinny), "Kingfish is done -- new Olives crew starts their training in that location next week while finishing touches are done in Charlestown."

                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                    another issue for the "new" olives is reaching settlements with all of the vendors who were left empty-handed, especially liquor and wine companies. some have agreed to accept pennies on the dollar kinda deals, others have blacklisted the account entirely and refuse to do any more business with them.

                                                                                                    than again, tony ambrose managed to keep ambrosia, then its successor (name escapes), going on strictly c.o.d for many years.

                                                                                                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                      That was Blackfin, which was both ugly and terrible.

                                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                        ah! yes, yes and yes.

                                                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                          what ever happened to Ambrose?

                                                                                                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                            last i heard he had a catering company.

                                                                                                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                              Yep, it's called Ambrosia Events and Catering. Ambrose pops up here and there as a guest chef at events run by his buddies who still have restaurants, like at a recent Monday night at Stella. I imagine he'd have trouble getting funding for another brick and mortar venture in Boston.

                                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                his father-in-law was most of his bankroll previously. nobody is a bottomless well.

                                                                                                2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                  they were "6 months" behind in rent over a year ago. to my knowledge they have never caught up/paid in the meantime. with quincy market reorganizing through a bankruptcy it wasn't a priority.

                                                                                                3. Slate Bar & Grill is finally open on High Street. There was a solid crowd in there for lunch. There was a really long bar with some TV's. Looks to have a JA Stats / Battery Park kind of feel to it. I wouldn't have high hopes for the quality of the food.

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                                                                                                  1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                                    Really? Their website says "Opening in March." :-D

                                                                                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                      They were open for sure. Lots of people going in and out. Definitely didn't seem like an invite only/soft open lunch.

                                                                                                      1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                                        I just called. Their official opening date is this coming Monday, but they are indeed open for business now, as you mentioned. They need to fix their web page!

                                                                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                          I stopped in on Friday to find out what was up with the website & they said they would be updating it over the weekend with a menu. Friday was a "soft" opening, with Monday as their official opening. They weren't serving the full menu Friday - only a couple of things (flatbreads / sandwiches / burgers) that they had listed on a piece of paper. Didn't have the time to stop there for lunch, but one of my co-workers wants to try it out this week - will let ya know if I go how it is.

                                                                                                  2. Possible I missed it, but does anyone know what the deal is with Zing's Pizza in Porter being "on vacation" for like 4 months now? Their website says they're available for catering orders of 10 or more pies, which doesn't really make sense. I really hope they reopen and they always seemed to do good business.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Parsnipity

                                                                                                      http://davis-square.livejournal.com/2...

                                                                                                    2. Got in my email that Sabra in Newton will be closing their restaurant at the end of the month after 35 years and it will reopened as an Irish pub.

                                                                                                      1. As per their Facebook page, Floating Rock will have its last service tonight. Shame what this place turned into.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Matt H

                                                                                                          Wow, DoubleMan was prescient: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831382

                                                                                                        2. aline's coffee shop has opened in the old jules ice cream location on salem street in malden. a sidewalk side advertises caldos (soups), pao frances (french bread), and pao de queijo (cheese bread)

                                                                                                          1. Peacuddy's in Melrose (formerly Sweet Tooth Bakery) closed for good.

                                                                                                            1. According to a report in Grub Street Boston, Kingfish Hall is not closing, insists Todd English's PR people; its reduced operating hours (they've been closing at 9pm lately) at Faneuil Hall merely reflect "an adjustment to the slow season".

                                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                              1. Wakefield Patch is reporting that Eddie's Restaurant and Mexican Grill has opened at 25 Broadway St., which is right near the intersection of North and Main. The article says it's a ":a family-friendly spot that features both Mexican and American breakfast and lunch food. You'll find American breakfast staples such as french toast, scrambled eggs and pancakes as well as lunch items like burgers and fries, and Mexican food options like burritos, tacos, nachos and fajitas." The owner is hoping to expand to dinner and catering.

                                                                                                                http://wakefield.patch.com/articles/n...

                                                                                                                1. Probablly won't open till March, and off the chowbeaten path, but Garlic Bistro at the Drum Hill rotary in Chelmsford has finally died. It was have decent Thai with a pleasant staff, but always mostly empty. Anyway, there's a Coming Soon sign there. Pho Dalat. I don't know if its a move for the Vietnamese place on Middlesex St or Chelmsford St. More likely a third location. It's reasonably good, but not as good as Pho 88 right down the street, so......we'll see.

                                                                                                                  1. Abbondanza in Norwood was dark when I drove by it recently, and now their website is down (and an emailer told me it looks like it's for sale). Can anyone confirm that it has definitely closed?

                                                                                                                    1. Moko is now open on E. Broadway in Southie, in the old Terrie's Place space. They serve sushi and hot Japanese and Korean entrees, and seem to be aiming toward a more high-end feel, relative to the other Southie sushi joints, although nothing on the menu was over $20. I ate there last week and did enjoy several of their relatively creative maki rolls. The kalbi was also fairly tasty, and served with a small assortment of traditional kimchee accompaniments. They were also planning on starting delivery service very soon.

                                                                                                                      1. Walking around the corner of Harvard and Farrington in Allston on my way to pick up a Zipcar, I saw a sign in the window of the spot that used to be Seoul Bakery: "Coming soon: Kaju Tofu House." So yet another Korean restaurant in a neighborhood that does not want for Korean, but this one apparently specializes in Korean-style tofu soups, which nobody else around here does, so I'm intrigued.

                                                                                                                        1. Moko Japanese Cuisine on East Broadway in South Boston has opened.

                                                                                                                          1. Noticed a taqueria about to open in Medford square while driving by yesterday. Didn't catch its name unfortunately. Across-ish from Ebusiya.

                                                                                                                            This is all I can find that is relevant:
                                                                                                                            http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/fbh/...

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                                                                                                                            1. re: marcreichman

                                                                                                                              That may be Tenoch. Is it on Riverside?

                                                                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                Sounds right, though I thought it was high st.

                                                                                                                                1. re: marcreichman

                                                                                                                                  Tenoch is opening on Thursday, by the way.

                                                                                                                            2. Definitely not a February opening, but work has started on West Bridge in the One Kendall complex. Today was the first time I've seen construction guys in there. They're saying it should open in the Spring at some point.

                                                                                                                              1. Applebee's in South Bay Plaza is closed. The Applebee's sign was removed but the Neighborhood bar and grill sign was left on the building. anyone know what could be opening there?

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                                                                                                                                1. re: MtVernon

                                                                                                                                  Also saw Three Clover Pizza closed in South Boston.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: MtVernon

                                                                                                                                    Won't miss either one.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: MtVernon

                                                                                                                                    Can't remember the name, some kind of neighborhood bar and grill.