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Feb 1, 2012 06:12 AM

February 2012 Openings and Closings

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.

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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!!!

        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:


          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.