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March 2012 Openings and Closings

Have any of you heard about any restaurant openings or closings in the Boston area for this month? I know that Grass Fed in JP is very close to opening, and Moksa in Cambridge should open later this month.

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  1. I'm thinking this is the month for Yakitori Zai to open in the South End, based on steady construction work on the place and their calendar for cultural events, which begins March 11 with classes on skewers/skewering and sake.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Well, I walked by the place this afternoon at the very hour they were supposed to start their first classes. The place is still boarded up with construction paper in the windows and the old Joe V's sign still on the front door.

      I can't wait for this place to open.

    2. "Gourmet Garden" just opened in the former "Asian C" location on route 53 in Hingham southbound, just before Queen Anne's Corner. This is at least the seventh restaurant in this location since 1976. Yikes!
      Hope to Enjoy,
      CocoDan

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      1. re: CocoDan

        I've been. It was very good. My brother and his family are regulars there. He said it is all the same, owners and staff. I think they may have expanded their sushi selections.

        I just got a notice from Thrillist, saying, "the couple behind cultish C'town fave King Fung Garden has triumphantly returned after three years of exile in Brookline to launch China King, a not-quite-as-tiny eatery slinging all their popular classics in an interior decked with festive gold-fringed paper lanterns and red walls, which've been equally distributed all around the room. "
        China King
        60 Beach St, at Oxford; Chinatown; 617.542.1763

        I don't know if they're keeping the Brookline spot open.

        1. re: CookieLee

          Pretty sure the Brookline location has been open for considerably more than three years. More like 6 or 7, I think.

          1. re: Luther

            Almost exactly 6 years - there are a couple of early reports from mid-March 2006 that mention that the Brookline location had been open a few days.

          2. re: CookieLee

            I've tried China King a couple of times now and thought based on the menu that it was King Fung related. Ive tried Hon Sue Lamb on rice and just today braised pork belly with preserved mustard greens (Kao Yuk Moo Choy). Good flavors with quality meats used. Moo Choy were too saucy for my liking and the prok belly could have been braised longer, but I quibble. It's a good addition to Ctown.

            1. re: CookieLee

              That's great to hear! Not only was the food consistently excellent at the old KFG, they're lovely people. We'll have to get over there and get our fill of hon sue lamb and Shanghai noodles.

              1. re: CookieLee

                I had dinner here for the first time tonight, and was mildly disappointed. It was more of a mixed bag, and I hope this is just some new opening adjustments to be made.

                Had ginger onion beef stir fry (can't remember the proper English name) and enjoyed this dish. Nice job on not completely wilting or charring the scallions and onion piece, and seasoned very well. I remember the original KFG having more thinly sliced beef which gave the dish a better texture overall Also had a stir fried rice cake dish with "za cai" (preserved vegetables) and pork. Dish was quite good with soft, well cooked rice cakes (right amount of chewiness) and not overly salty, which is a danger with za cai. Dish was not overly oily.

                What was not so hot -- tofu hot pot. Bland, and under-seasoned, and had random thin slices of meat. My mom's choice, and didn't excite me on the menu, but so we learn. Potstickers / peking ravioli was the biggest disappointment. I remember KFG having wonderful (what tasted like) hand made raviolis that were delicious. These were clearly store bought, and looked almost deep fried rather than pan fried. Greasy and not memorable and came with an odd overly sweet sauce rather than vinegary salty sauce. Would not eat again even if they were on the house.

                I did see the 3 course peking duck dish on the menu, which I would like to try, if only to see if it's up to par with the old standard.

            2. Maybe this was mentioned in Jan. or Feb. but there are two new cafes on Cambridge St. in E. Camb. Around 6th street on each side of the street. Can't remember the names but both are pleasant spaces and not what you'd expect along that stretch. The one on the same side as Portugalia sells muffins for $3.99, that 's a lot for a muffin.

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              1. re: total13

                One of them is probably RJ's Gourmet (http://rundown.com/article.php?articl...), which is on the same side at Portugalla. Don't know about the other one.

                Dwell Time Cafe in Cambridge (Broadway) should be opening very soon

                What about Davis Square Theatre?

                1. re: el_caballero

                  If feel like the opening of Dwelltime has been imminent since about October. This month's indications are Barismo's tweets that they've got a lot of training to do and that the copper bar is almost done. I'm rooting for them, but I've packed up my vigil.

                  RJ's is having a free espresso tasting tonight at 6:30pm. They'll have beer there tonight too somehow (err, license?).

                  1. re: emannths

                    I liked RJ Gourmet a lot when we went. Beautiful space, nice folks, and excellent coffee. But those pastry prices are outrageous! It was enough to keep us from ordering food there.

                    Also, I'd say there is no doubt that dwelltime will open, so don't worry about that if it's crossed your mind. I've heard this month too, though it does sound like there are a few more things to do.

                  2. re: el_caballero

                    Last week there was a wgbh segment on the cafe culture in Boston, and one of the dwelltime proprietors (Israel Fridman) was a guest. The segment (which aired on 3/5) claimed that dwelltime was "set to open in two weeks." I'm not holding my breath, but am cautiously optimistic.

                    If you are interested: http://www.wgbh.org/articles/index.cf...

                  3. re: total13

                    The other one is Cafe Kafofo. It's right across from Mayflower Poetry and has been open a couple months. I've had their coffee & their muffins. Both excellent! They offer discounts on LevelUp, and make sandwiches. I have not tried RJ yet, so can't compare.

                    1. re: cg_from_the_ec

                      Ahhh...the poetry of poultry.

                      1. re: bear

                        Tell that to the chickens! *rimshot*

                  4. Not sure of the timing, but per the Herald, Frank McClelland is seling the original Sel de la Terre location near the Aquarium. The rumor about him collaborating on a casual Somerville restaurant is true: he's opening a "cowboy BBQ" joint called La Brasa.

                    The old SDLT (which I'm sad about: I like it much better than the Mandarin one) will become something called City Landing, from a chef/owner who recently ran restaurants at the Wequassett country club.

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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      I'm shocked he owned that space. I always assumed that old Eaton Vance building was under one owner, and Legal and SDLT rented.

                      1. re: mkfisher

                        The Herald bit doesn't mention the real estate. I know nothing about this particular sale but I do know that restaurants are often bought and sold without the real estate. It wouldn't surprise me if the business was sold separately, with the new owners making an independent agreement to take over the lease or create a new one with the landlord.

                    2. Pizzapalooza in Newton will be leaving that location at the end of the month. They're looking for a new space in the Newton/Needham area.

                      1. In a reversal of what we usually see, a bank is becoming an eatery! The ATM spot on Comm Ave next to Inbound Pizza has a sign up, saying it will be a yogurt bar.

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                        1. re: CookieLee

                          A yogurt bar? That's great! Boston definitely doesn't have enough of those. ;-) Maybe someone can open a bank that sells frozen yogurt, just to cover all bases.

                          1. re: hiddenboston

                            If they really wanted to cover all their bases hiddenboston, they would also offer cupcakes! : )

                            1. re: southie_chick

                              you mean a cupcake ATM, right?

                              1. re: tammyh

                                I saw that video yesterday. :-b

                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                  Well it could be worse - where I work, they're building on the 1st floor a TD bank, & right next door to that, they're putting in a TD AmeriTrade (don't know where they'r gonna put the ATM tho). : )

                        2. I'm not sure I should post this because ever since Diners and Drive Ins filmed at Rino's, I haven't been able to get in (crowds there on Saturdays at 4 p.m opening time!). But, here goes: I drove past Prima e dopo last night (their new place for before/after dinner drinks and small plates) and there were people seated at tables. Anyone know if it's opened yet? Their website doesn't say.

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                          1. re: hardi

                            It is open. I was there 2 weeks ago and they had just opened.

                          2. Sabra in Newton Centre is closing next week, and heard that an Irish pub is moving in.

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                            1. re: mabelm4050

                              Sabra was closed earlier in the week and construction was under way. Terry O'Reilly Pub opening in 6-8 weeks. Looks like they are completely gutting the place.

                              The Indian restaurant a few doors down Union. India Paradise (?) was closed as well.

                              1. re: reallyred

                                any affiliation with the hockey great?

                                1. re: Gordough

                                  Do they punch you in the face and pull your jersey over your head when you order a beer?

                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                    only if you take your gloves off.

                            2. News to me, don't know if it's old news here: Taiwan Cafe is closed. Anyone know the back-story? I walked past last night and the windows were all papered over. I thought I saw a ladder inside.

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                              1. re: peregrine

                                If it's truly closed instead of just undergoing a face-lift, that's going to cause some consternation. It's a Chinatown standby for a lot of Hounds. Might sting a little less given some worthy new Taiwanese places nearby, but still. Been going there for a long, long time.

                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                  Taiwan Cafe is not closed (and if it were, I'd be crushed). They are spending a month doing renovations.

                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                    thanks - that's a relief!

                              2. The Beehive is opening a spot in Harvard Square sometime in the near future. Any thoughts on where it might be?

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                                1. re: Unfoodie

                                  Bardy wouldn't buy a space unless he knew he could get a full liquor license with it. Maybe Casablanca?

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                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                    That's exactly what I was thinking but it seems that they're still open.

                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                      Per Cambridge Day (I saw it in Eater Boston), it looks like the new Bardy place will be called Liberal Servings and located at 13 Brattle, which is on the block that has the Harvard Coop extension building and the Gap / Tannery whatsis. 328 seats! They must be taking over multiple adjacent spaces in that block between Brattle and Church Sts somehow.

                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                        Maybe they're moving into the Tannery space? They have had signs up announcing the closing of that store, as they are already open around the corner on Brattle, across form the Brattle Theater.

                                    2. re: Unfoodie

                                      I believe in that building housing Fire & Ice or close by...

                                    3. Not a restaurant, but an icon none the less, Grillo's Pickles pop up shop was originally scheduled to close after three months in their Inman Square location, but as of last night (3/2) they are staying through December. Good news.

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                                      1. re: mvi

                                        Thanks for the note -- I stopped in yesterday & picked up several pickles, including their new Sriracha pickles, which are terrific.

                                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                                          Love those. I am very happy they are staying put for a bit. Inman is the perfect location for them.

                                      2. india bazaar market/spice n hot restaurant has opened in the old converse restaurant location on main street in malden

                                        1. Tenoch Mexican Restaurant has opened in Medford Square. Here's an article about it:

                                          http://medford.patch.com/articles/ten...

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                                          1. re: pemma

                                            Tenoch is a great addition to the square, and the owner is super friendly. Just wish they had more for vegetatrians. Kinda a meatapalooza there.

                                          2. Olive's has a Restaurant Week menu posted. I'd assume that means they're hoping to be open starting next week.

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                                            1. re: mkfisher

                                              this may be in here already? but kingfish is definitely closed for good.

                                              rw begins on the 18th. having hordes of diners ordering the same few selections actually isn't a bad way to iron out certain opening kinks.

                                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                What, are you saying the anonymous insider tipsters who predicted the imminent demise of Kingfish Hall were correct, and that Todd English's PR people were lying to us again? Heaven forfend!

                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                  also don't know who is paying them since money is so tight, lol.

                                                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                    The latest I heard (as of last week) was that Kingfish Hall was still open and would remain in business, but that it would be closing for "renovations" soon. I just called the place and they now have a message saying that they are indeed closed for renovations.

                                                    Here's the thing--if they reopen as Kingfish Hall, fine. If they reopen as a new restaurant, shame on them for screwing around with all of us.

                                                    It'll be interesting to see which way they go on this.

                                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                                      When I walked by there last Friday, there was a notice posted on the door saying that no food could be removed from the premises (board of health maybe?). I also noticed the banner / sign on the side of the building was also removed.

                                            2. Looks like a chipotle is going in where Wendys was in Central Sq (though I doubt it'll be this month)

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                                              1. re: jgg13

                                                I guess that's okay. One fast food replaced by another. Wonder how it will affect Anna's, MexiCali, and Picante.

                                                1. re: jgg13

                                                  Isn't there another Chipotle going in on Main Street in Kendall attached to the Marriott? It's that newly renovated space next to Champions.

                                                  1. re: mkfisher

                                                    Yes. Two new Chipotles. One in Central at the old Wendy's and one next to Champions. They are taking over.

                                                    1. re: mvi

                                                      Better Chipotle's than a bank or Starbuck. I'm impressed that Inman has held off the invasion.

                                                      1. re: viperlush

                                                        That was my take. I'm just glad it's an eatery. It'd have been nice if it turned into another brick & mortar, rendezvous, etc but I'll settle for a Chipotle over a BoA.

                                                        Doubt it'd have any effect on Annas, maybe MexiCali. At least me personally, it wouldn't affect Picante for me as I kind of view the two as being separate (one fast food, one a bit more involved - then again I usually don't get burritos there)

                                                        1. re: jgg13

                                                          I guess the one in Kendall will hurt MexiCali and Anna's more, especially if the accept TechCASH.

                                                          Fingers crossed that the rumors are wrong and it's not a chain that goes in the Floating Rock space.

                                                          1. re: viperlush

                                                            Yeah, that's a space where I'd much prefer to see something "real", for lack of a better word.

                                                            1. re: viperlush

                                                              Looks like it will be some kind of sushi joint... Definitely another outpost of another sushi place in town... Yoki or something like that?

                                                            2. re: jgg13

                                                              There's an Anna's and a Chipotle close to each other in Davis and they both seem to survive.

                                                    2. Hiddenboston's FB feed reports that Namaskar is officially closed.

                                                      Man, that place used to be so good. I can't believe it fell so far so fast.

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                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                        When it first opened, they used to give you this little non-alcoholic apertif to start, iirc it had saffron threads in it or something like that. It was sweet, and herbal - really nice touch.

                                                        That was discontinued within the first year or so, and with it, I feel like the food was never good after that.

                                                      2. Has anyone been by Abby's Cafe in Brighton lately? Their phone is disconnected, though their website is still running.

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                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                          There is paper over the windows and a sign saying something else is coming soon.

                                                          1. re: kimfair1

                                                            Yup, got an update on the place--it will be called the Dash Cafe.

                                                        2. I saw a sign for a new wineshop called ""Terra Vino" in Coolidge Corner at 234 Harvard Street and found this website:

                                                          http://terravinowines.com/

                                                          Anyone know anything about it and when it will possibly open? I've been a big fan of the natural wine movement in France and would love to see more of them imported.

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                                                          1. re: Klunco

                                                            The sign in the window says opening this fall.

                                                            1. re: Wineack

                                                              According to the site they posted that in August of 2011. Hopefully it won't be until next fall!

                                                          2. I have been hearing an increased number of rumors that another coffee shop/bakery is opening up somewhere around Third Street in the Kendall/MIT area. Anyone know specifics?

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                                                            1. re: mvi

                                                              I can answer my own question. A new bakery that will serve quick breakfast and lunch food and a full service dinner is opening on Third Street in the empty space right next to the dry cleaner and two doors away from Fuji. It is called Tatte Bakery and Cafe and is scheduled to open in the spring, but there's no firm date yet. People are working in there, and there is a sign on the window. Plus, they are mentioned in the KSA annual report. Yet another option in this neck of the woods. Amazing growth around here.

                                                              1. re: mvi

                                                                Assume this is the offspring of the Tatte on Beacon Street in Brookline?

                                                                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                  Yes, I assume the same.

                                                                2. re: mvi

                                                                  Ok, I'll ask what you're all thinking. How do you pronounce it? Like French would or like Bostonians would?

                                                              2. Went past the former Tantewan Thai across from Arsenal Mall in Watertown today, and saw newspaper in the windows, and lights on inside? Rumors, anyone?

                                                                1. Yard House near Fenway is opening Sunday according to Grubstreet. If you like beer - very highly recommend it for their selection. Hopefully it will help clean up that random Abyss of grime where the Boston Billiards was.

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                                                                  1. re: meeps2002

                                                                    Phrase of the Day, "Random Abyss of Grime...."

                                                                    1. re: galleygirl

                                                                      That's the name of my old death-metal band. We did dirge-y covers of jingles for household cleaning products.

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                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                        The tune you did for Gentle Ted's Carpet Sponge still rings in my ears all these years later.

                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                          And I thought "Reek of Putrefaction" was a Carcass number ...

                                                                        2. re: galleygirl

                                                                          Absoloutely epic phrase...

                                                                          1. re: galleygirl

                                                                            I've been there, I liked it, I went back...

                                                                            1. re: galleygirl

                                                                              I thought meeps wrote "random abyss of *crime*", which also technically would be correct.

                                                                              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                too funny - but true

                                                                            2. re: meeps2002

                                                                              Reminds me of The Yard of Ale in Harvard Square back in the late sixties - gulp.

                                                                              1. re: meeps2002

                                                                                Just curious if anyone can comment on these guys. Are they another Tavern in the Square (ie, good, not great beer selection, high-ish prices, etc)?

                                                                                1. re: emannths

                                                                                  The beer selection is quite good (100 plus selections). I have not eaten the food, but the menu seems Cheesecake/Tavern like ... 4 pages, pizza, burgers, salads, tex mex egg roll shite. I might go to the Cheesecake Tavern though if it was real. They will do very well in that space. is a chain with at least an ear to the ground about food trends better then no chain? Or does this show how chains can even more insidious then thought?

                                                                                  1. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                    Well, there's a place for Tex-Mex eggroll shite as long as there are other options around, and if you're just looking for something to soak up the beer, it could probably be worse. It's not like we expect greatness from that neighborhood, after all.

                                                                                    Points for the Eno ref, too.

                                                                                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                      Points back for the Sterolab ref. The beer list on the website is actually pretty impressive. Don't know if it is a fantasy list or real. Some of the beers are real small and harder to find. (ps - board mods ignore this. Uilabs version of St. Elmos may actually be better then the original.)

                                                                                    2. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                      The one time I went to a yard house, the beer was universally served *way* too cold, but that's not an uncommon problem. It was a bit unsettling coming from a place that claims to cater to beer snobs, but the reality is that what they're really catering to are non-beer snobs who say "woooooo! 100 taps!!!!!", and those people expect their beer to be cold. Thanks for nothing, BudMillerCoors.

                                                                                      That said the list was pretty impressive, and as long as I gave things a while to warm up it was an oasis in the suburbs. Food was about what one would expect from a suburban chain, which for me means that I'm AOK eating at one but it wouldn't be my personal choice to do so.

                                                                                      I doubt that I'd choose to go the Fenway one, the only possible time it'd happen would be before a Sox game and then I'd probably go elsewhere in the hopes that it will have pulled some of the crowds away from places I'd prefer to go.

                                                                                      1. re: jgg13

                                                                                        I had some pretty decent wings at a Yard house in vegas

                                                                                        1. re: barleywino

                                                                                          I don't recall what I had but I remembered it being enjoyable enough, it was just the sort of thing one wouldn't be surprised to find at a suburban chain if that makes sense. I didn't mean to malign the food, rather that if given my druthers I usually prefer a non-chain - one can only have so many blooming onions and tuscan chicken melts.

                                                                                          1. re: jgg13

                                                                                            I suppose being spoiled by being in a fairly (more and more every day!) chow worthy metro area makes the Yard house discussion much less important. I just returned from dealing with elderly family member issues in Fort Myers, FL. The yard house would probably crack the top 20 restaurant list there.

                                                                                            1. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                              That's exactly what I was trying to get at w/ the chain bit. I think the way that I described the yard house was that I'd *love* it if I lived in most areas of the country, but I live in an area wiht some great beer bars & great food available.

                                                                                              1. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                                I think this is very true. If you are looking for great beer and good food, there are plenty of places in Boston and Cambridge where you can find that, a dozen or more of them with better food and better beer than the YH.

                                                                                                Where I think the YH may have a niche though are on those occasions where you want to go out and watch the game (or games). I find that on weekends like this upcoming one (March Madness), if I want to go out and watch multiple games (I don't mean 1 TV above the bar), I'm stuck going to schlocky sports bars with sometimes decent beer, but always terrible food.

                                                                                                The list of places where you can watch playoffs, or College Football, drink craft beer and have decent food in this town is very short. The YH might be at the top of that (admittedly niche) list.

                                                                                                1. re: rshock

                                                                                                  I believe that rshock is 100% correct about what the Yard house is good for. My larger question would probably work better on the chains board. However it is a Boston-centric point of view. So, while the unofficial consensus is that independent locations are both more likely to have chow worthy food and be better for local economies, do chains have a place in a city like ours? My gut tells me that I don't ever want to go to a chain. But it is hard to find an indo with beer lists that size along with full sports packages and decent chow. In Allston, the sunset obviously has the beer, but not many tvs and the food is a non starter. Tavern has the tvs but much less beer and bad food. Deep Ellum lacks the tvs, but the food is great and the beer list while smaller then YH is well curated. Harry's in Brighton almost has all 3, great beer list, good food and 6 tvs. Ah.. I am rambling. I buy groceries and electronics from chains. Why not dinner once in a while? Is the fact that it is food and a beer list being created in an office setting and sent from on high rather then chef created the Achilles heel of chains no matter what they do?

                                                                                                  1. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                                    When it comes to beer selection, size isn't the end all be all. As I mentioned in a previous post - they don't know how to properly serve what they have. I shouldn't be getting an ice cold barleywine, for instance.

                                                                                                    1. re: jgg13

                                                                                                      What barleywine does YH serve?

                                                                                                      1. re: Crawfordesquire

                                                                                                        Was just an example, but for instance - looking at the Dedham location's current list of ales, many of those should be served at least at 45F if not more.

                                                                                                  2. re: rshock

                                                                                                    "The list of places where you can watch playoffs, or College Football, drink craft beer and have decent food in this town is very short. The YH might be at the top of that (admittedly niche) list."

                                                                                                    Magoun's wins this every single time.

                                                                                                    1. re: rshock

                                                                                                      Good point.

                                                                                      2. Eater Boston reports that The Painted Burro, in the former Gargoyles space in Davis Square, opens March 19. They say to expect dishes like "tacos made with lamb neck and apricots, grilled chicken livers as well as ceviche and rabbit leg cazuela", a 100-variety tequila bar, a late-night taco menu, and beer served in paper bags.

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                                                                                        1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                          They have a sign on their door today that says "Opening sometime before St. Patrick's Day but not today..." so possibly prior to the 19th. There's someone in there arranging said 100 tequilas on the bar.

                                                                                          1. re: Parsnipity

                                                                                            Mmm....Green tequila.....

                                                                                            And dang, hckybg, you beat me to the punch.

                                                                                            1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                              I look for opportunities for topically relevant but otherwise unhelpful posts!

                                                                                          2. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                            Beer served in paper bags!? That's gonna get messy.

                                                                                            1. re: hckybg

                                                                                              Nah, that's what the liner is for.

                                                                                              1. re: jgg13

                                                                                                What is the attraction of drinking beer out of paper bags? Is there something I don't know?

                                                                                                1. re: pemma

                                                                                                  I like to look sketchy when I drink. paper bag for me, please.

                                                                                                  1. re: tammyh

                                                                                                    I too like the sketchiness. But I think there were practical reasons. I remember 80s nyc eg., buying single beers at a bodega and routinely getting a paper bag sleeve. I think you could that way be discreet with your street drinking, at least symbolically. But the paper sleeve also serves as an insulater, koozi.

                                                                                                    1. re: deglazer

                                                                                                      The awesome HBO series "The Wire" goes on at length about the paper bag concept, a legal fig leaf that lets citizens do their public drinking and lets cops focus on more pressing crimes. I suppose indoors you could worry about folks getting their beers mixed up after a couple.

                                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                        Good one. I remember that, now that you bring it up. Such a good show. I guess our local equivalent is the Dunkin cup. Studies show 85% of which are spiked.

                                                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                          My favorite drinking from a paper bag commentary: http://www.theonion.com/articles/poli...

                                                                                                          1. re: EaterBoston

                                                                                                            Gotta love The Onion. Pretty funny.

                                                                                                          2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                            Back in the day, paper bags were the way to go when watching the St. Patrick's Day parade so you could drink in public. And my friends used to use a straw 'cause they said you got buzzed faster. I was drinking diet Pepsi so I didn't need the bag. Ah to be a teenager again (I mean an adult of drinking age officer!). : )

                                                                                                      2. re: pemma

                                                                                                        "Is there something I don't know?"

                                                                                                        Probably a lot of things. :)

                                                                                                  2. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                    Tico-ish taco prices at the Painted Burro, I see -- $9-$14 for two -- but at least you can get double tortillas on them for a dollar upcharge.

                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                      But can you bring in a paper bag of extra tortillas and double them up yourself for, oh, 3 cents each?

                                                                                                      1. re: Parsnipity

                                                                                                        Do you get a five cent refund if you also use that paper bag for your beer?

                                                                                                        1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                          And another 5c if you return the bottle for the deposit. We're gonna get rich.

                                                                                                        2. re: Parsnipity

                                                                                                          YOU are funny. thx for the chuckle.

                                                                                                        3. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                          I'm a bit concerned about the sheer number of quotation marks on their menu. Seriously, every single entree has at least one item in quotes. I'd like to eat camarones a la diablo, not "camarones" a la "diablo".

                                                                                                          1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                            Maybe what they're suggesting is that the shrimp are actually surimi, and that you'll only think they're spicy-hot if you're an elderly white person from Iowa.

                                                                                                            harp://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                            1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                              Personally, I'd go for "camarones a la diabla". "Camarones a la diablo" makes no grammatical sense.

                                                                                                            2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                              They'd better be damn fine tacos at that price point, given that they're across the street from Anna's Taqueria.

                                                                                                              1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                                I believe the soft open is either tonight or tomorrow. I was sadly not invited, but do know 2 invitees.

                                                                                                          2. I noticed tonight that on Mass Ave between Changsho and Temple Bar a "candy store and soda fountain" will be opening, named Evelyn and Angel's.

                                                                                                            1. Moksa apparently had its soft opening this past weekend. Official opening is tomorrow, Monday the 12th.

                                                                                                              1. I forget the name, but the Russell House/Grafton/Temple owned spot going where Redline was should be open First week of April.

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                                                                                                                1. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                                                  It's going to be called Park, which is ironic given its location. Maybe a better name would be "45 Minutes to Park." :-)

                                                                                                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                    Very true. If I understand correctly it has taken some of the neighboring spaces and will be closer to 150/175 seats.

                                                                                                                    1. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                                                      where is this plse?

                                                                                                                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                        Times, ehh Harvard Square on JFK just past the Garage/Staples entrance (heading towards Boston) on the right; its one of those "downstairs" spaces on the ground level steps down from street level..

                                                                                                                    2. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                      Per Thrillist it opens tomorrow

                                                                                                                      Park

                                                                                                                      Opens Tomorrow;

                                                                                                                      59 JFK St, btwn Winthrop and Elliot; Harvard Square; 617.491.9851 Map

                                                                                                                    3. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                                                      So this is a totally new place or a renovated version of Redline with a different name and same management?

                                                                                                                      1. re: el_caballero

                                                                                                                        The latter.

                                                                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                    4. Georgetown Cupcake coming to Newbury St this Spring.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                        Speaking of cupcakes .......... Crumb has a note posted in the side of the doorway (would have made more sense - & easier to read if they put it on the front) saying they would be opening on Monday the 19th).
                                                                                                                        Also noticed (don't know if anyone metioned it) that Bostone Pizza on Water Street is gone.

                                                                                                                      2. I noticed today that The Chocolate Tarte on Highland in Somerville has signs up indicating that it'll soon become a SoCo Creamery location.

                                                                                                                        1. Too many post to double check, if this was posted earlier, but I was driving through inman square and saw signs for All Star pizza bar, not sure when they are opening, but should be good news for that area. Anyone have any more details??
                                                                                                                          http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com...

                                                                                                                          1. I have two questions about Harvard Square:

                                                                                                                            #1 Can anyone confirm whether the February 26th Harvard Crimson article about Toscano moving into the Cafe of India space on Brattle is true? http://www.thecrimson.com/article/201...

                                                                                                                            #2 Does anyone know what is going into the space where Lee's Restaurant used to be on Church Street? I heard a rumor it is supposed to be a Dunkin Donuts.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: jtanny

                                                                                                                              jtanny, I wrote about Toscano possibly moving into that space a few weeks ago, though at the time, it wasn't a definite as to whether Toscano would be moving into that exact spot.

                                                                                                                              1. re: jtanny

                                                                                                                                Lee's is going to be Dunkin Donuts

                                                                                                                              2. Pellino's North End location is now open.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: phonelady

                                                                                                                                  Any word on this place? Original is in Marblehead, right?

                                                                                                                                2. I guess this belongs in the February thread because from what I can find, the changeover happened in early February, but in the strip mall on Rte 1. North in Saugus where Truly Jorg's was is now Precious Moments Bakery & Cafe http://www.facebook.com/pages/Preciou...

                                                                                                                                  I peeked in and the bakery case looks very similar to what used to be there when it was Jorg's, in particular, the decorated cookies are the exact same style they used to make. The rest of the case was the same types of small expensive pastries that I used to see in the case. I wonder if it was taken over by people who worked for Jorg? The Truly Jorg's website http://www.trulyjorgs.com still lists that as its location.

                                                                                                                                  I found those pastries to be hit and miss, the cookies to be good but too expensive for me. The cookies are (I believe) basic butter sables and you are paying for the decoration. I did order a cake there once and I don't remember much about the taste but everyone oohed and ahhed over how it was decorated. I will miss their handmade chocolate Easter bunnies. I was going to ask if they were still making them but the counter staff was busy and I was on a tight schedule.

                                                                                                                                  1. A neighbor just told me the windows at Steve's Greek on Newbury are covered with paper. I called and there's no answer and they are no longer listed on DIning in or Foodler. Could be a renovation. I'll check it out tomorrow and see if there is a building permit or some clue.

                                                                                                                                    I have to admit, I stopped going because the quality was slipping but I kept meaning to give it another try.

                                                                                                                                    Penny
                                                                                                                                    http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: BostonZest

                                                                                                                                      Any updates on Steve's?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                        Yes, I'm back from my walk. Yhey have signs in the window saying it's a renovation with a new look coming. AndI see pieces of plaster and other evidence of a lot of construction going on inside. Building permit is is the window.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: BostonZest

                                                                                                                                          It definitely needs some upgrades. Happy to hear it will apparently remain open. Not my favorite Greek restaurant, but one of the few old-school spots left on Newbury.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                            Pretty much the only decent breakfast in that neighborhood -- I'd hate to lose that. Good to know!

                                                                                                                                    2. It's not March (and I'll forget by the time April comes around), but All Star Pizza Bar will be opening the third week of April.

                                                                                                                                      1. The Joshua Tree is coming back to Allston. It's replacing Barley Hall, which had replaced....The Joshua Tree.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                          Would the schadenfreude be misplaced for enjoying the Tavern in the Square group finally failing to make money selling crap in at least one location?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: coolaugustmoon

                                                                                                                                            Not at all, not at all.

                                                                                                                                        2. Gem opens tomorrow in downtown Boston, and Grass Fed in JP is now hoping to open early next week.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                            I walked by this on Saturday ... didn't know how long it's been around. Apparently not long at all.

                                                                                                                                          2. Las Brisas in Somerville has closed (not certain exactly when). Not a big surprise based on the limited movement I saw and there was a bit of a flap over their liquor license application, but it had been on my list of places to check out for a while.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                              Looks like it checked out before you could check it out.

                                                                                                                                            2. Bombay Mahal on Moody St. has reopened after a renovation, according to a two-for-one coupon in yesterday's mail. They also opened "Sub Rush", described as American-style subs, next door.

                                                                                                                                              Curious mix. I'm going to be on Moody later tonight, so if parking isn't too brutal I'll poke my head in.

                                                                                                                                              1. Grass Fed in JP MAY be opening tomorrow. Depends on how the final inspections go...

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                  GrassFed just posted that they will open tomorrow - Wednesday the 28th.

                                                                                                                                                2. The Conomo Cafe in Essex (across from Woodman's) was finally sold and there is construction ongoing....so stay tuned for updates. Essex for all its noteworthiness could use a change-up from the SOS...perhaps a 'spring 2012' opening is in the offing.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsofatso

                                                                                                                                                    i won't hold my breath but still i will be hopeful that something goes in there of top quality.thnx for the notice.

                                                                                                                                                  2. When did the Espresso Royale on Gainsborough St. turn into Pavement?

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: total13

                                                                                                                                                      A couple of weeks ago. It's still the same owners; not sure how the Pavement concept differs.

                                                                                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                    2. I noticed recently that "Montecristo Mexican Steak House" a Salvadoran restaurant has opened on Main Street in Everett (its the spot which used to be "cafe da fazenda" and more recently I think offered Brazilian party decorations). I don't think its related to another Montecristo taqueria in Everett. Didn't get a chance to check it out, but plan to as I often find myself on that route and am not a huge fan of Super Burrito on Ferry.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Does anyone know why the windows of Mikes City Diner are papered over?

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

                                                                                                                                                          Penance for letting Guy Fieri in? I can't imagine that cash cow closing. A face-lift, I'll guess.

                                                                                                                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                            Ughh Guy Fieri? A bit of guilty pleasure as he showcases some interesting places but is a total DB.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                              Definitely a renovation--just got word about it. They should be reopening in the next few days.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                                Just got a press release from Mike's: "...completely gutted out and under construction... only closed for renovations ("fresh paint") this week and is reopening in the next day or two... The space, which used to sport a 50’s décor, is now going to take on a new look from the 1920’s. Otherwise the menu will remain the same (with a few additions TBD) and of course the beloved Mike's City Diner staff and waitresses will all be back."

                                                                                                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                                  Prohibition is in, you know.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                                                                    Not that you could ever get a beer at Mike's, anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                                      Actually, once upon a time, they did have a beer/wine license. There were some beers available in their fridge, but they were hardly ordered. I think Jay sold it several years back (maybe even to Toro?)

                                                                                                                                                          2. I have heard that Pizza Pie-er opened in Inman Square, but haven't had a chance to walk over and look. Some twitter sleuthing seemed to confirm this. I'm completely stumped, because I have noticed no construction on Hampshire Street. They did an excellent job beating All-Star Pizza Bar to the punch, I guess.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                                                              It's in the old B&D autobody shop which is behind an apartment building on Hampshire, sort of where a garage or carriage house might be on a lot. It's hard to see from the street, especially when traveling southeast.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: emannths

                                                                                                                                                                I walked by--so strange! I can't even remember what that building looked like before. In a world (neighborhood) of sloooooow restaurant openings, they deserve much praise. Hopefully the pizza is great too.

                                                                                                                                                                Also, emannths, word is that dwelltime is ramping up now. So keep an eye on it, they should be open very soon.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                                                                  I only "remember" by what I see on the Google Maps street view. I went through Inman recently and said "whoa! where'd that come from?"

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: emannths

                                                                                                                                                                    Did you notice that there is a huge MBTA bus blocking it in the best Google Street View shot?! This is all a very developed conspiracy.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: hckybg

                                                                                                                                                                It was open last night when we drove by. It is set back from the street so it's hard to see. It's on the right as you approach the big intersection coming from Kendall.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bear

                                                                                                                                                                  Did the Back Bay location close? It is no longer on their website. I guess this was a move rather than a third location opening?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                                                    Pretty sure I read on this board that they were moving, not opening a third.

                                                                                                                                                              3. Upper Crust Pizza, Salem - CLOSED. Won't miss ya. Most inconsistent and undeserved praise.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Coolidge Corner's expanded Rod Dee is now open.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Is the Brigham Circle Coffee Shop closed? I noticed they weren't open early lately but figured they just changed their hours. But they were closed at noon on Saturday so I guess that's that. Or maybe a vacation? Hopefully the latter.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: total13

                                                                                                                                                                      Windows on the coffee shop are now papered over, that's kind of sad. How much longer for places like that, the Busy Bee, Seely's, etc?