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Mar 19, 2012 08:50 PM

Gem Opening This Weekend

Read about this place via Urban Daddy that is opening up this weekend at 42 Province St. in Downtown Crossing. The place is selling itself (hard) as an ultra exclusive upscale supper club with a strictly enforced 'upscale and stylish' dress code. It's from Big Night Ent. Group, the same people who made Red Lantern, which I haven't checked out yet.

Anyone planning to check this out? How cool do you have to be to get in?

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    1. Only in Boston do you see the classic amateur night: 'upscale and stylish' dress code.

      Just plain silly, as I am sure the place will be and likely the clientele as well.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        The dress code seems silly, but then, I am shocked at the often complete disregard people in Boston have for their personal appearance.

        Like for instance, I saw a guy at Russo's the other day - grown man with a teen-ish daughter in tow - wearing pajama bottoms. Really? No, really?! You were just so busy that pulling on a pair of jeans and having to deal with a button and zipper were too challenging this morning?

        Anyway, according to the article, the food will be:

        "American Brasserie fare with eclectic international flourishes" and trend-nods as in shrimp & grits with tater tots and Russian dressing. Also on the menu: grilled pizza and duck confit quesadilla.

        So I guess the international flourishes are French for the quesadilla and Russian for the grits?

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Bob, you need to remember that we were voted the worst-dressed city in America. :-)

          I'm going to miss Kennedy's in an odd sort of way. I know it wasn't the greatest place, but it seemed low-key and comfortable, and the food wasn't terrible.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            I didn't even realize Kennedy's closed. That's sad. First The Littlest Bar gets taken over by an ugly condo building and now Kennedy's is gone too.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              You have to admit: Russian dressing on tater tots is bold, iconoclastic, groundbreaking. It says, "I refuse to be bound by Escoffier's hidebound old rules on the canonical grade-school-cafeteria croquette dip!"


              1. re: MC Slim JB


                Gonna just pop on my pajama bottoms and head over.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  I need to find my pajama bottoms that have pockets, just in case I need to take some tots with Russian dressing home with me.

          2. I'm guessing it's of like JP Morgan?? being asked what it costs to own a yacht. f you have to ask, you can't afford it.

            If you have to ask how cool do you have have to be, you're probably not cool enough..:)

            Purely meant in jest, and no hurt intended. I'd guess if you dress nicely, reasonable fashionably, they'll be happy to allow you in.

            The short term term history in Boston of; Yvonnes..back of Locke Ober's to Saint to Stoddards (male only) "private" clubs has not proven a great business model.

            1. "Upscale and stylish" in Boston can mean anything: your least-wrinkled chinos, your formal fleece, your Brady replica jersey instead of your Bledsoe one. This sounds like a typical local nightclub dress code, which lets the door arbitrarily decide who they want to come in, most often with the goal of preventing the crowd from being too heavily male. It can also be used, as it was at Cure Lounge, to reflect the owners' racism. There are few things more ridiculous than fake exclusivity; I imagine this code being "strict" (which is hard to gauge without a list of rules) only as long as the initial crowds last.

              Devra had a good line about Red Lantern: she called it "an R-rated P.F. Chang's". The food is highly variable, but the good dishes (dim sum, noodles) were better than I expected from nightclub people. Terrible cocktails, though, and it can feel kind of cheesy with the "decorative" servers, which they apparently bus up from their Foxwoods nightclub on weeknights.


              1. An when you're done at "GEM", you can head over to Strega for a nightcap. OY! Include me out!