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May 2012 Openings and Closings

hiddenboston May 1, 2012 07:01 AM

What's on the horizon for restaurant openings and closings in the Boston area? I know that Rosa Mexicano is supposed to open on the waterfront May 8, Yakitori Zai should be opening in the South End within the next couple of weeks, and Happy's is on the verge of opening in the Fenway. Others?

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    Foodie_BBQ May 29, 2012 01:54 PM

    The Finagle a Bagel on Highland Ave in Needham was closed when I stopped by this morning. The note on the door recommends checking out other locations with no indication that it will re-open. I know many on the board do not like Finagle, but I have always thought it was clearly in the "good" bagel range and well above other chain bagels.

    I stopped by Cafe Fresh Bagel a few doors down instead. Very good bagel (has always been better than Finagle), but I dislike their omelet style breakfast sandwich. Way too much egg/ham, not enough cheese, and I always burn my mouth eating it.

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      csiknitter May 31, 2012 10:41 AM

      I heard that Trader Joes might be expanding into this space

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        nsenada May 31, 2012 12:23 PM

        And who knows, if the town actually votes to allow liquor sales, I'll have no reason to travel to Brookline or Cambridge TJs.

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          pemma Jun 5, 2012 10:51 AM

          Unfortunately, you will still have reason to travel, because in Mass. only 3 liquor licenses can be held by one owner and TJ's already has 3 in Mass.

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            emannths Jun 5, 2012 11:10 AM

            Unless the legislation stalled or was amended at the last minute, starting this year one corporation may hold 5 licenses in the state (increasing to 7 in 2016 and 9 in 2020): http://articles.boston.com/2011-12-18...

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              hotoynoodle Jun 6, 2012 04:56 PM

              and the tyngsborough trader joe's will be moving over the border into n.h. at some point this year.

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      emannths May 29, 2012 01:47 PM

      In Central Sq, the Harvest Coop will be moving across the street and the Clear Conscience Cafe will be closing on or around August 1. A new grocery store will likely fill the vacated space in combination with the adjacent space in the former Pearl Arts and Crafts location, which would increase the size by about 30%.


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        coolaugustmoon May 30, 2012 04:31 PM

        I believe Rafiki and Clear Conscience are owned by the same guy fwiw.

      2. MC Slim JB May 29, 2012 10:01 AM

        Eater Boston reports that Rafiki Bistro in Cambridge has closed.


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          Bob Dobalina Jun 4, 2012 08:28 AM

          Can we bring back the Forest Cafe?

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            hiddenboston Jun 4, 2012 08:37 AM

            And Nick's Beef and Beer House...

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              nsenada Jun 5, 2012 07:49 AM

              I miss the wall-mounted fireplace logs. And the ribs with peanut sauce from The Forest.

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                pemma Jun 5, 2012 10:50 AM

                The wall-mounted fireplace logs! Weren't they different colors? Those were classic, along with the double cheeseburger special that cost next to nothing. I think I had my first beer in a restaurant there. That strip has changed a log, but Changsho is is still there. Has anyone been lately? Is it still good? Of course, I will date myself by remembering that before Changsho it was the Midget Deli.

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                  Boston_Otter Jun 5, 2012 11:02 AM

                  Changsho is still there and still serves classic Chinese-American food better than anyone else in that part of town, for my money.

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                    gourmaniac Jun 5, 2012 11:49 AM

                    It was Charlies before it was Nick's and i lived off the pork chops there. Along that stretch I see that Three Aces pizza finally closed but cambridge house of pizza is still there.

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            JR79 May 29, 2012 09:51 AM

            Walked by El Triunfo on Broad street and it's looks like it's closed, seems like there doing demo work inside the space now.

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              Alcachofa May 29, 2012 09:57 AM

              That place wasn't bad, but way overpriced. Not sure if the rents forced them to price their food that way.

              Burritos Express and Herrera's are both better.

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              Mr Bigglesworth May 29, 2012 09:30 AM

              Looks like Mixx is opening on the same block as Basho. I've heard good things, but not sure that hood needs another froyo place given Berryline.

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                Prav May 29, 2012 11:27 AM

                Mixx is loads better in quality than Berryline. Also, the interior of Berryline smells like a container of Wellbutrin.

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                  nsenada May 29, 2012 12:39 PM

                  My favorite mix-in.

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                9lives May 29, 2012 06:35 AM

                G'Vanni's on Prince St has closed and replaced by another Italian restaurant. I probably had my single worst meal and G'Vanni's has been giving 2x1 coupons as long as I can remeber.

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                  total13 May 29, 2012 05:26 AM

                  The former Brigham Circle Diner has a sign on the door directing people to 182 Harvard Ave. for job applications, which happens to be the site of Soulfire.

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                    Walthamfoodman May 27, 2012 02:08 PM

                    The sign is up for Punjabi Tadka on Mass Ave in Arlington Center. The windows are still covered with paper so this is most likely a June opening. Wonder if they will fare any better than Kayuga II or Asiana Grill before that. Seems like a lot of places have come and gone there. The address is 444 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA

                    1. MC Slim JB May 27, 2012 01:40 PM

                      Twitter friend suggested that Kitchen (in the old Pops space) is shooting for a June 1 opening. Sign now painted onto the front window.


                      1. galangatron May 24, 2012 08:15 PM

                        los pinos mexican restaurant has opened in the old tropical grill space on revere street in revere

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                          HubFlyer May 24, 2012 12:16 PM

                          Not open yet but there's a "Grand Opening Soon" sign out front at Gerard Farm in Framingham. The MW News has some background:

                          "FRAMINGHAM — Former customers of Gerard Farm will be happy to learn they can soon gobble up its turkey sandwiches and all the Thanksgiving fixings once again.

                          The popular lunch spot is reopening after a year-and-a-half hiatus, owner Mike Gerard said yesterday.

                          Gerard, whose grandparents opened the Water Street fixture in 1931, closed shop around Thanksgiving 2010, saying roadwork in the area drove away customers."

                          Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/new...

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                            jpcat May 24, 2012 03:34 PM

                            Went to Trattoria Toscana tonight to see note posted that they are closed for vacation until June 4.

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                            brightonforager May 24, 2012 10:48 AM

                            Stumbled on a new place called Dash Cafe next to the Brighton Police Station and across from St E's Hospital. Menu looks good, lots of salads and funky sandwiches. Cute inside too.

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                              mkfisher May 24, 2012 08:44 AM

                              Per Boston Restaurtant Talk, it sounds like Think Tank is done... I wonder if Brother Cleve will surface somewhere else?

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                                MC Slim JB May 24, 2012 12:21 PM

                                I know Cleve did a guest shot a few Mondays back at Backbar. I'm on his mailing list, so I'll post if I hear anything.


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                                  MC Slim JB May 31, 2012 08:56 AM

                                  Two pending Cleve appearances: Friday, June 1 at An Tua Nua (whose food I don't recommend), and Monday, June 4, at Brick + Mortar (whose food I do).


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                                Jenny Ondioline May 23, 2012 10:04 AM

                                The Coolidge Corner Otto reportedly opens tonight at 5.

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                                  kimfair1 May 23, 2012 10:45 AM

                                  I've been looking forward to trying Otto (and to see if they can put the execrable Upper Crust out of business.

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                                    hiddenboston May 23, 2012 11:19 AM

                                    I just got a message from Otto. They will not be opening tonight after all. Not sure when they will open at this point, but they said they'd let me know.

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                                    Alcachofa May 23, 2012 07:20 PM

                                    You must have enjoyed the Google doodle today, "Jenny".

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                                      Jenny Ondioline May 24, 2012 03:45 PM


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                                    prc1234 May 23, 2012 05:53 AM

                                    Boston Chops, the old Ginger Park/Banq, goes for it's liquor license today

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                                      prc1234 May 22, 2012 09:10 AM

                                      It looks like the are finally working on the space that was suppose to be Poe's Chester SquarePub at the conner of Tremont and Mass Ave in the South End.

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                                        MC Slim JB May 22, 2012 10:12 AM

                                        Interesting! A Poe's Kitchen staffer suggested to me that the Tip Tap Room was only a matter of weeks away.


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                                          MC Slim JB May 23, 2012 09:25 AM

                                          Per their press release, Tip Tap Room is slated to open mid-June.


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                                        catchow May 21, 2012 12:39 PM

                                        Concord Prime and Fish has closed... Alas...

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                                          9lives May 21, 2012 12:58 PM

                                          They are planning to reopen in Somerville with a smaller store. I don't know the timetable or exact location. Emphasis will be on locally raised products.

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                                            hiddenboston May 21, 2012 01:03 PM

                                            The owner is going to be opening a new shop on Highland Avenue in Somerville. It's going to be called M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats.

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                                              Gabatta May 21, 2012 02:23 PM

                                              Wow, that is a huge loss for Concord. Granted the place was pricey, but it always seemed to do a good business when I have been in there. Not a place I would make a special trip to given the lack of value and closer options to the city, however we were always glad to have it as an option when visiting friends in that area.

                                              Looking forward to the new butcher shop in Somerville. Any word on when it will open?

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                                                hiddenboston May 21, 2012 02:49 PM

                                                Late summer, from what it sounds like.

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                                              Stride May 20, 2012 03:49 PM

                                              Brunello Bistro is closed for renovations. "We are washing our face and putting on makeup." They say check back in a few weeks, but since I don't know how long they've been closed, I'm not sure when that will be.

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                                                hiddenboston May 21, 2012 07:31 AM

                                                Brunello Bistro is going to be replaced by Brunello Brazilian Steakhouse and Buffet, which means that this will apparently be the third restaurant from the same owners in the past couple of years (Bread and Company had been here previously).

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                                                  Stride May 21, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                  Interesting - thanks for the update. Odd name though. Brunello and Italian cuisine works better than Brunello and Brazilian. But it's the food that counts, so we shall see.

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                                                    itaunas May 21, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                    The owners are Brazilian and "Brunello Bistro" is odd as it is (why not "Osteria Brunello" which is the right language and better grammatically), but Italian names and words along with English are used in business names in this manner in Brazil so it makes sense to the owners. In this case I don't think its the name of any of the owners unless they have changed.

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                                                    buffet king May 21, 2012 09:57 AM

                                                    That restaurant was a Boston Market and then a Bickford's several years ago.

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                                                      Stride May 21, 2012 02:49 PM

                                                      Yes, it's cycled through many diverse incarnations.

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                                                  Stride May 20, 2012 09:46 AM

                                                  Yesterday I noticed that the windows in Al Fresco in Somerville are papered over. There was a sign on the door that I wasn't able to read from across the street, so I'm not sure if they've closed or are renovating or some other explanation. Does anyone know more?

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                                                    Bob Dobalina May 21, 2012 06:05 AM

                                                    I squinted and thought the sign said closed for minor renovations.

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                                                      Parsnipity May 21, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                      Yup, that's what the sign said. But when I peaked in, it looked more than minor. I highly doubt they'll be back.

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                                                    bluerib May 18, 2012 02:53 PM

                                                    Sign in Gari, the new Japanese fusion (their words not mine) restaurant in Needham Center says they are opening today (tonight?)

                                                    1. MC Slim JB May 17, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                      Yakitori Zai doing more rehearsing tonight. Sign up: "Now hiring for all positions." Two young cooks with tea hair practicing on the grill.

                                                      Back Deck in DTX is looking pretty finished.

                                                      Construction going on in the old Bombay Club space next door to Morse Fish.

                                                      Beijing on the Common is gone. Looks like its successor will be a place called Bento Express.

                                                      Work on the old Pink Palace space inside the Common is going full-bore.


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                                                        MC Slim JB May 23, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                        Looks like something called BoMa is going in the old Pho Republique / Bombay Club space I just mentioned: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2012/05/23/boma-plans-july-opening-in-south-end.php

                                                        "The owner, Shane Manfred, also owns and operates two Italian restaurants in Boston’s suburbs, Bellino’s in Wakefield and Bistro 20 in Sudbury. Look for a July opening."


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                                                        jljohn May 17, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                        The waterfront (Longwarf) location of Sel de la Terre just closed. The other location is still open.

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                                                          9lives May 17, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                          wow, I'm surprised. Ms 9 is very sad. They had to be there for a long time.

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                                                          bluerib May 17, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                          Just received an email that the Acropolis in Needham is closing

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                                                            mkfisher May 17, 2012 07:09 AM

                                                            Wow! Just drove by there on Sunday and remarked to someone how much my Dad loves that place.

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                                                              hiddenboston May 17, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                              Did the email give any details as to why they are closing? Any closing date at this point?

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                                                                bluerib May 18, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                Here's the email in its entirety:

                                                                Unfortunately due to High operating costs etc

                                                                We were forced to close our doors for Business..

                                                                We thank you all for your patronage and it was a

                                                                great pleasure to meet most of you in person..

                                                                Again thank you all for your support,

                                                                Best Always

                                                                Have A Great Day!

                                                                Archie & Joy!!

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                                                                  hiddenboston May 20, 2012 03:46 PM


                                                            2. Bob Dobalina May 17, 2012 04:50 AM

                                                              The Sulgrave news stand in Winthrop Alley has closed and moved into the adjacent space, now called Boston News Cafe - there is now food available of a deli-type variety.

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                                                                Gordough May 17, 2012 06:54 AM

                                                                I noticed this place going in awhile ago and wondered what they plan to offer that cannot be had a mere 20 feet away at Deli One.

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                                                                  Bob Dobalina May 24, 2012 04:28 AM

                                                                  So I can answer this question - there are a couple of significant differences.

                                                                  1) The coffee - stopped in this morning for the breakfast sandwich with a free coffee deal they are offering. The very nice woman who is one of the owners extolled the virtues of their special Italian coffee - as she put it, if you are a Starbuck's person, you will love the coffee. If you are a Dunks person, maybe not. This immediately perked up my ears.

                                                                  I appreciate a fine pot of American brewed deli coffee, and the dark roast here is excellent, I had to agree. Honestly, probably the best brewed coffee I've had from the non-coffee-focused joints in the area and much more subtle yet robust than the Bucks brew. Flavorful, mellow.

                                                                  2) Breakfast sandwiches - got a fine egg and cheese - it was cheap - $2 + tax - good value -

                                                                  3) Honorable mention - nice, ripe tomatoes on my sandwich.

                                                                  Nothing fancy, but all in all better than some of the tired places in the area. It's a tough location, but hopefully folks will give it a try.

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                                                                9lives May 16, 2012 04:20 PM

                                                                Bina, both market and restaurant have closed. Recording says for renovations.

                                                                New sign outside called Sip, soon to open. Think it's from the Max & Dylan's group.

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                                                                  Matt H May 16, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                  I loved Bina under the original Chef, but once he left and they took some of the best dishes off the menu it went way downhill. Not surprising they didnt last.

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                                                                    barleywino May 16, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                    I remember going there once, they had suckling pig listed on the menu, I asked them what part of the pig it was and they were unable to tell me,even after consulting the kitchen...I didn't stay

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                                                                      MC Slim JB May 16, 2012 07:43 PM

                                                                      I quite liked the first Bina chef, too. Tough to keep going back to see what chefs 2 through 6 were about over the course of three and a half years. I've liked many of the Bina siblings' places over the years, but the opening of this concept was extraordinarily unluckily timed, and since then, you know, five other chefs.


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                                                                        9lives May 16, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                                        I'm sorry but not surprised.

                                                                        Babak still has a toehold in the area with JM Curley; which is looking like a home run.

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                                                                          hotoynoodle May 17, 2012 10:25 AM


                                                                          i too loved the original chef. i still dream of the pig butter and the ethereal bolognese.

                                                                          artisan and sip. a place that will serve stuffed shells and sushi. yuk, ok?

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                                                                            Snowflake May 17, 2012 10:42 AM

                                                                            And practically across the street from Artisan Bistro so that ups the naming confusion

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                                                                              malkelly May 22, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                                              Grub Street reported it incorrectly as Artisan provisions, it is to be called Avery Provisions per signs in window and the awnings that were put up yesterday.

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                                                                              9lives May 17, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                                              I used to love Bina's Carbonara.

                                                                              Agree, new menu from Sip, per Eater is a real turnoff.

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                                                                          Bob Dobalina May 17, 2012 04:49 AM

                                                                          Wonder if Sip related to Sip, the cafe in Post Office Square.

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                                                                            Gordough May 17, 2012 06:45 AM

                                                                            If so, that's a lot of coffee-focused places in a very small area (Boston Common Coffee and Thinking Cup are right there and Sip would make a 3rd). Not to mention within a 3 min walk there are multiple DnD and Fivebucks.

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                                                                              Bob Dobalina May 17, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                              Fivebucks - nice.

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                                                                                gourmaniac May 17, 2012 07:56 AM

                                                                                Sawbucks would work too but only for Golden Agers.

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                                                                              hiddenboston May 17, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                                              No, Sip is going to be a wine bar.

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                                                                                hckybg May 17, 2012 08:00 AM

                                                                                I guess restaurants have no particular claim to their names? Sort of a crummy move to name your place after another spot so close by.

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                                                                                  hiddenboston May 17, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                  I wonder if there could be trouble ahead. Remember what happened with Pomodoro. http://www.wickedlocal.com/needham/fu...

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                                                                                    Bob Dobalina May 17, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                                                    Not to mention the complete Google-cluster that will result.

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                                                                                      hckybg May 17, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                      Yeah, that's why it seems at least unkind, if not unethical or illegal. The big, new restaurant with all the money behind it will surely steal the search spotlight from the small coffee shop, plus anyone talking about Sip in downtown Boston will now have to ask, "which one?" I'm sure they wouldn't appreciate if someone opened a place called "Dylan and Max's."

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                                                                                        Bob Dobalina May 17, 2012 08:42 AM

                                                                                        Ha, they should totally do that....Dylan and Max's Sip.

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                                                                                          9lives May 17, 2012 09:23 AM

                                                                                          I was once in a similar situation. I own a biz and another similar biz was using the same name. I had my attorney send him a letter saying we would take him to court if he kept using the name; cease and desist. We had the name registered with the state.

                                                                                          Sip Cafe could probably do the same thing and a judge would likely make a determination as to whether the Cafe and the Wine Bar were similar enough to cause confusion. Maybe some of the lawyers here could weigh in?

                                                                                          To throw out another possibility, maybe M & D trademarked the name before Sips Cafe ever opened. It's been rumored for a while that M & D was going to take that space...or the 2 businesses came to some type of agreement on use of the name. In my situation, that's what we did. Rather than face the cost of litigation, we worked out an agreement where they made a small name change that we agreed to, and would not confuse customers.

                                                                                          Without knowing all the facts, it's impossible to make a call.

                                                                                          As an aside, I like the name Sips for a coffee shop; not so much for a wine bar/restaurant..but no one asked for my opinion..:)

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                                                                                            9lives May 17, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                                                            Update..I'm hearing the full name of the restaurant will be Sip Kitchen and Bar. Maybe that will be enough to distinguish it from Sip Cafe? That's the type of solution that we came to in my personal situation.

                                                                                            Like Bina, it will also have a small grocery shop.eta Artisan Provisions per Eater article above..that will also sell sandwiches and prepared food..nice for the neighborhood.

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                                                                                              GaryK May 21, 2012 11:40 AM

                                                                                              9Lives, I'm a trademark lawyer and you understand the process pretty well. If the parties can't work it out, a judge will do an all-factors analysis under the standard of 'likelihood of confusion" including name similarity, customer overlap, how well-known the senior user is, whether there's any actual confusion (not required) etc.. Rights stem from actual use, not registration so even if M&D registered their name Cafe has priority if they can win the analysis, but as 9Lives says you need all the facts to make the determination.

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                                                                                  rknrll May 15, 2012 12:46 PM

                                                                                  Bummer...Kirby's Kitchen just posted the following on their Facebook page.

                                                                                  "Attention Kirby's fans: Whether due to the struggling economy, the difficulty of our location, or the wrath of the universe, we have decided to end this incarnation of Kirby's Kitchen. Low volume of sales has made it necessary for us to reimagine the concept of our wonderful place. We are going to focus on crafting and selling our hand-made products; such as jams, cheeses, cured meats, condiments, and of course pickles. We will be transforming Kirby's into an amalgamation of country market, deli, cafe, and bar. This was our original concept, and we moved away from it to facilitate the rapid birth of the restaurant. We will be paring down the current menu (keeping a few of your favorites), and focusing more on creating quality products for you to take home and enjoy. This, we hope, will help us get serious brand recognition as well as raise the kind of capitol we need to eventually reopen the restaurant as the kind of place we originally envisioned for Kirby's, as opposed to the place we had to be to open when we did. We hope that we may continue to count on your support, and apologise for any inconvenience this may pose to your dining plans. We will be closed for a few days to regroup and revamp, but as soon as we are ready you can come back in for a drink, a quick bite to eat, or buy some of the products you've already grown to love from Kirby's. Thanks for your support."

                                                                                  1. hiddenboston May 15, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                                                    Lots of activity all of a sudden--West Bridge opens today in Cambridge, J.P. just opened in Beacon Hill, Maggie's Farm(!) has opened in Middleton, and Life Alive is now open in Salem.

                                                                                    1. MC Slim JB May 13, 2012 05:59 AM

                                                                                      Walked by Yakitori Zai last night and it appeared they were doing a friends and family evening. The room is greatly reconfigured from the Joe V's era, the former kitchen converted to dining space, the original dining area dominated by a big grill surmounted by a giant hood, with seating all around it in the middle of the room.


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                                                                                        mvi May 11, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                                                        I walked by The Back Deck on West Street today and noticed lots of changes. After shopping across the street at Brattle Books, I asked the owner if he knew when the opening is planned for. He says they are hoping for Tuesday but it depends on some permits coming through. The place is busy and looking good.

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                                                                                          9lives May 16, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                                                          Back Deck was having what appeared to be a staff meeting/dinner when I walked by tonight. I would guess any day. Nice looking space.

                                                                                        2. Chris VR May 11, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                                                          Sad news here in the burbs when Bread 'n Bits of Ireland announced they were closing due to the owners' retirement on June 30. I am going to miss their perfect scones, nutty brown bread and lemon squares, and the homey atmosphere. I wonder how well scones and brown bread freeze...

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                                                                                            Taralli May 11, 2012 05:56 AM

                                                                                            Any news about La Brasa in Somerville, Frank McClelland's bbq place?

                                                                                            1. MC Slim JB May 10, 2012 10:27 PM

                                                                                              Kingfish Hall is dead. Everyone knew this two months ago, but The Todd finally admitted it in public this week. Pity those poor PR people.


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                                                                                                pemma May 11, 2012 05:36 AM

                                                                                                And what's going on with Olive's? Is it open or not? Has anyone been there?

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                                                                                                  mats77 May 11, 2012 06:47 AM


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                                                                                                    hotoynoodle May 17, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                                    as of today they are officially open and taking reservations.

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                                                                                                  FaFaFoodie May 19, 2012 06:59 PM

                                                                                                  Dead, but not forgotten. Seems The Toad left behind a bit of unfinished business. I rail against this guy too often, so this time i'll let the article speak...

                                                                                                3. kobuta May 10, 2012 04:49 PM

                                                                                                  Tatte Bakery in Kendall Square opened their doors on Wednesday the 9th. I stopped by this evening and grabbed two fruits tarts and a portabella (spelled portobello in the store) & onion brioche. Haven't had the tarts yet, but the brioche was nice.

                                                                                                  I've never visited the Tatte in Brookline, but the goods looked pretty. They have a few breakfast items, sandwiches for lunch and also a small dinner menu. Serving illy coffee. They also have cakes available by the slice and some pre-made cookies and biscottis that you can grab and go. They seem to really like nuts here - lots and lots of tarts and desserts with nuts. Individual tarts are pricey at the roughly $7 price point (not everything had signs or prices).

                                                                                                  Always welcome any additions to the area. Interested in coming back on Friday and trying one of their bakes bread loaves. The store is on 3d St, across from Fuji at Kendall.

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                                                                                                    hckybg May 10, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                    Nut-oriented pastries are their specialties, I am told. I wonder if Voltage and Tatte could work out an arrangement to allow customers to buy pastries at one and coffee at the other??

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                                                                                                      Matt H May 10, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                                                                      I noticed Voltage had some Sample Macaroons from Tatte on display the day they opened, so that could happen.

                                                                                                      I've been to Tatte twice since opening. One evening picked up two Tarts, 1 Pistachio and Cherry the other Pear. Both were very good, especially the Pear. Next morning stopped for an espresso and Croissant on my way to the T. The Croissant was one of the better ones Ive had in the area.

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                                                                                                        viperlush May 11, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                                                        This post inspired me to give Voltage another chance today. Got a latte and walked down to Tatte (around 430ish) for a snack. Jam brioche was very good. I like that they have little butter cookies for 25(?) cents each. Those nut tarts look like little works of art. Almost too pretty to eat.

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                                                                                                          kobuta May 11, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                          Not being a big nut lover, I'm not sure how I feel about it. Had the plum tart, and wanted more plum and less (crushed) nuttiness. Made my jaw very tired after eating it, though I did like the shell of the tart - it had a good buttery taste, without being too flake or buttery. I did like that it didn't get too soggy as they often do when paired with a custard in the center.

                                                                                                          I'm eating the blueberry tart with hazelnuts and surprisingly not minding the hazelnuts. Ratio of fruit to nuts here is way more fruit, which I think is making the difference. You can really taste the blueberry and not too sweet.

                                                                                                      2. peregrine May 8, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                                                        Any news on Taiwan Cafe? Have they re-opened or set a date to do so?

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                                                                                                          MC Slim JB May 8, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                                                          I heard a rumor that Taiwan Cafe has been sold. The last time I walked by it a few days ago, it was still papered up, no way to tell if any work was being done.


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                                                                                                            nsenada May 11, 2012 09:39 AM


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                                                                                                              hiddenboston May 11, 2012 09:53 AM

                                                                                                              Damnit. I'm heading to South Station tonight and was hoping to hit Taiwan Cafe beforehand if it was reopened.

                                                                                                          2. hiddenboston May 8, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                            Jonathan's opened in Newton a few days ago, Doc Popcorn opened at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, and Rosa Mexicano opens for dinner tonight in the Seaport District.

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                                                                                                              phonelady May 4, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                              Medford.Patch reported that Carroll's in Medford Sq. opened yesterday

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                                                                                                                mkfisher May 1, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                Per the posts on BostonChefs.com it sounds like they're planning to open West Bridge this month. They put some beautiful wood doors on the place the other day, but the inside has a ways to go.

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                                                                                                                  mkfisher May 11, 2012 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                  Sounds like next week for West Bridge. They really threw the interior together quite fast. Walked by last night and took a peek in the windows. They used lots of whites, which I like quite a bit. Should do wonders to brighten the place up a bit. Both the Blue Room and CBC are dark, so it'll be nice to have something a little different right there.

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                                                                                                                  Gordough May 1, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                  Jonathan's Bar & Grille should be opening sometime this month. It is located in the former Papa Gino's space on Needham St. in Newton.

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                                                                                                                    L2k May 4, 2012 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                    I've been thinking they are about to open every time I've driven by there for the past 3 months.

                                                                                                                    My current bet is we find in a few months that it's some TV Reality show gag

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                                                                                                                      FaFaFoodie May 10, 2012 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                      Is this the same Jonathans as the one in Ogunquit?

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                                                                                                                        hiddenboston May 11, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                        Nope, two different owners.

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                                                                                                                      nsenada May 20, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                      Anyone been yet?

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                                                                                                                      mats77 May 1, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                      Happy's opens tomorrow according to eater.com

                                                                                                                      1. greygarious May 1, 2012 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                        I stopped for the first time at Raja and Rana's Indian Market on 3A in Burlington yesty. They had signs all over announcing the April 23 opening of The Mughals, an Indian restaurant in the same line of stores on the east side of the street, but closer to Dunkin Donuts. Can't find a website for it. I drove by but did not go in. The market and resto are affiliated in some way.

                                                                                                                        1. Matt H May 1, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                          Tatte Bakery and Cafe in Kendall is scheduled to open May 8th.

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                                                                                                                            viperlush May 1, 2012 08:37 AM


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                                                                                                                              Matt H May 1, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                              318 Third Street. Near the Corner of 3rd and Binney.

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                                                                                                                                viperlush May 1, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                Thanks. I should have known. Everything is on 3rd.

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