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July 2012 Openings and Closings

any upcoming openings/closings that you can think of?

I know that Amsterdam Falafelshop in Davis Square should be opening any day now....

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  1. I walked by the old Bosphorus location on Cambridge Street today. The door was wide open, and there were people hard at work in there. The place was all torn up. Not sure what is happening, but there was activity. Anyone have an update? Have I missed something?

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    1. re: mvi

      That's the future home of bridgestreet, the new restaurant from Will Gilson, ex- Garden at The Cellar. Some details here: http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/chowd...

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Oh, thanks! Will keep an eye peeled for more news of this space. Appreciate it.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          110 seats in Inman - that's impressive.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            It's hard to tell if they are taking the space that was once supposed to be Akimenko Meats. It doesn't seem that the dividing wall has been taken out, but the construction seems big enough and 110 seats suggests a bigger space than Bosphorus (or a very different use of the space).

      2. Franklin Cafe South End is closed July 2-5 for renovations.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Did you post this as a "closed for (cough) renovations" or were they actually just closed for renovations?

          1. re: Beachowolfe

            One of the Franklin Southie bartenders checked in tonight via the OnTheBar app so it's open tonight, July 6th, as promised. The Franklin/Citizen/Tasty Burger empire is growing, not shrinking.

            http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

        2. Ocean State Job Lot in the Shaw's plaza on River St. in Waltham has a sign saying they are opening on Tuesday (today). It's fun to walk around their food area and look for interesting, inexpensive things. I've picked up jars of caperberries and other pickled foods at very reasonable prices.

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          1. re: bear

            Oh, that'll be a fun addition to that area. Cool!

          2. Any word on what is going in to where the old Kirkland bar was, next to Dali? Looks like it is under construction.

            We were at Dali the other day and overheard the bartender there say (I believe) that an Italian restaurant was going in there...?

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            1. re: BC1994

              Last I heard, it was going to be something called the Deco Cafe, with a Euro / Eclectic kind of menu, if memory serves, but I haven't heard a peep about it in months.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                The construction hasn't budged in months, either. Here's a 2010 article about Deco. That was a while ago now...
                http://www.wickedlocal.com/somerville...

                1. re: hckybg

                  That is odd especially after they did all that work to update water/sewer lines going/leaving there. The side walk was torn up for a few days when they did that work. And getting that done to please the city isn't cheap...

                  http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

                  1. re: yarm

                    The exterior work that they did (some decorative stone/granite work) was taken down last week. doesn't look like anything is going on in the space anymore.

                    1. re: hazel240

                      I live in the building across the street. Looks like there are some people in and out of there periodically. They took the marble slabs down off of the columns only about 24 hours after one of the middle ones fell and shattered on the sidewalk. The work definitely isn't going anywhere close to as quickly as it was, but I don't think it has totally stopped.

                      1. re: hazel240

                        Just saw the door open a couple of days ago, seemed to be some construction manager types milling about. Looks like they've done pretty extensive framing inside but no finish work.

              2. Local South Boston rumor is that Ming Tsai is looking to open a restaurant in the Fort Point channel area; possibly in the empty Hav a Bite space at the corner of A and Melcher. He was very recently spotted in the area.

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                1. re: Fort Point

                  Hmmmm, well, there was talk of an "iron chef" possibly being involved in the opening of a restaurant around the Seaport District, but maybe these are two different rumors.

                  1. re: Fort Point

                    I lived at that corner for years in the 90s. What is Hav a Bite? Is that the A Street Deli space?

                    1. re: deglazer

                      My recollection is Hav A Bite was the name of the restaurant when we moved into the area in the mid 80's. It went out of business and was replaced I believe by A Street Deli.

                        1. re: deglazer

                          Just gotta say, deglazer, that The Pixies start running through my head every time you post here, for which I am grateful.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            slicing up eyeballs
                            I want you to know

                            Weird sort of random handle, but it definitely was a Pixies reference in my mind. With a cooking spin. Glad it brings you a small bit of pleasure.

                          2. re: deglazer

                            Actually after it closed I think the sign was changed to Had A Bite

                        2. re: deglazer

                          It'a on A St. at the corner of Melcher.