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Whoa, felt weird to type that year.

Looks like Boston Chops, the "alternative" steak place from the Deuxave / dbar folks, will try to open in the old Banq / Ginger Park space on Washington Street in the South End in mid-January.


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  1. While I appreciate knowing the openings/closings of restaurants isn't it a bit premature to be starting this thread on December 5th? Espcially since restaurant openings are notoriously pushed back?

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    1. re: mats77

      He's posting about a January opening in a January thread. What's the problem? I for one appreciate having things to look forward to. If these threads depend on openings not being pushed back, we can stop them all together.

      1. re: Gabatta

        Sorry. I just didn't see anything new in the post. I guess I better start the February 2013 Openings and Closings thread and mention that Sully's at Castle Island will be opening for the season ;)

        1. re: mats77

          The best thing about the internet is that you can always find someone to get fired up over the most innocuous things.

          1. re: sbs401


          2. re: mats77

            Hey, you've got at least one person who agrees w/ you mats77.

            1. re: mats77

              I wouldn't call Sully's an "opening" in the sense of a "great new hot dog place on Castle Island!".. but it is well worth posting on a thread so people know when they can start wolfing down those hot dogs..

              They are less expensive in the later winter, right? Like 2x1 or half price?

          3. re: mats77

            MC is just trying to beat me to the punch. ;-)

            Seriously, though, I think it's a great idea to start these early if there are restaurants that are specifically opening or closing in a given month.

            P.S. I wonder if Casablanca might be on this list soon. If not, I guess the question "How can we miss you if you don't go away" might start to apply here.

            1. re: mats77

              We all know that opening dates move, but this felt like news to me. The prior projected opening date was "sometime this winter". Also, construction is well along, and they got their liquor license issue knocked down.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I think the post was appropriate. Thanks for always sharing the cutting edge news!

              2. re: mats77

                I don't understand the problem. These month ahead postings have been on this board for a long time and many of us really appreciate them. And I certainly appreciate the insider info Mc Slim JB has.

                As for Sully's there is also a tradition of "seasonal opening news" threads on this board.

              3. According to the splash screens on the registers, J Pace and son's restaurant "Rosaria", located on the second floor of their newish Saugus building, is scheduled to open in January.

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                1. re: Chris VR

                  They put a little flyer in my shopping bag yesterday, it says fine dining, steakhouse & functions.

                2. Bon Me is supposed to open at One Kendall in January. Their name has been posted on all of the One Kendall directories for a few weeks, but I'm still not sure where it's going to actually be.

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                  1. re: mkfisher

                    Pretty much right next to West Bridge, above the old Think Tank space.

                    1. re: bostonbroad

                      Is there vacant space there? I thought that's a salon, dentist office, then the Friendly Toast? I thought the only empty space in that building is on the ground floor?

                      1. re: mkfisher

                        There's a vacant space tucked in there. I haven't walked by in about a month, but there was a sign on one of the doors, but I can't remember exactly how it was laid out. I do know I was leaving West Bridge when I saw it and was surprised because I thought it was going in on the Think Tank level.

                        1. re: bostonbroad

                          You are indeed correct. Walked by last Friday night. The windows are papered over, but you can make out some stuff inside. Looks like the place has been dry walled, but not much else. January would seem like a stretch at this point.

                    2. re: mkfisher

                      This is very good news. Been getting bored with the options in that neighborhood now that I have been working onsite at an office nearby so very much.

                    3. Society on High, from the Les Zyg/Sorrisso folk, is said to be opening sometime shortly after the new year.

                      1. A new beer and wine shop is opening at 86 Trapelo Rd. in Waltham in the old Cask and Keg shop, according to the Brand New Watch blog. The owner of the Washington Square Tavern in Brookline will be the owner. The shop will feature "accessible" wines mostly under $20, with some small batch wines from time to time. It will offer delivery and sell Iggy's breads and some cheeses.

                        This sounds promising. Hopefully parking won't be too tough, but other than that the location right outside of Waverly Square works for me.

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                        1. re: bear

                          K-2 Beer and Wine is "coming soon" on Medford St in Magoun Square Somerville. Same owners, but different location than the existing K-2 Convenience store.

                          Also the Portuguese-owned deli further down Medford Street (near Sycamore) shut a few months back, although I believe they stopped selling (perishable) Portuguese products a long while ago.

                          1. re: itaunas

                            Curious what K2 Beer & Wine will offer that Woody's and the place further up B'way offers. Apparently they're planning on "upscale" products, although without the knowledgeable staff of say Ball Square Liquors a 1/3 of a mile away, it can only try.

                            I do hope that Daddy Jones helps to draw some more stable life into Magoun Square.

                            1. re: yarm

                              The license they acquired is just beer and wine, so Woody's, the place with the Paul Revere sign, the place at Pescatore, and Ball Square will offer more than them. Don't quote me, but I think they wanted to use the license for the store itself, but could only get approval as a separate entity. I assume they could still get a CV license for that store alone and do something like Central Bottle or Dave's Pasta but both concepts seem slightly ahead of the neighborhood. That said, a better selection of craft beer might be something unique in that area.

                            2. re: itaunas

                              And incidentally the deli mentioned above just reopened under a different name which I can't remember (name of a person like "Manny's" or Danny's) and K-2 is now has signs saying they'll have food. The deli had a handwritten sign which mentioned "portuguese" but based on a quick glance at 30 MPH it looked singular so more likely referencing the language not "produtos portugueses" or the equivalent, unlike the sign from the previous deli.

                            3. re: bear

                              The owner of Washington Square Tavern has great taste in wines and usually good deals in his restaurant - pre-kids we were regulars. This is definitely worth checking out - thanks for the heads up!

                              1. re: bear

                                Passed by today - signs are up and they're open. Beaver Brook Bottles. They're still settling in. Owner was there and happy to provide guidance. Looks like a wide selection. Parked on the street out front.

                                1. re: The Lady

                                  Great to know. Thanks!

                                2. re: bear

                                  I noticed a serious change in the menu at WST last time I looked. Prices increased a bit but the food does sound good. Lots of house made Charcuterie now. I've always enjoyed drinks there but had a lackluster meal there about a year ago and haven't eaten there since. Anyone tried any of the new menu?

                                  Also is it a new chef or just new menu?

                                3. The long-delayed reopening of DeLuca's Market on Charles Street may be coming quite soon -- the people there predict it'll reopen in January or February 2013.

                                  1. Not that it really matters, but here's my too sense on the "jumping the gun" comments.

                                    The "Month X Opening/Closings" is a thread for any and all new opening/closing information that comes to light during a particular month (this has pretty much been the format so far). I believe the only reason to not just have a single "Openings/Closings" thread was that it becomes too cumbersome to look through.

                                    If you guys are going to start trying to pin down schedules that would be awesome, but it would probably be best to sticky all 12 months at the beginning of the year and edit posts accordingly as opening/closing schedules change.

                                    That said, it would become a really big pain in the butt to find out "What's New" if all that info was spread over several threads.

                                    1. Patriot Ledger is reporting today that a new restaurant will be opening in Weymouth Landing. The owner of the FatCat in Quincy will be opening a new establishment named Passport. Given the popularity of FatCat I'm sure they will do well. I know I plan to try it.

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                                      1. re: Pegmeister

                                        Finally - have been wondering what was going into the space that was formerly Blue Pointe Bistro. Sounds very promising!

                                      2. From Samira's Homemade webpage:
                                        Coming January 2013, Take-out gourmet meals and wraps at our retail & wholesale store. 11AM-6PM, Monday-Saturday
                                        203 Belmont St. Belmont, MA 02478
                                        Cell (617) 460-5382- B. (617) 489-3400

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                                        1. re: Aromatherapy

                                          Important to note that this is not a store opening. Samira's has been there for a year or so. Seems they're just starting take-out meals.

                                        2. Eater Boston projects a January opening for the Marco replacement, to be called Aria Trattoria. Owner is Massimo Tiberi, former GM of Tresca; no word yet on chef or concept, other than that it will be, um, Italian.


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                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                            Marco closed?

                                          2. Driving on Rte 28N/Fellsway West in Medford a new sign has gone up - coming soon Dim Sum Cafe. May be premature of me to post under January Openings & Closings but one can hope.
                                            The windows have been papered over for a while, previously was a pizza/some central american here and there spot.
                                            I'm excited since dim sum is a favorite of mine going back to Bo Shek in Chinatown eons ago.

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                                            1. re: sciaccagirl

                                              please keep us posted, I am excited at the prospect of dim sum in medford.

                                              1. re: sciaccagirl

                                                Bo Shek had dim sum?

                                                1. re: galleygirl

                                                  None that I recall. They used to have pretty good roast meats though.

                                                2. re: sciaccagirl

                                                  Il Forno? Say it ain't so! Ya sure it's not just one of their "vacations"?

                                                  1. re: sciaccagirl

                                                    UPDATE: Finally the signs are up! Dim Sum Cafe and We Deliver. Phone number on the sign.
                                                    Looks like most of the work is being done at night and on weekends. Windows still papered over so can't see much inside. Inching closer... so much for January. We'll see if it ends up being March.

                                                  2. SummerShack in Hingham is closing 12/31/2012. According to the waitress we had they couldn't make the money in Hingham

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                                                    1. re: jjbourgeois

                                                      Most meals I've had in the Boston location of Summer Shack have been nothing special, but nothing to scare me away. The meal I had at the Derby St location a month or so ago was well below average, so I'm not surprised.

                                                    2. I'm sorry this isn't an actual useful post grounded in reality... but I'd love to hear that Yumewokatare will "re-open" at a new location seating 120. And also for lunch.

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                                                      1. re: lossless

                                                        You know, its tough to deal with an 90 minute wait when there is lots of deliciousness just 5 minutes away in the Porter Exchange Food Court..

                                                        1. re: grant.cook

                                                          Not sure if Sapporo had lines all the time, but I know I've gone twice in the past couple of months purely because the line at Yumewokatare has put ramen on my radar.

                                                          1. re: grant.cook

                                                            If jiro ramen is what you want, Porter Exchange is no help at all.


                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                              Not to mention, to echo Bob's post - Sapporo has been rocking the lines of late as well. I used to go now and then around lunchtime and it wouldn't be too bad. Now I tend to go more around 1:30 in order to avoid the lines. Weekends have been bad all around.

                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                Yes, its weighing Jiro and 90 minutes versus Spicy Miso and 15 minutes..

                                                                Tried to get a seat there a couple of weeks back, got there at 6:30 and had a 90 minute wait. A guy came out and said they didn't have broth that evening, just a sauce on the noodles.. so we bailed. Got seated at Sapporo pretty quickly, but then a line probably about 45 minutes long formed there.. so yes, I think Sapporo is getting a lot of line-bailers and more traffic because of the awareness..

                                                                1. re: grant.cook

                                                                  That's awesome, actually. As a local, I've watched Lesley take over chunks of Porter Exchange and I've been worried that our local "Japantown" would slowly vanish. I'm glad that the buzz over our new ramen has spilled over :)

                                                          2. A friend of mine dined at Caswell's Seafood in Weymouth last week and the owner told her they will be closing within the week.


                                                            1. Cast Iron Kitchen in Maynard has closed

                                                              1. One of the empty storefronts on Peterborough Street in the Fenway has a sign for "Persian fusion" coming soon.

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                                                                1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                                                  I'm wondering if there is a reason why we can't just have GOOD Persian, and forget the fusion. It's a wonderful cuisine that is woefully underrepresented around here.

                                                                  1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                                                    I wonder what they're fusing it with? Given that Persian food is already pretty complex, I'm not sure why it needs to be fused with anything else.

                                                                  2. Top Shelf inFramngham, Il Forno in Ashland. Both closed

                                                                    1. Looks like OM in Harvard Square has shut its doors - I had a Gilt City voucher and tonight was the last night to use it. They were no longer on Open Table to make res. Called and keep getting voicemail saying the person I was trying to reach was on the phone. Walked over since I work in Hvd Sq and the door was open but the place is a mess. All the downstairs barstools and couches are gone and a ladder propped up in the middle of the floor. Called out but no one answered. The website is still up w/ no indication. Glad to have the refund from Gilt rather than go!

                                                                      Osushi on Winthrop in Harvard Sq appears open. The stand up sign outside the restaurant says "Now serving lunch and dinner". But inside it looked like a couple of workers getting ready to open, no patrons and clean but barren looking.

                                                                      Also not opening or closing news but passed Red House and they have sign saying 2 oysters for $1 from 3p-6p.

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                                                                      1. re: SEH

                                                                        That's devastating about OM. Not really. That place sucked. Hopefully the Square can get a better, not douchey night club focused tenant. Maybe the Russel House people need another addition.

                                                                        1. re: SEH

                                                                          When Moksa opened an Om employee told me that they would re-concept Om once Moksa was running smoothly.

                                                                          1. re: Unfoodie

                                                                            Well, that could be a long wait...

                                                                            1. re: Unfoodie

                                                                              I was at the Shanti in Dorchester for lunch (same owners as OM) and the staff there indicated that they would probably NOT reopen OM. They are opening a second Shanti location in Roslindale though.

                                                                              1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                                Per Universal Hub, Shanti #2 will go into the old Cafe Rialto space in Rozzie.


                                                                            2. re: SEH

                                                                              Om has some serious issues with the Cambridge License Commission based on the hearing notice for Tuesday night

                                                                              "Disciplinary Continued from December 18, 2012. Everest Crossing, LLC d/b/a OM restaurant & Lounge, Bikram Yonjan, Manager, holder of an all alcoholic beverages as a restaurant license 2:00am at 92 Winthrop Street due to allegedly making false representations to the License Commission regarding the manager of record."

                                                                            3. Stop and Shop in Medford at rt 28 and rt 60 (where Johnnie's Foodmaster closed) reportedly opens on January 11. I can't say Medford needs it given the Super Stop and Shop 2 miles away at 28 and Riverside, a large one in Malden (less than 3 miles away?), another in Stoneham, and a smaller one in Arlington. I expect that S&S thought it was crucial to secure the space so another competitor didn't get their foot in the door in that area.

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                                                                              1. re: itaunas

                                                                                The closest two S&S's (Malden and Fellsway) to that one are huge Super Stop and Shops. The Route 60 one is a good option for people like me who can't stand those giant stores. Winchester S&S is also an option for a smaller one.

                                                                                1. re: pemma

                                                                                  Just out of curiosity, what in particular do you dislike about larger markets that carry significantly more items, especially of the ethnic variety, than their smaller counterparts? Is it just too much floor space for you to cover? I usually frequent the Natick Super Stop and Shop and am often dismayed when I go to a regular size one and can't find all of the items that I typically get in Natick.

                                                                                  1. re: Gordough

                                                                                    I find the opposite. I don't think the larger stores have much more variety. I'm often surprised how little they have. Most of the extra space is taken up by non-food items. They're just too big. If you forget something in a department you have to walk across the whole store to get it. I walk a lot, but when I go food shopping I want to get in and get out fast.

                                                                              2. Don't know when it actually opens but Gyu Kaku, the Japanese BBQ chain, is having its liquor license hearing this month. They'll be where Ginza was on Beacon Street in Brookline near the Boston border.

                                                                                1. Eater notes that the Squeaky Beaker Cafe -- not the Squeaky Beaver Cafe, which is how I first read it and which made me briefly imitate the Do Not Want meme -- is opening in Kendall Square tomorrow. It's the new place from the guy who owns 2nd Street Cafe in East Cambridge.

                                                                                  1. Joanne Chang tweeted yesterday that "Flour Back Bay is days away."

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                                                                                    1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                      And possibly in reaction to this, she tweeted that they're still waiting on permits. Regardless, it'll most likely be at some point in January

                                                                                      1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                        flour4 looks like tomorrow as opening day.

                                                                                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                          Flour4 opened today.

                                                                                    2. After a temporary closure mentioned in the September thread, The Pongal II in Sudbury has closed permanently. Looks like they announced it on their facebook page on Dec 12. There is a new sign out front but can't remember now what it is, other than another Indian restaurant.

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                                                                                      1. re: rknrll

                                                                                        Place is called Soul of India and still with a "coming soon" banner out front.

                                                                                      2. Any ideas about what's going on with Henrietta's Table? I walked through the Charles Hotel inner patio area last night and it looks like the restaurant's been gutted. Is it closed for good?

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                                                                                        1. re: greenTara

                                                                                          From HT's website:

                                                                                          "Henrietta is Getting a Facelift!
                                                                                          We'll be closed from Supper on
                                                                                          January 1 thru January 17."

                                                                                        2. Centerfields in Canton has closed. Sign in window states due to the Condo Assc they lost most of their parking due to the Post Office and have struggled ever since and are forced to close this location. They will continue threw their other location which isn't to far away "Suffolk Grille" also in Canton.


                                                                                          1. Sad to see Lizzy's in East Cambridge close up. (Used to be Pug's.) Quick departure. It was never as crowded as Pug's used to be but had a cozy ambiance. Good food, too.

                                                                                            1. The new Asian super market across from Kam Man in Quincy finally has a sign that gives a January 7th opening date.

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                                                                                              1. re: kobuta

                                                                                                Years ago, they use to be better. Now, I find the filling to be too thick and gloppy.

                                                                                                1. re: catsmeow

                                                                                                  Never been to a supermarket with gloppy filling. Must fill me in on more. :p

                                                                                                  1. re: kobuta

                                                                                                    :-) That should have been posted under the next thread on Harrows Pies.

                                                                                                2. re: kobuta

                                                                                                  I was wondering if that was open or not. It's called "Lucky Supermarket" I guess it takes some amount of the Asian equivalent of Chutzpah (or luck) to open a Chinese supermarket directly across the street from Kam Man. I suppose for people coming North on Quincy Ave., who don't like making left turns, it will be of benefit.

                                                                                                  1. re: mwk

                                                                                                    It's definitely opening soon. We got updated word on the 7th that Monday was actually a dry run to test final logistics, so still not officially open. My guess is if not this weekend, then the next barring some unforeseen disaster that came out of the dry run on the 7th.

                                                                                                3. Harrow's Chicken Pies opened in Dedham. Have never had one, are they great?


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                                                                                                  1. re: bostonhound

                                                                                                    I tried this again for the 2nd time recently and, not really. Convenient but nothing special. I wish they had a dark meat option and also wish the whole thing was crusted, not just the top.

                                                                                                    1. re: rknrll

                                                                                                      I also wish there was dark meat, but I really like their pies and like that there isn't a bottom crust, since that often gets mushy.

                                                                                                      1. re: maillard

                                                                                                        I like the mushy bottom in my potpie, but can definately see how others would find it undesirable. Different strokes and all

                                                                                                    2. re: bostonhound

                                                                                                      NICE! I hadn't heard that. I love their chicken pies but hated driving up there. Dedham is much more convenient.

                                                                                                      1. re: bostonhound

                                                                                                        I picked up some this weekend and was quite happy with the individual size. The vegetable version has carrots and potatoes so I always cook up some peas to serve with it.

                                                                                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                                                          Not only are they missing peas, but they suffer from absence of onion. I had heard so much about them before trying them years ago at the original Reading location. At that time the pies came in a pyrex casserole for which you paid a deposit. I was so disappointed that I never went back, and still have that glass dish.

                                                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                            OT, but... The pot pies from Wilson Farm are pretty good. They use biscuits for crust.

                                                                                                      2. Looks like Lizzy's in East Cambridge has closed its doors. It has been dark for the last couple of days and no one seems to know when or if it will re-open.

                                                                                                        1. Does anyone have an idea when Jade Garden in Arlington Heights - coming back as like Szechuan Dumpling Cafe - is going to reopen. I'll be curious to see if they've turned their game up a notch, or if the change is just cosmetic..

                                                                                                          1. The Barcelona Wine Bar is now open just outside of Washington Square - I tried it out this weekend - what a great improvement over the various other places that have been in that space before. Over 40 wines by the glass, about half Spanish, most reasonably priced at $7-$12. Various sherries too. The tapas are mostly in the $5-$10 range, with a few meat things at $12-$14, Paella and a few other things only for two or more up in the $20-25. Everything I tried was very good - a Moroccan style spinach/chickpea dish stood out, a shaved mushroom salad was refreshing, grilled lamb chops and a braised rabbit leg were tasty as well. They also have a nice selection of cured meats as an opener.


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                                                                                                            1. re: QCumber

                                                                                                              Too bad it's another chain restaurant edging into Washington Square.

                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                a tad misleading to call it a 'chain' restaurant. there are a handful of locations that have slowly built up over the last few years. maybe just semantic, but 'chain' to me says corporate origin/food. this is more of a slowly growing... empire?

                                                                                                                Granted, i've only been to the new haven location, but it offered respectable food and was one of the best price-to-food ratios in the town.

                                                                                                                1. re: valcfield

                                                                                                                  Brookline is its eighth location; the others are mostly in CT, with one in Atlanta. I'd call it a small chain at this point.

                                                                                                                  I liked Adam Halberg's cooking when he was the exec at Via Matta, and thought his short-lived opening menu at The Beehive was much more interesting than what ensued there. Steven Brand is the Brookline exec chef, an interesting move from his last local stint (Soiree Room at UpStairs on the Square). I'm curious to hear some early reports.


                                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                    I was a little skeptical about Barcelona, I knew it was part of a small chain. I was there Monday night - a party of four and I really liked it. The meat and cheese platter was very good. The serrano ham was one of the best I have tried. We tried about a dozen tapas, the mussels, raw kale, green beans, pappas braves, prawns and hanger steak were standouts. A few dishes were a bit under seasoned. The service was very good. I am going back tonight with a party of 12, we will see how that goes. But I think it is promising.

                                                                                                                    1. re: ptrefler

                                                                                                                      sorry but I disagree about the quality at Barcelona, though I like the genuine effort at service and the reconfiguration of the room. The bone marrow was plain dreadful, the mussels were overpriced for the portion and weak in flavor. The octopus was quite good and a spinach/chick pea tapa was pleasant if not memorable. The wine list is ok (not going to challenge Taberno de Hara's however) and the menu has nice range but the food is going to have to go up more than a notch to bring me back. To be fair to them, and again to give them kudos for service, they took the bone marrow off the bill because it was pretty obvious that it hadn't pleased us. And my spouse did like the churros and chocolate he had for desert but he's a sucker for churros and chocolate!

                                                                                                                    2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                      I was feeling narrow minded back in January about a chain tapas restaurant but having read the Globe write-up today it sounds like the Brookline site is leading the pack. Now it's almost April, my mind has opened and I can't wait to try this place.


                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                        That is also the first positive review of the place I have heard.


                                                                                                                  2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                    What other chain restaurants are in Washington Square besides Starbucks (which I don't really consider a restaurant)?

                                                                                                                    1. re: Klunco

                                                                                                                      Washington Sq. is a haven for local. Rod Dee has another location - about 2 blocks away and Super Fusion may have 2 other locations. I think Dragon Star has another location but I wouldn't eat at either. Athan's is also in Brighton.

                                                                                                                      From extremely local coffee place Cafe Fixe to Vernissage for Russian food, it's all local. Umami, Washington Square Tavern, The Fireplace, Tamarind Bay, Golden Temple, Jimmy's Bar & Oven, The Abbey, Cafe Nicholas, Publick House. I didn't realize there are so many choices.

                                                                                                                      1. re: lergnom

                                                                                                                        And Cafe Fixe, which I would put up against any other coffee shop in Boston/Cambridge/Brookline for quality espresso.

                                                                                                                2. Waxy O'Connors Woburn was conducting interviews yesterday

                                                                                                                  1. I walked by Nick Varano's Deli on the edge of the North End yesterday and the windows and doors were covered up, but there was no sign indicating what they were doing. Their website doesn't say anything about it being closed.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: ebone

                                                                                                                      Hmmm... I'd actually heard recently from someone in the know about North End happenings that Nico wasn't going to last. Strega and Strega Waterfront seem to do a solid business for sure. I wonder if he'd consider focusing more on his veal chop that is to die for?

                                                                                                                      1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                                                        I was offended when the Deli opened and everything was already allegedly "famous" and somehow connected with long-dead celebrities. That seemed disingenuous to me, almost as if I could not trust what the owner was saying about his food. The restaurants also has one of the stupidest, slowest-loading websites in town, like it's laboring to get up a flight of stairs with every new page.


                                                                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                          Their menu is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen; it's like a Tim & Eric parody of an Italian deli menu. Can I get some extra Famous Swiss Cheese on my Famous Reuben? And a refill on my Famous Pepsi (Mae West's favorite!)?

                                                                                                                      2. re: ebone

                                                                                                                        Confirmed via NorthEndWaterfront.com: Nick Varano's Famous Deli is dead. Mr. Bessa Talian will reopen it with a new name and concept, both TBD, possibly with a beer/wine license, maybe as something called Strega Caffe.


                                                                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                          and prezza will FINALLY open tomorrow.

                                                                                                                          1. re: hotoynoodle


                                                                                                                            A press item re: Prezza

                                                                                                                        2. re: ebone

                                                                                                                          Also, Il Panino Express closed and is now selling sandwiches out of De Pasquale's pasta shop on Cross Street. This was on a sign outside Express, not sure how that will work in that small pasta shop...

                                                                                                                          1. re: ebone

                                                                                                                            My jaw just hit the floor on this. Their chicken parm sub might be my single favorite thing to eat in Boston.

                                                                                                                            1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                                                              I'm surprised too! One of my favorite lunch places.

                                                                                                                            2. re: ebone

                                                                                                                              I walked by on Friday and the building was getting painted. I would assume that means they've already identified what's going in that spot.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ebone

                                                                                                                                Good news for the Express lovers like myself... I have it on fairly good authority that Express will be replacing Nick Varano's deli. That will give them the pasta shop and Express right next door to each other. I also believe that same group will be opening a more traditional restaurant in the old Express space.

                                                                                                                                1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                                                                  I really like the Italian cold cut sandwiches at DePasqales Pasta shop. In addition to excellent cheese and cold cuts,they use the great bread that they make themselves in DePasquale's Bakery around the corner off Hanover.

                                                                                                                                  The store is run by the same guy who ran the Tutto Italiana on Fleet St.

                                                                                                                            3. PICCO is closed this week for renovations

                                                                                                                              1. A new sushi place called Enso on Kneeland at Tyler just opened in the old Boston Costume shop. Also in Brookline Village there is a sign for El Centro (I assume a branch of the Mexican chain).

                                                                                                                                1. I noticed today that Dosa Temple in Somerville has changed to "Dosa and Curry". The sign said that they offered vegetarian fare, northern indian, indo-chinese and pizza (I think that was the full list). I'm not sure if that constitutes any actual food change from Dosa Temple, and I'm assuming it hasn't changed owners or anything like that. At the very least, I don't recall seeing pizzas there before.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: jgg13

                                                                                                                                    Hate Mike Meyers' new career as a restaurant consultant.

                                                                                                                                  2. According to a post on the chef's Facebook page, the opening of Boston Chops now appears to be about four weeks away.


                                                                                                                                    1. SA PA (or something?) a Vietnamese kitchen appears to be going into the spot formerly occupied by the second rendition of Hot Tomatoes on Kingston Street.

                                                                                                                                      Quick fall from grace for HT as the Hanover St store has been gone for a month or so as well.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                                                                                                        Would love to hear more about this....any updates? Does it look like a chinatown Vietnamese joint or are they going for a more upscale vibe. Loved the food in Sapa, so I wonder if (but highly doubt) they are trying to do Northern Vietnamese food.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: keith

                                                                                                                                          Looks like it could be a Shojo type of place but that's literally just going off the logo and awning signs. Like if Chinatown was also allston.

                                                                                                                                      2. Happy's looks like it's already done. I'd definitely seen it packed on the weekends but it was dead last Wed.


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                                                                                                                                        1. re: total13

                                                                                                                                          Maybe that place was doomed by the unbearably cutesy menu prose. More likely, it was too much of a conceptual farrago: deli / diner / pub / whatsis. More consistency up and down the menu would have helped, too. Eater reports that Schlow will respin it as a Mexican joint.


                                                                                                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                            Now Radius is not renewing lease according to Eater Boston

                                                                                                                                        2. I don't know enough about restaurant construction to guess at how far out this implies, but I went by Bronwyn today and the door was open. They were actively working on the interior but still at the studs stage, didn't notice any wallboard, etc

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: jgg13

                                                                                                                                            I looked in the other day and was shocked to see how far it was from done... I mean, Bronwyn did win the "Most Anticipated Opening of 2012" on Eater.com

                                                                                                                                            1. re: ponyboy

                                                                                                                                              For all I know they could throw wall boards and bring in furniture in 2 days - and I was hoping it was more along those lines than what I would assume it will be :)

                                                                                                                                              I'm trying to think back to Puritan & Co's opening as they were tweeting out live construction shots. I feel like it was about 2 mos away from when they were at the point that Bronwyn is now.

                                                                                                                                          2. BREAKING: Stone Hearth Pizza to open Wednesday night in Winchester: http://ow.ly/gRq4D

                                                                                                                                            1. Villa Mexico, the best burrito joint in a gas station on Beacon Hill, is finally closing. But there is hope - it has applied to lease space in the same area and looks to re-open later in 2013.


                                                                                                                                              This place is rather polarizing here, but I have always had good chow.

                                                                                                                                              1. I read on a building permit taped to the window: A new Japanese restaurant with sushi and BBQ setups is going into the ex-Blockbuster site in the shopping center on Watertown St, on the Newton/Watertown line (the one with Stop and Shop and Forever Fit gym). The place is currently gutted, so it's going to take some time.

                                                                                                                                                1. Cobblestone Cafe will go into the short-lived Hot Tomatoes on Hanover Street. Same owner as Terramia, Antico Forno, and Cafe Lil Italy. (northendwaterfront.com)

                                                                                                                                                  Seems a lot like Pauli's on Salem which is decent for takeout.

                                                                                                                                                  1. I walked by yesterday and they had a few signs up saying Appleton Bakery is apparently changing hands, and in the meantime will be closed until further notice.

                                                                                                                                                    South End Buttery's new location had to have been the nail in the coffin, and Appleton Bakery no longer making sandwiches....seemed like this was only a matter of time.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: meeps2002

                                                                                                                                                      Appleton Bakery was such a mainstay in the south end, why would customers give it up completely just because the South End Buttery space opened? I don't go to either enough to compare, maybe Appleton just went downhill? Isn't there more space in Ap than SEB? Perhaps it's the overabundance of bakeries in general now.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: total13

                                                                                                                                                        It is back open - sorry to omit the update. They re-did a lot of the exterior look, same signage, new owner (I believe one who worked their prior, but i may be incorrect)

                                                                                                                                                        I think Appleton went downhill when they closed the first time about 2 years ago. It used to be the only place to go for one of the amazing "apple name theme" sandwiched. They were the type of sandwich you didn't mind paying 10 bucks because you got so much.

                                                                                                                                                        Now I feel like it's a shell of a bakery with wifi.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Maria di Napoli in Nonantum is closed. There was a sign in the window promising it wil reopen under new management in February but unless they figured out a way to buy Maria's pizza/eggplant magic along with the name and the space, I don't have very high hopes.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bartleby

                                                                                                                                                        That devastates me. I loooooved their pizza. It was the most delicious pizza and the husband and wife team were always wonderful to everyone in my family. I am so depressed about this , really.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cherrytomato

                                                                                                                                                          Me, too. Last Friday night my wife and I ended up eating cereal for dinner because every time we tried to discuss going out we came to the conclusion that all we really wanted was one of Maria's pizzas.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Somerville Patch reports that Tony Maws is preparing to open a new place in Somerville in the old Kirkland Cafe location at 425 Washington Street. Lower price point and a more casual feel than Craigie on Main, but it sounds like it will have the same approach. No name yet and no clues about when it is expected to open.

                                                                                                                                                        1. There are coming soon signs for Anthony's East Side Deli in East Arlington, roughly across from Kathmandu spice and near the original Barismo.

                                                                                                                                                          1. New Asian Grocery in Framingham, downstairs from Sichuan Garden! I'm so excited, now I have a stop gap measure for driving into town (not that I mind the excuse). Only partly stocked, but good prices on veggies, excellent quality miso, so I'm happy so far.

                                                                                                                                                            Also, some confusing signage on Rt.9, across from da Natick Mall...Saffron Indian Grill andBar, but an Outback steakhouse that says
                                                                                                                                                            Training in Progress". Hmmmm

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                                              thanks for the info, gg! I'm in the area from time to time. Hope they have fresh rice noodles.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                                                I believe the Outback is the space that fronts Route 9 eastbound and the second space is in the back of the same building. Outback looks to be opening in a week or two if not sooner and the other space still needs a fair amount of work.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                                                  I believe Saffron is in the Bollywood Cafe space. Bollywood's website no longer lists the Framingham location.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: galleygirl

                                                                                                                                                                    Saffron Grill is in the same space that Bollywood Grill occupied, as NE_Wombat stated. It is the back side of the Legal Seafood building.

                                                                                                                                                                    Outback is new construction next door. On the same plot that Big Papi's was, along with multiple other failed restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Eater Boston reports that Sel de la Terre in Back Bay is offically closed.


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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MtVernon

                                                                                                                                                                      Seems a shame, but I was experiencing service issues there a few months ago that made me disinclined to return for a while. It will be interesting to see what goes in the space.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: marais

                                                                                                                                                                        I will miss that burger.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: MtVernon

                                                                                                                                                                        it ran in the red from day one. am surprised it floated this long.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MtVernon

                                                                                                                                                                          I would have guessed Natick to be the location to bite the dust. Begs the question... how long will SDLT Natick hang on? Thoughts about L'Espalier?