Is Mantra back to being open?
I thought Mantra had closed its doors, but today on gilt.com there was a valentine's deal.
Did I miss this completely?
Zombie Restaurant Alert: Mantra is only open to the public for Valentine's Day. Apparently, it's also doing private functions now.
Which is weird, because I watched them dismantling a lot of the fixtures nearly a year ago (from my Silver Line bus stop), which included the surreal sight of workers rolling a giant metallic-golden ball about three feet in diameter out of the place.
I can only imagine that that Valentine's special (five course with wine, $100 for two) will embody every nightmarish stereotype of V-Day prix fixes.
It also looks very odd, at least based on the photos provided in the Gilt City offer. The first image: http://www.giltcity.com/boston/mantra looks nothing like what I remember of the interior of Mantra , which I recall being more like this: http://www.lacartes.com/images/busine...
It's weird and kind of sad. It's like they stripped it down and then later refurnished it using wedding-reception rental furniture. There's also a giant temporary HVAC unit in the middle of the room. Not quite the beautiful, ultra-modern interior design it was once praised for.
You may yet, snippet. One World Cuisine claims there "will be opening a[n] outpost of a smaller, intimate Mantra soon."
Also, they claim that the current events- and holidays-only incarnation of Mantra on Temple Place doesn't look as crappy as it does in the photos they used for those $100/couple V-Day dinners they're hawking on Gilt City.