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Does anyone know what's happening with Cafe Brazil in Allston?

Cafe Brazil has looked closed for the last few weeks I have driven by it. I just figured the owner must be on a long Brazilian vacation. But now I just tried to call them and the numbers are not in service. Say it isn't so!!! I love this place ...

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  1. mmocpi the rumor is that Valter the owner was looking to retire and found a purchaser (not necessarily a Brazilian restaurant). Since he has such strong ties to the community/area including the Brazilian newspapers its odd that he hasn't made any comment although its a common time of year for a Brazilian vacation (now would be the time to return after Carnaval so maybe something will come out). It does seem probable that its closed, but until there is confirmation and steps to a sale such as license transfers/renovations occur you can hope for a return.

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    1. re: itaunas

      Well, crap. Not just one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood, but in all of Boston. I'm sorry to have taken it so for granted.

    2. Apparently it has been sold to the owners of the Hill Tavern, according to a friend of a friend.

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      1. re: trufflehound

        Oh, yay. Because another bullshit "tavern" is just exactly what this neighborhood needs.

      2. What a huge loss if they're gone for good. I hope someone decides to take over the business and leave it as is. Thinking back on how many great meals i've had there is making me crave a plate of fejiao tropeiro and a Xingu.

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        1. re: nightsky

          I used to LOVE the beef rolet, bacon and cheese rolled up into thin filets of beef...so tasty with there excellent rice beans and the mixed veggies. I also loved the bread they served with the hot chili oil for dipping, is it bad I would butter AND oil my bread?

          1. re: devilham

            Not as bad as when I'd eat the marinated garlic cloves directly out of the oil.

            1. re: devilham

              Only because the butter might limit the use of the oil. And garlic is a nutritious vegetable.

            1. re: trufflehound

              I second that thought. So sad. Been going there since they opened and was with them as they added each room. :-(

            2. So, Cafe Brazil is definitely gone now--it never re-opened?? What a huge bummer. I lived in Boston for a decade and this was my favorite place, and I'm heading back up for a visit in two weeks and was determined to eat at Cafe Brazil again.

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              1. re: didactic katydid

                Sorry - you are out of luck. Cafe Brazil is long gone, soon to be replaced by Lulu's Allston:
                http://www.lulusallston.com/index.html

                I don't think there's a know opening date yet.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  that's too bad, it was one of me and hubby's fave early dating places...

                  1. re: chompie

                    It was my husband and my go-to date night for many years as well. Occasionally we go to the Oasis restaurant in Medford to hear Renaldo sing, but the atmosphere is nothing like Cafe Brazil. It was a great place with many memories.