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Feb 26, 2013 09:14 AM

March 2013 Openings and Closings

Boston Chops, the Chris Coombs steakhouse going into the old Banq / Ginger Park space in the South End, is now set to open next week.

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  1. It looks like a really promising steakhouse option for the area. Per the website, I generally like my meat bone in as well, so I hope they deliver on that. I will be interested to see a menu.

    I don't like the 'Urban Steak Bistro' tagline though.

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    1. re: Gabatta

      Does raise a good question, though: "Worst restaurant / bar sub-head ever?"

      My first thought was "Saint: A Nitery"

    2. It also looks like The Palm *could* open in March at One International Place, as they are doing job interviews in the early part of the month. But perhaps April would be more likely.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Was thinking about them this past weekend. Miss their crab cakes and Monday Salad. Love those crab cakes!!!

        1. re: CocoDan

          Sign in the lobby of One IP says the Palm will open in May.

          1. re: mhead

            I guess I'll have to wait until May. Although, I had a pretty good Crab cake at McCormick & Schmicks'. Actually, the whole dinner was pretty darn good.
            Totally Enjoyed,

      2. Anyone hear anything regarding Bronwyn in Somerville?

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I know. Wishful thinking! I walked by last weekend- kitchen is an empty shell...

              1. re: pang

                I was referring more to April Fool's Day than the inevitable opening delays at any restaurant.


        1. Geoffrey's Cafe in the Back Bay is set to close any day now. Word is the current owner owes six figures in rent, water, vendors, IRS, etc.

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          1. re: lime_green

            Really? I hadn't heard this. Has anyone else heard anything about Geoffrey's?

            1. re: hiddenboston

              The landlord took them to court and landlord won.

            2. re: lime_green

              Where did you hear this from? I like this spot, it's a good alternative to Club Cafe.

              1. re: lime_green

                I'm sorry to hear this. It was a favorite of mine when it was in Roslindale and walking distance. Good food and good people.

              2. I have been watching construction at the original Panificadora Modelo space in Magoun Square Somerville and there are now huge signs announcing "Modelo Butcher Market" a Brazilian acougue (butcher, market) presumably from the same folks. (This was originally Cara Donna, then under the name Casal but different from the East Cambridge shop, before taking on the Modelo sign and then empty when the bakery moved across the street.)

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                1. re: itaunas

                  The fixtures are in at Modelo Butcher Market and they were stocking good yesterday, so opening soon and possibly in March.

                  I saw a flier for the grand opening of Ma France in East Lexington on the Arlington line -- sounded like catering and market deal.

                  Also Danny's Deli on Medford near Sycamore posted a more detailed list of their Portuguese groceries, but hard to read from a moving car. It did include fresh cheese, portuguese flour, but that was about as far as I got.

                  1. re: itaunas

                    Ma France appeared to be open today, many balloons in bleu, blanc et rouge when I drove by. Says cheeses and gourmet deli. Same block as Jackson's Kitchen, the old Carey's Catch space. Will try to stop in soon and report.