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March 2013 Openings and Closings

MC Slim JB Feb 26, 2013 09:14 AM

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.

http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    catsmeow Feb 26, 2014 07:13 PM

    The Brookline Spa has a sign on its door that says "Hiring." The windows are still papered over but according to their website, they're reopenong in March.

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      erfer007 Feb 26, 2014 08:08 PM

      Boston Eater posted a link to their new menu. I recognize all of the sandwich names from the Real Deal in JP. I'm guessing they are now owned by the same people?

      http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014/02/24/the-brookline-spa-reopens-next-month.php

      http://thebrooklinespa.com/_pdfs/menu...

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        Jenny Ondioline Feb 26, 2014 08:44 PM

        Always have been owned by the same family, although according to this thread, it's an Aldis/Trader Joes situation where they're owned separately by brothers.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687227

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        Bob Dobalina Feb 27, 2014 03:09 AM

        Might want to repost this on a March *2014* thread.

      3. MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2013 10:39 AM

        Burritos Express on Bedford Street downtown is closed, "seized by order of the Boston trial court." I don't know what this means for its other locations (JP, Hyde Park, Dorchester), but I'm bummed. It was my favorite taqueria in the Fi-Di/DTX zone.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Fly Mar 30, 2013 02:13 PM

          The Arlington Heights Panera is closed.

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            GretchenS Mar 31, 2013 04:59 PM

            Not a Panera fan myself but I know a lot of neighbors who will be bummed. A bit surprising, they always seemed fairly busy. But with luck we will get a Chowish replacement.

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              opinionatedchef Mar 31, 2013 09:38 PM

              wow, that really surprises me. As far as a place to meet/ or have lunch w/ wifi, Arl Hts doesn't really have anyth else do they? Maybe Dagostino's client base stayed loyal? What do you think?

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                Fly Apr 1, 2013 06:12 AM

                Starbucks and Classic Cafe, I guess? And that weird sandwich place that closes at 6 that everyone says is very rude put up "FREE WIFI" signs last week.

          2. maillard Mar 30, 2013 10:28 AM

            Spoke Wine Bar in Davis Sq. appears to be open.

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              buking21 Mar 30, 2013 09:08 AM

              My apologies if this is the wrong thread or old news, as this is my first post on Chowhound...

              I walked by the 445 Somerville Ave/Bearded Pig location yesterday and there were a couple work orders posted ~3/22, signed by Michael Leviton/Area Four Partners (or something like that). Some work going on inside.

              So I'm guessing the rumor of a second Area Four outpost in that location is correct.

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                jgg13 Mar 30, 2013 09:44 AM

                In that same area, I noticed some work being done in the old Razzies space (585 Somerville Ave) & a permit describing work on the kitchen and such. No idea who is behind it.

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                  mkfisher Apr 1, 2013 05:27 AM

                  In a very selfish way, I hope this eliminates some of the crowds at the original A4. We've tried to go in for brunch a few weekends lately and there's been a 30+ minute wait and a packed bar - and we just won't wait that long. We used to be regulars at the bar, but now we can never get a seat.

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                    jgg13 Apr 1, 2013 06:14 AM

                    I believe this outpost was just going to be a smaller pizza/cafe type place, more akin to their cafe section

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                    Unfoodie Apr 4, 2013 09:01 AM

                    I don't know what's taking them so long as I heard and posted about this in November. I think it will be just pizza, sandwiches, tap wine and canned beer. A welcome opening to neighborhood with little to offer when it comes to pizza and beer pairings.

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                      buking21 Apr 4, 2013 09:21 AM

                      They could sell simply 'za and garlic knots and I'd be fine with that;)

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                        bear Apr 4, 2013 10:18 AM

                        But the wine wouldn't hurt, either.

                        Welcome to chowhound, by the way! Hope you post some more.

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                      addiez Jun 19, 2013 11:37 AM

                      It's official!

                      http://www.urbandaddy.com/bos/food/24...

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                      BC1994 Mar 29, 2013 05:53 PM

                      Sibling Rivalry closes for good tomorrow. We were told by the bartenders tonight. Maybe this was posted elsewhere...

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                        kimfair1 Mar 31, 2013 11:03 AM

                        Unfortunate, as it was close to the Speakeasy theater, and made for a quick place to get a stiff Manhattan pre-show, but not unfortunate as I ate there 2-3 times over the years, and always thought the food kinda sucked. We stopped in pre-show a few weeks back and had some apps. Ok tuna tartare, pretty good fried rock shrimp, and some of the most boring fries ever, especially as they were touted as being Parmesan dusted fries with garlic/truffle aioli. No noticeable Parmesan (to the eye or palate), no truffle taste anywhere near them. Just ok fries with garlic mayo. The governor was there with some friends, who also took in the show, but that shouldn't be the highlight of any meal!

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                          hiddenboston Mar 31, 2013 06:52 PM

                          Really? They're booking tables all week on OpenTable.

                        2. Allstonian Mar 29, 2013 05:02 PM

                          I don't know when this happened, actually, but Japan Village Mart, the little Japanese market in Brookline Village, is no more.

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                            gourmaniac Apr 2, 2013 08:18 AM

                            That's too bad. I used to get a good frozen tonkatsu ramen there. When i was last there they had converted the back to a sushi bar so maybe they are converting completely to this.

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                              Allstonian Apr 4, 2013 12:06 PM

                              I don't think so - the stock is completely cleared out and there's a "For Rent" sign in the front window.

                          2. MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2013 01:40 PM

                            According to its Facebook page, Dim Sum Cafe on the Fellsway West in Medford opened yesterday.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                              hiddenboston Mar 27, 2013 07:45 AM

                              Their address says 679 Fellsway West. This can't be the correct address, can it? What are they, serving dim sum from a hiking trail in the Fells?

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                                LeoLioness Mar 27, 2013 08:24 AM

                                Fellsway West = Rt 28.

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                                  itaunas Mar 27, 2013 08:43 AM

                                  hiddenboston I believe its in a storefront type location which housed pizza and Italian restaurants. Heading up 28 from the large rotary and before Forest St (which goes Fell's Pond and Flynn Rink). It is in the middle of the Middlesex Fells, sort of, but so is 93N at that point. :-) You have probably driven by the location and thought "why would anyone put a restaurant there" (heavily transited area, but few people stop).

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                                    hiddenboston Mar 27, 2013 09:18 AM

                                    Ha ha, usually when I'm in that area I'm basically trying not to get killed by oncoming traffic.

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                                  sciaccagirl Mar 27, 2013 01:45 PM

                                  It did. Menus are available. Stopped by last night. Not what I expected re: dim sum. 16 choices with higher price points than dim sum in Malden or Boston. Menu really is more Szechuan/Cantonese with usual (for me boring) Chinese entrees such as General Gau's Chicken. A few Pan Asian selections. Maybe the quality is good, Have yet to order anything perhaps it will be very good. The web address is below. Could it be a franchise?

                                  www.DimSumCafeMA.com

                                3. Bob Dobalina Mar 26, 2013 10:14 AM

                                  Noticed this item on Boston.com - Villa Mexico will have a pop-up dinner at Daddy Jones in Somerville tomorrow...

                                  http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/b...

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                                    5thAndNowhere Mar 25, 2013 02:35 PM

                                    There are building permit signs up in Spice & Rice (Inman, near Puritan) and Razzys (Somerville Ave). Anyone know the scoop?

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                                      digga Mar 25, 2013 05:23 PM

                                      Isn't ex-Spice and Rice spot supposed to be a cricket-themed bar? I think I saw it on Eater Boston. A dear friend of mine (Pakistani-English-educated) is eagerly awaiting.

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                                        jgg13 Mar 25, 2013 06:34 PM

                                        Hit Wicket is the name

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                                      CportJ Mar 25, 2013 09:11 AM

                                      Another Cheeseboy is opening in the former Thomas Pink location on Washington Ave. and Spring Lane (location of the colonial "Great Spring which for more than two centuries gave water to the people of Boston", according to the tablet placed nearby), near Downtown Crossing.

                                      1. CocoDan Mar 23, 2013 07:55 AM

                                        Schoolhouse Pizza in Quincy has reopened. Noticed it last night while driving by.
                                        CocoDan

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                                          Pegmeister Mar 23, 2013 08:17 AM

                                          That's interesting. I know a lot of people who will be happy.

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                                            CocoDan Mar 23, 2013 08:58 AM

                                            I prefer Carmine's, but Schoolhouse is a pretty good choice on that end of the city. I need to try Montillio's. I've had a couple of good reports about theirs.
                                            Enjoy,
                                            CocoDan

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                                              Pegmeister Mar 23, 2013 02:54 PM

                                              I often grab a pizza at Carmine's, but my favorite pizza comes from Darcy's. Coops also does a pretty decent Shrimp scampi bar pie.

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                                          ts44 Mar 22, 2013 10:16 AM

                                          I noticed Cafe Quattro on Somerset St was papered up. It was a great place for coffee, pizza and lunch near the State House and offered private conversation. It was usually full of Suffolk students and not MA political folks.

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                                            hiddenboston Mar 22, 2013 11:54 AM

                                            Funny you mention Cafe Quattro. Earlier this week they indicated that they may have found a new space and should be opening up in the fall. (They had lost their lease.)

                                          2. MC Slim JB Mar 21, 2013 11:39 AM

                                            Surprised to see that Crossroads Irish Pub in Back Bay has closed.

                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                              Allstonian Mar 21, 2013 12:33 PM

                                              I haven't been there in a good 20 years, but that kind of saddens me.

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                                                MC Slim JB Mar 21, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                More like 11 or 12 for me (I used to live a few blocks away, split my cheap-local-bar time between there and T.C. Haviland's), but I feel the same way.

                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                  devilham Mar 25, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                  Is that the Crossroads with the super cheap pizza and pitcher deal? Haven't been there since the 90's, and it was pretty fratboyish, but still CHEAP!

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                                                  Uncle Yabai Mar 29, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                  Make that 25 years for me, but I do have fond memories back in the day when I was a wee lad and they didn't card or nothing. Always a good pit stop before or after the Wellesley College bus. Needed it to build up fortitude (before) or to do a post-mortem on what went wrong (after).

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                                                  Northstar22 Mar 21, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                  Bento Cafe finally opened in Brighton next to Moogy's.

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                                                    Bugsey34 Mar 25, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                    Wow, that place has been under construction/opening for so long. Will try it, I pass it on my way home every night.

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                                                    Pegmeister Mar 23, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                    Can't say I'm too sad about that one. I only went once and got a very unfriendly vibe from the place. Funny thing was, the reason I went was because someone I met in Dublin recommended it.

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                                                      digga Mar 25, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                      Oh no! Crossroads had become our new pre-Fenway spot in the last couple of seasons. As a Terrier, this news really makes me sad. Nothing fancy, but big and tasty food portions and generous wine pours served up by no-nonsense but friendly bartenders. Decent beers on tap, too. We always got into interesting conversations at the bar that made it tough to leave for the game. Bumma....

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                                                      Stride Mar 21, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                      According to the Herald, Durgin Park has opened an outpost at Logan.

                                                      http://bostonherald.com/business/busi...

                                                      1. MC Slim JB Mar 21, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                        Walking by the old Delicato Cafe space on City Hall Ave, I noticed a sign up for its replacement, Cafe Hemshin. Thanks to UniversalHub.com, I learned it will be a Turkish place from the founder of the nearby Boston Kebab House (which he may still be connected with, for all I know). No opening date, but I imagine this coming up pretty quickly, maybe April.

                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                        1. MC Slim JB Mar 19, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                          Aces High near Andrew Square: gone.

                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                            catsmeow Mar 19, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                            The now defunct Townsends in Cleary Sq Hyde Park is finally being replaced by some sort of grill type restaurant(different owner). They're hoping to open before May 1. There's some renovating going on right now. Evidently, the owner of Townsends tied up the liquor lic at that address preventing another lic being transferred there. It was finally resolved.

                                                            1. Bob Dobalina Mar 18, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                              The Tossed near Post Office Square (on the corner of Milk and Oliver) has the paper down off the windows. Big poster in the window touts some sort of special promotion for the first 1000 Bostonians who sign up for something, but there's nothing on the website. The map pointer also has the location on the wrong side of the building. Hopefully, they pay better attention to the food, hopefully better than the meh wrap I had today from Chubby Chickpea.

                                                              1. MC Slim JB Mar 14, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                Per Thrillist, Spirit Bar near Porter Square is now The Dubliner, and is even more Irish-ish. Also, The Place down by Faneuil Hall has reopened as The Place, bleh, but has a new look and menu.

                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                  CportJ Mar 14, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                  They had to preserve the storied history and tradition.

                                                                2. MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                  Per the Herald, Chacarero is opening a second location in the Prudential mall. Food court, maybe?

                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                    mhead Mar 13, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                    Happened to walk through there today - it will be in the food court. Good news for Back Bay lunchers.

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                                                                      Gabatta Mar 13, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                      I never go to Chacarero any more, always opting for LaGrassa's. I think the quality of ingredients has slipped.

                                                                      HOWEVER, this will be a huge addition to one of the worst food courts in existence. It's a great addition to the area.

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                                                                        Blumie Mar 14, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                        Disagree about Chacarero slipping. Still one of the best options around, IMHO.

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                                                                        BostonZest Mar 13, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                        Doing a happy dance around the dining table! Major Back Bay score!

                                                                        Penny
                                                                        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                                                                          maillard Mar 13, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                          That is so great to hear. That helps with my sadness over Gourmet India closing (I'm assuming that's where Chacarero will be).

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                                                                          libertywharf Mar 13, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                          Centerfield's on Washington Street in Canton has "temporarily" closed with no date of reopening.

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                                                                            jomo9501 Mar 13, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                            From the January Thread:

                                                                            ChemGuy Jan 4, 2013 12:14 PM
                                                                            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.

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                                                                              libertywharf Mar 13, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                              There was never much parking to begin with but plenty of street parking and at night, walgreens. Pete's at the old centerfields location is doing well with no dedicated parking.

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                                                                            fragolino Mar 13, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                            In case it hasn't been mentioned yet, Grill Station in Allston has closed (old Indian Dhaba space). That went much faster than I would've thought!

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                                                                              Allstonian Mar 14, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                              Indeed. While the menu leaned Persian, which is new for the neighborhood, I fear that with Garlic 'n' Lemons, Boston Kabob Company, and Azama Grill already pretty solidly entrenched, there wasn't really room for one more kebab shop.

                                                                              Not to wish any small business owner ill, but one might wish for a bit of attrition among all the fro-yo shops that have sprung up in the past 6 months as well.

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                                                                              gourmaniac Mar 13, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                              Noticed that GaGa Seafood in Chinatown was boarded up today. Any info?

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                                                                                MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                It had a fire in August 2012. I doubt it's coming back, which is too bad.

                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                Swankalicious Mar 13, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                Channel Cafe has closed.

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                                                                                  MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                  The owners of Channel Cafe are opening a new restaurant in Newtonville to be called Verrine.

                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                    Swankalicious Mar 13, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                    Yes, saw that on Grub Street yesterday. That's exciting to know.

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                                                                                    Pia Mar 20, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                    Nooooo... there are so few independent, reasonably priced, good dining options nearby!

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                                                                                    CTrainInbound Mar 12, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                    The Proper Slice (222 Newbury St) could be opening as early as Friday. This is the former location of one of the upper crusts, but is now being run by the owners of The Proper Slice in Brighton, a well loved Yelp favorite. Their 'proper slice' is a full quarter of a pie.

                                                                                    http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-proper-sl...

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                                                                                      bear Mar 12, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                      I noticed that Fresh Choice Market on Rte. 9 in Framingham is now Bazaar West. I didn't have time to stop in, but will check it out next time I'm in the area. I wonder if it's related to the Bazaar in Brookline.

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                                                                                        galleygirl Mar 13, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                        It is, and the quality, which had been slipping in the past, is up to par again...

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                                                                                          bear Mar 13, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                          Thanks, gg. I'll definitely stop in!

                                                                                      2. MC Slim JB Mar 12, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                        Per Grub Street, a third iteration of Strega (Boston) will take over the Beacon Grille location in Woburn.

                                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                          saria Mar 12, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                          Anyone know if Vinh Sun is alright? I don't remember them being closed on Mondays, but it was last night when I went there.

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                                                                                            galangatron Mar 17, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                            vinh sun is definitely open

                                                                                          2. MC Slim JB Mar 12, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                                            Per the Herald, Sterling's, on the back end of 60 State Street, with a huge-ass patio, opens later this week. Keenan Langlois, ex-Union Bar & Grill, is the chef.

                                                                                            The Glynn Hospitality Group (current roster: The Black Rose, Dillon’s, Jose McIntyre’s, Brownstone, Hurricane O’Reilly’s, Coogan’s, Clerys, Granary Tavern) plans to open a couple more Sterling'ses later on: they're looking at the Seaport (naturally), Back Bay and South End.

                                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                              hiddenboston Mar 12, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                              UrbanDaddy is saying that Sterling's could be opening tomorrow, depending on final permits, etc.

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                                                                                                Uncle Yabai Mar 20, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                Let me take a wild guess.... Mr. Glynn is Irish?

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                                                                                                  MC Slim JB Mar 20, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                  I don't know if there is a Mr. Glynn, but if there is, he's probably about as Irish as Jose McIntyre.

                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                    hiddenboston Mar 20, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                    Jose McIntyre makes me think of all the scary times I had at the Midnight Court, which had been in that space previously. I still remember the collection plates that were passed around there from time to time. (And I'll leave it at that.)

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                                                                                                      nsenada Mar 25, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                      Midnight Court...that brings back memories from when it was OK to get sloshed at lunch.

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                                                                                                      Gabatta Mar 20, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                                      Not that any of it is relevant to the chow, however there is a Mr. Glynn. He and his family live toward the south shore and are of Irish descent.

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                                                                                                        MC Slim JB Mar 20, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                        You'd never know it from the execrable Guinness pour at the Black Rose. It's like they think they're dispensing Coca-Cola.

                                                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                          Gabatta Mar 20, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                          I'm certainly not defending any of their establishments, and I've only been in the Black Rose once in my life. Just scratching my head a bit about the relevance and assumptions about the ethnicity of the ownership group.

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                                                                                                            MC Slim JB Mar 20, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                            Not casting aspersions on anyone's ancestry -- I have an Irish great-great-grandmother who came over in the Famine -- just noting that when this restaurant group does Irish, it's the very cliched fake-Irish of countless middling bars in Boston. Interchangeable, dull menus, too. (Granary Tavern seems to be trying a bit harder, but isn't all shamrock-bedecked in the first place.) There's clearly a market for it; I'm just bored to death by these places.

                                                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                              Bob Dobalina Mar 20, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                              But...but....people want the REAL Boston!!!!

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                                                                                                  deglazer Mar 12, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                  Change at Stephani Pizzeria in Cambridge (783 Main Street - near-ish to Tech Square, next to Cuchi Cuchi). It's been closed for a couple of months and is now papered over with a sign announcing Primo Roast Beef and Pizza. There's a place of that name in Lynn, so maybe a second location?

                                                                                                  I'm in favor. Lose one generic House of Pizza and get a North Shore-style beef joint. There's not a lot of examples of that classic form in the area - I think just Skampa in East Cambridge and Jimbo's in Union Square

                                                                                                  1. opinionatedchef Mar 12, 2013 12:14 AM

                                                                                                    Lee Napoli says her new No. End cafe, Bread and Butter, should be open in April.

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                                                                                                      mvi Mar 11, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                      In the far off distant future, Food and Wine is reporting that Island Creek Oyster Bar will be opening a new spot on Congress Street in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood called Row 34. They have a Facebook page but nothing on it yet, aside from the address and a phone number. Due to open in the fall.

                                                                                                      1. MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                        Not necessarily a March closing, but Pigalle has announced it will close this spring and reopen sometime later under a new name as an American tavern.

                                                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                          Jenny Ondioline Mar 11, 2013 08:55 PM

                                                                                                          Well, obviously it should be a Carolina-style smokehouse called Pig Alley.

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                                                                                                            hungrytommy Mar 12, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                            Is this due to slumping business before or after the Thanksgiving disaster?

                                                                                                            www.hungrytommy.com

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                                                                                                              MC Slim JB Mar 12, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                                              Hard to know. I felt like the quality had fallen off during a couple of visits in the past couple of years, tough to stomach when the prices are mid-high. The Great Pumpkin Pie Social-Media Fiasco certainly didn't help: that went viral globally.

                                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                hotoynoodle Apr 4, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                i had given up on the place, since my last few visits were not happy ones. i don't think orfaly extends himself very well.

                                                                                                                with marco closed, perhaps the "new" pigalle will be an improvement.

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                                                                                                              Gabatta Mar 12, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                                              That's ashame. Pigalle used to be excellent. We need more places like that, not another "american tavern" type place.

                                                                                                            3. galangatron Mar 9, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                              fei fan eatery on beach street in chinatown has closed

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                                                                                                                HubFlyer Mar 8, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                Not sure if it has been reported but it looks like Gerard's farm in Framingham is closed for good.

                                                                                                                Gerard Farms in Framingham closes permanently, auctions off equipment - See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/f...

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                                                                                                                  mats77 Mar 7, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                  Shake Shack in Chestnut Hill should open in three weeks according to their PR person via Eater.

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                                                                                                                    sallyt Mar 9, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                    THAT'S good news.

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                                                                                                                      lc02139 Mar 20, 2013 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                      Looks like today is the day get out there and shake the shack

                                                                                                                      http://www.shakeshack.com/location/ch...

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                                                                                                                    navigator4 Mar 7, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                    Charlie's at the Chestnut Hill Mall is closed.

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                                                                                                                      sallyt Mar 9, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                      That's kind of sad! They've been there since I worked at the mall as a teenager (25+ years ago!)

                                                                                                                    2. musteat Mar 7, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                      I just posted looking for an alternative to Capital Grille. I was considering Bogie's place. While I realize that there are few data on which to judge (other than perhaps Deuxave), might this be the solution?

                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8932...

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                                                                                                                        MC Slim JB Mar 7, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                        If you are talking about Boston Chops, I have yet to sample the food. But it doesn't take much to exceed the charms of expensive chain steakhouses like the Capital Grille, in my book.

                                                                                                                        In its favor, I'll say it is a very handsome redo of the old Banq / Ginger Park space, looking like a cross between Union Bar & Grill next door (tufted black leather, dark wood, lots of banquettes) and Eastern Standard (a long bar running along one wall, soaring ceilings).

                                                                                                                        Slightly lower prices, mostly prime but some choice steaks (Cap Grille is all prime), an offal-heavy app section, more interesting-looking sides, more bone-in cuts, three prime steak-frites cuts (a nice weeknight option for locals: skirt, flat iron, hanger).

                                                                                                                        I was hoping for an ESK-style craft cocktail program, but I'm less confident they'll deliver on that, having seen the cocktail list. I have higher hopes for the wine program, as the beverage manager came from L'Espalier.

                                                                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                          musteat Mar 7, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                          I had been wondering where Kate went. Good for them.

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                                                                                                                            treb Mar 7, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                            Cap Grille uses USDA Choice, dry aged.

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                                                                                                                              MC Slim JB Mar 7, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                              Per its menu, only two of Capital Grille's cuts are dry-aged: sirloin (also served au poivre and coffee crusted) and porterhouse. It appears they do mainly rely on choice; "prime" isn't listed anywhere.

                                                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                Gabatta Mar 7, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                They used to have some select prime items, however those have (quietly) disappeared from the menu. The product gets worse and worse, but they still make a killing.

                                                                                                                        2. Dea Mar 6, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                          They were training waiters last night in the new Toscano in Harvard Square, so I'm thinking they're days away from opening at this point. The bar area in particular is looking mighty appealing.

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                                                                                                                            Stride Mar 22, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                            I walked by last night and they appear to be open.

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                                                                                                                              erlala Mar 23, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                              Yes, they opened on Thursday at 4pm, according to an email from the Harvard Square Business Association.

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                                                                                                                            granolagurl Mar 6, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                            Not an opening or closing per se, but "House of Tibet Kitchen" on Holland in Somerville has a sign in their window advertising "Business for sale."

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                                                                                                                              maillard Mar 6, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                              Oh no! I've been worried about this place. :( It's delicious, but usually pretty empty when I go in.

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                                                                                                                                antimony Mar 7, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                Too bad. Then again, I haven't been in at least a year, because the last few times I went the quality had nosedived. I used to really love it, though.

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                                                                                                                                joth68 Mar 5, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                Little Lamb Hotpot near MGH looks like it is real close

                                                                                                                                1. MC Slim JB Mar 5, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                  Mission Sushi and Wok has opened in the old Savant Project space. Sushi and sashimi, Korean-style fried chicken, bao bao, noodle soups, noodle and rice plates, a variety of pan-Asian apps.

                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                    bostonbroad Mar 4, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    Spoke Wine Bar in Somerville should open in the next week or two.

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                                                                                                                                      LeoLioness Mar 4, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                      Edited because I know how to Google after all.

                                                                                                                                      I'm looking forward to this!

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                                                                                                                                      devilham Mar 4, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                      Staniford Cafe has papered over it's windows and doors. Found the place to be a little pricey, but they did make a good tuna salad sandwich (a shockingly rare thing, if you ask me)

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                                                                                                                                        southie_chick Mar 7, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                        Devilham, if you're around Downtown Boston, try the tuna salad at Milk Street Cafe - REALLY good. They don't put in a lot of mayo (if any) & no celery - really doesn't look like much is in it but it has a ton of flavor (must be the brand of tuna they use). I usually get it in a pocket so the bread doesn't compete with the tuna - it's just the delivery system. : )

                                                                                                                                      2. MC Slim JB Mar 4, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                        BBJ says another Pinkberry is trying to open in the North End, in the old Nahas Shoes spot on Hanover.

                                                                                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                          Jenny Ondioline Mar 4, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                          And before that, Varese Shoes.

                                                                                                                                          I honestly don't know how a Pinkberry would go over in the North End. The most clueless of the tourists -- and let's face it, that's a high proportion -- would probably fall in line, but everyone else would just shrug and get a gelato across the street.

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                                                                                                                                            Gabatta Mar 4, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                            I'm sure a Pinkberry in the North end would go over just fine and kill it (just like their other locations), particularly in that prime spot.

                                                                                                                                            I had heard rumblings awhile back of a Grom opening in the Seaport area, but that seems to have died down unfortunately.

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                                                                                                                                              LeoLioness Mar 4, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                              I disagree. The "young professionals" (ugh to that term, but I didn't make it up) in that neighborhood are just as likely to go there as the tourist who has heard of it but doesn't live near one.

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                                                                                                                                            mats77 Mar 4, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                            According to Grubstreet Boston Chops opens today.

                                                                                                                                            1. galangatron Mar 3, 2013 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                              maranatha caribbean restaurant has opened on broadway in everett

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                                                                                                                                                veggielover Mar 3, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                There is a new vegetarian/vegan restaurant that just opened in newton highlands at the corner of Walnut and Centre Streets, Walnut Grille.

                                                                                                                                                I also noticed a new restaurant, The Farmhouse, that opened in Needham Centre on March 1. It looks like another farm-to-table restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                Has anyone tried either restaurant?

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                                                                                                                                                  kt1969 Mar 8, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I live in Needham and several friends have tried the Farmhouse to good reviews, but I don't know anything specific about dishes, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                    sallyt Mar 9, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                    That's good to hear. They're on Facebook, so you can see their menu there - it feels a little pricey for Needham (one veggie entree for $16, the others $23-28) but maybe it's worth it...

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                                                                                                                                                  libertywharf Mar 3, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Gourmet Garden in the Cobb's Corner Plaza, canton should open this month. It took over a very spacious Talbots location. It is going to offer Chinese and Japanese. The buzz around town indicates it should be busy from the get go.

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                                                                                                                                                    jomo9501 Mar 4, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                    The owners also have similar places in Swampscott and Hingham.

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                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Mar 20, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                      where is the one in Hingham?

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                                                                                                                                                        jomo9501 Mar 20, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                        It's on Rt 53 and used to be called Asia C.

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                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 Mar 20, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Oh, OK thanks. I really disliked Asian C- I found it to be greasy and pretty generic flavor/spice wise. My son thought the sushi was "just ok". Is the new place any better? Any winning dishes to try?

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                                                                                                                                                            jomo9501 Mar 22, 2013 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I haven't been to the restaurant, but I want to mention that it is the same owner as Asian C. He just changed the concept to "healthier menu with no MSG and no trans fat in their dishes".

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                                                                                                                                                    Jenny Ondioline Mar 2, 2013 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Swissbakers in Allston was jumping around noon today, their first day of operation. The raspberry berliners were pleasantly substantial and the ham and swiss croissant was tasty. The surprisingly soft, doughy pretzel baguettes and the crustier braided rolls (available with poppy and sesame seeds as well as plain) were delightful as part of a ploughman's plate for dinner with some pate, cheeses and pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                      MC Slim JB Mar 2, 2013 10:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Did you go in and pronounce, "Ich bin ein JFK"?

                                                                                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                                        opinionatedchef Mar 12, 2013 12:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                        i didn't laugh but i did raise my eyebrows.

                                                                                                                                                    2. itaunas Feb 27, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                        itaunas Mar 30, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS Mar 31, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                        lime_green Feb 26, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                          hiddenboston Feb 27, 2013 06:54 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            lime_green Feb 27, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                            The landlord took them to court and landlord won.

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                                                                                                                                                            MtVernon Mar 3, 2013 01:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              mcbrown Mar 7, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                              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. marcusnaz14 Feb 26, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Anyone hear anything regarding Bronwyn in Somerville?

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                                                                                                                                                                pang Mar 14, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I heard April 1...

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                                                                                                                                                                  MC Slim JB Mar 14, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  You know that date is always suspect, right?

                                                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                    pang Mar 28, 2013 09:12 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      MC Slim JB Mar 28, 2013 09:16 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              2. hiddenboston Feb 26, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                  CocoDan Feb 27, 2013 05:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    mhead Mar 4, 2013 08:38 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      CocoDan Mar 4, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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,
                                                                                                                                                                      CocoDan

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                                                                                                                                                                  Gabatta Feb 26, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                    MC Slim JB Feb 26, 2013 12:43 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                    My first thought was "Saint: A Nitery"

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