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April 2013 Openings and Closings

MC Slim JB Apr 1, 2013 07:42 AM

This seems like as good an excuse as any to start this month's discussion. Grub Street Boston is reporting (and asserting it's not an April Fool's prank) that Olives Charlestown will close to make way for a Legal Test Kitchen.

B'zaah!

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  1. hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB Apr 1, 2013 08:09 AM

    I'm wary of any news I hear today, but the following places have opened as of today (or the past weekend):

    The Ship in Lynnfield
    Area Four food truck (on the Greenway today)
    Anthony's East Side Deli in Arlington

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      Gordough RE: hiddenboston Apr 1, 2013 08:20 AM

      I can confirm that the Area Four truck is set up in Dewey Square.

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        treb RE: hiddenboston Apr 4, 2013 06:46 AM

        FWIW - The Ship is open.

      2. itaunas RE: MC Slim JB Apr 1, 2013 08:39 AM

        Gretchen S confirmed that Ma France in East Lexington has opened and Modelo Butcher Market in Magoon Square may have opened or is very close.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8919...

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          hiddenboston RE: itaunas Apr 1, 2013 09:36 AM

          Wow, there is *nothing* on Ma France online. I'm in the area, so I'll try to drive by today or tomorrow.

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            Fly RE: hiddenboston Apr 1, 2013 09:39 AM

            I walked by yesterday, didn't go in, and oh boy did those shelves look bare.

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              itaunas RE: hiddenboston Apr 10, 2013 07:30 AM

              To be honest I pay more attention to posted fliers than twitter and facebook, so their low-tech approach worked for me. I definitely plan to check it out over the weekend.

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              PAUL RE: itaunas Apr 9, 2013 12:24 PM

              Picked up some ham and cheese Sunday. The shelves are pretty bare. Hopefully they will be getting more product. I think it was a mistake to not have a web site before they opened. Even 411 didn't have the number. I have a high tolerance for food prices if the products are good. The $60 mason jar of Cassoulet was out of my range. They are a nice young couple from France and I wish them well.

              MA FRANCE
              46 Mass Ave.
              Lexington
              781 862-1047

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                Gabatta RE: PAUL Apr 9, 2013 01:21 PM

                Did they have packaged food products (e.g. Amora dijon)?

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              fredid RE: MC Slim JB Apr 1, 2013 09:58 AM

              Little Lamb - Mongolian food including hotpots - is due to open in April. On Cambridge St, by Charles T, across from Liberty Hotel.

              1. yarm RE: MC Slim JB Apr 1, 2013 07:44 PM

                http://www.tacopartytruck.com/
                A vegetarian/vegan taco lunch (and dinner some nights) truck that has a few places through town that they're parking. Can't vouch for the food, but I've enjoyed following them since January on Facebook!

                http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com

                1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Apr 2, 2013 02:05 PM

                  A PR rep for Todd English issued a statement that Olives Charlestown is not closing.

                  Of course, the same PR team insisted that Kingfish Hall was not closing, right up to the point that it closed.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    jforman RE: MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2013 06:41 AM

                    It looks like Captain Boston Fish market in Medford on the corner of Harvard Street and Main Street has closed. My wife called the other day and found the phone disconnected. I walked by the other day and the place was cleared out. I would often get fish from there on my way home, quality was always pretty good, prices reasonable. Anyone know what happened there?

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                      digga RE: jforman Apr 5, 2013 03:01 PM

                      Bummer - I have no intel about Captain Boston, but I used to go to Carey's Catch in Lexington, another Korean-owned fish market, which closed last year. People are probably sick of me complaining about H-Mart, but I wonder if the Korean clientele started going to H-Mart instead? Was the clientele in Medford more Korean-leaning or otherwise?

                      Speaking of Carey's Catch, a French cheese market recently opened in the space, in the space little plaza as Jackson's Kitchen. Maybe it was in March so not relevant to this thread. I haven't been in yet.

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                        itaunas RE: digga Apr 5, 2013 03:35 PM

                        Captain Boston's main business was wholesale (to restaurants) and catering. So H-Mart isn't directly their competitor, although Ebisuya opening probably had a small effect. They did have one or two competitors in Everett (it changed names, but not certain about owner) with the wholesale, but more prepared sushi and sashimi and they outlasted that. I think overall they had far too much retail infrastructure for a mainly wholesale business and was wondering if they might move somewhere, but I haven't been able to figure out what happened. There are a lot of sources for pre-packaged sushi/sashimi fish (even pre-chopped/sauced "spicy tuna"), but I don't think that would impact their catering tray or wholesale sushi restaurant business.

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                          digga RE: itaunas Apr 8, 2013 05:57 PM

                          As always itaunus, thanks for the thoughtful and informed response.

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                      Gordough RE: MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2013 07:51 AM

                      Not an April opening but I read in this morning's Globe that Smashburger is opening a location in Sherwood Plaza in Natick, That news makes sense given this article from last year: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blo...

                      Anyone ever tried Smashburger? Any better than Five Guys?

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                        MC Slim JB RE: Gordough Apr 4, 2013 08:06 AM

                        The Checkers burger chain is also looking at opening multiple locations here, another chain like Smashburger with which I have no experience.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                          mkfisher RE: MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2013 08:41 AM

                          I used to be a big Checkers/Rallys fan when I lived in New Orleans. I'd put it on the same level as Sonic if that helps.

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                            mwk RE: MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2013 09:13 AM

                            Someone wake me when In-N-Out decides to open a franchise here. Until then, I'll just make my burgers at home, or maybe go to RF O'Sullivan's

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                              SLL1065 RE: mwk Dec 18, 2013 02:50 PM

                              I'm all for an In-N-Out too.

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                              itaunas RE: MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2013 10:05 AM

                              As a regional offering, Checkers is interesting once or twice. Different milkshake flavors, fish sandwiches year round, dogs with chili, Mr Pibb. The folks I know who are big proponents really love the (battered, seasoned) fries, which don't do it to me. I would prefer it to Sonic, but would rather make a trip to Sully's, Simco, Flat Patties... or something local.

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                                Beachowolfe RE: itaunas Apr 6, 2013 03:05 PM

                                Would the Mr. Pibb be coming up here too? I seem to recall other restaurants that have it (possibly 5 guys?) where it did not make the trip north.

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                              Angel Food RE: Gordough Apr 9, 2013 06:41 AM

                              Have tried Smashburger in Dallas. I'd rate it equal to Five Guys (but I'm a Five Guys fan and it doesn't sound like you are?). It has more offerings than Five Guys, chicken sandwiches, etc. A little more sit-downish, if I am recalling correctly.

                            4. hotoynoodle RE: MC Slim JB Apr 4, 2013 02:32 PM

                              sibling rivalry is closed.

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                                BlueTrain84 RE: hotoynoodle Apr 5, 2013 05:03 PM

                                For good? They've randomly been closed on Thursday or Friday nights recently, but opentable is still showing available reservations. It would not be shocking to me if they are really done.

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                                  MC Slim JB RE: BlueTrain84 Apr 5, 2013 05:26 PM

                                  Nope, officially done-done-done. Can finally take it off my Dead Pool, where it's been for a good five years.

                                  Interesting side note I just heard for the first time: per Chuck Draghi of Erbaluce, the space was originally destined to be a Tom Colicchio project: he apparently spent a fair amount of money developing it. What a world of difference that would have made.

                                  I'm sorry for the folks that are out of work, but this place has long been beyond mediocre, in my experience, one locals largely abandoned long ago. I'm hopeful the next tenant will be a big step up.

                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                    yumyum RE: MC Slim JB Apr 5, 2013 05:45 PM

                                    Good riddance. Hated sibling rivalry. I tried it a few times and just hated the vibe so much I can't recall the food.

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                                      enhF94 RE: yumyum Apr 5, 2013 06:34 PM

                                      I didn't like the vibe either, which I found odd because I loved Kinkead's, which also closed in 2010. (Tracy O'Grady, who competed in the Bocuse d'Or, has since moved on to Willow AFAIK)

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                                      hotoynoodle RE: MC Slim JB Apr 7, 2013 12:49 PM

                                      did some memory math and 6 years ago (!) had a conversation with the gm who was saying weeknights were a graveyard and just fri/sat suburban people kept the lights on.

                                      after 10 years of very low revenue and a lease likely expiring after a sweetheart deal -- POOF!

                                      am thinking druker will want a fortune for the space now so it will be interesting to see who can pony up the dough.

                                      i think much of the "vibe" had to do with the owner(s). trickle-down and all that.

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                                        MC Slim JB RE: hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2013 01:43 PM

                                        Ladies and gentlemen: Schhhtrega South End! It could happen.

                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                          hotoynoodle RE: MC Slim JB Apr 8, 2013 07:30 AM

                                          evil, evil.

                                          my hope clings to the lack of easy parking for his non-urban-dwelling demographic

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                                            CportJ RE: hotoynoodle Apr 12, 2013 09:25 AM

                                            There is valet and a lot in the building with an elevator that brings you up next to Picco, so I'm not sure that's a limiting factor.

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                                      meeps2002 RE: BlueTrain84 Apr 11, 2013 03:11 PM

                                      Note on door when I walked by saying, been closed since apr 2... Thanks for 9 years

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                                    y2000k RE: MC Slim JB Apr 5, 2013 06:57 AM

                                    Not a real "opening or closing", but Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham will NOT be open on Sundays anymore, starting this Sunday April 7th. Their Sat hours will be 10a-10p. I think they will now open on Tuesdays as well (they used to be closed on Tuesdays).

                                    Just want to alert chowhounders in case you plan to visit on a Sunday!

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                                      hiddenboston RE: y2000k Apr 5, 2013 09:01 AM

                                      Oh Jesus, you scared me for a second. I saw "Taqueria El Amigo" and thought NOOOOOOOoooooooooo. Whew!

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                                        Jenny Ondioline RE: y2000k Apr 5, 2013 09:26 AM

                                        Huh. I thought they *were* closed on Sundays! Great to know that they'll be open Tuesdays if that comes to pass, though.

                                      2. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Apr 5, 2013 12:30 PM

                                        ittyo in the porter exchange building is now owned by the same people as cafe mami

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                                          maillard RE: galangatron Apr 5, 2013 12:43 PM

                                          I was wondering what happened! I went a week or two ago and got a teriyaki chicken rice bowl, which used to be so, so delicious and had seaweed salad and lettuce salad and just really fantastic chicken. Anyway, it's TERRIBLE now. I won't be back.

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                                            Boston_Otter RE: galangatron Apr 5, 2013 01:51 PM

                                            I'd heard that someone has taken over Cafe Mami in the past year or so and that the quality had taken a sharp dive; can anyone confirm this as well?

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                                              lossless RE: Boston_Otter Apr 5, 2013 02:13 PM

                                              I'd read something similar on this board. I had my usual tonkatsu curry sometime last month, and it seemed ok. I'm curious if there's a particular popular menu item that has gone downhill - for example the hamburg dishes.

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                                                enhF94 RE: Boston_Otter Apr 5, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                read the same report (here), and I've since only had a special. The little salad was the dressing and I skipped the miso soup.

                                                At least one of the guys cooking is a holdover, though.

                                            2. Berheenia RE: MC Slim JB Apr 8, 2013 07:44 AM

                                              Gyu-Kaku, replacing Ginza at 1002 Beacon St. in Brookline looks ready to open any day. Also on the same block, replacing Johnnies Market, Whole Foods opens this Thursday at 8am.

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                                                bear RE: MC Slim JB Apr 8, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                My son noticed a sign for Beantown Taqueria on Western Ave., with building activity and what looks like a patio. He thought the space looked quite promising. (Sorry if it's already been reported.)

                                                A quick look at the facebook page didn't turn anything up, but a google search found this alcohol licensing hearing for early April.

                                                http://ma.mypublicnotices.com/PublicN...

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                                                  CportJ RE: bear Apr 12, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                  Pretty quick to branch out from Central.

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                                                  meeps2002 RE: MC Slim JB Apr 8, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                  "Make sure to pour one out for Crossroads Pub. April 15th is the last day of operation for this institution of the local running scene."

                                                  http://blog.racemenu.com/insiders-gui...

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                                                    digga RE: meeps2002 Apr 8, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                    Oh shoot....We're going out of town tomorrow until the 18th. I would've relished one last drink and bar pizza at Crossroads, which had become our new pre-Fenway spot the last couple of seasons.

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                                                      Alcachofa RE: digga Apr 23, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                      Last i heard, Crossroads somehow managed to stay open until April 20. Any news since then? (They were probably closed on Friday, though :-( )

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                                                        hiddenboston RE: Alcachofa Apr 23, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                        They did end up closing on the 20th.

                                                  2. Angel Food RE: MC Slim JB Apr 9, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                    Anyone know what's up with Sierra's out in Sudbury? The door is papered over, looked for local news but didn't find any. Have always been a fan of the margaritas and the....margaritas.

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                                                      Angel Food RE: Angel Food Apr 9, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                      My bad - now there's news. Both Serafina and Sierra's have closed, filed for bankruptcy.

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                                                      WestRoxy RE: MC Slim JB Apr 9, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                      Any word on what is going on with Geoffrey's Cafe? Will it be reopening under another owner?

                                                      1. nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Apr 9, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                        Looks like Jonathan's on Needham Street in Newton closed today.

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                                                          WestRoxy RE: nsenada Apr 9, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                          That is too bad. The food there was very good.

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                                                            MC Slim JB RE: nsenada Apr 10, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                            This is unsurprising. Dull food (looked like the all-Sysco casual dining menu), high prices, terrible service in the dining room.

                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                              WestRoxy RE: MC Slim JB Apr 10, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                              I must have been there on a good night. :)

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                                                              hiddenboston RE: nsenada Apr 10, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                              Really? Jonathan's was open on Monday and it's still taking reservations via OpenTable for tonight. Is there a sign on the window/door?

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                                                                WestRoxy RE: hiddenboston Apr 10, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                Supposedly there is a sign saying they lost their lease, which sounds like bs to me since they just opened within the last year.

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                                                                  Gordough RE: WestRoxy Apr 10, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                  What a joke for them to suggest that they lost their lease 11 months after opening. They spent a fortune building that place out from the Papa Ginos. To suggest they signed a lease for less than a year might be the most absurd restaurant closing excuse I have ever seen. However, I suppose technically it is possible they "lost" their lease for failure to pay rent or some other event of lease default.

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                                                                    hiddenboston RE: WestRoxy Apr 10, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                    If any of you get over there, let me know what the sign definitely says, thanks!

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                                                                      Gordough RE: hiddenboston Apr 10, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                      Here is a pic of the sign: http://village14.com/netwon-ma/2013/0...

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                                                                        devilham RE: Gordough Apr 10, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                        I had a beer there once while my kid was at a birthday party up the street at the Plaster Fun Time (or some such thing), the place seemed kind of unremarkable food wise (saw some bar snacks coming out), but seriously, they did spend a bundle on the decor, so someone's taken a bath on that one.

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                                                                          hiddenboston RE: Gordough Apr 10, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                          Thanks.

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                                                                      nsenada RE: hiddenboston Apr 10, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                      Yes, my wife was meeting a bunch of people there for dinner, and when they got there the employees were all in the parking lot, looking pretty dejected.

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                                                                      calvnhobs6 RE: nsenada Apr 11, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                      Jonathan (of Jonathan's) owned the building on Needham Street. From the Newton Patch:

                                                                      "When Papa Gino’s chose not to renew their lease in late 2010 and moved across Needham Street, Glick saw an opportunity. He could finally open his own restaurant, putting to good use not only his management background but also the “literal blood, sweat and tears” he’d put into the construction of the actual building that houses Jonathan’s."

                                                                      Then it looks like the building was foreclosed on from the Filene's bankruptcy, and went to auction late last year:

                                                                      "According to a report in the Boston Herald, the property at 215 Needham St. will be sold at a public foreclosure auction on Sept. 13 following a mortgage default...Jonathan's Bar & Grill, which opened in May 2012, is also located at 215 Needham St. The Herald article did not indicate whether the auction would affect the restaurant. "

                                                                      And according to the assessor's site, the building was finally sold on 1/31/13.

                                                                      I am one investigative MFer. Long story short, this restaurant was put out of its misery. If it didn't "lose its lease", or more likely, negotiate its own exit with the sale, it probably would have shuttered within the year.

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                                                                        Gordough RE: calvnhobs6 Apr 11, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                        If Jonathan owned the building, what did the Filene's bankruptcy have to do with a foreclosure of the restaurant premises that Jonathan owned?

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                                                                          calvnhobs6 RE: Gordough Apr 11, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                                          It's all the same building, he couldn't pay the mortgage because of the large vacancy.

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                                                                            Gordough RE: calvnhobs6 Apr 11, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                            Oh I see now. However, the Filene's Basement closed well before Jonathan's opened so Jonathan had to be aware of the large vacancy before the restaurant ever opened.

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                                                                              calvnhobs6 RE: Gordough Apr 11, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                              Oh, definitely. I'm sure he thought they could either refinance the mortgage debt or fill the space before it came to this.

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                                                                                Bob Dobalina RE: calvnhobs6 Apr 13, 2013 04:02 AM

                                                                                That was an incredibly risky gamble !!!

                                                                    4. FinnFPM RE: MC Slim JB Apr 10, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                      Cuppacoffee, the Aussie coffee/meat pie place slated to open this month over by North Station, has a fresh new Stop Work Order posted on its window.

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                                                                        devilham RE: MC Slim JB Apr 10, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                        The Little Lamb Hot Pot on Cambridge street had the paper off the windows and what looked like a friends and family (1 table) tasting, they looked VERY ready to go, even having some tables set, so I suspect it's opening is CLOSE.

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                                                                          smtucker RE: devilham Apr 10, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                          ah... Cambridge Street in Boston. Too bad. For a moment I hoped it was over on my side of the world.

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                                                                            divinebaboon RE: devilham Apr 11, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                            man oh man I'm so excited for this you have no idea

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                                                                              Boston_Otter RE: divinebaboon Apr 12, 2013 05:36 AM

                                                                              If it's anything like Arlington's Little Q Hot Pot (which has a little lamb as their mascot) then you have good reason to be excited!

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                                                                                MC Slim JB RE: Boston_Otter Apr 12, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                They're unrelated. Little Lamb is an outlet of a huge chain (600+ stores) based and mostly located in China.

                                                                                The Little Q folks are behind Q Restaurant in Chinatown, a fairly fancy Chinese hot pot establishment.

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                                                                          2. justbeingpolite RE: MC Slim JB Apr 10, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                            Not technically an opening or closing, but Ginger in Bedford is reopening today! Saw the sign out yesterday, and their website confirms it. The menu looks slightly different. Hope the chef is the same, it was a nice little place with a mom and pop feel, and consistent fresh fish.

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                                                                              maxevan RE: MC Slim JB Apr 10, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                              Sierra's in Sudbury has Paper in the windows, website is down. Went once, wasn't impressed.

                                                                              1. trufflehound RE: MC Slim JB Apr 11, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                The Patch reported that Taqueria Mexico was taking over the Top Shelf space in Framingham and expected to open in 3 weeks.

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                                                                                  Jenny Ondioline RE: trufflehound Apr 11, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                  A second location and not a move, I hope!

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                                                                                    Gordough RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 11, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                    Second location! http://framingham.patch.com/articles/...

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                                                                                    hiddenboston RE: trufflehound Apr 11, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                    Interesting...remember their short-lived location in Brookline?

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                                                                                      Jenny Ondioline RE: hiddenboston Apr 11, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                      I wanted to like that location -- being within walking distance of my house and all -- but it was definitely subpar compared to the original. Small, cramped, and the food just wasn't as good. I didn't miss it when it was gone.

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                                                                                        Nechushtan RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 12, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                        Shenanigans, I lived across the street and while it was small, I wouldn't say it was "cramped" (or maybe you've never been to a real taqueria?) and the food while perhaps not being 100% exactly like the Waltham location (though having never had them back to back I don't remember them being that far off), they were way better than any other "Mexican" options nearby.

                                                                                        So what was there not to like about having it there. Sadly, with two Anna's and a Boca nearby you weren't going to get the BC or random Brookline resident to try something not a chain.

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                                                                                          Jenny Ondioline RE: Nechushtan Apr 12, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                          I think you'll find that my taqueria credentials are entirely in order, thank you.

                                                                                          By cramped, I meant that it was very difficult for my 6'6" frame to fold itself into the tiny spaces alloted to the two-tops. And by not as good as the original, I meant that although this location was within walking distance of my house, after a couple of disappointing meals, I quickly decided that I'd rather rent a Zipcar and drive over to Waltham to get my fix.

                                                                                  3. itaunas RE: MC Slim JB Apr 12, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                    Arthur's Pastry has posted a coming soon sign in West Medford as rumored before. I think its the space near Jimmy's which has been undergoing some very basic work, but just received a photo of the poster and haven't been by.

                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8735...

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                                                                                      itaunas RE: itaunas Apr 12, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                      Here is the photo of the sign taken by a relative, which I couldn't attach after the fact.

                                                                                       
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                                                                                      9lives RE: MC Slim JB Apr 12, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                      Bacco's Fine Foods on St James/Park Sq is open.

                                                                                      They were a wine and cheese shop that has added space and offer prepared food/meat/fish/ and more.

                                                                                      They carry Giannone chickens both uncooked and cooked, grass fed beef and seafood from the Gloucester CSA that is at Copley Farmer's Mkt as well as other farmer markets..can't recall the name but it has gotten great reviews on this board. Seafood available on a pre paid program or
                                                                                      just buy. Comes in on Tuesday.

                                                                                      High quality and prices to match.

                                                                                      The time I stopped in, I didn't see a pricing per lb for much of the steak..just a price. I find that annoying but not a dealbreaker. Looked like 12oz which was confirmed by the friendly staff. Expensive, but again..hi quality.

                                                                                      Giannone chix (which I find excellent), fairly priced at $15/cooked. We bought a bag of mixed greens which were excellent.

                                                                                      Not a place that I'd patronize if I didn't live in the area but an fyi for anyone who lives nearby.

                                                                                      1. jgg13 RE: MC Slim JB Apr 12, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                        Based on the photos they're putting on Twitter today it would appear that Union Sq donuts is moving across the street from Bloc 11. I tried to get a sense for which storefronts were empty when I went by on the bus but didn't get a good look.

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                                                                                          CportJ RE: MC Slim JB Apr 14, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                                                          Pu Pu Hot Pot is becoming the Dumpling Room.

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                                                                                            femmevox RE: CportJ Apr 20, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                            How do you know?

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                                                                                              MC Slim JB RE: femmevox Apr 20, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                              Reported in a couple of places: http://www.cambridgeday.com/2013/03/3...

                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                          2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Apr 16, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                            Apparently, the Temple Place Cafe has been open for seven or eight months. Haven't seen it mentioned here, but I noticed it the other day because its sidewalk sign lists "Saudi coffee", and I don't think I've ever seen a reference to Saudi cuisine of any kind in Boston.

                                                                                            I've spent some time in Saudi Arabia, but the coffee didn't impress me as anything special. Still, I will have to try this place if only for that.

                                                                                            The menu looks like a typical small Downtown Crossing breakfast / lunch spot otherwise: coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches, American-looking lunch sandwich options (turkey, tuna, chicken salad).

                                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                              tatsu RE: MC Slim JB Apr 20, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                                              "Saudi Arabian sheiks like the most expensive of coffees, known as Bun Harrari or Khawa Harrari, and comes from the Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia. They like it lightly roasted and brewed in an elaborate brass coffeepot with cardamom and ends up being a greenish shade with a spicy taste." http://www.africa-ata.org/coffee.htm

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                                                                                                9lives RE: MC Slim JB Apr 21, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                Stopped in for a cup of coffee. Tatsu has it right. Lightly brewed with a taste of cardamon; a spice I use a lot and like.

                                                                                                Nice place, friendly staff.

                                                                                                While I enjoyed the coffee, I don't see it replacing my neighborhood favorite, Thinking Cup a few blocks away

                                                                                              2. Berheenia RE: MC Slim JB Apr 18, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                The Beacon St Tavern appears to have closed on April 11 per an online posting. I heard a rumor about a new owner and there is construction going on inside but no signage indicating anything. Between the WF opening adjacent to the site last Thursday and the Marathon I haven't paid much attention to the Tavern.

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                                                                                                  lergnom RE: Berheenia Apr 18, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                                                                  Sign in the window says Mission Cantina coming soon. I have no idea if that has any relation to any other Mission Cantina.

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                                                                                                    total13 RE: lergnom Apr 22, 2013 04:25 AM

                                                                                                    Was this place not doing well? I hadn't been in a while but always thought it did pretty good business and had beaten the curse of that location. It did for a while at least. Mission Cantina...yawn.

                                                                                                2. jgg13 RE: MC Slim JB Apr 18, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                  Bronwyn is looking pretty close these days. I'm really hoping that the "beer garden" doesn't refer to the tiny side porch, that'd be disappointing

                                                                                                  1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Apr 22, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                    Via Hidden Boston (and confirmed by Eater Boston), Amsterdam Cafe in the South End has closed. I do not know the status of the Southie one.

                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                    1. itaunas RE: MC Slim JB Apr 23, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                      Coming soon sign for King of Wings Boston on Medford St in Magoun Square, Somerville. FB page has a picture of the menu.

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                                                                                                      1. L2k RE: MC Slim JB Apr 23, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                                                        Per the Waltham patch, the restaurants that had been held up at the development at 1030 Main Street have finally been approved

                                                                                                        http://waltham.patch.com/articles/fiv...

                                                                                                        Five Guys, Chipotle, and Panera.

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                                                                                                          Jenny Ondioline RE: L2k Apr 23, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                          Um...yay?

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                                                                                                            hiddenboston RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 23, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                                            Ha ha ha

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                                                                                                              Science Chick RE: hiddenboston Apr 23, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                              hmmmm.nay!

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                                                                                                                L2k RE: Science Chick Apr 24, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                My bad. I forgot this thread was only for GOOD restaurants.
                                                                                                                #whatmustihavebeenthinking

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                                                                                                                  Jenny Ondioline RE: L2k Apr 24, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                  That wasn't meant at all personally, just as a general comment along the lines of "Really? MORE Five Guys, Panera and Chipotle?" And I say that as someone who actually kinda likes Five Guys!

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                                                                                                                    bear RE: L2k Apr 24, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                    Ha, L2K, I know what you mean. Panera in Fresh Pond looked open the last time I drove by, but I figured most people would just yawn. It could be a handy place to hang out if you need to kill some time in the area, though.

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                                                                                                            5thAndNowhere RE: MC Slim JB Apr 24, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                            Doesnt look like itll be open for April but Clover's planning another b&m in Brookline Village.

                                                                                                            http://www.cloverfoodlab.com/future-c...

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                                                                                                              bear RE: MC Slim JB Apr 26, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                              In Coolidge Square, Belmont, in the old Brothers Pizza, is Mark and Toni's Coal-fired Pizza and Wine Bar.

                                                                                                              I stopped in for a menu. It's the same owners as Brothers. They completely re-did the inside and added a nice-looking coal-fired oven. It's a stretch to call it a wine bar and it still has a takeout feel since it's small and has counter service, although it's pleasantly-enough updated and would be a fine place to get a quick bite before a movie or such.

                                                                                                              They also serve kababs, salads and wraps with a Greek emphasis. I never ate at Brothers, so I don't know how the food is in general.

                                                                                                              Kind of goofy names of the pizzas, though.

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                                                                                                                jajjguy RE: bear Apr 27, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                That's Cushing Sq. Brothers was always a better than average straight up local pizza joint. Will be interesting to see what they do with the new concept. Thanks for the tip.

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                                                                                                                  bear RE: jajjguy Apr 27, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                  Thanks for the correction. Coolidge is in Watertown! This is Belmont. We'll try it soon.

                                                                                                              2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Apr 28, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                Not happening in April, but Shake Shack has indicated through applications that they intend to open an outlet in Harvard Square.

                                                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                  yumyum RE: MC Slim JB Apr 28, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                  Wow. That will be a LOT of burgers in Harvard square with Bartleys flat patties Tasty and one of my favorites at RHT. Not to mention lesser burgers at Charlie's Grafton Shays and the patty melt at Park.

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                                                                                                                    bear RE: yumyum Apr 28, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                    Burgers are the new sushi, I guess. It will be interesting to see if the market can sustain all of these places in the long-haul.

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                                                                                                                      Uncle Yabai RE: yumyum Apr 28, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                      It's penance for having turned The Tasty first into a stupid Abercrombie and Fitch, then into some kind of sunglass store, then into Alpha Omega, and now a Starbucks.

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                                                                                                                        opinionatedchef RE: Uncle Yabai Apr 28, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                        ha, you're GOOOD!

                                                                                                                        Burgers- proof of America's commitment to Zero Population Growth.

                                                                                                                  2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Apr 28, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                    Via hiddenboston and Facebook, Sterling's, from the Glynn Hospitality Group, claims it is finally open at 60 State Street.

                                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                      jpcat RE: MC Slim JB Apr 28, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                      Bernard's has reopened in its new digs in the former Chestnut Hill Shopping Center, now called The Street. Same menu, same staff - but at least 50% larger and bar seating. Noise level might make you miss its old, more sedate location.

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