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Apr 1, 2013 07:42 AM

April 2013 Openings and Closings

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.


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  1. 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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    1. re: hiddenboston

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

      1. 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.

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        1. re: itaunas

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

          1. re: hiddenboston

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

            1. re: hiddenboston

              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.

            2. re: itaunas

              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.
              781 862-1047

              1. re: PAUL

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

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

                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!


                1. 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.