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Apr 29, 2013 06:41 AM

May 2013 Openings and Closings

Walked by Center Street Sanctuary in JP on Saturday and it looked like they were doing staff training so I would assume that they will open shortly.

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  1. Looks like Bronwyn in Somerville may be opening in May (one more inspection to go).

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        And the Herald reports they will begin taking reservations on May 11th.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I walked by Bronwyn on the way back from lunch and took a quick glimpse. The beer garden next to the restaurant is small and looks cramped, but there might have been wooden furniture that hadn't been fully arranged or removed. It's too bad there isn't more space for them to utilize, but nonetheless I can imagine it'll be quite pleasant to sit there on a nice day if they can make it feel cozy.

          1. re: lossless

            I've been beating this drum for a while - it annoys me that they call that tiny porch a beer garden. Call it what it is, the same small swath of outdoor seating that a lot of places have now.

            I have to imagine that that cramped space will be 100% full on any nice day making it impossible to utilize.

            1. re: jgg13

              if it's 100% full, how is not being utilized?

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                My point is that if there's ever a nice evening where I say, "You know what'd be great? To go hang out in a beer garden" I'd *never* venture over there as I know it'll be full. All they're doing is using a pretentious name to describe "we have a couple of tables set up outside like everyone else does these days"

                1. re: jgg13

                  Maybe they should call it the Beer Window Garden.

              2. re: jgg13

                Yes, it annoys be when a place takes up most of the sidewalk and calls it "patio seating", now my big ol butt can't walk down the sidewalk because there are all these tables and chairs in my way.

                1. re: l0b0SKI

                  Their beer garden/patio isn't on the sidewalk at all, it's off to the side of the restaurant using previously vacant and unused space.

                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                    Right, as patio seating goes this is actually pretty nice - at least from what I've seen.

                    My only objection is with them incessantly referring to it as a beer garden as I feel:

                    a) It is fairly pretentious sounding
                    b) It gives a lot of people a very wrong impression. I can't tell you how many friends have asked me about the new beer garden in my 'hood - when I tell them that it's a couple of tables in a fenced in porch they're disappointed.

                    1. re: jgg13

                      <<shakes fist at old tiny city!!!

                      besides those in germany, went to a beer garden in hoboken that was in an old airplane hanger and the outside space was bigger than a football field. it was awesome.

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        Now we're talking! Obviously such a beast would be hard to locate around here but a man can dream.

                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                          The coolest beer garden ever is the Sekirei in Tokyo. It's an 1850's vintage rambling L-shaped structure with an undulating garden in the space between the two legs of the "L", which in summer they set up with tables outside. They sometimes have traditional dance performances on a stage in the garden. Eat your heart out, Charlie's Kitchen or whatever!


          2. Just heard that Woodward at the Ames hotel near Government Center is closing Sunday. Don't know what will be replacing it yet.

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            1. re: mats77

              That's too bad...the food was decent, and the little patio outside was a great place to sit and enjoy a summer night.

              1. re: MartyF1112

                I imagine it won't be long before the Ames comes up with a replacement and that patio is open again. I suspect they kinda have to.


            2. Society on High -- in the Fi-Di, from the Les Zygomates folks, no relation to the (awfully named) Sauciety -- is suddenly looking close: external sign up, paper off the windows, dining room fixtures looking 80% complete. I have no idea about the actual ETA.

              The relocated The Palm is opening in One International Place on or around May 16.

              Probably should be in April's thread, but since we're nearly in May, Gyu-Kaku -- the new Japanese table-grilling joint in the old Audubon Circle Ginza location -- is now open for dinner.

              Also, TR Street Foods, the lunch takeout arm of Tavern Road in Fort Point, opened today (and I really liked my first taste of it).


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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Slim, care to share what you had at TR Street Foods that you liked?

                1. re: Gordough

                  Lamb meatballs with harissa, arugula, cucumbers and yogurt in pita. Fantastic sandwich.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    wow, that sounds good. I love a good harissa.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Had the porchetta today at TRSF, mighty tasty too. This strip is fast becoming sandwich central, with Flour, Bee's Knees, and TR Street Foods all within one block.

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        I concur. Really tasty meatballs, yogurt dressing not too overwhelming. My only pet peeve is the sandwich wasn't constructed all that well -- the dollop of yogurt was plopped on top and off to one side, so it wasn't evenly distributed across or down in the sandwich. Heavy on one side, dry on the other. But other than that, really good option in the 'hood besides Flour and Sportello.

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Got one today. Best sandwich I've had in a very long time!

                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                        TR has been open for a few days. I have had the tuna salad as well as the robiola grilled cheese w/ tomato and broccoli rabe, Both were delicious.

                      3. Another outlet of sushi mini-chain Genki Ya is opening at the edge of Chinatown in the former Shanghai Restaurant space at the corner of Tremont and Stuart Streets (not to be confused with New Shanghai on Hudson).

                        That makes a few newish Japanese sushi joints in a loose cluster there, with the nearby sushi / teriyaki joint Irashai and Enso Kaiten (conveyor-belt) Sushi a few blocks down Kneeland.


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                          1. re: Gabatta

                            I've never been to one. That review does not make it sound promising.


                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              Genki Blah is nothing special, but (usually) nothing terrible. They do a good job of appealing to the masses with their marketing and menu as evidenced by their continued expansion. The concept of organic and sushi never seemed necessary to me, but we have neighbors who tell us how great it is because it's organic. I ask how its different from my sushi from Gen Sushi down the street and they can't really explain. They do a lot of americanized maki. I got a kick out of their using cream cheese in a roll with the work 'healthy' in the name.

                              I eat a lot of sashimi and nigiri, so quality of the fish is paramount. Genki Ya's fish was generally OK on the few times we tried it, but never 'wow' fresh. However, we did get one order where the maguro had a translucent sheen and the hamachi had obviously turned. That was when we stopped ordering from there.

                              If picking up, Gen Sushi is a few min farther and much better selection and quality of fish. They had some pristine blue fin recently. When possible, I have been making lunch runs to Toraya, Sushi Island or Oishii to satisfy my sushi cravings lately. If I need delivery, Fugakyu delivers to our area of Cambridge, and their fish has been rebounded to be really excellent in quality lately.

                              The rise of mediocre local mini chains (e.g. TITS, J Pace, Comellas, Genki Ya) bums me out almost as much as some national chains.

                              1. re: Gabatta

                                Your comment on Fugakyu piqued my interest. I use to eat there quite a bit about 6-7 years ago and then a year or two thereafter noticed the quality go way downhill. I have not been back. I'll have to check it out again.

                                1. re: Gordough

                                  Yeah, I was in the same boat. We tried them again on a whim one night and it was great. Since we have had about six or seven good deliveries from them. The fish has generally been fresh and excellent. We had one instance where one of the items didn't seem quite fresh, and I called just to let them know. We had intended just remove it from the order and eat everything else. However they told us to wait that they were expediting another entire order. They had it to Cambridge in 30 minutes and called to make sure that everything was good 2x afterward. We thought it was great service to go with great fish. Hopefully they are picking their game back up as I really like their private rooms and booths for dining in, and it is somewhere we can go with our little ones in tow.

                                  1. re: Gabatta

                                    good to know this about fugakyu. i had a few really terrible meals there and haven't been in maybe 2 years.

                                    wonder what finally made them step up?

                                    hmm. great news.

                              2. re: MC Slim JB

                                The one in Fresh Pond was surprisingly good the few times I've been there. Sure, they've got some goofy Korean-style 'sushi' (like the Volcano 'Roll', which is literally a pile of seafood and shrimp tempura covered in mayo) but the maki and the less-goofy rolls are quite decent and reasonably priced.

                                Given the choice in the Davis-area neighborhood, though, I'd pick Snappy Sushi or Hana.

                                1. re: Boston_Otter

                                  "goofy Korean-style 'sushi' (like the Volcano 'Roll', which is literally a pile of seafood and shrimp tempura covered in mayo)"

                                  Nothing Korean about such sushi, I must inform you. If you want goofy Korean food, I recommend the cheese tteokbokki at Bonchon.

                                  1. re: lossless

                                    OK! I am misinformed by my Japanese friends.

                                    And yes, I really want to try the tteokbokki there.

                                  2. re: Boston_Otter

                                    The Fresh Pond Genki Ya is one of the top three sit-down eateries in the Fresh Pond/Alewife zone. (The astute reader will recognize this as weak praise...)

                                    1. re: jajjguy

                                      Up there with Ma Magoo's and Cheddars? ;)

                                      1. re: Boston_Otter

                                        Does Golden Garden count as "Fresh Pond Area" in this ranking?

                              3. Per Eater, Cobblestone Cafe is now open on Hanover Street in the old Hot Tomatoes spot. It's from the Terramia / Antico Forno folks and serves "breakfast, coffee, burgers, bbq, salads, fries, milkshakes, and seafood in a casual to-go setting."