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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!

                          http://www.meijikinenkan.gr.jp/restau...

          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.

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            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.

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                  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.

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                            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."

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                                1. Lee Napoli's new bakery Bread + Butter is set to open in the North End later this month, in the former Cafe Graffiti space on Cross Street. (I wonder what this means for the South End's Chocolee.)

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                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                    I was thinking the other day... where was the original Graffiti is it Carmelina's or the left side of Bricco? Been a while.

                                    Crossroads is open in the Lulu/Lyndell's/Hot Tomatoes space on Hanover.

                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                        ahh as I thought.

                                        Crossroads is open. Big ass flavored iced coffees.

                                        Decent burger came cooked medium. Ton of other stuff on the menu breakfast to dinner. Some counter space but no tables. Friendly service.

                                        1. re: Beachowolfe

                                          Yikes. Will definitely not be ordering iced coffee there. I prefer hazelnut flavored...

                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                Beachwolfe's earlier post, just a few items up:
                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9001...

                                                "Crossroads is open in the Lulu/Lyndell's/Hot Tomatoes space on Hanover."

                                                1. re: Allstonian

                                                  I'm an idiot it's Cobblestone.

                                                  Like I said: big ass-flavored iced coffees, not to be confused with big-ass flavored iced coffees. ha!

                                                  1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                    I think you mean big ass-flavored iced coffees. A case where "Eats, shoots, and leaves" comes in handy as a reference.

                                                    1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                      As the comedian Donald Glover put it, there's a big difference between "I love your curly-ass hair" and "I love your curly ass hair."

                                      2. Does anyone know what happened to Charlie Chans in Jamaica Plain?

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                                        1. It's officially been one year since Think Tank closed its doors, yet the inside has gone totally untouched for that entire time. Anyone know what the deal is with that space? I've asked around, and everyone is confused. I'd imagine they've paid at least some rent over that time since the signs for the restaurant are still up all over One Kendall.

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                                          1. re: mkfisher

                                            Would they have to pay rent for signs to stay up? I imagine it's just cheaper for One Kendall's operators to leave them there until they have a new tenant. If they are struggling to find a new tenant for the space, could it be due to lingering issues from the extensive water damage Think Tank suffered shortly after it opened?

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                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                              Its probably not as important with the interior signs in One Kendall, but in general if you remove the signs you need to get approval to add a sign later. If the signs stay, you just need the ok to change/update the sign. It makes a difference.

                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                Putting the sign issue aside, it's just been sitting there for an entire year which seems quite odd. I was in the space more than once after the water damage and all appeared fine (but clearly you never know with that sort of thing). I've seen stirring inside from time to time when I'm walking my dog so I do know there's at least some activity.

                                                1. re: mkfisher

                                                  I dont know. That place next to Pho Viet in the super 88 food court sat completely abandoned with pans still on the range for a really long time before it became One of the Kind. think itaunas is on to something, it is easier to ask for an upgrade than to apply for new approval.

                                              2. re: mkfisher

                                                I thought the Jewish deli from the Hungry Mother team was going into that space? Am I mistaken or has that fallen through as well?

                                                1. re: mats77

                                                  I don't think the exact location of this was pinned down. There is more vacant space on that level (below West Bridge) so it's possible for it to go there.

                                                2. re: mkfisher

                                                  Stuff does happen in there now and then. I've seen the lights on at night, door propped open, etc. Some subtle changes to the furniture happen now and then.

                                                3. Not sure of the timing, but it is now confirmed that Mission Cantina (of Amherst, MA) will take over the former Beacon Street Tavern (though the owner remains in place).

                                                  I doubt it will replace Jalisco in any Chowhound's heart, but at least it makes its own tortillas, has five housemade salsas, and has a decent short list of agave spirits. If the Amherst location is any indication, it should be more value-priced than most of Boston's sit-down faux-Mex joints.

                                                  In short, this looks an upgrade (faint praise, considering BST's 99-like food), though Sol Azteca is probably not happy about it.

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                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                    ugh. less TexMex, more good Hispanic food please, Boston.

                                                    Also, "makes its own tortillas" sounds great, but I've had some truly horrible "house made" tortillas.

                                                    1. re: Nechushtan

                                                      I don't mind quality Tex-Mex, and it's kind of a hole here. What bugs me is what we mostly have in the mid-range (there is no high end): fake Mexican calling itself "authentic", ugh.

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                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                        True, I agree, and I'm not saying we shouldn't have any TexMex, having grown up in SoCal, I appreciate the TexMex/New Mexico mashups, Taqueria El Amigo and and Mexico in Waltham are two of my favorite places to go, and I appreciate that they do have more "authentic" dishes as well. But as you say, there is not even a good amount of this level. Even in East Boston I've had some pretty miserable TexMex/New Mexico styles.

                                                        That said, I don't know if high-end and authentic are really a realistic combination. Authentic Hispanic food is, by definition, mid-range. To dress it up as anything more than that you are now moving into the modernization of the classical preparations. I feel like Orinoco is like this, classic preparations modernized. I don't know of any other locations that do this as well as Orinoco, or at least the places I've tried that have sold themselves as this have not impressed me as much.

                                                        The other problem, as you say, is the amount of miserable mid-range locations, overpriced and bland, where some gringo executive chef is telling his mostly Hispanic kitchen staff how to cook the foods they know better than he, how to cook those foods...

                                                        It would be nice to have more proper high-end Hispanic, modernized takes on the classic/authentic meals. My hope is the East Boston Hispanic community can strengthen enough to start producing some great Chef's to bring this about.

                                                        Of course, this is a populace that has to be educated as well...

                                                      2. re: Nechushtan

                                                        Where exactly is the Tex-Mex in Boston?

                                                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                          Most of everything in Boston that does not try to sell itself as "high end" (Painted Burro, etc) is TexMex/New Mexico style. A strong reliance on fajitas, chimichanga, stuffed burritos, and covering more authentic items with an overwhelming amount of sauce and cheese.

                                                          Border Cafe(my personal fav for proper TexMex, I just wish they'd give up on the Cajun menu...), Zuma, Cactus Cafe, Rudys, Acapulcos, anything with "Cantina" or "Grill(e)" in the name, etc.

                                                          Places like Anna's and Boca Grande (and all the smaller similar locations) might also be considered TexMex/New Mexico style by association of their history, but are probably more properly considered Mission/San Francisco style, with their reliance on the stuffed burrito and and assembly line method of production.

                                                          1. re: Nechushtan

                                                            By 'New Mexico' style, I always think of the heavy-handed use of the hatch chili...which is delicious. Is that the case in the 'New Mexico' style restaurants in Boston?

                                                            1. re: Prav

                                                              Subtract Hatch chiles (and generally delicious red and green chile sauces) and it's the same stodgy fast food heavy-cheese stuff that is generally considered Mexican around a lot of the US, Boston included...

                                                              1. re: Prav

                                                                If by New Mexico Style restaurants, you mean places that have papas in the burritos, fried eggs on the enchiladas, sopaipillas on the dessert menu and where the staff knows what you mean if you order something Christmas style, then there are no New Mexico-style restaurants in Boston.

                                                                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                  You're making me want to check prices on flights to Santa Fe.

                                                                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                    Where's Finlero when you need him.

                                                          2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                            Walking by today it is now confirmed that Mission Cantina (of Amherst, MA) will open at the former Beacon Street Tavern (though the owner remains in place) this Wednesday. We got the word from the horses mouth - the plumber.

                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                              Don't always believe plumbers. :-) I just talked with the restaurant and they said it looks like early next week.

                                                          3. Tooba's Cafe in Melrose MA is slated to open this month. I don't know much about it other than it's just down from City Hall in a former law office. It looks very charming inside

                                                            The thing that throws me is the apostrophe on the Tooba's logo is a chili pepper, which would seem to indicate "spicy" but there is no other indication of cuisine after that. I'll report back once it's open.

                                                            1. Maná Escondido Café, a new Puerto Rican restaurant, is now open in the South End. Folks may remember the space at the corner of Aguadilla and Tremont as the location of the bygone Dominican restaurant Miami Cafe.

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                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                I'm excited for this. Boston, outside of East Boston, needs more good Hispanic food and less bad TexMex.

                                                              2. Little Lamb Hot Pot on Cambridge street opened today, and looks to be having a brisk lunch business going on. Wasn't able to get in the door to check out the menu as it was so crowded in the front.....very interesting

                                                                1. The new DTX Walgreen's appears to be open and selling takeout sushi.

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                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                    I know better than to judge a book by it's cover, but sushi from Walgreen's just sounds "wrong: to me. This I will have to see. Thanks for the post!

                                                                    1. re: UnclePH

                                                                      What, you're not dropping everything *right now* to go rushing downtown to try it?

                                                                      In what I'd call the most admirable example of taking one for the team I've seen in a while, BoMag went and sampled it: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/bl...

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                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                        Hey, I "took one for the team" & tried the salmon (nigiri) on Thursday - & I felt fine the next day too.
                                                                        The salmon was sliced way too thin, & had very little taste to it (but, on the plus side, it didn't taste "fishy" or bad). The rice was a little too sweet for me, & there was a LOT of it, so it didn't balance out well with the lack of fish. I used soy sauce to help balance it out but they didn't have any soy sauce "dishes" so I made a makeshift one out of a froyo cup.
                                                                        It was about $10 for 9 pieces, & it was pretty filling due to all the rice.
                                                                        Won't replace my "I'm broke but craving some sushi" place in the Corner Mall for some inexpensive salmon & tuna rolls(across from Dunks - can't remember the name of the place), & DEFINATELY won't replace Sakura Bana.
                                                                        Now I just gotta try the manicure bar in the back. ; )

                                                                        1. re: southie_chick

                                                                          Sushi Time is the place in the Corner Mall. I think it's a good option for "value priced" sushi.

                                                                          Ms 9 gives a thumbs (and rest of fingers) up for the manicures..:)

                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                              I'm not sure if you're questioning the name or how I might know about it....:)

                                                                              It is in fact the name.

                                                                              Of course I wouldn't ever buy bargain sushi but I have a "friend" who buys it and brings it to work and has given me a taste..:)

                                                                              They used to buy a lot of their product from Sea to You when they were on the Fish Pier; when C2U was dealing in decent fish. Not sure where they're getting it now. My "friend" suggests ordering ala carte and getting it cut to order as opposed to the prepacked product..:)

                                                                              1. re: 9lives

                                                                                No, mine was just an overlapping response with yours. There are two Japanese places in the Mall, and I was suggesting to southie_chick the name of the one that is more sushi-focused.

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                                                                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                        In other news, I just threw up in my mouth a bit,

                                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                          Anyone with any knowledge care to share what makes that ubiquitous, mediocre, supermarket style sushi so colorful yet so flavorless? They don't inject dyes/food coloring into the fish, do they? And thank you very much but I will pass on any sushi that a reviewer says is best eaten as maki so as to hide the flavor of the actual fish.

                                                                          1. re: Gordough

                                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/06/din...

                                                                            Carbon monoxide is commonly used to "brighten up" tuna. It's harmless but can make tuna which is not prime appear better than it would if left untreated.

                                                                            I walked by Walgreens and looked at the sushi bar. Without tasting it looked like fairly typical "supermarket" sushi.

                                                                            Asa practical matter, it's the roughly the same distance for me to Sakura Bana and I don't see myself buying fish at Walgreens.

                                                                            When I obtain fish fos sashimi elsewhere, I would buy their seaweed salad to round out a meal as a don't have a great source for it.

                                                                            Overall the store offers lots of groceries that are not readily available in the neighborhood at reasonable prices. Fresh veggies looked like crap but liquor/beer selection looked good at first glance. Didn't look at the wine.

                                                                            Nice looking juice/smoothies bar.

                                                                            1. re: Gordough

                                                                              http://freudigerlab.blogspot.com/2008...

                                                                              salmon farmers can order different feeds to provide varying shades of flesh for their fish.

                                                                              and, yes, tuna is most often gassed and dyed.

                                                                              http://www.washingtonian.com/articles...

                                                                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                re: HTN - yeah! Google "salmofan" for more fascinating color chips - like paint for your walls.

                                                                        2. battambang market in lowell is closed. we were there 2 weeks ago and the place was being gutted and we were told it had new owners. went by today, closed sign on the door and place totes vacant.

                                                                          irwin's chicken and waffles on appleton st. also closed, but no surprise that.

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                                                                          1. I'm not sure this will be a May opening, but I saw a permit for Potbelly Sandwiches posted in the window of what used to be the ground floor of the Pizzeria Uno in Porter Square. I suspect this is nothing to be excited about, but maybe others know more about it than I do.

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                                                                            1. re: Stride

                                                                              I'd totally forgotten that we were getting one in Porter.

                                                                              Potbelly is right along the lines of other "better than Subway" sandwich chains such as Firehouse and JimmyJohns. Fresh bread, decent amount of toppings, good prices. Nothing super exciting, but fills a niche in that area.

                                                                              1. re: Stride

                                                                                was by there recently and now even the pier one space is vacant. that building is an empty shell. how many 10's of 1000's of square feet will potbelly take? ;)

                                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                  Potbelly is only taking the old Uno's space. They had talked about taking both floors of the old Uno's, which isn't unusual -- Potbelly often has huge locations with live music.

                                                                                  The old Pier One and the former Blockbuster upstairs from it will be the home of a new 'upscale' Walgreen's... presumably with sushi ;)

                                                                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                      Oh please please, let there be Walgreens ramen soon.

                                                                                      1. re: lossless

                                                                                        You can get ramen at Walgreen's already; you just have to add your own hot water.

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                                                                                      2. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                        i stand firmly in the camp that believes stores that sell drain-o should not also sell sushi.

                                                                                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                          But they do sell Pepto too hotoynoodle - just in case the sushi's not good! ; )

                                                                                2. An event, not an opening, but the Japan Festival Boston 2013 is coming to City Hall Plaza on May 19, and will feature a few dozen food stalls: http://www.japanfestivalboston.org/

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                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                    Thanks for this. I will try to attend. Looks like lots of noodle choices and one booth with okinomi.

                                                                                    1. re: gourmaniac

                                                                                      Since I posted this to my social media circles, several folks have noted that big crowds hit this event last year, and many booths ran out of food by mid-day. I don't know if they'll learn from that this year, but going early might be the strategy.

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                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                        Last year was held in Copley in front of Trinity Church, a much smaller area (albeit more pleasant surroundings than Gov't Cntr). They remember last year's crazy, unexpected crowds, and the new location allows for many more people.

                                                                                        1. re: amatto

                                                                                          When I'm in Government Center Plaza, I like to picture myself in a wind-swept, desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland, because then I can enjoy the surprise of, "Oh, wow: food trucks!"

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                                                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                            just read today that gov't center subway station will be closed for 2 years beginning in spetember. what will happen with the food trucks and farmers' markets, i wonder?

                                                                                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                              Well, it depends on how much of the plaza is closed due to construction underground. Quite possibly nothing.

                                                                                              However, I will note that the City Hall Plaza farmer's market got started in the first place when Copley Square Plaza was closed for reconstruction between 1987 and 1989, and the farmer's market which had already been going on there for several years got moved downtown.

                                                                                              1. re: Allstonian

                                                                                                wasn't suggesting that the t closure would force the trucks and farmers out, but that the loss of foot traffic might.

                                                                                                as somebody who frequently relies on the blue line to get me to town i am beyond words with this shizz.

                                                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                  Aren't the Bowdoin & State stops on the Blue Line like a 3 minute walk from Govt. Center?

                                                                                                  1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                                    Bowdoin Station operates on limited hours. That walk adds up in daily commutes, and is not fun in crap weather. If you're not on the Charlie Card or a pass, you pay twice.

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                                                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                      Fair enough. But the State stop is right there too. It's a 3 minute walk per Google maps. So it adds another 6 minutes to your daily commute. Clearly an inconvenience, but not the end of the world.

                                                                                                      1. re: mkfisher

                                                                                                        Are you consulting Google Maps to advise about directions? State St stop is really not that convenient to Gov't Center. You corrected my advice about downtown Boston directions before too, in a neighborhood in which I live.

                                                                                                        1. re: Niblet

                                                                                                          I walk that at least once per week. Was simply citing Google Maps because I tend to walk on the fast side and wanted to give a conservative estimate (which I think 3 minutes is). And yes, maybe I'm a little obsessive about directions.

                                                                                                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                        apparently bowdoin will be operating for normal t hours instead of its current truncated schedule. t officials are recommending to figure an extra 10 minutes to rush-hour commutes. i know when blue line stations have been closed for extended periods my commutes were MUCH longer than just 10 minutes more.

                                                                                                    2. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                      Don't the food trucks & farmer's market primarily serve the people who work in that area? The commute is about to suck, but there will still be a LOT of people working there.

                                                                                                      1. re: Allstonian

                                                                                                        The walk from Park Street to Gov't Center is not more than 5-6 minutes. It's really only a few blocks. Ditto for North Station's proximity to Gov't Center. Farmer's Markets obviously don't operate in the winter so nasty weather is not a huge concern.

                                                                                                        1. re: Gordough

                                                                                                          The main problem arises when going to the airport on any green line train. The connection and walk then becomes a pain.

                                                                                      2. Tamarind Bay Coastal Cuisine in Washington Square, Brookline will close on May 11. I recall some confusion on the subject before, but this will definitely be the new home of Ribelle, a/k/a Strip-T's II.

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                                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                          Any word on the timeline for Ribelle's opening?

                                                                                          1. re: Klunco

                                                                                            No, but they are already in hiring mode as of May 2. I suspect at least a chunk of Strip-T's A-Team will move to Ribelle and they will backfill in Watertown.

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                                                                                        2. Anyone know what happened to Staff Meal?

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                                                                                          1. re: tdwill

                                                                                            The Staff Meal guys sold the truck and are exploring brick-and-mortar concepts. In the meantime, they are doing an occasional pop-up called Rising Sun Tavern in various locations around town, so far mostly at District. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rising...

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                                                                                          2. Has anything happened with Sanctuary?

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                                                                                            1. re: gini

                                                                                              I think the Harborside Inn has taken over the space.

                                                                                                  1. re: gini

                                                                                                    I realized that after I read the original post..:)

                                                                                                1. re: gini

                                                                                                  Centre Street Sanctuary opens Tues, May 28, says Urban Daddy.

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                                                                                                2. According to the Waltham Patch, Copper House Tavern is set to open on Monday May 13 in the former Piccadilly Pub (Best Western) location on Winter Street.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Duster17

                                                                                                    Just walked by (I work across the street) and the "Now Open" sign is prominently displayed.

                                                                                                  2. 43 Church in Salem closed over the weekend, and it looks like The Fat Cactus in Randolph has shuttered as well.

                                                                                                    1. Driving by this morning, I noticed that Annapurna in Porter Square is now called something different. The problem is, the name of the restaurant was illegible - a very scroll-y font that I couldn't make out, at least not while stopped at the Walden St. light. I could read that it's Indian cuisine, but am hoping someone here knows more.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Stride

                                                                                                        Just saw it myself today: I was able to make out "Third Eye" something...

                                                                                                        1. re: enhF94

                                                                                                          I guess this calls for a walk-by instead of a drive-by, but it can't be very good for business to have an illegible name.

                                                                                                          1. re: Stride

                                                                                                            Yeah, see Q's nuts sign. Huge. Unreadable at any speed.

                                                                                                            1. re: enhF94

                                                                                                              Ah yes, but the nuts are delicious! Perhaps the mysterious Third Eye will turn out to be a find as well. We can only hope.

                                                                                                        2. re: Stride

                                                                                                          The name of the restaurant is 3rd Eye. It was hard to read the sign even standing on the sidewalk.

                                                                                                          1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                            Thanks. I did finally read it, stopped at the red light on Walden. Still very hard to read, not to mention an odd name for a restaurant. Still wondering if the food is any good!

                                                                                                            1. re: Stride

                                                                                                              Wonder if it refers to the Hindu 3rd eye, i.e., it will remain Nepali?

                                                                                                              Edit: Ah, yes, menu will drop Afghani dishes, remain Nepali, and add Indian.

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                                                                                                          2. re: Stride

                                                                                                            They must have heard us! Third Eye has a new sign that is legible!

                                                                                                          3. Carrie Nation to open next week - http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013...

                                                                                                            The menu looks to be quite interesting. Could be great...?

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                                                                                                            1. re: addiez

                                                                                                              That is a truly bizarre name for a cocktail bar. What's next? Gandhi Steakhouse?

                                                                                                            2. Got an email from The Meat House in Coolidge Corner that they are closing soon. Can't say this is a surprise. this store started out with a bang but has been spiraling down steadily over the past year.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                Yup, The Meat House is closing on June 2.

                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                  I have been in there several times and have never bought a damned thing. Prices too high, quality too low, selection too limited.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                    Just saw the email in my Inbox. I had stopped going last summer. They never has cuts I wanted and were always short-staffed. MF Dulock is a welcome replacement.

                                                                                                                  2. Just noticed CMart in Chinatown (Washington Street) not only closed but gutted.

                                                                                                                    1. Anyone know if Centre Bar on Dot Ave near Peabody Square is still going? No answer at their phone.

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                                                                                                                      1. Cut and pasted from the Davis Square LiveJournal, "so it must be true."

                                                                                                                        [someone else] was in Rosebud last night, and the waitress told me that their last day of business will be Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. They will probably close during the daytime that day, and not be open that night. Same for the back room (Rosebud Bar & Grill).

                                                                                                                        1. Looks like Taste of Thailand in Lower Mills is closed. Word on the street is that the rent went up.

                                                                                                                          1. Cuppacoffee, the Australian meat pie slinger / coffee shop near the Haymarket T stop, appears set to hard-open May 28. Looks like their focus on meat pies and sausage rolls is a little sharper than KO: a dozen pies and five rolls.

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                                                                                                                            1. Does anyone know if Primo Pizza & Roast Beef on Main St. in Cambridge has opened? Looks like you can order on GrubHub, so I'm assuming the answer is yes.

                                                                                                                              1. Lizzy's on Cambridge Street in East Cambidge reopened today. They say there will be a smaller, more focused menu with a strong emphasis on cocktails. Let's hope they make it this time. Nice little neighborhood spot that replaced Pugs not long ago.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: mvi

                                                                                                                                  Any word on lunch hours, particularly on Friday? I got the impression that that wasn't in the cards although my coworkers & I often liked to go there as a change of pace from Atwoods

                                                                                                                                  1. re: jgg13

                                                                                                                                    No word, but I will inquire next time I am there and the doors are open.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: mvi

                                                                                                                                      A friend said no lunch, they open at 4pm

                                                                                                                                  2. re: mvi

                                                                                                                                    I had a really great po boy there on my only visit. Staff was really friendly. Glad to hear they're open again.

                                                                                                                                  3. I heard that East End Grille in East Somerville may be having a soft opening on Monday 5/27. It took over what once was Khoury's State Spa. Now can someone please find out what the hell happened to La Brasa ??? I know they signed a lease next door but have not heard or seen anything in almost a year.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: jcab923

                                                                                                                                      I heard that La Brasa *may* be opening later this spring. Sounds like they had a major delay in construction.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                        Don't have an update on La Brasa, but "East End Grille" is definitely open now. Not much of an online presence, other than their Facebook page.
                                                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/eastendgrille

                                                                                                                                    2. I just heard DiNero's in Hull/Cohasset closed. Can anyone confirm this?

                                                                                                                                      1. the Boloco near Tufts has closed.

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