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June 2013 Openings and Closings

MC Slim JB May 1, 2013 10:01 AM

Schlow has finally made the worst-kept industry secret in Boston official: Radius will close on June 29. He says his famed burger will pop up elsewhere.

http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

  1. MC Slim JB May 9, 2013 11:16 AM

    The new project from the Oleana / Sofra folks, going into the old Paddock space in Somerville, will be called Sarma and is shooting for a June opening.

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Stride May 9, 2013 11:20 AM

      Wow, that's great news!

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        huuvola May 9, 2013 01:31 PM

        I think they were originally shooting for a June opening (when the news was announced late last year), but the recent Boston Magazine article says the timing is "later this summer" ... which to me indicates sometime later than June.
        http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...

        Anyone heard otherwise?

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          yumyum May 30, 2013 07:28 PM

          I drive by there daily. No way it's a June opening unless they have bionic contractors.

    2. Allstonian May 20, 2013 05:34 AM

      Amelia's Taqueria will be opening at 180 Brighton Avenue (former home of Indian Dhaba and the very brief-lived Grill Station.) No details, windows are still papered up, but signage is up.

      The neighborhood could use a taqueria - hope it's good!

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        Snowflake May 30, 2013 06:53 AM

        I just walked by something scribbled on a window between All Asia and Thailand Cafe on Mass Ave. that said something to the effect of "Something very particular opening this Saturday" and then "fish tacos" Anyone know what this is about? It must be a temp thing if anything at all as this is one of the buildings due to be torn down.

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          viperlush May 31, 2013 07:16 AM

          Saw it today. Gives a time of 6pm.

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          windward May 30, 2013 10:36 AM

          Ralphie's Italiano in Salem, NH will be closing and or relocating soon, as the Plaza that they are in (Cumberland Farms) will be torn down and replaced.
          Not sure if they wil be in the new plaza.

          As of now, all the other tenents have left.

          1. CocoDan May 30, 2013 11:02 AM

            Anyone tried the new Palm yet? I love their crabcakes. Ithink I've said that about 100 time before on this site.
            Hope Someone Enjoyed,
            CocoDan

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              pcarC4 May 30, 2013 11:59 AM

              I went there before the opening to the public and I think it is definitely by far better than the last location in terms of quality of the food as well as the space.

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                MC Slim JB May 31, 2013 11:33 AM

                Might want to give lunch service, the presumed B team, some time to get its act together. I got seated, got a "Be right back" from the server, and then sat for about ten minutes without water, menu, or the ability to attract anyone's attention. My lunchtime is not unlimited, so I stalked out and grabbed a sandwich nearby.

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                  CocoDan May 31, 2013 11:37 AM

                  Not good to hear. Lunch is big business to them and if it's too slow---Yikes! But did I say I love their crabcakes?
                  I'll be heading there soon for apps and cocktails. Will report back.
                  Enjoy,
                  CocoDan

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                  trufflehound Jun 10, 2013 11:12 AM

                  I think the only filler is a little curry. I love them too.

                3. galangatron May 30, 2013 01:08 PM

                  it appears that abiata in malden has closed

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                    edibletable May 30, 2013 01:28 PM

                    heard that "COOK" is going to open where Lam's was in Newtonville. Anybody know anything about it ?

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                      hiddenboston May 31, 2013 06:35 AM

                      I'm waiting for some news on Cook right now--have a bit of info, but can't really post about it just yet. Hopefully next week!

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                        Posenose Jun 5, 2013 05:51 AM

                        I am so curious about Cook, please keep us posted! I hope it's good, as I am still mourning the loss of Lam's.

                    2. MC Slim JB May 31, 2013 11:40 AM

                      Society on High, an American bistro from the Les Zygomates folks, is targeting a June 17 opening. It's in the FiDi, corner of High and Congress.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        zoepiel Jun 3, 2013 07:47 PM

                        Han River on Beacon Street near St. Mary's is closed.

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                          Berheenia Jun 4, 2013 04:52 AM

                          They are trying to open a Thai place but the neighbors are giving them grief about the hours.

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                          windward Jun 4, 2013 05:18 AM

                          I heard that the Beacon Grill in Woburn has been sold and a new restaurant will be going in.

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                            hiddenboston Jun 4, 2013 07:10 AM

                            Yup, the last I heard, Strega was due to open in the Beacon Grill space.

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                              omarba Jun 4, 2013 10:00 AM

                              billboard outside of Beacon Grill said August.

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                              kk519 Jun 11, 2013 07:12 AM

                              I heard Strega was going there!! Yeah

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                                mkfisher Jun 11, 2013 08:06 AM

                                Sarcasm?

                            3. MC Slim JB Jun 4, 2013 10:04 AM

                              Fairmount Grill opens in Hyde Park tonight, in the former Townsend's space, says Universal Hub.

                              Also, Carrie Nation opens on Beacon Street not far from the State House this afternoon, says Eater.

                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                catsmeow Jun 4, 2013 03:42 PM

                                Over the last few weeks, I've stopped in to see their progress(my office is close by), and they've really opened it up. As nice as it was before, I think it's going to be a wonderful space to dine. Can't wait to try it!

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                                  sacrelicious Jun 4, 2013 07:19 PM

                                  Stopped into Fairmount for a couple of drinks tonight. Great space and a good looking menu, didn't get a chance to sample the food but I'm looking forward to sampling the duck wings among other items.

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                                    joth68 Jun 6, 2013 06:06 AM

                                    Walked by Carrie Nation on my way to work this morning. They were open for breakfast. Really nice looking space. Could see shellfish on ice behind the bar.

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                                    rknrll Jun 4, 2013 11:19 AM

                                    Menotomy Grill & Tavern at Mass Ave. and 16 is opening on June 10th.

                                    http://www.menotomygrill.com/

                                    1. MC Slim JB Jun 4, 2013 12:02 PM

                                      The Mission Cantina (at least their website has the "The") opens in the former Beacon Street Tavern space today. The original is in Amherst, MA.

                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                      1. MC Slim JB Jun 4, 2013 12:33 PM

                                        Speaking of Hyde Park, it looks like The Hyde closed abruptly last week, per a Universal Hub commenter.

                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                        1. Prav Jun 4, 2013 07:00 PM

                                          What's the restaurant on Beacon St in Washington Sq whose logo looks like "H" (Artichoke) "S"? H-artichoke-s? Drove past it and had no idea...

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                                            TroyOLeary Jun 5, 2013 09:01 AM

                                            I believe you mean Hops N Scotch on Beacon St. in Coolidge Corner? http://www.hopsnscotchbar.com/

                                            Enormous beer and liquor menus (I believe the place is run by the owners of the liquor store a few stores down?).

                                            The food is decent if I remember correctly, with some hits (scotch eggs) and some misses.

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                                              Prav Jun 5, 2013 09:15 AM

                                              Thanks - that's gotta be the one.

                                              Though I think I still think I prefer the name Hartichokes.

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                                                Allstonian Jun 6, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                I can definitely see your confusion, but yes, that's a hop blossom
                                                (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hopfendolde-mit-hopfengarten.jpg), not an artichoke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:P82...).

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                                            Fly Jun 5, 2013 05:54 AM

                                            An Tua Nua on Beacon St in Audubon Circle is closing Saturday.

                                            I overheard an employee saying they would be re-opening with a new concept, same owners.

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                                              Bob Dobalina Jun 6, 2013 05:16 AM

                                              That bar *had* a concept?!

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                                                Fly Jun 6, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                Sure. Friendly Irish-esque pub by day, weird BU underclassmen rave by night.

                                                It was always my pregame beer spot, because it wasn't too crowded, and my Marathon watching spot because it's right at mile 25.

                                                After dark, though...yeah, not as comfy.

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                                                  hotoynoodle Jun 6, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                  lol, yeah, we pre-gamed there a bunch too, especially for day games.

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                                                    MC Slim JB Jun 6, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                    I went to An Tua Nua once, at the beginning of service before a Sox game. It smelled of stale beer, there was broken glass on the floor, my beer tasted of a dirty tap line, and my glass had a big chip in the rim.

                                                    It quickly became a part of my regular rotation, I mean, I never darkened its towels again. Its replacement will be from the same owners.

                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                      Gabatta Jun 6, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                      Yep, the smell at Ri Ra (never went after they changed the name to An Tua Nua) reminded me of the basement of my old fraternity house. Good for nostalgia, not much for actually spending time there.

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                                                    mkfisher Jun 6, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                    It used to be my pregame spot until I realized Audubon Circle was across the street

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                                                    Gordough Jun 6, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                    weren't they doing some sort of a meatball theme? i.e. many different varieties of meatball sandwiches.

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                                                    hiddenboston Jun 6, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                    Classic post about An Tua Nua from Eater Boston. http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013...

                                                  5. Allstonian Jun 7, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                    I could have sworn that I'd been past the place some time in May and it hadn't been open yet, but apparently Inaka opened in Allston a good 4 weeks ago. They're at 72 Brighton Avenue, in the space that had formerly been Madina Market.

                                                    According to Yelp reviews the owner and manager/chef are both from Osaka, and they specialize in Osaka-style donburi and ramen. A number of reviewers there liked the hiyashi chuka, a cold ramen. Jenny Ondioline and I will have to get over there some time soon!

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                                                      mkfisher Jun 7, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                      I just saw a sign for Sate (with an accent over the e) on South Street, a few doors down from Al's. The sign said it was their grand opening. I was trying to dodge the rain so I didn't stop and look.

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                                                        hiddenboston Jun 7, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                        Yup, that's a new place from the Momogoose folks.

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                                                        lergnom Jun 7, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                        Bread + Butter is now open on Cross Street (facing Haymarket at the corner of Salem in the N. End, if you don't know).

                                                        Food menu shows a bunch of salads and sandwiches, mostly around $7.95. They have duck confit and brie + grilled pear sandwiches. The most unusual salad is kale + faro with roasted cauliflower.

                                                        Breakfast pastries, etc. It says you can get the eclairs are filled to order with vanilla cream.

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                                                          hotoynoodle Jun 10, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                          kale is the new bacon.

                                                        2. hiddenboston Jun 10, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                          the Just Crust in Harvard Square had its grand opening either over the weekend or late last week.

                                                          It looks like the Menotomy Grill & Tavern opens today in Arlington.

                                                          1. hotoynoodle Jun 10, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                            Tre Monte pizza has opened in lowell, on the corner of palmer st., previous home of the gone-but-not-lamented fortunato's.

                                                            reno took forever (as all lowell projects seem to do), but they essentially gutted the space. square bar, with some high-top booths as a nice barrier to the entry hall, and a simple dining room with some more booths and lots of little tables -- many of which were together for what looked to be an impending 20-top.

                                                            they have an "ice bar" -- essentially a shallow trough of frost in which to stick your beer glass. ok, so it keeps the bottom 1/8" cold?

                                                            beer selection is good, wines by the glass selection is awful, just like most other places in that hood.

                                                            menu is pretty straightforward, with a slant towards italian-american and standard pub-food.

                                                            we went friday, in the downpour, around 4:30.

                                                            3 bartenders and at least 7 servers, all standing around. i know it's standard to overstaff, but seeing that many with nothing to do but chit-chit amongst themselves was a bit off-putting.

                                                            bartenders were very friendly and observant.

                                                            my burger sounded promising - a mix of beef, brisket and short rib. it came out well done instead of the requested medium rare and the fries were limp and less than lukewarm. sadz. b/f got a stromboli, which was also just barely warm. he had the same complaint about his pizza there last week. underdone on the bottom and topping not hot.

                                                            somebody needs a cooking lesson.

                                                            these issues are all easy to fix and i know they have only been open a few days. it's a big improvement over the predecessor, so we'll give it a few more tries.

                                                            oh! there are 6 tvs hanging over a bar that seats less than 20, PLUS a giant flat-screen in the way back. inescapable.

                                                            the owners run a successful place in woburn, so here's hoping they have a bit more business savvy than 95% of the owners who take a stab at downtown lowell and board up their joint 6 months later.

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                                                              gourmaniac Jun 10, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                              El Centro in Brookline Village has the paper off the windows and furnishing in place but can't tell if it's open yet.

                                                              1. peregrine Jun 10, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                Any updates on the Ginger Exchange coming to the old Betty's space on Huntington?

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                                                                  peregrine Jun 29, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                  I see that they're now open.

                                                                  Anybody been there yet?

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                                                                  meeps2002 Jun 11, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                  Appears Geoffery's is officially done on Berkeley Street. Papered over.

                                                                  Apparently it is becoming "Back Bay Harry's" which will open in September

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                                                                    mkfisher Jun 14, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                    Looks like Clover is hoping to open another brick & mortar spot in the Cambridge Center complex.

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                                                                      Matt H Jun 23, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                      Based on the signage, Clover Brookline Village will have their soft opening tomorrow (6/24)

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                                                                        mvi Jun 23, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                        That spot is going to be a gold mine for them. Just walked by it the other day as the construction has finally scaled back. I like the fact that it is right across the street from their long time location with the food truck. Now if only they could get their timing coordinated for orders with more than one thing.

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                                                                        lergnom Jun 14, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                        Hong Kong Café just opened in the spot on Beacon (inbound side) in Coolidge Corner, Brookline where Yummy House was and Lucky Wah before that, etc., etc. I think they have a place in the Fenway. They fixed up the space; it actually looks nice with 3 tables but it's essentially take-out.

                                                                        I asked if they had food that wasn't Americanized and the person took me through the menu to show me the Hong Kong noodles, curries and rice plates. I had some crispy shrimp, which given the walk home was good. Decent would be an upgrade over what has been in that location. I once ordered ma pa tofu at a prior tenant and it had brown sauce, probably the same brown sauce that everything got.

                                                                        BTW, I always ask where the people are from - they are from the south of China - and whether they have any real food. Near my mother's in FL, the answer was, "People here no like that stuff."

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                                                                          9lives Jun 15, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                          Deluca's Market on Charlest, closed since a fire 3 years ago has reopened; barely.

                                                                          The shelves are about 1/4 full with some produce, some cheese and other items. They expect to be fully open in about a month.

                                                                          Liquor/wine/beer has been open for a while.

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                                                                            coolaugustmoon Jun 15, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                            Not sure if this a June opening... The shanghai social club is at the taste of Allston with lions head bao and copies of full menu. Excuse my poor photography, weird sun and wind. They aren't serving any food yet so all I have now is menu photos.

                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                            1. Aromatherapy Jun 15, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                              Casa B in Union has begun serving lunch on Saturdays, 11-2, for the duration of the farmer's market. A few sandwiches (tortilla espanola, chicken, vegetables), a substantial composed salad, a soup. Looks nice.

                                                                              1. Unfoodie Jun 15, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                Flash's in Back Bay is closing soon. They've sold the license and are just waiting it out until it transfers. Only the license was sold, not the business.

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                                                                                  hiddenboston Jun 17, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                  Where did you hear this about Flash's?

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                                                                                    Unfoodie Jun 17, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                    I choose to remain anonymous and therefore won't name my sources but nearly every "rumor" I post comes from not far down the chain.

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                                                                                      hiddenboston Jun 17, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                      Fair enough. :-) Hopefully Flash's will come forward with a statement now so they won't be bombarded by emails and phone calls.

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                                                                                  edibletable Jun 18, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                  Looks like Fresh City closed last Friday in the Seaport in the same building as Morton's. Anyone know what is going in there in its place ?

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                                                                                    bostonron Jun 23, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                    Woo Jung in Ayer has closed. Sad

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                                                                                      FinnFPM Jun 24, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                      Wow. This just ruined my day. There are so, so few worthy restaurants in between Lowell and Fitchburg. Woo Jung was absolutely one of them. Terrible.

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                                                                                        FinnFPM Jun 29, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                        Woo Jung is not closed. Who told you that it was? We just drove by and it was business as usual.

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                                                                                          bostonron Jun 30, 2013 06:10 AM

                                                                                          We were there last week and the had closed but reopened .

                                                                                          They said there mother and father will be retiring so at some point they will be closing.

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                                                                                            FinnFPM Jul 1, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                            Ugh. My heart can't take this back-and-forth.

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                                                                                        winmeover Jun 23, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                        Sichuan Gourmet House at Four Corners in Newton had just recent opened.
                                                                                        Tried 2 fried rice and 2 noodles dishes - 1 spicy and 1 regular, they are all excellent! the "Sichuan Spicy" anything is good but the stand-out was N1 - Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodle. Ma, La and one addition spice that I cannot place is all numbing goodness. I hope they can keep up with this opening standard and not tone down for the general population.
                                                                                        Definitely going to work through their menu especially the "Sichuan Spicy" dishes.

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                                                                                          Ruprecht Jun 24, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                          Did this replace Sweet Potato Bistro, or in a different spot?

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                                                                                            winmeover Jun 24, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                                            Sichuan Gourmet House replaces Tom Yum Koong III next to 4 Corners pizza.

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                                                                                          nyc_to_ma Jun 24, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                          Any idea what's opening in the Boloco space on Boston Ave in Medford? There's a sign on the door that says something about a new 'neighborhood restaurant' taking the space.

                                                                                          1. MC Slim JB Jun 24, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                            Eater Boston is reporting that Les Zygomates and Sorriso are both up for sale, but the owner's brand-new Society on High is not.

                                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                              Gabatta Jun 24, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                              That's too bad. Les Zyg has always been SO consistent and IMO reasonably priced relative to other options. We were just saying we needed to get back there last night.

                                                                                              Maybe he is going to focus on maximizing profits from Financial District business at the new spot which seems to draw a different crowd.

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                                                                                                MC Slim JB Jun 24, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                I've long been a Les Zyg fan, but I recently noticed that the wine list has crept up rather a lot in price; very few decent wines for under $60 or $70 a bottle. I'd be curious to know if buyers are getting a space and a liquor license, or taking over the existing concept at these two places.

                                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                  DrewStarr Jun 27, 2013 09:54 PM

                                                                                                  Now that managers have confirmed it to Boston Globe... yes, staff tells me they've been told the business will continue as is if the sale goes through.

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                                                                                              femmevox Jun 24, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                              Pupu Hotpot in Central Square is no more.

                                                                                              I enjoyed the fat sweetheart cook who sometimes doubled as a waiter there. Sad I didn't have conscious farewell meal there, just walked by last night and saw it gone.

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                                                                                                Allstonian Jun 24, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                It's being replaced by the Dumpling Room - same owners, menu to focus on dumplings and Taiwanese food.

                                                                                                http://www.cambridgeday.com/2013/03/3...

                                                                                              2. divinebaboon Jun 27, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                Thailand Cafe is gonna close on the 30th apparently, according to http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com...

                                                                                                1. MC Slim JB Jun 28, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                                                                  A gentleman by the name of Andrew Flatley reports on Twitter that Olives Charlestown appears closed, windows papered over, inquiries directed to the building owner.

                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                    hotoynoodle Jun 28, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                                    owner of the building had several dinners at olives with both roger berkowitz and dante de magistris, so another not-well-kept secret that days were numbered.

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                                                                                                      hotoynoodle Jun 28, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                      http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013...

                                                                                                      from eater.

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                                                                                                      MC Slim JB Jul 2, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                      Incredible update on the Olives Charlestown / Kingfish Hall saga: http://www.universalhub.com/2013/todd-englishs-replacement-olives-would-have-be-new

                                                                                                      If English ever reopens Olives (and opens two other new restaurants in Boston, as he claims in his press release noting Olives' closing), he'll have to get fresh liquor licenses for them, as it looks like the Kingfish and Olives ones have been seized in an action to recover massive back rent that English owes on the two places.

                                                                                                      That restaurant empire increasingly looks like a Ponzi scheme. Might want to use those Groupons sooner rather than later.

                                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                        Madrid Jul 2, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                                                                        I even want to get rid of his cookbook, the olives table.

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                                                                                                          Gabatta Jul 2, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                          What's stopping you?

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                                                                                                            Madrid Jul 2, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                            nothing. it's going in take away pile of books.

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                                                                                                            MC Slim JB Jul 2, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                                                                            That cookbook is a snapshot from a happier time (1997), when English was still married, still cooking in his restaurant, still a good restaurateur, before he decided that building a brand trumped being a chef. Seems like a hundred years ago now.

                                                                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                              Msample Jul 3, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                              How the hell does he remain financially solvent at this point?

                                                                                                              If he was so far past due on rent in the Olives space, one wonders why the landlord let him go that long in the first place. Maybe letting him renovate after the fire was a ploy to get someone else to pay for the refurb before he seized it.

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                                                                                                                MC Slim JB Jul 3, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                A lot of folks have suggested that the whole empire is in jeopardy, but I tend to think it's just the Boston corner of it that is going down in flames. There's a lot of Peter to rob in that scheme: two or three dozen restaurants, QVC deals, etc.

                                                                                                                I suspect English leaned a little too hard on his old reputation in Boston, and the relatively small size of the community means he's running out of people who haven't figured out how ethically dubious his business practices are. Certainly there are many local purveyors who will only deal with him on a cash basis anymore. I wonder what local landlord would welcome him as a new tenant at this point.

                                                                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                  hotoynoodle Jul 3, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                  he's been c.o.d. from purveyors for years, so i remain amazed that he was able to get anybody willing to give him a nickel for the olives rehab. yet he did.

                                                                                                                  even if he could pony up the dough, i'll be very surprised if the city would grant him another license. he was allowed to let that olives license remain fallow for 2 years! outrageous.

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                                                                                                                    Msample Jul 3, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                    But how much of his "empire" is he directly tied to financially, versus just having his name on the door while investors put up the cash while he collects some sort of royalty ? Boston I could see, since most of it was before he spread out all over the place . But the outposts in other cities ? I wonder.

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                                                                                                          Capeannetoo Jun 28, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                          3 of us went for "Our Last Burger" memorial lunch today Placed was pretty packed and 98 % of diners were having a burger...Schlow was there looking a bit wistful. That was one awesome burger. Pricey but awesome.

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                                                                                                            mvi Jun 29, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                            Lamole on Mass Ave near Harvard Square has closed, according to Restaurant.com. Seems I bought a coupon for Lamole once upon a time so they emailed me today.

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                                                                                                              Gabatta Jul 1, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                              There is now a coming soon sign up in the old Lamole space for Cancun Taqueria - authentic mexican food. The sign went up quickly, so I wonder if its the same owners. If so, I'm not encouraged.

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                                                                                                                MC Slim JB Jul 1, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                I wonder if it's any relation to Taqueria Cancun in Eastie near Maverick Square. That place is a pretty traditional Salvadoran taqueria.

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                                                                                                              Gabatta Jul 1, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                              Looks like it actually opened last fall, however I just noticed a relatively new kitchen store (Local Root), roughly across from Hi Rise on Concord Ave in Cambridge. I didn't have time today, but has anyone been in to check this place out?

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                                                                                                                bear Jul 1, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                I've seen it, too. Looks pretty small but I'll stop in soon. I think they mentioned it as a sponsor on WBUR and mentioned knife sharpening.

                                                                                                              2. enhF94 Jul 3, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                Hit Wicket opened - thread already open.

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