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June 2013 Openings and Closings

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.


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  1. 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.


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      1. re: Stride

        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.

        Anyone heard otherwise?

        1. re: huuvola

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

    1. 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!

      1. 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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        1. re: Snowflake

          Saw it today. Gives a time of 6pm.

        2. 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. 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,

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            1. re: CocoDan

              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.

              1. re: CocoDan

                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.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  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.

                2. re: CocoDan

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

                3. it appears that abiata in malden has closed

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

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                    1. re: edibletable

                      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!

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        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. 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.


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

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                        1. re: zoepiel

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

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

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                          1. re: windward

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

                            1. re: hiddenboston

                              billboard outside of Beacon Grill said August.

                            2. re: windward

                              I heard Strega was going there!! Yeah

                            3. 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.


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                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                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!

                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                  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.

                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                    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.

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


                                    1. 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.


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


                                        1. 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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                                          1. re: Prav

                                            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.

                                            1. re: TroyOLeary

                                              Thanks - that's gotta be the one.

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

                                              1. re: Prav

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

                                          2. 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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                                              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                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.

                                                1. re: Fly

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

                                                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                    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.


                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                      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.

                                                  2. re: Fly

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

                                                  3. re: Bob Dobalina

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

                                                  4. 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!

                                                    1. 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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                                                      1. re: mkfisher

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

                                                      2. 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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                                                        1. 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. 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.

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

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                                                                1. re: peregrine

                                                                  I see that they're now open.

                                                                  Anybody been there yet?

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

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

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

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                                                                    1. re: mkfisher

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

                                                                      1. re: mkfisher

                                                                        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.

                                                                      2. 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."

                                                                        1. 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.

                                                                          1. 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. 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. 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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                                                                                1. re: Unfoodie

                                                                                  Where did you hear this about Flash's?

                                                                                  1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    1. re: Unfoodie

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

                                                                                2. 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 ?

                                                                                  1. Woo Jung in Ayer has closed. Sad

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                                                                                    1. re: bostonron

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      1. re: bostonron

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

                                                                                        1. re: FinnFPM

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          1. re: bostonron

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

                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                        1. re: winmeover

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

                                                                                          1. re: Ruprecht

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

                                                                                        2. 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. 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.


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                                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              1. re: Gabatta

                                                                                                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.


                                                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                              1. re: femmevox

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


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

                                                                                                1. 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.


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                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                      Incredible update on the Olives Charlestown / Kingfish Hall saga: http://www.universalhub.com/2013/todd...

                                                                                                      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.


                                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                                                                          1. re: Gabatta

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

                                                                                                          2. re: Madrid

                                                                                                            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.


                                                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              1. re: Msample

                                                                                                                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.


                                                                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                        1. 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.

                                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                                            1. re: mvi

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              1. re: Gabatta

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


                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                              1. re: Gabatta

                                                                                                                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. Hit Wicket opened - thread already open.