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Jun 5, 2013 06:06 AM

September 2013 Openings and Closings

Obviously early to expect date accuracy here, but:

The former Noche in the South End will become a place called Blind Tiger. As the name is slang for speakeasy, I'm hoping this might turn out to include a serious craft cocktail program.

The former Sibling Rivalry will become a Mexican restaurant, or so says blogger BosGuy. Presumably a fancy, Yanquified one, which is a relief, because lord knows we don't have enough of those.

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  1. Any connection to Blind Tiger in NYC? I hope it is :)

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    1. re: Trumpetguy

      Someone else asked me about the NYC place of the same name, which he called his favorite craft beer bar in the city. Could be, or it could be an Otto NYC vs. Otto Portland, ME situation.

      1. I hope you're right and it's not just some silly no sign/ faux door/ secret handshake sort of place.

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        1. re: LeoLioness

          And more than just a cocktail menu that hits the canonical ingredient notes but is not backed up by a serious training program on technical skills and hospitality chops. I'm hopeful that the failures of Woodward, Descent, and Prohibited are cautionary tales here.

          1. re: LeoLioness

            Yes, we might consider secret handshakes ;)

          2. will blind tiger be the same owners as noche? if so, then *POOF* for hopes of a good cocktail program.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              It's not clear from the early news if Boston Nightlife Ventures is selling Noche or reconcepting it, but I agree. The group is capable of hiring competent bartenders (Michael at Forum, for instance), but it doesn't belong in the same conversation as Brick & Mortar and The Hawthorne.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                do you mean michael ray? that was an ignominious departure from forum.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I don't know the backstory you are alluding to, but that's who I meant, and I now see that he moved on from Forum some months ago, and is currently at Nix's Mate. Odd; I get over to that place every so often, and I haven't spotted him there.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    i've worked with michael and love him, so don't get me wrong. let's just say he and the owners had different visions of how their relationship should work.

                      1. re: wickedated

                        i know the story. it would just get deleted so it's pointless to post it. :)

                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  We'll be focusing on a serious craft cocktail program and hope to be included in the same circles as Brick&Mortar and Hawthorne.

                  1. re: wickedated

                    Noche and Forum opened with strong beverage concepts but quickly started catering to the flavored vodka crowd. Who are you going to bring in to train the staff and make sure the bar remains high?

              2. I believe Commonwealth is slated to open in Kendall Square (Watermark Building?) in September. Chef Nookie is doing updates on Eater which are quite comical.

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                1. re: mkfisher

                  Looks the opening dated is pending on a kickstarter fund for some reason. Maybe he should spend less $ on PR and more on actually opening the place.

                  1. re: Unfoodie

                    "We have come a long way and invested heavily in the design and functionality, but we still need to buy lots of things including plates, glasses and kitchen equipment . . . and we need YOUR help to finish it off."

                    Sounds to me like having money to spend is sort of the issue.

                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                      The date he gave on Eater was Nov. 1, and I don't think he's spending on PR to write about his experience. I have no problems with a kickstarter and in fact participated, as I am excited for it to open and to get a nice market for the area.

                      1. re: CportJ

                        Me too, I'm very much looking forward to it, and happily contributed to the Kickstarter.

                        1. re: CportJ

                          This is correct - he is not paying. (All sponsored posts on Eater are clearly marked, and it's almost always ads from big liquor companies, not local restaurants.) The arrangement was made before I came onboard, but he's acting as a weekly guest columnist. I assume that former editor Aaron thought it'd be cool for readers to get some insight into the process of opening a restaurant in the eyes of a really animated character like Nookie, and I look forward to receiving his dispatches each week.

                          I also contributed a bit to his Kickstarter campaign. People use Kickstarter in a variety of good and bad ways, but that's a much larger discussion for a different venue. My thinking: I like Nookie, I like what he's doing, and I feel comfortable throwing a little bit of money in the pot to help him get his dream place to the opening date. And hey, I get a nice jar of homemade jam as well. Not a bad deal.

                          1. re: blumiethekoala

                            So you know for a fact that he doesn't have a PR firm behind him and he's just getting a lot of media attention because he was on tv 2 yrs ago?

                            Hate to break it to you but most of the stuff you read on Eater is fed to them like a baby.

                            1. re: Unfoodie

                              I don't know whether he has a PR firm for other cases, but I interact with him directly and use him as a guest columnist for Eater because I like his voice and his stories. He does not pay for this, and as I mentioned, sponsored content is clearly marked. Please feel free to email me directly at if you have any questions or concerns about the sourcing of our material.

                        2. re: Boston_Otter

                          Why isn't there money for plates and kitchen equipment? Sounds like this business is slated to fail even before it opens.

                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                            From the sound of things, he's been putting every cent he can into this operation. The building was custom-built, he's trying something very unique (a combination family restaurant/bar/market), and he's calling in every favor he can to make this place really special and involve the community in any way he can.

                            Opening this up to a kickstarter to bring in some funds to help out doesn't mean it's "slated to fail".

                            I'm very excited about what Nookie's trying to do here. Assuming it's a failure before it's opened is the exact wrong attitude.

                            1. re: Boston_Otter

                              I couldn't agree more. I've been saying Kendall needed a combo restaurant/market since I moved there two years ago. This place will work. My only complaint is that I wish he built it at One Kendall so it wasn't so far from my house.

                              1. re: Boston_Otter

                                I hate to see a business fail and grand ideas are great, but if you blow your budget on nice flourishes instead of showing restraint so you have to get a hand-out for plates and *kitchen equipment*, it does not bode well for the financial management going forward.

                                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                  Given that he's been scrounging for furniture at yard sales and cutting every corner to make this happen, I think "nice flourishes" are the last thing Nookie's spending money on. Seriously, I've been following this project, and he's not wasting money or blowing his budget, and a Kickstarter isn't a handout. Your info is waaaay off.

                                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                                    Boston_Otter, I really hope you're right!

                        3. "Back Bay Harry's" will open in September (Old Geoffery's Space)

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                          1. re: meeps2002

                            I originally heard it was going to be called Harry's Food & Drink, which I thought was kind of a dick move, considering the longstanding existence of Harry's Bar & Grill in Brighton.

                            The photo does suggest it would be called Back Bay Harry's, which would be better.