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July 2013 Openings and Closings

hiddenboston Jul 1, 2013 09:45 AM

Just checked a little while ago--Thailand Cafe in Cambridge just disconnected their phones, so it looks like farewell to them.

Any other openings or closings that might be happening this month?

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    Stride Jul 1, 2013 09:51 AM

    It's not clear exactly when, but the Herald reports that two new Pinkberry stores will be opening this year - The North End store will be located at 285 Hanover Street and Davis Square's new location will be located at 263 Elm Street, Somerville.

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      Melmybelle Jul 1, 2013 10:43 AM

      That will be the 3rd tart yogurt place in Davis square. Can there possibly be that much demand?

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        MC Slim JB Jul 1, 2013 10:47 AM

        This topic comes up a lot here. I subscribe to the theory that many of the new fro-yo chains are like for-profit colleges, which are all about enrolling students and collecting tuition from them with the help of government loans, not seeing them through to graduation. I think a lot of fro-yo franchises are preying on gullible franchisees, overselling the market opportunity, and don't particularly care if these small businesspeople succeed as long as they collect their startup fees.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          FinnFPM Jul 2, 2013 07:23 AM

          You say preying on gullible franchisees, I say efficiently allocating capital, maximizing utility, and fulfilling the American dream!

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            MC Slim JB Jul 2, 2013 07:36 AM

            A couple of choice Barnum quotes come to mind.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            dtremit Jul 7, 2013 12:10 PM

            Heck, that already happened once in the fro-yo industry -- in the late '80s/early '90s. TCBY had almost 3,000 locations; now they have 300. Amazingly, they're trying to sell it to franchisees again.

            I read an article about the Davis Square situation recently and the owners of iYo basically said they'd ride this trend as far as it takes them, but that they were prepared to change focus. Hopefully that bodes well for the independent operators.

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            Stride Jul 1, 2013 10:48 AM

            I had the same thought. And they are all near each other on Elm Street. Still, I'm glad to know there will be a Pinkberry among the mix!

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              maillard Jul 1, 2013 10:53 AM

              Maybe not, but it's funny that this conversation came up, because I was just walking down Elm St. yesterday and thinking that I kind of wanted some frozen yogurt, but wasn't sure about the options available (I've never had orange leaf or whatever or the other one). If there was a pinkberry or berryline or sixteen handles, I probably would've gotten some... Not sure that this is typical, though.

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                Boston_Otter Jul 3, 2013 10:38 AM

                Orange Leaf and iYO have very similar yogurt -- a dozen or so flavors, most of which are super-sweet and taste like soft-serve ice cream. iYO (the local indie store) also has make-your-own waffles and a coffee bar. As I understand it, Pinkberry's more of the tart style of fro-yo.

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                  maillard Jul 3, 2013 12:27 PM

                  Thanks very much! I don't like the sweet type at all, so I'm glad I didn't try it.

                  I wish someone would make full-fat tart yogurt. That is delicious. I do sometimes make it at home, but I'd love to be able to get it out as well.

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                    bear Jul 3, 2013 04:19 PM

                    I'm so with you on that. I would love a little fat in the yogurt...that's something I would go out of my way for.

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                    Parsnipity Jul 26, 2013 12:27 PM

                    JP Lick's yogurt X is tarter than the others in my opinion. Another thing about iYo and Orange Leaf is you have to be careful to avoid artificial sweeteners. I've been burned by this- a whole bowl of yogurt that turns out to have that nasty sucralose flavor and was not listed as such.

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                      maillard Jul 27, 2013 04:59 AM

                      Oh yikes. That's good to know. Certain artificial sweeteners make me violently ill, so I'll just skip iYo and Orange Leaf. I've never tried JP Lick's for some reason. I'll check it out.

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                        Boston_Otter Jul 29, 2013 04:29 AM

                        Or you could ask. iYo has been very good about catering to folks and helping out.

            2. BostonZest Jul 1, 2013 11:08 AM

              Should we put July vacations here or should that be a separate topic.

              And can anyone confirm Galleria Umberto's normal month of July closure?

              Penny
              http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                Jenny Ondioline Jul 1, 2013 12:35 PM

                Umberto's closed dates this year are today (well, yesterday, since they're closed Sundays) through July 29.

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                  lc02139 Jul 1, 2013 02:03 PM

                  I wish I knew about it before going in and being disappointed when I saw the sign :((( Does anyone know where to get a take out arancini that is any good in the area??

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                  hiddenboston Jul 1, 2013 01:26 PM

                  Penny, maybe a new thread should be started, just so we don't panic anyone when they see Galleria Umberto under closings and openings. :-)

                3. MC Slim JB Jul 1, 2013 11:22 AM

                  Erbaluce is on its annual summer hiatus through July 9.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    foodieX2 Jul 1, 2013 02:26 PM

                    I haven't been in years but it was announced to that
                    North Ends Boschetto bakery is closing after 110 years.

                    1. Karl S Jul 1, 2013 02:53 PM

                      Whole Foods opens its Melrose location in the old Foodmaster on July 24th.

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                        hotoynoodle Jul 3, 2013 12:57 PM

                        any eta on the arlington location?

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                          Karl S Jul 3, 2013 02:22 PM

                          Haven't a clue. The announcement re Melrose was in the past week, because the project took less time than they originally thought (the Melrose Foodmaster was built within the past 20 years or so).

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                            hotoynoodle Jul 3, 2013 02:28 PM

                            seems bizarre that it would take so long to make a market into a market.

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                              lc02139 Jul 3, 2013 03:03 PM

                              It's like fixing a house sometimes it just isn't worth saving things if the bones are bad or don't fit your design. Hopefully they are updating to the latest energy saving equipment. I'm sure it would be easier to turn a whole foods in to a stop and shop.

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                                CportJ Jul 25, 2013 04:08 PM

                                Charlestown location opens August 7. Beacon St. in Somerville in September.

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                        pemma Jul 2, 2013 06:18 AM

                        I drove through Newton Corner this morning and there looked like there was work going on at the long-shuttered Applebees in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Has anyone heard anything about what might be going in there?

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                          Gordough Jul 2, 2013 06:51 AM

                          very interesting. That space has been vacant for the better part of a decade now and I could never figure out why. There is ample parking on street and in the garage right there. I wonder if Buff's has ever considered expanding and taking that space. Probably would have happened by now...

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                            RibKing Jul 27, 2013 07:55 AM

                            I looked into renting the lease is18k a month!

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                            MaxEntropy Jul 28, 2013 07:48 PM

                            From the May 21 agenda for the Newton Licensing Commision:
                            NEW RESTAURANT ALL ALCOHOL, COMMON VICTUALLER AND WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT:
                            Application filed by Newton Corner Restaurant Concepts, LLC, d/b/a Social Restaurant and Bar, Jeffrey Denecke, 28Gertrude Street, Watertown, MA. 02472. To be exercised at 320 Washington Street, Newton. MA. 02458. Hours of Operation from: Monday – Sunday 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 A.M. Entertainment will include Recorded Music, live Bands and 8 Televisions. 7 days. Seating (172 )

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                              MaxEntropy Nov 14, 2013 06:13 PM

                              drove by this evening (11/14) and there were diners...

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                            gourmaniac Jul 2, 2013 07:35 AM

                            Commenting on Boschetto's bakery closing. Rent was raised. Sad...

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                              greygarious Jul 29, 2013 04:24 PM

                              Just watching Greater Boston segment about increased rents, and demographic changes, in the North End. Boschetto's owner was on camera, saying the raise almost QUINTUPLED the rent. Something like that is really outrageous.

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                              mkfisher Jul 2, 2013 07:40 AM

                              There's been some movement in the old Think Tank space. Looks like they've moved some furniture around and brought in some Hawaiian leis and drink tickets. I'm fascinated with what's going with this long abandoned space, if only because their barstools would look great in my condo.

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                                jcab923 Jul 2, 2013 01:10 PM

                                That is going to be State Park from the team at Hungry Mother.

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

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                                  mkfisher Jul 2, 2013 01:15 PM

                                  Good to know. I knew the HM folks were doing something, but didn't know it was in that exact space.

                              2. emmtilt Jul 2, 2013 02:40 PM

                                So disappointed to see that Royal Palace on Tyler St. is closed! Seems to have happened about 2 weeks ago.

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                                  gourmaniac Jul 3, 2013 08:04 AM

                                  Really? That would be horrible. I get take out there weekly though did not do so last week. I will check today.

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                                    emmtilt Jul 3, 2013 08:50 AM

                                    We did, too! I talked to Patrick last week at his sister's place, and he said he's definitely closed. He'll be at the Juice Bar for the foreseeable future. Boo!

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                                      gourmaniac Jul 3, 2013 08:57 AM

                                      I just walked by and it is shuttered and locked. Thanks for your followup confirmation. That is a real shame! It was perhaps my favorite take out place and i will miss it. They had my favorite beef chow fun, salty spicy pork chop and braised pork belly with preserved mustard greens (a rarity). Patrick is such a nice guy too. I wish him well.

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                                  phatchris Jul 7, 2013 04:38 AM

                                  Longboards Cafe and Bar should be opening in a week or so in Pickering Wharf Salem, it's in the old Hungry Whale space.

                                  1. L2k Jul 7, 2013 05:00 PM

                                    An Tua Nua (closing noted in the June thread) is now operating as Arc, using a compass logo (kind of like the Mason's symbol). I walked by there on the 4th, after the Sox game, and it was dark and quiet inside, although the doors were open. Was too damn hot to even stop and look at a menu (if one was hanging).

                                    It's possible ATN was the longest lived rendition of that location over the 30+ years I've been following (and getting kicked out of) bars in that space. As well as the short lived version of B&D deli there.

                                    1. MC Slim JB Jul 8, 2013 05:50 PM

                                      Avila in Back Bay near the Theatre District is no more. It will be replaced by a seafood restaurant from the Columbus Hospitality people (Mistral, Sorellina, Mooo...., etc.), to be called Columbus Fish and Oyster, set to open this fall.

                                      Also looks like nasty German "Italian" chain Vapiano in the Transportation Building might be done.

                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                        MC Slim JB Jul 19, 2013 09:25 AM

                                        Last I looked, there was some ambiguity about the closing of Vapiano, thanks to one of those "closed for renovation" signs that often really mean "we are done, done, done-zo." There's a fun Eater Boston story about Nookie Postal scouring restaurant bankruptcy auctions for cheap equipment for his forthcoming restaurants, and Vapiano's gear was among them: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013/07/19/nookie-visits-the-grim-reaper-of-restaurants.php So put that stupid place in the Dead column.

                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                      2. hiddenboston Jul 9, 2013 09:36 AM

                                        Anyone have any news about Cafe Han River in Brookline? Someone told me the front is papered over. Is this true?

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                                          MC Slim JB Jul 9, 2013 09:38 AM

                                          I recall hearing (here, I believe) that it closed last month, maybe before.

                                          Yep, it's in the June thread; there was talk of the owners recasting it as a Thai place and the neighbors objecting to proposed new hours.

                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                            hiddenboston Jul 9, 2013 12:02 PM

                                            Thanks, MC.

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                                          wandergirl Jul 11, 2013 03:45 AM

                                          Remington's on Boylston Street has closed after close to 30 years. Furniture was piled outside yesterday. The owner of the building, Emerson College, apparently would not extend their lease. The college's takeover of the area continues.

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                                            windward Jul 11, 2013 05:37 AM

                                            Razzy's Deli & Desserts is now closed in Worburn and is now called Sandwich Jerks, LLC.

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                                              phonelady Jul 12, 2013 05:51 AM

                                              Warwick Place
                                              Palmer's
                                              123 Pleasant Street
                                              Marblehead, MA 01945

                                              is now open

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                                                Spelunker Jul 14, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                The South End version of FIve Horses Tavern- which seems like it's been taking forever to build out- looks like it is pretty dang close now. They've added the outdoor tables and chairs so might make it by end of July.

                                                1. MC Slim JB Jul 15, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                  All locations of Clover are closed until further notice: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013/07/15/all-clover-locations-closed-until-further-notice.php

                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                    emmtilt Jul 15, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                    I saw that, too...but I can't find anything about a salmonella outbreak on the dept. public health sites. Do we know if anywhere else is affected?

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                                                    daikon Jul 15, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                    Asinayo Korean grocery store in Framingham center is closed (has a for lease sign in the window and all the inventory is gone).

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                                                      NE_Wombat Jul 15, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                      That's unfortunate - it was our go-to Asian stuff store in the area.

                                                      Anyone have suggestions for a good replacement in the Natick/Framingham area? I'm sure there must be a few others (maybe some better) - went there out of habit.

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                                                        daikon Jul 15, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                        Formosa Asian Marketplace is the closest thing in the area.

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                                                          galleygirl Jul 23, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                          There is a new place, a Taiwanese Market (could that be the Formosa Asian Mkt. Daikon mentions?) downstairs from Sichuan Garden on Rt.9, but it's pretty small and pretty expensive...

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                                                        bostonbroad Jul 16, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                        Simpli Bar & Bites opened at 3840 Washington Street near Forest Hills (technically JP, but may as well be Rosi) across from the new Harvest Co-op. Seems like they have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a full liquor license.

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                                                          mkfisher Jul 19, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                          Locale on Hanover St. across from Strega looks really close. The tables are in there, and the space looks more or less finished.

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                                                            Gabatta Jul 20, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                            Changsho is closing after service tomorrow to remodel and will reopen sometime in the fall, per the attached picture on their door. When I picked up our take out they said they would be expanding the bar area, but I didn't get any additional details to how the menu might be changing.

                                                             
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                                                              Uncle Yabai Jul 21, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                              Soundst to me like the classic "closed for remodeling" gambit. Whatever, that place hasn't been anywhere near worth going to since 1991 or thereabouts.

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                                                                Gabatta Jul 21, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                Yeah "classic".

                                                                Changsho has always had pretty much the same, very good, Americanized Chinese cuisine. It's not like they served an authentic menu in the past.

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                                                                  Uncle Yabai Jul 29, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                  As I said, the last time Changsho fell into the "very good" category was sometime around 1991.

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                                                                    Boston_Otter Jul 29, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                    Thank you for your opinion.

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                                                                  Boston_Otter Jul 22, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                  Very much disagreed. They've easily got some of the best Chinese-American in the Cambridge area in a really lovely space -- I'm not surprised they're spending some time remodeling the cramped bar area.

                                                              2. MC Slim JB Jul 21, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                Yakitori Zai is closed for renovations, per a sign on its door, until sometime in August. This may have something to do with a purported "ventilation problem". They do grill their skewers over charcoal.

                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                  Bob Dobalina Jul 23, 2013 03:46 AM

                                                                  The last time I've heard the phrase "ventilation problem" was that BBQ place in Union that lasted about two weeks, before it went poof, never to be seen again. Hope YZ fares better.

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                                                                    MC Slim JB Jul 23, 2013 06:16 AM

                                                                    "Early August" is what the sign says, and I've seen staffers continuing to meet in the restaurant most nights since the closure.

                                                                    I'm always skeptical of these "temporary" issues -- so many, like the recent Vapiano closure, become permanent -- but Zai has been open for over a year without generating any complaints from the neighbors about smoke smells from chimney exhaust, which is what usually dooms in-city BBQ places (see Bearded Pig and Roadhouse BBQ in Washington Square, Brookline). So maybe it is just a repair.

                                                                    On the other hand, I have watched the thin weeknight crowds at this place during that year-plus and wondered how they could make a go of it. I like the food, but it's too pricey to be anything but a very occasional stop instead of part our neighborhood rotation (our last check for two broke $200 with modest wine and sake).

                                                                    The weekend lunch ramen is outstanding; I have wondered aloud before here if a new focus on ramen would draw more regular crowds. It's a small place, yet the only times I ever see it remotely full are peak weekend nights.

                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                      Gabatta Jul 23, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                      They really missed the mark with the pricing IMO. For a place that was greatly anticipated, it failed to generate any significant buzz before or shortly after opening.

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                                                                    MC Slim JB Jul 25, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                    Eater Boston is reporting (via a tipster) that Yakitori Zai's temporary closure may be not for a ventilation problem (surprise!), but to effect a concept reboot to "Franco-Japanese cuisine."

                                                                    Hope the weekend ramen stays.

                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                    smtucker Jul 21, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                    Big sign has gone up in the restaurant space on the corner of McGrath Hwy and Pearl Street in Somerville- "Carribean Restaurant Opening Soon." My google-fu isn't coming up with any reports.

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                                                                      blumiethekoala Aug 6, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                      I just posted on Eater Boston about this (I'm not allowed to share the link here, right?) It'll be called Some 'Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant, and it's supposed to open on August 15th. They have a minimal Facebook page up at this point, but I can't find much else. The address is 561 McGrath Highway. I'll go post about this on the August thread.

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                                                                        hiddenboston Aug 6, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                        I got in deep doo-doo here years ago for posting my links, so yeah, it's best not to do it. :-)

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                                                                      total13 Jul 23, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                      Was surprised to see the windows of MJ's Subs in Roslindale papered over. Turns out it's due to retirement.

                                                                      http://www.wickedlocal.com/roslindale...

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                                                                        bonhomme1 Jul 23, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                        Tatte Bakery's new location at 205 Broadway in Cambridge was originally slated to open July 1st. It has been postponed twice and is currently scheduled to open August 12th. Here is the info on their website:
                                                                        http://www.tattecookies.com/FrarmersM...

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                                                                          CportJ Jul 25, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                          Maybe that will ease the crush at the one on 3rd St.

                                                                        2. MC Slim JB Jul 24, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                          As reported elsewhere here, the second location of Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, in Downtown Crossing in the old Burritos Express location, is now open. Note that the hours are 11a-4p, weekdays only.

                                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                            catsmeow Jul 24, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                            Just got a call from Pier 4 canceling our Aug 4th reservation. They are officially closing July 31.

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                                                                              Gordough Jul 25, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                              You lucked out. Place has been beyond dreadful for years. I am not sure I would even go there if someone else was paying.

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                                                                              catsmeow Jul 25, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                              Maluken in Kenmore Sq closed (don't remember seeing it on the board). A new sign just went up that the Fenmore Grill is taking its place.

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                                                                                kobuta Aug 4, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                Oh what a shame, said nobody.

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                                                                                  hotoynoodle Aug 4, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                  lol, i walked by that place for decades. i think i went in once for a peek and it was so dingy and dark i walked right back out. was always surprised it managed to stay open.

                                                                                  did you ever eat there?

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                                                                                    catsmeow Aug 4, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                    I hadn't been in there for a while but for years had always liked their sushi and sashimi.

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                                                                                      kobuta Aug 4, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                      Once when I joined a group years ago, and due to the size and demographics (read: a lot of poor college kids), this was their place of choice for a bite in the area. That was enough for me. To give them credit, I was surprised to find omu rice on the menu, but it was not a great rendition of omu rice.

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                                                                                        CportJ Aug 6, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                        Eh, what's so bad about a cheap, dingy late night karaoke option in Kenmore? In a way, it was one of the last surviving dives in that area, with, what, Lower Depths the last man standing? Not like the horribly named and generic sounding Fenmore Grill is going to last long or come close to competing with ICOB or Eastern Standard across the street.

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                                                                                      MC Slim JB Aug 6, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                      Maluken was one of those places that I considered trying for twenty years, but something always held me back: call it my Mediocre-Looking Sushi in Shabby-Looking Hotels Sense tingling.

                                                                                      Every new place starts out on my hot list of places to try, but eventually, if I haven't hit it in a year or so, slips to my lukewarm list, and rarely escapes from there. Maluken was a 19-year veteran of my lukewarm list.

                                                                                      You never want to say never, and many of my "unpromising" first impressions turn out to be wrong (Rino's, La Frontera, New Jang Su, Liberty Bell, Mangia Pizza in Watertown, and so on and on) that I try hard to quash those. But I never got over my insistent "meh" feeling about this place.

                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                    deglazer Jul 26, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                    Was briefly in Reliable Market today and noticed some significant changes to the store layout. The back room (with the kim chi etc.) has been re-arranged and a full kitchen is in mid-install. Don't know what the plans are, but it appears to be somewhat open/public as opposed to being behind closed doors like a prep kitchen.

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                                                                                      lossless Jul 27, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                      In case anyone buys beer/soju here, I noticed a sign last week saying they have some license issue and are not selling any for now.

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                                                                                        lossless Jul 28, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                        I was at Reliable earlier today. Asked about the kitchen setup. The fish person said it's not any kind of a restaurant; they plan to make food that will be delivered and sold elsewhere. I asked if he meant something like lunch boxes or truck food, and he said yes but seemed unsure. The cashier person said it's not clear when it'll start - not soon though.

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                                                                                          deglazer Jul 29, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                          Thanks for the info! Something like lunch boxes would be cool, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. I just started buying the occasional bento from Miso Market, only to find that they are soon to close.

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                                                                                            blumiethekoala Jul 31, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                            I just came from Reliable, and there were a few people with clipboards wandering around, checking things out. Not sure if they were inspectors or something else. One of them was talking to an employee about a seating area, but I couldn't make out much more than that. Lunch boxes or something in that realm would be fantastic, if that's what's going on. The alcohol is still blocked off with a sign mentioning a pending license transfer; it's been that way for at least a few weeks now.

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                                                                                          lossless Aug 4, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                          The kitchen at Reliable was being used today - one person was cooking vegetable jeon. On the counter were free samples of tteokbokki, japchae, jeon, and various banchan of the fish guts sort. Plus packages of gimbap and tteokbokki to go. She told me they would be open every day during lunchtime. The tteokbokki has good flavor, and is the minimalist version - just sticks of tteok and sauce. See photos.

                                                                                           
                                                                                           
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