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November 2013 Openings and Closings

A bit early perhaps but after reading the sad, nostalgic news I thought it should be posted: According to Boston Restaurant Talk the Quencher Tavern in South Boston has sold their liquor license to the Painted Burro folks and the Quencher will be closing in November. I have many fond memories of drinking cheap beer and eating hot dogs with my roommates after moving to Southie right after college.


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  1. Boston Bagel Company, at the corner of East Broadway and L Street (former site of a bank) in Southie, looks like it's within a week or two of opening. Menu promises a variety of bagels, breakfast sandwiches, salads, deli-style sandwiches, and coffee.

    Bummer about the Quencher closing. Been getting my last licks in. It's a real old-time neighborhood place.


    1. Based on the email from Nookie to his Kickstarter backers, I would expect to see Commonwealth open in the early part of the month.

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      1. re: mkfisher

        Urban Daddy Boston is saying Commonwealth is officially open Tuesday, Nov. 5.


        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Facebook indicates that they they have people in the space today.


      2. Slowbones Modern BBQ in Burlington should be opening in early to mid-November. The person behind it is one of the founders of Boston Market.

          1. Anyone know why The Waterside Tap and Grille in Methuen closed?


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            1. re: meeps2002

              figured I would call this post back out - anyone know anything more on this space?

            2. Sportello to stop serving breakfast items and box lunches the end of the month. Space will be used to add more tables. They will continue to serve lunch and dinner.

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              1. re: Fort Point

                Will be adding wine bar where bakery counter was located

              2. Per Universal Hub, coffee shop Select Cafe (nee the Roslindale Emack & Bolio's) closed abruptly earlier this week.


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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Really hope something good goes into that space. A great location sorely underutilized. Roslindale really needs a cafe- among other things.

                2. Ittoku on Comm Ave in Brighton (old Petit Robert space) is in soft-opening mode and is shooting for a November 11 opening to the general public.


                  1. Mei Mei will be rolling out their brick and mortar opening in steps this month per Eater: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013.... Since the brick and mortar is within walking distance of work for me I'm quite excited, not only will I have access to their food more than once a week (the truck is nearby on Thur) but I'm hopeful the B&M will allow their creativity to shine through. I love the double awesome (poached eggs, pesto, cheddar on a scallion pancake) as much as the next person but I think they really shine with their unique take on classics. The brown butter gochujang tofu (w/ a seriously rich flavor) in the current rice porridge truck offering or their delicious vegetarian version of Japanese curry are good examples.

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                    1. re: Aphex

                      Had lunch here. It was great! The corn fritters were really fantastic.

                    2. It's so far off I'm just putting it here. but Nookie's final post on Eater said that he plans to open Steinbones in Cambridge during the Summer of 2014.

                      1. Dirty Water Dough Co. just opened at 222 Newbury Street in the former Proper Slice and former former Uppercrust location. The name is not just a catchy reference to Boston, their dough is actually made with beer, a special IPA brew made only for their restaurant by Cape Ann Brewery based in Gloucester.

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                        1. re: CTrainInbound

                          A bit confused; is DW also a pizza place or is it a bread bakery?

                            1. re: Blumie

                              :-) wonder what CHs will think of that beer crusted pizza.

                        2. Chinatown's Jia Ho Supermarket is opening today (11/10) in the space where C-Mart used to be, all renovated and shiz


                          1. Izakaya Ittoku, the joint venture between a chef of Ebi Sushi and his brother, the owner of Cafe Mami, is officially open today.


                            More info: http://japaneseamericaninboston.blogs...

                            1. The dubiously-named Dirty Water Dough Company, a pizza place so-called for using beer in its dough, is open on Newbury Street in the former home of Upper Crust and, briefly, the Proper Slice.


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                                1. re: Jolyon Helterman

                                  Oops, missed the prior post here. I saw it on Eater Boston, actually (and maybe they picked it up here).


                              1. The Quencher Tavern in Southie is closed, having sold its license to the forthcoming DTX edition of The Painted Burro. Always sorry to see ancient, small neighborhood bars like this close. RIP.


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                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                  Our own Marc H. tells me on Facebook that despite having its closing block party this past weekend, The Quencher will remain open for another couple of weeks. Get your last licks in while you can.


                                2. Waltham news: Elephant Walk is closed permanently. Tuscan Grill closed for renovations.

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                                  1. re: Duster17

                                    I'm hearing rumors about what might go into the Tuscan Grill space, but shouldn't really say just yet. It sounds like a re-concept, though--apparently the same owners but a different kind of spot. (We'll probably know more soon.)

                                    1. re: Duster17

                                      Just went onto open table and it looks like Elephant Walk in Waltham is no longer taking until January. Maybe they are just expanding?


                                      1. re: pcarC4

                                        From the Elephant Walk website:

                                        "​I ​write this with profound sadness and regret, but The Elephant Walk in Waltham has closed. Please know that The Elephant Walk restaurants in Boston and Cambridge are both open for business and will be very happy to serve you."

                                    2. Just saw a post from The Abbey in Brookline: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                      From the post, I would assume that Addis Red Sea in Porter area is closed and perhaps a second Abbey location to be opened in its place? I'm just guessing, as I could not find any other information on the internets. They seem to do very well in Brookline, so I hope they are not leaving!

                                      1. Amelia's Kitchen in Teele Sq. has been renovated and reopened with a mixed menu of Italian and American, I.e. Burgers.

                                          1. Fairly big news for Quincy diners, the Wheelhouse Diner is now open from Midnight Thursday night, through Saturday Night, and they will be open for dinner until 8 PM the rest of the week.

                                            It will be nice to have some place to go get a bite when I'm coming home late. I just hope it doesn't get ruined by the drunks.

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                                            1. re: mwk

                                              I'm trying to think of a Boston-area restaurant with very late hours where the post-midnight crowd isn't dominated by inebriated customers. Nope, can't think of one.


                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                I was actually very surprised that the city gave them permission to open those hours, or that they even wanted to try. The last 24 hr restaurant in Quincy was the iHop, and they had to stop, due to the rowdy behavior.

                                                Maybe because the Wheelhouse is a tiny place with a fiercely loyal local following, they will make a go of it. I wish them the best, and I'll support them.

                                                1. re: mwk

                                                  Please stop mentioning The Wheelhouse here in public.

                                                  I want it to be my secret place.

                                            2. No tears, but some surprise that the McDonald's in Davis Square is closed. That's a fairly roomy space. I hope it gets filled with something better and soon. That makes 2 shuttered places in that row, counting Martsa on Elm (missed way more than McD's!)

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                                              1. re: Stride

                                                a tiny bit embarrassed to admit that i'll miss the davis square mickey d's, which was the most convenient place to scratch my infrequent (though intense:) inch for their breakfast sausage biscuit with egg.

                                              2. Eater reports that Crush Pizza opened in the Fi-Di today in the former home of the Upper Crust on State Street.


                                                1. There's a new sushi/lounge, called Sono, that looks very close to opening in Arlington. The location is rather odd...on Summer Street, right across from a baseball diamond and the hockey rink and in the same little row of shops as Arlington Cafe (a pizza joint). I saw that the owner has applied for a liquor license, but I'm not sure that'll fly, given the location.

                                                  It's definitely a Chinese-owned enterprise - I've seen more than 1 contractor van out front with Chinese lettering on the side.

                                                  Well (sigh), if it's decent, at least it's something different within walking distance for us.

                                                  1. The Boston Globe is reporting that Bondir Concord opens at the end of Nov.

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                                                    1. re: Swankalicious

                                                      Open now with a limited menu, officially Nov. 21st, per their twitter account.

                                                    2. Tremont Street Cafe looks to be done or under major renovations - they done have a working phone # either.

                                                      does anyone know if they are owned by the Rome Pizza folks?

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                                                      1. re: meeps2002

                                                        I can confirm that Tremont Street Cafe was indeed owned by the Rome Pizza folks, though I considered it rather better.


                                                      2. A new Indian / Indo-Chinese restaurant, Curry N Wok, has opened (as of Nov. 9th) on Massachusetts Ave in North Cambridge.

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                                                          1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                            Location? Price point? Food quality?

                                                            1. re: smtucker

                                                              Indian/Indo-Chinese doesn't exactly indicate competence or focus. I know Indo-Chinese is sort of a "cuisine", but this sounds more confused than focused. The name doesn't help either.

                                                              1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                                The name is awful, but I just checked out the menu (http://www.currynwok.com/WordPress/wp...) and it actually looks somewhat promising. Maybe I'll check it out some Tuesday...

                                                                1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                                  Indo Chinese is hugely popular. And it's delicious. Perhaps it's just an area that you aren't aware of yet.

                                                                  1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                                    I'm not sure how it's any less focused than any other regional food in Asia. It's not like they're pulling a Guy Fieri and combining sushi and bbq. This is an actual region, with actual food, that is influenced by both places.

                                                                    1. re: mkfisher

                                                                      It is highly analogous to American-Chinese food: the product of expat Chinese chefs setting up shop in a new country and adapting their native cuisine to local ingredients and preferences.

                                                                      What's remarkable is its appearance here, reflecting a huge new population of expats from the Subcontinent. It parallels a similarly-driven increase in other specialty cuisine: our range of a regional Indian, Pakistanti, Sri Lankan, etc. restaurants is much better than it was just ten years ago.

                                                                      By contrast, I don't think I've ever seen a restaurant abroad that specializes in American-Chinese fare.


                                                                2. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                                  Chinese Mirch, an Indo Chinese restaurant in Framingham, has been packed every time I've been there.

                                                                  They got their start in NYC and will have 9 locations across the country with a second location opening in the Boston metro soon.


                                                                3. re: Aphex

                                                                  According to the website, the Chef Kalai at Curry n Wok was an executive chef at the Pongal in Billerica and Sudbury.

                                                                  1. re: bear

                                                                    I've only eaten at Pongal once and it was just okay, but some friends raved about it. Perhaps it was we didn't choose from the menu well or they were having an off day.

                                                                    1. re: rgoose

                                                                      Yeah, it's certainly gotten mixed reviews on this site. I'll report back when we try it.

                                                                4. When did the Boca Grande in Kenmore Sq. close? Just noticed today and the space is for rent. Did anyone say anything here? Seems odd that a burrito joint in Kenmore Sq. can't fly but maybe the rent was jacked too high or something.

                                                                  1. Seoul Soulongtang opened a couple weeks ago. I swung by this past weekend and it was good. It is located at 1245 commonwealth ave in allston. Close to the intersection at Harvard ave and Comm.

                                                                    1. Did anyone mention that the windows of Addis Red Sea by Porter Sq. are papered over?

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                                                                        1. re: total13

                                                                          The Abbey is opening a second location there.

                                                                        2. This certainly won't be November, but it was just announced that Paul, a French bakery chain, will be opening in the Four Green Fields space on Washington Street in the BNY Mellon building.

                                                                          I've been in Paris, and am hoping it's that delicious because it would be a great addition to the neighborhood. The "groundbreaking" is this morning, and apparently they're planning to open by late spring.

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                                                                          1. re: addiez

                                                                            Seems like a rather large space for a bakery. Is it possible they only took a portion of the space?

                                                                            1. re: Gordough

                                                                              Paul's generally have a full restaurant component as well. The last time I was in DC I was excited to visit Paul, remembering them rather fondly from Paris, but the bread is not a duplication. Not bad, but not Paris-worthy.

                                                                              1. re: smtucker

                                                                                Is this the same Paul as in the London chain?

                                                                                1. re: fantundo

                                                                                  It is a French chain that has branches in London as well.

                                                                          2. Rossetti Restaurant in Lynn the larger outpost from Cafe Rossetti's in Winthrop is now open. I haven't seen the menu yet, but their facebook suggest slightly more upscale dishes from the cafe. But that could just be a food photographer's idea of what to publish, because the cafe menu is quite good.


                                                                            1. Does anyone know if Corner Bakery found any locations to open in the area? Been on there website and it says major Boston expansion but no exact locations listed coming soon. Think it is much better then Panera!

                                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                  The description of "workingman's oyster bar" for Row 34 is amusing. Though that area might finally be getting some worthwhile dining options in Row 34, the upcoming opening of the new Italian place from Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier formerly of Arrows, and Pastoral (if it ever gets here).

                                                                                  1. re: black_lab

                                                                                    What the heck does that mean? $2.75 per oyster instead of $3 ?

                                                                                    1. re: black_lab

                                                                                      Get your workingman's oysters at Row 34, then your construction-worker shot and a beer up the street at Drink.


                                                                                    2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                      $2.50 for Island Creeks and $3.00 for their new Row34 offering from Duxbury

                                                                                    3. I'm sorry if it has already been mentioned, but what happened to the McDonalds in Central Square? I haven't really been around the last three weeks and I was surprised to see it gone.

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                                                                                      1. re: viperlush

                                                                                        I walked by a week ago and there was a sign up saying it was going to reopen in a couple of weeks - I forget the exact date.

                                                                                        1. re: jgg13

                                                                                          Thanks. I didn't know if it had closed, had a fire or just being renovating.

                                                                                          1. re: viperlush

                                                                                            It looked like a pretty hefty renovation going on in there.

                                                                                        2. re: viperlush

                                                                                          Not sure about the Central Square McD's, but the Davis Square McDonalds closed abruptly about two weeks ago -- just a few months after a major renovation. The franchise owners said that the rent and relatively low business there made them decide not to renew their lease. They may also own the Central Square location, not sure.

                                                                                        3. Just a follow-up to the original post here--the Quencher officially closes tonight.

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                                                                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                            Thanksgiving Eve is always a shitshow at most bars, but with The Q being an ancient, beloved local Southie joint, that's going to be the shitshow to end all shitshows.


                                                                                          2. Just heard that Locos in Easton has closed 11/01/2013 until the end of the holiday season. They're looking to revamp the menu and the space.

                                                                                            1. Walking through Copley yesterday, I noticed that osushi has paper over the windows. A sign on the door said that it's been closed since November 3rd, never made it there.

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                                                                                              1. re: BlueTrain84

                                                                                                you did not miss much. very strange, cramped space, lackluster service and meh food.