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Aug 29, 2013 02:23 PM

October 2013 Openings and Closings

Eater notes a Craigslist posting that reveals that Ostra -- high-end New England seafood from the Columbus Hospitality Group (Mistral, Sorellina, etc.) in the former Avila space -- is hiring for an October opening.

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  1. am sure it will be spendy, but the group already has a dedicated fish buyer, so i think this will be a great addition to the dining scene here. all of their places rock on service as well.

    1. Several sources now point to Sarma opening in October. They snagged Vik Hegde from ICOB to run the bar program, a good guy:

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I CANNOT wait for Sarma to open. I'm so excited. I've been running by there the past few weeks just so I can keep peeking in the windows. The light fixtures and the paint colors look beautiful. I have really high expectations...

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          In what is a massive season for openings, this is the bar I am most looking forward to. It is probably the most mentioned opening when I speak to people in the industry, as well.

          Mezze cooking station as part of the bar? I love it. I hope it works in practice.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              if those lamb tips are "mezze" for you, i like how you roll!

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            We were at Oleana last night and it sounds like they're having some soft openings this weekend and fully opening next week.

          2. There is a cafe opening in the old Boloco space on Boston Ave in Medford called Tamper -- apparently also owned by the Boloco people. Noticed this weekend that the sign is now up outside.

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Ha ha. Tamper is such an odd name for a restaurant. I wonder if the food will be over-the-counter or by prescription only.

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  As it's an espresso-making tool, I suspect this will be a serious coffee shop.


              2. re: nyc_to_ma

                I walked by last night -- it was abustle with people setting up furniture and equipment, and looked pretty much ready to open. Sign said breakfast/lunch/coffee, which is what I expected from the name. DPH is often packed, so if they can siphon off a bit of that crowd, they should do fine. Especially if it's slightly cheaper.

                1. re: nyc_to_ma

                  And it's open -- I was going past on Sunday and decided to stop in. Very industrial-chic decor (knockoff Diesel vibe), coffee & pastry were good but not exceptional. Lots of people there. I think they'll be fine, again as I said before especially if they can get some of the DPH overflow crowd -- there's times I've been through there that I thought about stopping in for a coffee but it was so crowded that just trying to stand in line was more hassle than a coffee was worth.

                2. Does anyone know what is up with Imari (nee It Rains Fishes) in Winchester? We just moved to town and had heard good things, but called last night for takeout and the number is not in service.

                  There is one yelp review from late September stating "we will miss this restaurant," but nothing else.

                  1. I walked by Stega North End last night. It was in the process of being totally gutted. It must be getting a makeover.

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                    1. re: Snowflake

                      Sure hope they add some more TV sets.

                      1. re: LeoLioness

                        Maybe they woke up one day and realized the interior was the most hideously mismatched assortment of random design motifs in the city. I speculated that it was done by some teenage Varano relative in their first semester at Frankie's Discount School of Design and Auto-Body Repair.


                      2. re: Snowflake

                        Maybe they're going to turn it into a 100,000-square-foot complex with fireplaces, water views, juggling clowns, and a few more TV sets.

                        1. re: Snowflake

                          I think they decided the combo of the yellow and TVs was a little too understated. They want something that pops a little more.

                          1. re: mkfisher

                            They will now show Scarface in 3D.

                              1. re: LeoLioness

                                If they don't do that, someone needs to get a Kickstarter going for a restaurant that will.

                              2. re: mkfisher

                                It just won't be Strega unless I can watch Moe Green getting shot through the eyeball while I'm enjoying dinner.


                              3. re: Snowflake

                                I walked by last night. Totally bizarre. They had the blinds drawn, there was a dumpster outside, but then they had a hostess at the door. It was terribly confusing. Asked someone that knows all things North End, and she didn't even know what was going on.