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October 2013 Openings and Closings

MC Slim JB Aug 29, 2013 02:23 PM

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.

http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

  1. hotoynoodle Aug 30, 2013 08:10 AM

    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. MC Slim JB Sep 27, 2013 02:40 PM

      Several sources now point to Sarma opening in October. They snagged Vik Hegde from ICOB to run the bar program, a good guy: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013/09/27/vik-hegde-tells-what-to-expect-at-sarmas-bar.php

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        kdemayo Sep 30, 2013 07:01 AM

        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...

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          DrewStarr Sep 30, 2013 01:19 PM

          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.

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            Bob Dobalina Sep 30, 2013 08:28 PM

            Just like Santarpio's!

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              hotoynoodle Oct 1, 2013 09:09 AM

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

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            ClippyZ Oct 1, 2013 07:03 PM

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

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            nyc_to_ma Sep 30, 2013 05:43 AM

            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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              MC Slim JB Sep 30, 2013 07:31 AM

              Owners from the St. Petersburg, FL area?

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                hiddenboston Sep 30, 2013 07:51 AM

                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.

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                  MC Slim JB Sep 30, 2013 08:06 AM

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

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                antimony Sep 30, 2013 08:17 AM

                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.

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                  antimony Oct 7, 2013 09:24 AM

                  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.

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                  mgp Oct 2, 2013 06:41 AM

                  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.

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                    Snowflake Oct 3, 2013 09:18 AM

                    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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                      LeoLioness Oct 3, 2013 09:20 AM

                      Sure hope they add some more TV sets.

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                        MC Slim JB Oct 3, 2013 09:25 AM

                        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.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        hiddenboston Oct 3, 2013 10:23 AM

                        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.

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                          mkfisher Oct 3, 2013 10:59 AM

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

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                            LeoLioness Oct 3, 2013 11:16 AM

                            They will now show Scarface in 3D.

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                              Snowflake Oct 3, 2013 11:29 AM

                              one can only hope ;)

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                                mkfisher Oct 3, 2013 12:24 PM

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

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                                MC Slim JB Oct 3, 2013 01:54 PM

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

                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                mkfisher Oct 4, 2013 05:42 AM

                                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.

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                                meeps2002 Oct 3, 2013 09:32 AM

                                Any news on Fritz in SE becoming a martini bar?

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                                  foodieX2 Oct 3, 2013 03:06 PM

                                  Was driving down 3A in Cohasset and saw a sign for "Olympus Grill Now Open". No web presence yet http://www.olympia.bliztek.com but some twitter presence and Grub hub has a menu.

                                  Any one try it yet? I am going to going to try to get there over the weekend. I am partial Cedar Cafe in Hanover but always looking for good greek/middle eastern food.

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                                    mvi Oct 4, 2013 01:31 PM

                                    RJ Gourmet, a coffee shop on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, has had its doors shut and its lights off for two days. No sign on the door and an old broom on the counter. Anyone have an update? Their coffee is great. But it's a poor location for this kind of coffee shop, in my opinion. I was never sure how they could make ends meet here.

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                                      smtucker Oct 4, 2013 02:33 PM

                                      hiddenboston reported in the September Open/Close thread:

                                      "The person behind RJ Gourmet decided not to renew the lease."

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                                        mvi Oct 4, 2013 03:24 PM

                                        Oh, I should have checked there. Thanks. Good coffee.

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                                      robkeats Oct 5, 2013 05:23 PM

                                      Mashawi Grill has opened in Allston. I had a tasty kabob there tonight. http://www.mashawiboston.com

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                                        Allstonian Oct 7, 2013 03:08 PM

                                        Brighton, actually - it's on Sutherland Road just off of Commonwealth. Based on some of the less-standard items on the menu it sounds like the proprietors are Lebanese. Which of the kabobs did you have?

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                                          robkeats Oct 7, 2013 04:20 PM

                                          I had the dejaj kabob meal, 2 skewers plus salad and hummus. I also tried a dolma (stuffed grape leaf) and can recommend it.

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                                        9lives Oct 6, 2013 01:53 PM

                                        Monica's Mercato on Salem has completed the expansion.

                                        http://northendwaterfront.com/2013/10...

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                                          jomo9501 Oct 7, 2013 08:39 AM

                                          Not a restaurant, but I just got a postcard in the mail for Restaurant Depot. They are opening on Oct. 23 in Avon, 30 Bodwell Street.

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                                            hiddenboston Oct 7, 2013 11:25 AM

                                            Oooooooohhhhhhhhhhh.....

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                                            jomo9501 Oct 8, 2013 07:37 AM

                                            Chubby Chickpea - Canton

                                            Canton Store News:
                                            We are relocating to our NEW KOSHER FACILITY at 120 Jackson Street, Canton, MA 02021. This new facility presents the opportunity for a much larger operation, even higher consistency, central air conditioning (when it's hot), and plenty of parking! At the present time, we have closed our old Canton location.

                                            Our targeted Grand Opening for the new store is Sunday, October 13, 2013! Stay tuned for more information!

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                                              QCumber Oct 9, 2013 01:29 AM

                                              The pleasant Zenna's Noodle Bar near Coolidge Corner on Beacon has been closed for several days now. Someone locking the door the other day said simply that it was closed for now and that it was unknown whether it would re-open. A sign on the door yesterday directed any package deliveries to a different address.

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                                                meeps2002 Oct 9, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                Delux is not closing, contrary to other rumors. Change in ownership but will remain as is.

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                                                  LeoLioness Oct 9, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                  I went by Sarma last night and they were either open or having a soft opening (I was on a bus so couldn't investigate). Anyone know?

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                                                    smtucker Oct 9, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                    Looked like a soft opening to me as we drove by on our way to Tenoch. The traffic on that bit of road right in front was a mess and all the parking was taken, so I too didn't investigate.

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                                                      kdemayo Oct 9, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                      I randomly did a google search for Sarma earlier this morning because I was curious if there was any news and open table popped up as the first link. I clicked on it and it said they were taking reservations tonight. No phone number listed for me to call and investigate though....

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                                                        kdemayo Oct 9, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                        I just did a search for Sarma on twitter and a few posts from last night came up. Someone mentioned "friends and family." Another person also attached the below photo (partial of the menu) along with the caption "best beef jerky ever."

                                                         
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                                                      misseri Oct 10, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                      Yup, soft opening on Tuesday night!

                                                    3. MC Slim JB Oct 9, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                      Phantom Gourmet's Facebook page is reporting that the Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus will close on October 20.

                                                      I'd comment there, but I'm banned for making one too many jokes that they didn't care for. Very thin-skinned, those Andelman boys.

                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                        Uncle Yabai Oct 9, 2013 10:32 PM

                                                        That place is still open? It was something to behold back in the day, though.

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                                                          hiddenboston Oct 10, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                          The Hilltop went way downhill over the past few decades, but it's sad to see another piece of Route 1 disappear. Pretty soon it'll be like any other road in the country.

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                                                            MC Slim JB Oct 10, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                            It was pretty good of its kind in its day, an undeniably a fun, kitschy experience, but I agree: it slid badly in recent years, and there are plenty more options in the cheapish-big-steak category these days.

                                                            It belongs in a museum exhibit with Anthony's Pier 4 and Weylu's, a fond memory from the 70s that only your grandparents are likely to mourn for the food. Thank goodness we've come a long way since then.

                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                              Bellachefa Oct 10, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                              Maybe some hep cats from MIT will do an encore bovine escapade?

                                                              I wonder if they'll have an auction for all the chotchkie?

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                                                                nsenada Oct 16, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                Funny you should mention that - the marine antiques place on High Street is about to auction items from Anthony's Pier Four.

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                                                            treb Oct 10, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                            No surprise though, it was the cat's meow in the 70's when you had to wait in line for hours to get in. Gone are the Anthony's, Hawthorne's, General Glover style dinosaurs of that time period. Maybe the cactus should be placed in the neon hall of fame. The place will probably become just another mall.

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                                                              hyde Oct 16, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                              hard to believe dave and dan cant take a joke. cough,cough.

                                                            2. pang Oct 16, 2013 06:26 AM

                                                              Tornado Restaurant and Lounge in Malden should be opening before the end of the month.

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                                                                mhead Oct 16, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                Ida's, an old-school (1951) place in the North End closed this week. The DePasquale group apprently will take over the space.

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                                                                  MC Slim JB Oct 16, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                  Any word on whether it will be a free-water or no-free-water place?

                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                    C. Hamster Oct 16, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                    I seriously thought Ida's closed 20 years ago!

                                                                  2. enhF94 Oct 16, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                    the Davis Square LiveJournal reports that Martsa on Elm, in Davis Square, will close/reopen "under new management." Noted without comment.

                                                                    http://davis-square.livejournal.com/3...

                                                                    1. Matt H Oct 17, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                      Some 'ting nice in Somerville opens Friday. Menu was posted on eater boston and it seems very ambitious.

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

                                                                      Huge West Indian addition to the area if they can execute.

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                                                                        Gabatta Oct 17, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                        In keeping with the name, the way the menu is written gives me a headache.

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                                                                          Matt H Oct 17, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                          Just need to brush up on your "thinking accent" and it will flow
                                                                          ; )

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                                                                          Uncle Yabai Oct 17, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                          As long as it doesn't head like the Asiana flight, and become Sum Ting Wong...

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                                                                            Boston_Otter Oct 18, 2013 06:08 AM

                                                                            Wow, if they can pull all of that off, it'll be awesomely unique to the area. Ackee & saltfish? Cow heel soup? Manish Water?

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                                                                              itaunas Oct 18, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                              Thanks for the update, I have been keeping an eye on it but hadn't passed by recently trying to avoid some of the construction in the area.

                                                                              A restaurant serving "brunch and patty melts," as well as offering "libations -- craft beer and wine, sangria" which I think is called Snappy Patties is coming to West Medford where the stained glass shop used to be located. Still doing some initial construction as far as I can tell, so not likely to be an October opening but maybe a 2013 opening. Definitely room for both brunch places and more burger offerings in Medford (Carroll's is probably the best overall option and the Tatsty Gourmet the only place I know for a patty melt these days)... so I'll applaud as long as they don't manage to squeeze pizza somehow on their menu (even the the seafood restaurant nearby offers pizza).

                                                                              Bistro 5 is putting the finishing touches on their renovation -- lights and electrical work. Put a shiny new kitchen exhaust fan on to replace the one dented by a truck. Since the tables in the front area are set I assume the whole restaurant is back open for service, but haven't been by at night or seen the bar they added.

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                                                                                antimony Oct 18, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                Yeah, the front is open for service, including the bar -- I haven't been in but I go by at night all the time (I live very nearby). And I would actually applaud pizza, if it's good, since all of the pizza in West Medford is pretty crappy. Though more interesting pub-food would be welcome.

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                                                                                  itaunas Oct 18, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                  Amici's is good for me for pizza. Hand stretched crust, decent dough management (only by the owners), uncooked sauce, decent cheese with no cheddar and pepperoni. Its not as thin as others but they will probably stretch as asked, the tomatoes have some acid, the cheese is mild compared to places which use romano (Armando's) and I sometimes come across rosemary in the sauce which is slightly unusual (I have always assumed they use italian seasoning). I also like their Steak and Cheese, but am not a big fan of their meatballs or sausage, plus wish they had more flavorful tomatoes at least occasionally. I think it puts Joe Pizza to shame, prefer the style to oft-mentioned Stella's, and I wouldn't trade it for a thin crust place. So its a keeper for me, but not for everyone -- medium thin crust, minimal spotting, not "well done." Service has been a bit rough with one of the owners recovering from knee surgery.

                                                                                  I'll occasionally go to Bocelli which cuts a lot of corners, but you can sit down, have a good choice of toppings, and appetizers. Regina's at the circle is pretty good, and I want to give Wellington's Brazilian pizzas a try, but the other 500 pizza places in Medford I give a pass to.

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                                                                                    antimony Oct 18, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                    Amici's is the best of the West Medford bunch, but I find it kind of blah. And when I say West Medford, I mean actually in West Medford, so that I can pick up a calzone, walk home with it, and arrive with it still reasonably hot. A place to actually sit down and have some food and a few beers at less than Bistro 5 prices would be fabulous -- trekking all the way to Salvatore's for only mediocre options is a pain in bad weather.

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                                                                                    pemma Oct 18, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                    The whole restaurant and the bar is open. We were just there and sat at the bar. They did a nice job. It is still very nice, but it has a bit more casual vibe, which is what people seem to like today. There is one relatively small TV at the bar that faces away from the dining area. There is no bar menu now, which still makes it an expensive night out. But, we talked with the owner and he said he is coming up with a limited bar menu. There will be flatbreads, he hasn't worked it all out. It was very busy in there on a weeknight. They really need to come up with a lighter, reasonably priced bar menu so locals can go there more often.

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                                                                                mvi Oct 18, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                This belongs in December, but Upstairs on the Square has announced they are closing right after a New Year's Eve blow out party. This was reported today in the Cambridge Chronicle.

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                                                                                  CportJ Oct 18, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                  From Chef Nookie's latest post on Eater Boston, sounds like he may squeak out an Oct. opening at Commonwealth in Kendall Sq.

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                                                                                    mkfisher Oct 21, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                    I walked by Commonwealth on Saturday. Kudos to Nookie if he can get that place opened in the next 10 days or so.

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                                                                                    mvi Oct 18, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                    Kaju Tofu House has been open for a few days in Harvard Square. 57 JFK Street.

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                                                                                      robkeats Oct 18, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                      La Catrina Fonda Mexicana has opened on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston, near the intersection with Washington Street. Que bueno!

                                                                                      1. hotoynoodle Oct 19, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                        pretty sure this was in here, but ida's in the north end closed and i heard yesterday that frank depasquale bought it (maybe the building?) with his bakery downstairs this makes sense.

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                                                                                          CTrainInbound Oct 20, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                          Zenna Noodle Bar in Coolidge Corner was closed when I walked by on Friday night. Sign in the window says "Space Available for Lease Immediately" and there was another handwritten note on the door asking for UPS packages to be delivered to the frozen yogurt place next door.

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                                                                                            QuakerInBoston Oct 21, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                            I saw that, too! How sad. I liked it and it's literally within eye shot of my apartment. Hopefully something good goes in.

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                                                                                            catsmeow Oct 25, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                            In today's Banker and Tradesman....Modern Pastry has bought the adjacent building to expand its business.

                                                                                            1. divinebaboon Oct 28, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                              Yumy's in Allston is closed. It's no wonder since it was a Korean couple trying to do Japanese Ramen..disastrously.

                                                                                              1. viperlush Oct 28, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                According to Scout Cambridge Tasty Burger is not moving into the Lyndell's space on Prospect. Couldn't get a liquor license to serve beer until 2am. Wonder what will end up in that space.

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                                                                                                  CportJ Oct 28, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                  The Mid-Cambridge Temperance League clubhouse.

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                                                                                                    mkfisher Oct 29, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                                                                    Read the licensing commission minutes if you want a good laugh. The Tasty Burger guys were going to take extraordinary measures to deal with the noise (including building a second internal wall that would prevent noise coming from the back of the building). The neighbors over there clearly prefer a vacant building vs. a thriving new restaurant.

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                                                                                                      CportJ Oct 29, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                                                                      They're mad about Cardullo's/Lyndell's. Sad, since the owner of Tasty Burger grew up nearby.

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                                                                                                        Gabatta Oct 29, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                        Lyndell's and Carberry's were both meh.

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                                                                                                          CportJ Oct 29, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                          I don't disagree, but I think the neighbors weren't mad because they loved them so much as because, however unreasonably, they think a cafe fits in their neighborhood and a Tasty Burger serving beer does not, even though we're talking about incredibly-busy Prospect Street a block from Mass. Ave. in Central Square. That's probably why the noise-blocking promises didn't do any good.

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                                                                                                          mkfisher Oct 29, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                                          The Tasty Burger owner made the point that if it wasn't them, then someone else was going to want a liquor license in that space. The rent there more or less demands you sell liquor. I do wonder how the neighbors would feel if the license were only to 11pm, and if it were for a more formal restaurant. I think a lot of the concerns surrounded the Harvard Square location, and how it gets filled with drunk college kids late at night (their words, not mine). It is a nice spot, and that parking lot is a huge plus, so I hope they figure something out.

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                                                                                                            CportJ Oct 29, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                            Too bad about Tasty Burger, but Puritan getting a full liquor license and Bergamot working on a new place next to Clover on Cambridge St. is good news! Also, one of the dumpling places in Chinatown is apparently trying to go into the old Buddhist Tea House on Mass. Ave. b/t Harvard and Central, although their upstairs neighbors are against it.

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                                                                                                              Gabatta Oct 29, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                              The Tea House was a real loss. It was the perfect inexpensive lunch of the best vegetarian Chinese food in the area. It was such a tease; they closed for their usual holiday break, then extended it through Jan, the Feb, then indefinitely, and eventually no sign at all... I live in the area that would be included in any public hearing notice for that space and haven't seen anything.

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                                                                                                                dulce de leche Oct 29, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                Oh, no! I didn't know this! I agree, HUGE loss.

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                                                                                                          MC Slim JB Oct 29, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                          The Southie location has been a similar wrangle with balky neighbors for them. Most of what's nearby are abandoned properties. Baffling.

                                                                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                            mwk Oct 29, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                            Intellectually, I understand and agree that a thriving restaurant space is better than an abandoned space. But, having lived in the South End and Manhattan for a while, I can tell you that having a restaurant serving until 2am, right near your house can be hellish.

                                                                                                            So, it doesn't really baffle me so much to understand the motivation behind the balky neighbors.

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                                                                                                              MC Slim JB Oct 29, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                              The Southie location has commercial business on either side of it, and abandoned houses behind it. It used to be an ice cream shop. I have always lived in densely urban neighborhoods of Boston, and I'm still puzzled by this. It's not like it's a radical new introduction to the block.

                                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                CportJ Oct 29, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                That location also does not serve alcohol.

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                                                                                                        marais Oct 28, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                        Oakleaf Cakes has successfully opened on Westland Ave in the East Fenway. I'm currently staring at a mini pumpkin cheesecake which keeps demanding, "Eat me!" despite dinner not having been finished yet, oh dear.

                                                                                                        1. MC Slim JB Oct 29, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                          Fairsted Kitchen, doing "Contemporary American with subtle accents of Middle Eastern and European spice", is open in Washington Square, Brookline in the old Umami space.

                                                                                                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                            Taralli Nov 7, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                            May be old news, but Eastside Wings on Mt. Auburn in Watertown's Coolidge Sq. has closed.

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