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Oct 18, 2013 02:27 PM

December 2013 Openings and Closings

It pains me to start this thread with this news: UpStairs on the Square closing on New Year's Eve, 2013. Building being sold. A series of farewell events is planned.

Lots of memories here, dating to its UpStairs at the Pudding days.

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  1. It's too bad as the restaurant has been around in one form or another for quite some time. However, our last two visits (1 brunch & 1 dinner) were really poor in both food and service. Upstairs on the Square never came close to Upstairs at the Pudding in food, service or physical space (now that was a loss I still lament).

    1. You are quick! I have those memories, too, and just posted this to your October list of notifications. But what happened to November?

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      1. re: mvi

        When somebody hears about a November closing, they should start a thread on it.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I thought you stared them all. My apologies. Yes, Upstairs will be missed.

      2. Ack! All the cozy older places are going! Locke-Ober, the Oak Bar and now this. Granted, the food at Upstairs has been disappointing for years... Still sad.

        1. Building being sold? Isn't Grendel's Den also in the same building? What's happening to that?

          I haven't been there in many years, but I went to the Pudding location a fair bit. Would eat there and then head to the black and white room downstairs to party with the golden youth. Memorable events were people falling off the second floor windows, and the police raiding the black and white room regularly trying to shut out of control parties.

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          1. re: Uncle Yabai

            That may just be an excuse. For some reason, nobody likes to say, "We're just tired of it and packing it in", or "We're retiring". At least it's not that near-sure sign of doom, "Closed for renovations".


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Also, If the inelegant Applebee's spot in the Crown Plaza Hotel straddling the Pike at exit 17 is asking 18,000usd a month in rent, heaven knows what they get for restaurant space right in The Square.

              1. re: hyde

                A little sign on the door that indicates what percentage of the gross goes to the landlord would be an amusing labeling requirement. There should be an app for that. Cruelty free eh?

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                Osushi Boston in Copley Place is closed. Osushi Boston is no longer associated with O Sushi in Cambridge. Not a lot of scuttlebutt around the closing.

              3. re: Uncle Yabai

                fwiw, grendel's is staying put. they must have a 1000-year lease.

              4. I liked it there. Steve Brand is over at Barcelona in Brookline now, so you can still get some of his food although it's decidedly different than it was at Upstairs.