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February 2014 Openings and Closings

Pastoral, the fancy pizza place in Fort Point, has now slipped its opening to Feb 20, per the Globe.


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  1. Who names a pizza place "Pastoral?"

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      Among the sins of new restaurant naming I've seen lately (InBoston, MAST', Gather, Tamper), Pastoral seems pretty venial. Most of the pre-opening hype revolves around its Marra Forni wood-fired brick pizza oven, which is an impressive beast: http://fortpointneighborhood.org/wp-c...


      1. re: MC Slim JB

        FWIW, the best pizza I've had in memory has been in Rochester NY at a place (Fiamma's) where the chef is in the family of famed Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Ave in the Bronx, and he uses one of those ovens, finishing the pizza by raising it up into the dome, et cet.

    2. Remember the Spinnaker? It's the rotating restaurant atop the Hyatt Regency Mayan Pyramid, sorry, Hotel, on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. It's re-opening for one day, Valentine's Day, in 2014. Spinnaker. It spins. Heh.


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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I was so upset when that place closed. I used to love going there for the big ice cream liquor drinks they made. The views were phenomenal. It was a great place to bring a date.

        1. re: mwk

          Boozy ice cream dessert drinks on date night in my just-outta-college days is *exactly* my memory of the Spinnaker.


          1. re: MC Slim JB

            That, and trying to find where I was sitting after a visit to the ladies' room!

            1. re: MartyF1112

              The spinning honestly made me a little nauseous at brunch.

        2. re: MC Slim JB

          wow, yes I do remember, went on my college graduation in 1977. Will have to check this out. My 14 year old son might love it. That Hyatt used to also have some tiny live birds in a glass case in the lobby. they seemed happy but it was very freakish.

          1. re: Madrid

            Just went to the site, The room will not spin.

            1. re: Madrid

              <Just went to the site, The room will not spin.>

              It might if you drink enough of those boozy ice cream desserts! (Sorry, couldn't resist that one!) ;)

              1. re: ChefJune

                Getting wobbly still won't approximate the thrill of trying to time your trip across the dining room so you end up at the restrooms at the other end, though it might simulate the old disorientation as you try to locate your table to return to it. Nor will you experience the same lull in conversation every time you wheel around to a decent view (though frankly, it's not that awe-inspiring, as you're more across from BU than the scenic parts of the Back Bay skyline). Without the rotation, no amount of nostalgia can make me interested enough to return.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  same here. without the rotation no reason to go The engineering must be impossible to repair or maintain. I'm sure it's 20 th century maintenance issue.Too bad. It's a great gimmick. My son would have loved the spinning.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    "disorientation as you try to locate your table to return to it"..that's funny, I can't remember the last time I used external cues to navigate to something inside! Usually I know where my table is relative to other things in the room, not by the view outside the window. ;)

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              Ugh. I am more interested in the Chez Henri pop up at Mariposa in Central Square. Also just one night. 2/ 28. I did go to that spinning restaurant years ago, but I don't care what they put on the menu, I'm not going back. Rotating and eating don't mesh with my digestion.

            3. Coolidge Liquors in Coolidge Sq. Watertown is starting to look sparse - are they closing?

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              1. re: Taralli

                All,I know about CC liquors is that they also own Hops and Scotch and haven't seemed to care about the store for years (yes the downfall started before the opening of their, meh at best, gastropub.)
                A few tears ago I was shopping at the store and while the general staff was helpful/enthusiastic the owner didn't care to the point of refusing to let a beer distributor hold an in store customer tasting of brands the store was already carrying. I was astonished to hear a store owner refuse free help that his customers would greatly appreciate.

                1. re: Unfoodie

                  A few "tears" ago seems appropriate......

                  1. re: Unfoodie

                    Am asking about Coolidge Liquors on Mt. Auburn St in Watertown. Think you may be referring to some place in Brookline.

                2. As was mentioned on another thread, Salts is temporarily closed. Sounds like they had a hot water pipe burst that flooded the place. I had actually planned going there in the next couple of weeks, so it foiled those plans. They're collecting email addresses if you'd like to know when they are back open.

                  1. Looks like B Street in Newton center has closed, according to their website. I never made it in, but it seemed expensive and stiff.


                    1. As I said in the Spring Openings thread, Tenoch Mexican has opened in the North End today, I peeked in the window and they were getting slammed at 12:30, and I was broke, so couldnt check it out, but it is now definately open. Any CH'rs in that line I saw??

                      1. Per eater, Jimmy's Bar and Oven in Washington Square will close around 2/23. No love lost over Jimmy's, but as a neighborhood dweller, I'm very curious to see what will go in its place. As much as I love Fairsted and Ribelle, I'd love something less expensive in this spot... And something that is open for lunch!

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                            1. re: Swankalicious

                              Thanks for the update! Here's hoping the new tenant isn't another bank...

                            2. re: marketpeach

                              We really enjoyed having a few at the bar at Jimmy's.

                              Hopefully its successor will be as welcoming.

                              1. DooWee & Rice is reopening in Powderhouse as a temporary, part-time popup Wed. 2/19. From their FB via Davis Sq Livejournal:
                                -3pm - 9pm (could change)
                                -Dine in and take out only, no deliveries.
                                -Familiar menu and a few new items.

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                                1. re: Aromatherapy

                                  Is this in their old space? There's a sign there indicating it's going to be some sort of teryaki place. Is D&R going to share the space?

                                  1. re: Stride

                                    It is indeed the same space; Terikyaki House is still gearing up. DooWee is meanwhile taking the opportunity to open temporarily; apparently there are a lot of Groupons outstanding he wants to honor.


                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                      They are peddling a spicy calamari bao that looks downright divine.

                                    1. re: Aromatherapy

                                      For today he tweaked the special calamari bao with a garlic and corn sauce (good) and added extra-fatty pork belly baos with honey soy glaze. Those were fantastic. Nice to get my bao fix again, hope he's open there again next week.

                                    2. According to one of my neighborhood pals, Petsi Pies in East Cambridge is now open at 441 Cambridge Street. Once I get rid of the latest snow and ice, I'm on my way.

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                                      1. re: mvi

                                        The new Petsi is definitely open. I'd go, but I'll probably be shoveling snow for the 45th day in a row (give or take).

                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                          I hear you. I think I may plod over tomorrow- or skate over. This is a great bit of news for East Cambridge.

                                      2. Mariposa Bakery on Mass Ave near Central Sq is temp closed for renovations per the sign on the door. the windows are papered over. The sign, I believe, says closed 2/14-2/23. They are also hosting a pop-up for Chez Henri end of month, interesting...

                                        1. Walked by Pastoral at noon today and there seemed to still be major construction going on. Looked like a Feb opening would be tough.