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February 2014 Openings and Closings

MC Slim JB Jan 28, 2014 04:36 PM

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


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  1. C. Hamster RE: MC Slim JB Jan 28, 2014 09:45 PM

    Who names a pizza place "Pastoral?"

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      MC Slim JB RE: C. Hamster Jan 29, 2014 05:20 AM

      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...


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        Karl S RE: MC Slim JB Jan 29, 2014 05:46 AM

        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. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jan 30, 2014 09:57 AM

      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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        mwk RE: MC Slim JB Jan 30, 2014 10:07 AM

        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.

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          MC Slim JB RE: mwk Jan 30, 2014 10:14 AM

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


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            MartyF1112 RE: MC Slim JB Jan 30, 2014 10:24 AM

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

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              CportJ RE: MartyF1112 Feb 7, 2014 03:52 PM

              The spinning honestly made me a little nauseous at brunch.

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          Madrid RE: MC Slim JB Jan 30, 2014 10:39 AM

          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.

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            Madrid RE: Madrid Jan 30, 2014 10:48 AM

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

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              ChefJune RE: Madrid Feb 7, 2014 01:04 PM

              <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!) ;)

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                MC Slim JB RE: ChefJune Feb 7, 2014 01:10 PM

                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.


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                  Madrid RE: MC Slim JB Feb 7, 2014 04:52 PM

                  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.

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                    Science Chick RE: MC Slim JB Feb 15, 2014 12:57 PM

                    "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. ;)

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              mvi RE: MC Slim JB Jan 30, 2014 11:06 AM

              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.

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              Taralli RE: MC Slim JB Feb 7, 2014 11:51 AM

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

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                Unfoodie RE: Taralli Feb 10, 2014 03:39 PM

                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.

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                  C. Hamster RE: Unfoodie Feb 10, 2014 04:10 PM

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

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                    Taralli RE: Unfoodie Feb 10, 2014 04:55 PM

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

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                  mkfisher RE: MC Slim JB Feb 7, 2014 11:56 AM

                  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.

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                    QCumber RE: MC Slim JB Feb 8, 2014 05:58 PM

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


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                      devilham RE: MC Slim JB Feb 10, 2014 10:52 AM

                      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??

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                        marketpeach RE: MC Slim JB Feb 15, 2014 04:26 AM

                        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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                          hyde RE: marketpeach Feb 15, 2014 05:04 AM

                          hear, hear.

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                            Swankalicious RE: marketpeach Feb 15, 2014 03:30 PM

                            More details from Boston.com on the Jimmy's closure:

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                              marketpeach RE: Swankalicious Feb 17, 2014 04:30 PM

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

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                              C. Hamster RE: marketpeach Feb 18, 2014 06:20 AM

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

                              Hopefully its successor will be as welcoming.

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                                bostonfoodz RE: marketpeach Feb 18, 2014 06:59 AM

                                We hear

                              2. Aromatherapy RE: MC Slim JB Feb 17, 2014 07:05 AM

                                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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                                  Stride RE: Aromatherapy Feb 17, 2014 09:47 AM

                                  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?

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                                    MC Slim JB RE: Stride Feb 17, 2014 01:59 PM

                                    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.


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                                      Swankalicious RE: MC Slim JB Feb 17, 2014 06:16 PM

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

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                                    Bob Dobalina RE: Aromatherapy Feb 20, 2014 06:09 PM

                                    Went here tonight - better than ever.

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                                      T.B. RE: Aromatherapy Feb 21, 2014 05:26 PM

                                      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.

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                                      mvi RE: MC Slim JB Feb 18, 2014 12:00 PM

                                      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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                                        hiddenboston RE: mvi Feb 18, 2014 01:40 PM

                                        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).

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                                          mvi RE: hiddenboston Feb 18, 2014 02:40 PM

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

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                                        Snowflake RE: MC Slim JB Feb 19, 2014 06:58 AM

                                        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...

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                                          Fort Point RE: MC Slim JB Feb 24, 2014 12:47 PM

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

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