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March 2014 Openings and Closings

MC Slim JB Feb 27, 2014 06:22 AM

In hopes of avoiding further 2014 postings on the March 2013 O&C thread, I've started this one. One update I'm copying over from there is that Brookline Spa is reopening. More details in this sub-thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8919...

Other expected openings and closings:

For the third month in a row, I'm posting a "real soon now" opening note for Pastoral, the wood-oven pizza joint in Fort Point.

Jimmy's Bar & Oven in Washington Square, Brookline, is closing in March and says it will eventually reopen in DTX somewhere.

Wink & Nod, the South End "speakeasy", is set to open mid-month.


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    Gordough RE: MC Slim JB Feb 27, 2014 06:55 AM

    The Merchant on Franklin Street, steps from the soon to be filled Filene's hole, should open this month. I have no idea about their food but I am mostly excited that they plan to have almost 40 beers on tap. So far they have announced a few of them or at least the breweries. Not a bad start especially for the neighborhood:

    Trillium Brewing Company
    Harpoon Brewery 100 Barrel Series
    Idle Hands Craft Ales
    Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Sculpin)
    The Spencer Brewery Trappist
    Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
    Racer 5 IPA
    Arrogant Bastard Ale
    Uinta Hop Notch
    Jack's Abby
    Dogfish Head Beer
    Widmer Brothers Brewing
    Smuttynose Brewing Co.

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      MC Slim JB RE: Gordough Feb 27, 2014 07:21 AM

      Let's see: it's got the requisite ampersand in the name ("The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks" -- thanks, Eastern Standard!); a raw bar; chef is a former Craigie sous; co-owner also associated with Sycamore; described as an "American brasserie", which the good beer list and lunch / dinner / late-night hours supports.

      "Craft cocktails" also promised, and two 30-seat private dining rooms (smart to have downtown). Twitter and Instagram pages shows dishes like crispy sweetbread nuggets, cod with bok choy, a beet salad, steak & eggs with sweet potato hash and crispy bone marrow. Wine list doesn't look especially budget friendly.

      Judging from these elements, and decor, signage and menu fonts that are also familiar, my high-concept pitch for this might be "Eastern Standard in DTX", which wouldn't be too shabby at all.


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        9lives RE: MC Slim JB Feb 27, 2014 01:10 PM

        I got a quick peek in the front door the other day.

        This is the old London Harness Shop. Good sized space and nice interior. buildout, from what I could see.

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          johndory RE: MC Slim JB Mar 2, 2014 07:22 AM

          What's the Sycamore connection?

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            MC Slim JB RE: johndory Mar 2, 2014 08:49 AM

            They share a co-owner.


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            nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Mar 5, 2014 06:05 PM

            It feels like those Netflix and Amazon shows that are created by data mining user behavior and preferences. Which doesn't make them bad.

        2. hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB Feb 27, 2014 09:32 AM

          I hear that Artistry on the Green opens in March within the Inn at Hastings Park, a new inn in Lexington that's at the site of a now-closed elder care facility and a casket company(!).

          It also looks like The Glenville Stops may open in Allston in March.

          Common Ground may open its second location in Arlington in March as well.

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            Allstonian RE: hiddenboston Feb 28, 2014 07:08 AM

            I see that that's a branch of the Allston Common Ground, and not the funky treehouse cafe in Hyannis run by the Twelve Tribes cult.

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              hiddenboston RE: Allstonian Feb 28, 2014 11:41 AM

              Oh, I didn't know it was the same people, Allstonian. I know that the folks behind Artistry and the Inn at Hastings Park also have a new restaurant in Franklin as well.

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                Allstonian RE: hiddenboston Feb 28, 2014 11:58 AM

                ??? http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com...

                Or did I confuse you - I wasn't referring to Artistry on the Green, but to the new Common Ground in Arlington.

                (Since I'm very, very old, I still think of the Allston Common Ground as "formerly Johnny D's, which was not related in any way to the Somerville Johnny D's.")

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                  MC Slim JB RE: Allstonian Feb 28, 2014 12:33 PM

                  Wow, talk about lost in the mists of time! I think I saw Salem 66 at "the other Johnny D's" waaay back when.


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                    devilham RE: MC Slim JB Feb 28, 2014 01:41 PM

                    I LOVED Salem 66, I have been trying to track them down on CD forever, I used to have some tapes (!) of theirs back in the day....miss those gals

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                      Aromatherapy RE: devilham Mar 2, 2014 06:12 AM


                      I don't remember that Johnny D's though.

                      ETA: Quite a few on Amazon but more $. I didn't remember them lasting until 89.

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                        devilham RE: Aromatherapy Mar 2, 2014 04:57 PM


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                          devilham RE: Aromatherapy Mar 2, 2014 05:22 PM

                          That's the very EP I was referring to.....so cool

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                        celestialmundane RE: MC Slim JB Mar 6, 2014 04:45 PM

                        I was at that show! And a number of others.

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                        devilham RE: Allstonian Feb 28, 2014 12:35 PM

                        Wasn't it the Allston Ale House before it was the Common Ground? I ask because the AAH was my Sunday night hangout joint when I lived out there (old man bar, ALWAYS empty at nights), don't recall when it was called Johnny D's. Might just be showing my *ahem* youth though

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                          hyde RE: devilham Mar 2, 2014 08:17 PM

                          The Allston Ale house!

                          Yikes, along with mentioning The Waltham Tavern, Paul's Mall, the Inn Square Mens Bar and Lennie's on the Turnpike, this is usually nostalgic enough to have the mods chuck ones post.

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                          hiddenboston RE: Allstonian Mar 2, 2014 07:23 PM

                          Oh, you did confuse me, but that's par for the course. Nearly everyone confuses me (including myself).

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                            C. Hamster RE: Allstonian Mar 5, 2014 08:31 PM

                            Help jog my memory about Allston common ground. I lived on ashford
                            St about 2 blocks away in 1979-1980. What was it then?

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                              Allstonian RE: C. Hamster Mar 6, 2014 08:57 AM

                              Not sure about 1979-80. It was Johnny D's when I was a regular there from 84 to 87 or so. (Somewhere I've got a flyer from Uzi's farewell gig there - I also recall seeing Throwing Muses, The Five, Classic Ruins, Moose and the Mudbugs, Eugene Chadbourne, etc. etc. etc.)

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                                devilham RE: Allstonian Mar 6, 2014 09:31 AM

                                It was the Ale House in the 90's (but am a little shady on the actual dates), I remember hanging there in the mid to early 90's I think?

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                                  Aromatherapy RE: devilham Mar 6, 2014 02:27 PM

                                  Dim memories are surfacing...

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                                    devilham RE: Aromatherapy Mar 6, 2014 04:24 PM

                                    Cool find. Sadly a smidge before my time there, as many bands I loved seemed to hang there (Throwing Muses I am looking at you), when it was the Ale House it was mostly empty with a few rockers still around, but not a strong scene and no live music. To be honest I liked that though, as we were there to converse back then, so all's well that ends well

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                      mkfisher RE: MC Slim JB Feb 28, 2014 06:28 AM

                      While grabbing a pizza last night at Locale (love their pizzas by the way) I noticed that the windows of La Cantina Italiana on Hanover St. were papered over. Looked to be a sign on the door but I went by in the car so couldn't really tell. Anyone know what's going on. I believe that's the same people that own Fiore.

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                        hiddenboston RE: mkfisher Feb 28, 2014 06:36 AM

                        Cantina Italiana will be closed for a week. Not sure why. http://instagram.com/p/k46p1SxMid/

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                          bellegardbastos RE: hiddenboston Feb 28, 2014 06:43 AM

                          I hear it's renovations only. But that can mean anything.

                      2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Mar 2, 2014 02:46 PM

                        Sidewalk Cafe in City Point will be closed for renovations from March 3-7. Menu refresh in the offing, too.


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                          tartandfit RE: MC Slim JB Mar 3, 2014 05:37 PM

                          Jimmy's in Washington Square was dark tonight. It appears they're gone for good.

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                            deglazer RE: MC Slim JB Mar 4, 2014 05:42 AM

                            Hi-Fi Pizza in Central Square has been closed for a couple of weeks. Sign on the door says it's for "hood repair". I haven't seen any activity, but I'm not by there every day.

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                              PinchOfSalt RE: deglazer Mar 5, 2014 11:57 AM

                              What a coincidence! I walked by Hi-Fi for the first time in a number of years just a few weeks ago. I was struck by the thought that it looked pretty much the same as the first time I ate there, back in 1971.

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                                MC Slim JB RE: deglazer Mar 11, 2014 11:37 AM

                                According to Wicked Local, it now looks like Hi-Fi Pizza in Central Square is closing after 40 years in business. The next tenant will not be a food service business.


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                                  hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2014 01:03 PM

                                  A very reliable source told me that Hi-Fi is still open, at least this afternoon.

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                                    MC Slim JB RE: hiddenboston Mar 11, 2014 02:15 PM

                                    I'm afraid I won't be able to enjoy it again before it closes for good as it is meant to be enjoyed, i.e., three sheets to the wind on cheap draft beer, after a Friday-night punk rock show at the Middle East Down, at 1:30am, in 1992.


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                                      devilham RE: MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2014 02:45 PM

                                      They had the best kind of greasy slice, and I mean that sincerely

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                                        CportJ RE: devilham Mar 11, 2014 04:11 PM

                                        I avoid the pizza but have to confess a certain affinity for the steak and sausage sub (aka the steak bomb).

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                                        jgg13 RE: MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2014 05:03 PM

                                        I'll never forget the time I was trapsing there from ME upstairs in '93 and some dude outside had one of those care with hydraulic shocks. He was doing doughnuts in the intersection in 2 wheels, until such a time the authorities caught in and he went back to 4 wheel mode and screamed on down mass ave.

                                        I'm sure my pizza was delicious hat night.

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                                          Uncle Yabai RE: MC Slim JB Mar 12, 2014 07:16 AM

                                          A moment of silence for that. That's never coming back.

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                                        deglazer RE: MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2014 05:55 PM

                                        I've been popping in for a slice at least once a week since I moved back to Central Square a few years ago. Perfectly good pizza, though nothing inspired. I always thought there was room for improvement with the pizza without going gourmet, like maybe even just punch up the sauce a bit. Or perhaps make a change to really big slices like Little Stevie's used to do. Anything to get back some traffic. I've talked to the countermen many times and they've said it was pretty dead almost all the time of late, no delivery business to speak of (which is interesting because Cinderella's seems to be running a dozen cars every night). And the late night post-club crowd hasn't really been there.

                                        The best part about HI-Fi to me was that they had Bud on tap and you could go there mid-afternoon and have the place to yourself and have a beer and a slice and sit in the window and have the best seat in Cambridge to watch the world go by. I always felt like keeping it to myself.
                                        So now we'll get a knickknackery instead, maybe even something nice. I don't blame the developers for wanting something more shiny for their fine building than a tired and dark old pizza joint. But I will miss it.

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                                          femmevox RE: deglazer Mar 14, 2014 10:16 AM

                                          Me, too. I was so happy when I finally figured out how to get a decent slice there (keep sending it back till it's sizzling), and it was my reliable post midnight drop-in spot. I will miss the small dark hard-working guys speaking Persian or Arabic or whatever non-English language they speak. So sad it's not going to be a food spot--where can we Central Square denizens go after 1 AM??

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                                            devilham RE: femmevox Mar 14, 2014 11:15 AM

                                            First they came for Buzzy's, and I said nothing, because Buzzy's french fries

                                            Then they came for Riley's Roast Beef, and I said nothing, because frat bro's

                                            And then they came for HiFi

                                            cue sad violin please ;)

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                                              CportJ RE: femmevox Mar 14, 2014 11:26 AM

                                              Falafel Palace

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                                                jgg13 RE: CportJ Mar 14, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                unless it's changed for the better, I really didn't like how it changed after the most recent ownership switcharoo. Granted, I haven't gone for about a year or so.

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                                                viperlush RE: femmevox Mar 14, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                Cinderella's and Beantown.

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                                                  jgg13 RE: viperlush Mar 14, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                  And there's always 7-11!

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                                              nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Mar 12, 2014 08:24 AM

                                              As with others, I've had many a drunken post-show slice there. You know, they really weren't bad, near as I can vaguely remember. I've heard the Middle East is also not doing great these days - I wonder if Central will also be ruined.

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                                                CportJ RE: nsenada Mar 12, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                The Middle East has basically said that if their redevelopment proposal doesn't get approved, allowing them to purchase their building, they won't be able to afford to stick around.

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                                                  nsenada RE: CportJ Mar 12, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                  That just can't happen.

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                                                    Unfoodie RE: CportJ Mar 13, 2014 12:57 PM

                                                    M.E. has first dibs on the building, via their lease, after the landlord died. If they can't buy it the family will void their lease and sell the building.

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                                                dulce de leche RE: deglazer May 27, 2014 09:12 AM

                                                I saw a Clover Foods sign in the Hi Fi window this weekend...would be so psyched for this to be for real.

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                                                  valcfield RE: dulce de leche May 27, 2014 12:11 PM

                                                  This was actually confirmed quite a while ago, but you can see the latest update from Clover on it here :)


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                                                    dulce de leche RE: valcfield May 27, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                    Thrilled! thanks for the info.

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                                                Jenny Ondioline RE: MC Slim JB Mar 4, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                BonChon Chicken on Brighton Ave is back open after having to spend several days dark. I'll let UHub explain why: http://www.universalhub.com/2014/alls...

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                                                  smtucker RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 4, 2014 12:09 PM

                                                  Oh my!

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                                                    Boston_Otter RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 4, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                    Well, that's disconcerting.

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                                                      maillard RE: Boston_Otter Mar 5, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                      Agreed. But not surprising to me. Though I've only been to the Harvard Sq. location.

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                                                        C. Hamster RE: Boston_Otter Mar 5, 2014 08:27 PM

                                                        Disconcerting, indeed

                                                      2. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                                        nsenada RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 6, 2014 07:29 AM

                                                        I hear that's the cutting edge of umami sourcing.

                                                      3. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Mar 5, 2014 05:46 AM

                                                        The Bantam Tap Cider Room near Union Square, Somerville has a (sold-out) grand opening event this coming Saturday, says Eater Boston. Regular tasting and tour hours are not yet set.


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                                                          blumiethekoala RE: MC Slim JB Mar 5, 2014 07:52 AM

                                                          I spoke with them last night at the new space (very nice and minimal), and they're thinking about something like 4pm-7pm on Thursdays and Fridays, plus 1pm-7pm on Saturdays, but it'll evolve as they get a feel for the neighborhood.

                                                        2. Unfoodie RE: MC Slim JB Mar 6, 2014 08:35 AM

                                                          Eater is reporting that Scissors and Pie opened on Newbury street and a "tipster" paid $19 for two slices?! This has to be a mistake.

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                                                            blumiethekoala RE: Unfoodie Mar 6, 2014 08:40 AM

                                                            Yeah, the person who emailed me about it said that they apparently charge by the ounce, so I guess their broccoli and sausage tipped the scales. Seems excessive, to put it mildly.

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                                                              Unfoodie RE: blumiethekoala Mar 6, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                              That is insane if it's true. $40 pizzas? GTFO!

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                                                                blumiethekoala RE: Unfoodie Mar 7, 2014 07:31 AM

                                                                The restaurant's website is now live, complete with menu...but no prices. It does say that the price is by weight, and everything is cut with scissors. You're supposed to "gesture like a true Italian and make the size of the petzo with your hands." "Petzo" is their trademarked term for a piece of their pizza, which is made in sheets and cut to order. http://www.scissorsandpie.com/

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                                                                  Gordough RE: blumiethekoala Mar 7, 2014 07:48 AM

                                                                  Over/Under = 19 months

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                                                                    Chris VR RE: Gordough Mar 7, 2014 12:22 PM

                                                                    Seriously! If that long. My guess is they're going to have some seriously bad word of mouth when people come out of there with reports of paying $19 for two slices, and are going to have to change their price per pound, or go to a more standard pricing model.

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                                                                      MC Slim JB RE: Gordough Mar 7, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                      The counter-argument to that over/under: Cafeteria. All kinds of mediocre-to-bad ideas seem to hang on way past their freshness date in the Back Bay.


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                                                                      Jenny Ondioline RE: blumiethekoala Mar 7, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                      What's the phrase I'm looking for? Oh right, it's "fuck that shit."

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                                                                        hiddenboston RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 7, 2014 11:47 AM

                                                                        Who the hell sells pizza by the pound? God, if this becomes a trend I may need to move to another planet.

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                                                                          jgg13 RE: hiddenboston Mar 8, 2014 06:18 AM

                                                                          Whole foods does.

                                                                          I remember in Italy having to describe how big a hunk I wanted them, but they probably charged in metric units ;)

                                                                2. re: Unfoodie
                                                                  valcfield RE: Unfoodie Mar 8, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                  I'd point out based on blumie's comments/reading the site that we have no idea how big these '2 slices' said tipster designed are, given that you control how much of the sheet gets cut and put in the oven...

                                                                  while i have no doubt the place is pricy, it's entirely possible that each 'slice' was more akin to a full sized square pizza, which, with toppings, at $19 each, is more in the "expensive pizza" category than the "summon the pitchfork" category...

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                                                                    Pappabuona RE: Unfoodie Mar 8, 2014 08:36 AM

                                                                    I went last night, I had 4 pieces of pizza ( and yes with a lot of heavy vegetables and meat) and I spent $14. The pizza was really delicious and authentic and Lisa over there is super nice. How about we cut some slack to new places and we stop giving them bad reviews not even after a week after they are open? Maybe they just need to adjust. Let's go back in a month and see then.

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                                                                      Chris VR RE: Pappabuona Mar 8, 2014 10:54 AM

                                                                      There's a picture on Yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/scisso... which shows a pizza a bit larger than a pack of gum, with no toppings, that he claims was almost $4. Were your pieces smaller than that? Is there a different price for different pizzas, maybe?

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                                                                        Pappabuona RE: Chris VR Mar 8, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                        These were 2 of my slices. They were larger than the slice shown on Yelp but I do not have anything to compare other than my memory :) This is not your typical "slice of pizza place"... It's not cheap but the quality is there.

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                                                                          opinionatedchef RE: Pappabuona Mar 8, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                          hmmm, i LIKE that crust structure! and the toppings look delicious. thx for the heads up, pb.

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                                                                    ninakale RE: MC Slim JB Mar 6, 2014 10:39 AM

                                                                    The Parlour in West Roxbury has closed. Sad to see it go, had the best pizza in the area.

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                                                                      devilham RE: ninakale Mar 6, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                      That was quick...tried to go last Saturday @11:30 and they had changed their hours, guess that was an omen

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                                                                      meeps2002 RE: MC Slim JB Mar 6, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                      Awnings, signage are up...just walked by what looks like a private opening to staff of Merrill and Company...people eating & drinking in there

                                                                      Looks like a high class Johnny Rockets

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                                                                        meeps2002 RE: meeps2002 Mar 7, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                        Saw the menu on the window last night, taken down tonight - was going to get a photo... good beer list with some pricey bottles. Small menu though. a little unique..

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                                                                        johndory RE: MC Slim JB Mar 6, 2014 09:11 PM

                                                                        Signs are up for a new Sweetgreens location, to be opened in the Spring on Congress St. in Fort Point.

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                                                                          misseri RE: johndory Mar 28, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                          YAY! A friend who works in Copley has been raving about them -- I'm excited to have one near my office!

                                                                        2. Boston_Otter RE: MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2014 01:48 PM

                                                                          Eater reports that Tamarind House in Porter Sq. has closed, supposedly as of a few weeks ago, after being sold.

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                                                                            latertater RE: MC Slim JB Mar 12, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                            Walked over to audubon circle yesterday with ambitious hopes of sitting on the patio to find it closed with a sign on the door thanking everyone for 18 great years, and look for a reopening in April under new management.

                                                                            Some other people pulled up in their car and bounded out, ready to go and were similarly surprised and saddened.

                                                                            I'm a longtime fan of the owners' other spots - Miracle of Science, Cambridge 1, middlesex, Tory Row so will be sure to check those out.

                                                                            Remebering some good times and good eats at audubon circle. Hope the next iteration of audubon circle is good - great place to go before going to Coolidge Corner or just after work spot.

                                                                            audubon circle:

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                                                                              viperlush RE: latertater Mar 12, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                              Did I read somewhere here or somewhere else ( Scout Cambridge?) that it will be the Trina's Starlite Lounge people taking over?

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                                                                                Allstonian RE: viperlush Mar 12, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                                                You did:

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                                                                                  viperlush RE: Allstonian Mar 12, 2014 12:44 PM

                                                                                  Thanks. Good to know that I'm not going crazy or making things up.

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                                                                                  bellegardbastos RE: viperlush Mar 12, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                                                  That is correct. Same ownership group as Trina's, Silvertone, and Parlor Sports. And they've already announced Tyler Wang will be coming over from Kirkland.

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                                                                                    MC Slim JB RE: bellegardbastos Mar 12, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                    And Mary Stout from Coppa.


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                                                                                    LeoLioness RE: viperlush Mar 13, 2014 09:52 AM

                                                                                    Well, at least the drinks will be good.....

                                                                                    (I like Trina's but not at all for the food)

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                                                                                  cjd260 RE: MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                  A little bit outside of town, but Junji Aoki, formerly of Sushi Island in Wakefield, is opening Junji Fine Japanese Cuisine in Marblehead - pre-opening beginning tomorrow night.


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                                                                                    tatsu RE: cjd260 Mar 27, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                                                    Junji opened Tuesday. Menus and activity on the facebook page.

                                                                                  2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Mar 14, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                                                    UHub is reporting that JP's Ban Chiang House has closed and may be replaced by a Vietnamese restaurant, possibly a pho joint.


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                                                                                      Pegmeister RE: MC Slim JB Mar 15, 2014 05:32 AM

                                                                                      Not sure when but DiNeros in Cohasset has closed. I happened to go on their website with plans to check their menu and their was a notice from the owner that it was closed and would be opened under new ownership. Since it's been awhile since I've been there maybe it already has reopened. Anyone know?

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                                                                                        Trumpetguy RE: Pegmeister Mar 15, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                                                        Been closed awhile now. New restaurant been open months-Corner Stop. I drive by every week and parking lot looks pretty full...

                                                                                      2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Mar 17, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                                                        CurlyCakes, Todd English and his daughter's Beacon Hill cupcake shop, has gone from "closed for renovations" to "closed, period."


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                                                                                          Jenny Ondioline RE: MC Slim JB Mar 17, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                          Allow me to weep for its clos-...okay, I'm done.

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                                                                                          dgaugs RE: MC Slim JB Mar 17, 2014 11:34 AM

                                                                                          Port Bistro (Sintra folks) in Kingston has opened. The Sintra website has not been updated to reflect this fact but we went on Saturday.

                                                                                          1. Chris VR RE: MC Slim JB Mar 22, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                                                            Khushboo in Lexington Center has closed. The word on the Lexington discussion list is that it's due to a rent hike (which is also why Nourish closed, although Il Casale is coming into Nourish's spot.) It's really sad to see restaurants priced out of a thriving town center. I only went to Khushboo once, but it always seemed busy when I was there, and I liked it the one lunch I had.

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                                                                                              trufflehound RE: Chris VR Mar 22, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                              The Nourish people have purchased Johnny's Luncheonette.

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                                                                                                Chris VR RE: trufflehound Mar 22, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                                                Good for them. I moved to Lexington just before they closed, but from what I understand they were really active in promoting local growers and artists, and really gave back to the community. It's unfortunate that people seemed less enamored with their actual food, but maybe that's something they can address in their new location.

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                                                                                                PinchOfSalt RE: Chris VR Mar 22, 2014 03:12 PM

                                                                                                What a shame. I have a friend in Lexington who has been known to be... shall we say... reluctant to try new things. (Other characteristics make up for this!) Khushboo was on the list of approved menus... As for me, I enjoyed their selection of breads, which seemed to be a much wider variety than most Indian restaurants, even the ones on Moody Street in Waltham.

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                                                                                                elk1445 RE: MC Slim JB Mar 24, 2014 07:16 AM

                                                                                                Red Heat Tavern in Wilmington to open 3/25


                                                                                                1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2014 06:03 AM

                                                                                                  Universal Hub reports that Steve's Greek Cuisine on Newbury Street lost its lease and has closed permanently. Faneuil Hall location remains open.


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                                                                                                    Allstonian RE: MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2014 06:26 AM

                                                                                                    So sad - back when I worked in that neighborhood (eek! 15 years ago now!) Steve's was one of my favorite spots for lunch. Loved their souvlaki sandwich with housemade potato chips, and their Greek salad.

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                                                                                                      Jenny Ondioline RE: Allstonian Mar 25, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                      That was always where I steered friends who were in town for things at Hynes for breakfast, too. Really a shame.

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                                                                                                      smtucker RE: MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2014 06:39 AM

                                                                                                      This is quite sad. The last of the affordable, with decent food, options for the area. I always enjoyed their breakfasts.

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                                                                                                        C. Hamster RE: MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                        That's a shame!

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                                                                                                          Uncle Yabai RE: MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                                                                          That's sad. Another haunt bites the dust. Used to go there when I lived in Comm Ave, over two decades ago. A minute of silence, plus one more for Division 16.

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                                                                                                            Madrid RE: Uncle Yabai Mar 25, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                            oh wow, I loved Division 16. the blue cheeseburger rubbed with spices. The other burgers and salads as well. And great drinks.

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                                                                                                              pollystyrene RE: Madrid Mar 25, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                                                                              The only time I ever fell off the vegetarian wagon was for one of their mushroom & Swiss burgers.

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                                                                                                                Uncle Yabai RE: pollystyrene Mar 28, 2014 03:44 AM

                                                                                                                For me, it was their Chicago burger, medium well, which I believe was this self-same mushroom & swiss burger, but with onions.

                                                                                                        2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2014 06:58 AM

                                                                                                          Godot Pizza, a/k/a Pastoral in Fort Point, now claims to be opening this Friday at 5pm. We'll see. This "any day now" business has been going on for three months. They did post a photo of their victualer's / full liquor license on Facebook the other day.


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                                                                                                            pouch19 RE: MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                                                                            I'm thinking about going on Friday to check it out. Any thoughts on going to restaurants on their opening night? Thanks!

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                                                                                                              MC Slim JB RE: pouch19 Mar 26, 2014 05:12 PM

                                                                                                              I generally avoid a new place for the first week or two, but sometimes curiosity gets the better of me. I try to bring low expectations and a lot of forgiveness. It's very hard for a brand-new place to anticipate the vicissitudes of live-fire service for real crowds in a new physical space, even after months of planning and a lot of soft-opening rehearsal.

                                                                                                              Understand that your subsequent experiences in the coming weeks are likely to get successively smoother and more consistent with better service, and keep that in mind when offering any online opinions. I've been pleasantly surprised by how mistake-free a couple of recent openings were, e.g., Alden & Harlow, but that's generally the exception, even with even with very experienced hands overseeing the debut. By contrast, Ribelle felt pretty rough to me for at least the first month, but it eventually settled down and is terrific in my book now.


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                                                                                                                pouch19 RE: MC Slim JB Mar 27, 2014 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                Thanks for the reply. My curiosity is piqued now, just might have to try a restaurant opening.

                                                                                                          2. hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                                                            It looks like Appetito in Newton Centre has closed after being in business for about 20 years.

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                                                                                                              MC Slim JB RE: hiddenboston Mar 26, 2014 07:32 AM

                                                                                                              Went there a couple of years ago; it was pretty sad. I really disliked the long-closed South End sequel (in the space that later housed Flux, 28 Degrees, and Merrill & Co.) and got myself in some hot water back in the day when it was chosen as the venue for a work outing. "Who the hell picked that awful place?", I loudly wondered. Turned out it was my boss's boss; it was her favorite restaurant. Oops. She was forever frosty to me after that.


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                                                                                                                Gordough RE: MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2014 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                Sycamore, a stone throw away, probably ate their lunch..... and then threw it up.

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                                                                                                                  nsenada RE: Gordough Mar 26, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                  And further managed to create a spectacular "board" from the throw up.

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                                                                                                                Northender RE: hiddenboston Mar 26, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                Well this is probably a repeat of an earlier post, but I went there once many years ago and it was so bad I kicked myself several times for wasting time and money there; no tears from this part of th world.

                                                                                                              3. Bob Dobalina RE: MC Slim JB Mar 27, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                Just jogged by the Dubliner on Mass Ave. on the other side of the street (the former Spirit) - it was dark and all the signage was gone. Looked pretty gone to me.

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                                                                                                                  jgg13 RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 27, 2014 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                  A couple of weeks ago we were walking past and saw a sandwich board outside. We took a closer look figuring it was for specials or somethign - sort of, it was advertising that you could go in and buy their furniture.

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                                                                                                                    digga RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 28, 2014 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                    Yeah, I think it's public information that the owner of Bull McCabe's (who formerly worked at Spirit) has already bought the joint....We got this from a reliable source. It's gonna be something like McCabe's Grill or something like that. I can't wait! It used to be one of our favorite spots to catch college football and decent pub grub.

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                                                                                                                      MC Slim JB RE: digga Mar 28, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                      McCabe's Bar & Grill, nicknamed McCabe's on Mass. Different menu from Bull McCabe's: globe-trotting small plates, plus sandwiches and entrees. Hoping to open in April.


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                                                                                                                        jgg13 RE: MC Slim JB Mar 28, 2014 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                        And from what they told me, sans the live music & such - which was always my only complaint about the original. It makes for a great neighborhood bar unless you're not there for the music when it starts. But I've always been impressed with the quality of the food that they churn out of that tiny kitchen, it ain't the best in the world but it's much better than it should be.

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                                                                                                                          MC Slim JB RE: jgg13 Mar 28, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                          Bull's food is better than it has to be, and it's a bargain. Fine little neighborhood joint.


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                                                                                                                            Unfoodie RE: MC Slim JB Mar 28, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                            I ate at Bull's once about 6 months ago. I had two bites of the worst burger of my life. No fat and no flavor beyond celery salt and iron. The "chef" was also feverishly hanging paper towels over the entrance to the cubbyhole like kitchen to block the view of customers.
                                                                                                                            Never again.

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                                                                                                                              Madrid RE: Unfoodie Mar 28, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                              I love the space at McCabe's (and did in the iteration before it became McCabe's) but our last time eating there, also about 6 months ago, there was some kind of ventilation problem and the grease smell was overpowering. We tried again a few weeks later and walked on by after we realized the same obnoxious smell.

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                                                                                                                                jgg13 RE: Madrid Mar 28, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                FWIW it's probably been more than 6 months since I've been there, basically it'd be back when it was warm out as it was the sort of place we'd pop in while stroling around the 'hood

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                                                                                                                              Bob Dobalina RE: MC Slim JB Mar 28, 2014 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                              Have to admit....I never went back after the landlord kicked the Tir na nog out.

                                                                                                                    2. Aromatherapy RE: MC Slim JB Mar 28, 2014 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                      Modern Pastry, Medford, open until 8 on Weds. per sign

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                                                                                                                        Allstonian RE: Aromatherapy Mar 28, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                        Is this a change in hours?

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                                                                                                                          Aromatherapy RE: Allstonian Mar 28, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                          Yes--they usually close at 6, too late for many.

                                                                                                                      2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Mar 31, 2014 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                        Gourmet Express in Porter Square closed for good early this morning. The property is being razed, to be replaced by a residential development with first-floor retail, but GE is not expected to return.


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                                                                                                                          mvi RE: MC Slim JB Mar 31, 2014 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                          The Snack Bar on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge has closed. Let's hope for a decent replacement in that space. Anyone know anything about it? Anthony Bourdain paid a visit here a few years ago which was its one claim to fame. He liked it.

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                                                                                                                            CportJ RE: mvi Mar 31, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                            It changed ownership after that and reportedly went downhill.

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                                                                                                                              mvi RE: CportJ Mar 31, 2014 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                              That's the truth. Hope the space gets some new inspiration.

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                                                                                                                                jgg13 RE: CportJ Mar 31, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                It was all pretty immediate too. Sold within a month or so and got craptastic right away.

                                                                                                                                At least they kept hte man-o-war which was about the same.

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                                                                                                                                Matt H RE: mvi Mar 31, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                Its incredible how fast that place went downhill. Went from being one of my favorite places to eat along that strip to one of the worst within a matter of months after the ownership change.

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                                                                                                                                  jgg13 RE: mvi Mar 31, 2014 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                  I read somewhere it's going to be an Alfredo's outpost

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