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March 2014 Openings and Closings

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Gordough

      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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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        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.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

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

        1. 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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          1. re: hiddenboston

            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.

            1. re: Allstonian

              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.

              1. re: hiddenboston

                ??? 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.")

                1. re: Allstonian

                  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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                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    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

                    1. re: devilham

                      http://www.discogs.com/marketplace?re...

                      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.

                        1. re: Aromatherapy

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

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                      2. re: Allstonian

                        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

                        1. re: devilham

                          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.

                        2. re: Allstonian

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

                          1. re: Allstonian

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

                            1. re: C. Hamster

                              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.)

                              1. re: Allstonian

                                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?

                                  1. re: Aromatherapy

                                    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

                    2. 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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                      1. re: mkfisher

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

                        1. re: hiddenboston

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

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

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