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Seems time to start this one.

The Glenville Stops in Allston just announced its planned opening on Facebook for April 5. Early advance press suggested it would be the "highest-end restaurant ever in Allston"; current website placeholder calls it "Allston's neighborhood tavern".

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  1. hi MC slim-what is up with the red fez-i heard they were closing-what a great location

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    1. re: ace88

      A great location that they have utterly squandered for years. They've been attracting a club crowd on weekend nights, but I haven't seen more than five or six diners in there at any one time the rest of the week for years and years. I quite enjoyed it from about '98-'05, but they clearly stopped giving a damn about the food and drinks a good eight years ago, and I gave up on it after three or four increasingly grim visits. It is a great location, with a full license, a nice patio and parking. If it is indeed finally changing hands, maybe someone will do something interesting there again.

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      1. re: ace88

        A friend confirmed today that the Red Fez is indeed closed. Rumor is that its next incarnation will be a gay-friendly sports bar, which kinda sounds like what the Trophy Room, the Fritz replacement, is also supposed to be.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          That's what I heard last weekend as well.

          1. re: Karl S

            Universal Hub confirms: it will be called Cathedral Station and is aiming to open in May.

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      2. I saw that about Glenville Stops. I wonder if that's a soft opening or a grand opening. Tough to tell from the post.

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          Per Urban Daddy, Glenville Stops hosts a block party on Friday and opens officially on Saturday.

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        2. Bostonia Public House opens in the former Kitty O'Shea's space at 131 State St in mid-April. "Locally-inspired, refined-rustic” menu by chef Kyle Ketchum, formerly of The Lark in Michigan and Spiced Pear in RI.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Bostonia is soft opening tomorrow and Tuesday (April 14-15) and plans to be open to the public at the end of this week.

            Chef Kyle was most recently of the now closed Woodward at Ames (he was the last chef there before it closed).

          2. Sweetgreens' Fort Point location was open today and doing brisk business around lunch time. The window signs at Pastoral say they are now open for dinner with lunch service to start later in April.

            1. I'm hearing April 15 for the long awaited La Brasa. This date might be ambitious, but regardless, I'm looking forward to this one.

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              1. re: OliveJones

                Looks like La Brasa is now hoping to open on April 22.

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              2. Sami's in the medical area has been closed for a couple weeks. It says temporary and that something needs to be fixed but I haven't seen any work being done. Anyone got more info?

                Also Rita's Cafe on Cypress St. has paper on the windows.

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                1. re: total13

                  Rita's has reopened, as promised.

                2. Other April openings pending, per Eater Boston:

                  Bastille Kitchen, fancy French, Fort Point.

                  Caffè Nero, international coffee shop chain, DTX.

                  Causeway BBQ — former Penalty Box near North Station.

                  ester — neighborhood place in former Ledge space in Dot.

                  H Mart, Central Square. Food court to include Sapporo Ramen, Go Go Curry, Paris Baguette.

                  McCabe's Bar & Grille — former Dubliner near Porter Square.

                  Mystic Station — pub food and craft beer in Malden Station mall.

                  Niji Ya Japanese — all-you-can-eat sushi and more in Medford

                  The Painted Burro — old Windsor Button in DTX.

                  Sofá Café — Brazilian coffee shop chain outlet on Newbury Street.

                  Stephanie's at Terminal B at Logan Airport.

                  Trophy Room — replacing Fritz Bar in the South End.

                  upperwest — casual wine bar between Harvard and Central.

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                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Mystic Station is not in a mall. It is taking over the space that was Division 7 in Malden Square

                    1. re: pemma

                      Apologies. I should never mention Malden unless it's to praise FuLoon or lament the passing of Biriyani Park, literally the only two places I've ever dined at there.

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                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        MC, there are a number of good dining spots in Malden. Definitely worth a trip up to try a few, including All Seasons Table, Habesha, and Pasta Market Cafe.

                        1. re: hiddenboston

                          All those places are on my list, but I never get to them. Not really Malden's fault.

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                    2. re: MC Slim JB

                      where on eater boston do you see that H-Mart is gonna open in april? the post I could find only says go-go curry in the food court is hiring...

                      1. re: divinebaboon

                        Here: http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014...

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                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Yeah, April is still the last estimate I've heard thrown around, although this blogger is guessing it won't be before summer based on how the construction looked last month: http://japaneseamericaninboston.blogs...

                          1. re: blumiethekoala

                            Based on daily glances through the windows there, an April opening definitely seems plausible at this point.

                          2. re: MC Slim JB

                            you were right, the h-mart website says they are opening on april 23 http://www.hmart.com/company_new/gran...

                          3. re: divinebaboon

                            On H Mart's Burlington flyer, it says the grand opening for Cambridge is April 23.

                            1. re: catsmeow

                              oh snap, i'm gonna spread the news to my friends, thanks a ton

                          4. re: MC Slim JB

                            Apparently we have a karaoke bar in Malden now: 1986 KTV. The Mayor's office posted pictures of him with the owners at their opening.

                            They have a website which I can't read since English is my only language:
                            http://usxuezi.com/special/1986ktv/

                            It's located at 76 Exchange Street (directly across from Exchange Street Bistro) in a space used to be a dry cleaners. i don't think you can walk-in, it's rooms for private rentals according to the City's announcement: http://www.cityofmalden.org/index.cfm...

                            1. re: gimlis1mum

                              Have some fun - plug their url into Google translate.

                              1. re: NE_Wombat

                                Lol, that was even better as my Google Translate was inadvertently set to translate web pages into German.

                          5. Had breakfast at the Allston Diner this morning, and Noticed Opening Soon signs for Lulu's Allston next door. A quick Google search came up with their menu.
                            http://www.lulusallston.com/menu.html

                            If it's good, the neighborhood could use a place like this.

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                            1. re: kimfair1

                              Rolling my eyes so very hard at wild game frito pie.

                              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                Made from this, one would presume:
                                SOUPS
                                7 WILD GAME CHILI
                                local cheddar, scallions, sour cream, baguette

                                While the wild game/venison chili served at the annual wild game supper in Bradford VT is a favorite - and quite a good chili - I'm kind of dubious about those garnishes, particularly the scallions and baguette.

                                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                  Ha!! I'm with you. And a quick encore eye-roll is in order for "3 Mexican Cheetos: Just Gotta Try Them."

                                2. re: kimfair1

                                  Let's hope that it is good. The menu is a bit precious, but it does have a pretty broad appeal. They need to learn to spell banh mi, though.

                                  1. re: bear

                                    If you're opening a restaurant and you misspell words like "banh mi" and "monsieur" on your menu, you need a new menu designer or a better proofreader, definitiely

                                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                                      Definitely!

                                3. Laffa, the chaotic falafel and frozen yogurt place in the Park Sq. Building is closed.

                                  The yogurt machines have been removed.

                                  1. A place called Bailey & Sage (appears to have other boston location but never heard of it) has petitioned to open at 5 Cambridge Center.

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                                    1. re: mkfisher

                                      It's a high end (relatively speaking) sandwich and salad mostly take out place on State Street in the Financial District.

                                    2. Bagelville in Arlington scheduled for this Friday, April 4, says Patch.

                                      http://lexington.patch.com/groups/bus...

                                      1. Somebody on Yelp Talk Boston noted that No. 9 Park was unexpectedly closed on March 31, presumably temporarily. Looks like it is accepting OpenTable reservations for tonight, which would suggest it's back open (though that is not a perfectly reliable indicator).

                                        Anyone hear anything about this?

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                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                          The restaurant had a post about it on Facebook and Twitter, so I'd assume it was an unexpected, temporary closing. https://www.facebook.com/no9parkbosto...

                                          https://twitter.com/No9ParkBOS/status...

                                        2. Looks like Parla is opening pretty soon. It's in the old Il Villaggio spot at 230 Hanover. The focus is on cocktails and small plates. Same owner but everything else is new. Their Facebook page says, "Counting down the days" but gives no indication of the number of days.

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                                          1. re: mvi

                                            Parla is soft opening tomorrow and Tuesday (April 14-15) and Grand Opening to the public on Wednesday, April 16.

                                          2. Roxy's new brick and mortar spot in Allston is now scheduled to open at the end of the month.

                                            http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014...

                                            1. The Pongal in Billerica was dark when I drove past a week ago, with a dumpster out front. The phone rang unanswered, so I looked at Yelp after finding no recent mentions on CH. Someone there said it was out of business. But when I checked their website, it said they are closed for repair of weather-related damage and that the phones aren't working. Facebook will have updates.
                                              They plan on regional theme Wednesday dinner buffets when they reopen, which I assume is an aim to compete with Ritu Ki Rasoi's Wednesday dinners. I did post to Yelp to correct the misinformation.

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                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                New info: Their Facebook page says they are reopening on April 10. Check their before heading out: https://www.facebook.com/thepongal

                                              2. Not April, but late March and un-noted.

                                                Rincón Mexicano at 99 Broadway in Somerville, is an excellent quality authentic Mexican place - the guys who run it are from Mexico City. I have a long post about it under "Best Burritos".

                                                1. According to Eater (http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014...), Audubon is already reopen under the new Trina's affiliated ownership. It looks like they have added more TVs (3 on the back wall, where there was previously 1), and 1 above the previous menu/specials blackboard behind the bar. Also, from the photo it looks like they have removed the pointed table of death and replaced it with overflow bar seating with the same contour of the bar. In all my years I was always waiting for, but fortunately never witnessed, someone impaling them self on the pointy end of the old table.

                                                  The menu looks promising for a pre-game spot, so I'll keep an open mind that it will be executed better than Trina's food. Hopefully the patio is still intact and largely unchanged.

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                                                  1. re: black_lab

                                                    Stopped into Audubon Boston yesterday for a beer before the Sox game. Except for the (accurate) changes noted in the post above, the space is largely unchanged. They even have a long list of names on one of the chalkboards that thanks the Audubon Circle staff members who stayed on to work at the new incarnation.

                                                    We didn't have food, but the menu looks decent and the beer list is a step up from Audubon Circle's offerings (which weren't bad, but the new menu gets a bit more craft-beer centric). They seem to have raised their cocktail game as well (in line with the offerings at Trina's).

                                                    1. re: huuvola

                                                      thank god. I was looking for a place with more televisions!

                                                    2. re: black_lab

                                                      Great news. Glad to hear the table of death is gone too.

                                                    3. Nino's in Hingham has officially closed. Drove by this morning. Sign down. It appears work has already begun on whatever is going in there. Will update. Going to miss Nino's.
                                                      CocoDan

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                                                      1. re: CocoDan

                                                        The restaurant replacing Nino's is called The Quarry. Folks from Mare in the North End and the De Pasquale group are behind it.

                                                        1. re: hiddenboston

                                                          I thought that's what it said on the sign. A little hard to read at 50 miles an hour. Let's hope it's a good one.
                                                          CocoDan

                                                      2. It's the end for Lotte Market in Cambridge (Mass Ave, across from the ghost of the Cambridgeport Saloon). I noticed 30% Off signs up last week, today it's empty, with even the equipment cleared out. Don't know the story but the imminent arrival of HMart certainly couldn't have helped their prospects.

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                                                        1. re: deglazer

                                                          Maybe the building is being redeveloped? Everything else in that stretch of Mass Ave has gone under the wrecking ball recently.

                                                          1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                            True. And it's a prime piece of property, so I could see a lot of interest. But on the other hand, some buildings in that stretch seem to be staying put - eg. Darwin's going into the former Royal Bengal space. But yes, the closure could be related to real estate or something else, and could have nothing to do with HMart coming.

                                                            1. re: deglazer

                                                              I think that stretch might also have to be an all-or-nothing redevelopment like the Cport Saloon - All Asia stretch across the street, but who knows.

                                                        2. Friend has posted that the South End Buttery is closed due to an electrical fire.

                                                           
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                                                          1. re: smtucker

                                                            I'm guessing that's the Buttery on Shawmut, yes?

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                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                              Looks that way. I don't know this spot, but did find this web site:
                                                              http://www.southendbuttery.com

                                                          2. Pasta e Pomodoro at 120 Salem St. in the North End is closed. Tables and chairs are gone and they seem to be doing some work inside, but no sign is posted to indicate whether the close is temporary or permanent. If I had to guess, I'd guess permanent. It has sat close to empty most nights.

                                                            1. Moroccan Hospitality on somerville ave looks very close but at this point might be more realistically a May opening. Paper is off the windows replaced by curtains, tables set up, etc

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                                                              1. re: jgg13

                                                                Yes! I jogged by there today and was excited to see curtains instead of paper (well, there's still paper over the door.) It's looking promising. Also, I spoke with them on the phone a month or so ago, and they indicated that the menu would be a little larger than it is at the existing location.

                                                                1. re: blumiethekoala

                                                                  Late last week we were walking to A4 and commenting that this place would never open, and then on our way back we saw furniture being delivered. I suppose the owners heard our snarking and decided to get moving ;) Last night we were walking past (another A4 trip!) and saw them setting things up inside.

                                                                  I've never been to the original, but as I live around the corner I'm excited for another option in the immediate area. I just hope it's decent!

                                                                2. re: jgg13

                                                                  Opening this Friday, June 13, at 11:30am!

                                                                  1. re: blumiethekoala

                                                                    Located at 585 Somerville Avenue (address courtesy of Eater)

                                                                3. Dumpling House is opening at 950 Mass Ave in Cambridge on Monday, April 20th according to a sign. I wonder what to try?

                                                                  1. Despite the initial warnings that there wouldn't be food in the HiFi Pizza space (Brookline St, Cambridge), yesterday I saw a Clover sticker on the window.

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                                                                    1. re: femmevox

                                                                      A step up, or jumping the shark?

                                                                      1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                                        If it keeps late night hours, that would be a brilliant spot for a Clover. Rosemary fries would make the increasing annoyance of a night at TTs or the Middle East worthwhile.

                                                                        1. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                                          Step up for CS, but after my last Clover meal (Inman brick and mortar) I'm in no rush to return. I think an Amsterdam Falafel would have been greatly appreciated. I agree that late hours would be awesome.

                                                                          1. re: viperlush

                                                                            I would like to change my answer to another vote for an Amsterdam Falafel.

                                                                            1. re: viperlush

                                                                              Yeah, i suspect that is where they train people, I've had a few malformed chickpea sandwiches there. I started going to the Harvard Sq. location exclusively but the last visit there wasn't much better.

                                                                              1. re: soylent_greens

                                                                                Yeah, we refer to the staff at Clover Inman as the "B" team.

                                                                                1. re: soylent_greens

                                                                                  That makes sense since both the service and the food were lacking during our visit to Inman.

                                                                                  1. re: viperlush

                                                                                    I guess that means no steak bombs.

                                                                                    I find Clover really boring. It has nothing to do with vegetables either, as I'm definitely not someone who thinks vegetarian options can't be good, and I like Life Alive a lot. Clover's french fries are good, but I don't think they are all that special.

                                                                                    I'd rather have HiFi, especially late at night, or a falafel hot off the panini press at Falafel Palace.

                                                                              2. re: Uncle Yabai

                                                                                I wouldn't have minded a revitalized slice parlor/sub shop, but I'll happily take a Clover.

                                                                              3. re: femmevox

                                                                                blog post from clover announcing the new location in central square:

                                                                                http://www.cloverfoodlab.com/blog/201...

                                                                                1. re: valcfield

                                                                                  That's a nice story. I have a soft spot for the band Morphine. It's amazing to think that the Central Square Worlds Fair was ever permitted to take place.

                                                                              4. Assalam Market on Prospect Street near Hampshire seems to have opened and closed in double quick time. I just discovered it last month--lots of Middle Eastern groceries, but by the time I went back, about a week ago, it had closed. Feeling like I should have sung its praises more on this board...

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                                                                                1. re: femmevox

                                                                                  That's too bad. I had actually just found out about it and planned to check it out.

                                                                                2. Grand Opening signs up for Royal Bengal in Somerville (Medford St. near School). There's a menu posted but I didn't stop to look.

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                                                                                  1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                    Is this related to the belated one from central sq?

                                                                                    1. re: jgg13

                                                                                      No idea. Nothing on the internets save an address on Central St. with no further info.

                                                                                      1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                                                        Yes, according to Eater Boston.

                                                                                  2. AKA is Lincoln is supposed to be reopening at the end of this month after being closed for quite a while due to a flood around the holidays. Looking forward it to out here in the food wastelands!

                                                                                    1. Bummed to report that according to Universal Hub, the Chacarero in the Prudential Mall food court closed on Friday. A very short life there. A shame.

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                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                        It is, but I'm afraid I saw it coming: those rare occasions I was in the Pu around lunchtime, I would see a line 12 deep every place *except* Chacarero. It just wasn't the location for a regional specialty most people haven't heard of, I guess.