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May 2014 Openings and Closings

Might as well start collecting these here. Per Eater Boston, Cathedral Station is set to open in May in the old Red Fez space, with the former Fritz folks doing an LGBT-friendly sports bar / pub there.

Other openings Eater thinks are slated for a May include:

Causeway BBQ, in the old Penalty Box space near TD Garden

Crave - Mad For Chicken, a Korean fried chicken joint in the former Enso Sushi space at the edge of Chinatown

Liquid Art House, the art gallery/restaurant with Rachel Klein as chef, on Arlington St near the Pike in Back Bay

Lulu's, with its very eclectic menu, in Allston's old Cafe Brazil space

Mike's Pastry #2, in Harvard Square

Sa Pa #2, in Cleveland Circle

Totto Ramen (!) in Allston near the TiTS.

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  1. I think the food blogger Bunnyandporkbelly said on her fb that Totto is opening up this saturday(!!)

    Also, excuse my ignorance but what does TiTS stand for?

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      1. re: newhound

        I prefer the term "TOTS." At least that's what I say I prefer.

      2. re: divinebaboon

        Yeah, Saturday is correct. I was in there taking photos yesterday. Looks nice! I'll post the gallery on Eater later today or tomorrow.

        1. re: divinebaboon

          I wonder if Totto is open for lunch or just dinner?

          I'm half tempted to walk down there now and check it out.

          1. re: jmarya

            As of a couple weeks ago, the owner was planning on starting with dinner only.

        2. A new JP Licks outpost is scheduled to open in Assembly Square on May 2nd. They have half of a stand-alone building with a deck from which you can sit and watch the Mystic River.

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          1. re: smtucker

            Where did you hear that date, smtucker?

            1. re: smtucker

              P.S. Just got word from JP Licks that they don't have an exact opening date for the Assembly Row location.

              1. re: hiddenboston

                Well, someone I know is on the schedule for that date. Maybe the opening date has moved and they have decided to do more training instead.

                Perhaps, I wasn't supposed to say anything. If so, I wasn't told that this was a quiet thing. Sorry.

                1. re: smtucker

                  Somerville Patch reports that the JP Licks at Assembly Row opened today 5/2.

              1. re: tatsu

                They literally called the chain that for the acronym. Dudebro douchebags think things like that are hilarious.

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  Wasn't it initially Tavern in the Square and they changed it for the mature and deep acronym whe they expanded? I could be imagining that.

                  1. re: bear

                    I don't understand. The original one was indeed initially Tavern in the Square (the one in Central Sq) which has the aronym TitS

                    1. re: jgg13

                      Sorry, guess I spoke too casually.

                      Regardless, it's a juvenile name.

                      1. re: bear

                        yeah, and the food (at least the last time I went there, years ago), was almost as bad as the acronym.

                        1. re: Madrid

                          I always felt (even back when there was just one) that it was the local chain type equivalent of a Fridays or something like that. By that I mean that one could do worse, but unless one was out in the Hinterlands (and TiTS isn't) one could do a lot better.

                          Back when I lived in Central most of the times I went there was when we had a large crowd of folks in from out of town and it was giong to be difficult to identify a place everyone can agree on. And that really is the one nice thing about a Fridays, Cheesecake Factory, etc - the food might be crappy but the menus are broad enough to handle disparate desires.

                          1. re: jgg13

                            I beg to differ regarding Fridays' and The Cheesecake Factory. Friday's is bad and the company's expansion into snack food is a real indicator of what they serve. The Cheesecake Factory's baked goods are good and the food is on the better side of predictable because that is their market. Fridays went down because it was bad. The Cheesecake Factory thrives because it is just a tad better than it has to be.

                      2. re: jgg13

                        Sorry, jgg. Now I see the confusion. I thought it was originally Tavern On the Square, but I guess I was mistaken.

                    2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                      Ah, it all makes so much more sense now.

                  2. According to the manager of the West Hartford Besito, they are hoping for a soft opening of the Chestnut Hill location in May.

                    1. Happy to report via an employee who is a Facebook friend that The Delux Cafe in the South End will reopen tomorrow, with very few changes except a kitchen update and some reupholstered barstools. Two longtime employees bought the place, and apparently opted not to mess with a good thing. Several of the bartenders I interviewed for my recent Improper feature cited this as their favorite off-hours spot. I've been a fan since the days it turned over from being a scary biker bar.

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                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        From scary biker bar to not so scary bike courier bar.

                        1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

                          It WAS the first eating establishment I had ever been in that you could be outnumbered by dogs. . I remember an afternoon I spent there where it was the bartender, myself and three dogs.

                          Not one of them picked up a round.