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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.

                      2. Has anyone heard anything on Sammy's cart by Vanderbilt Hall? It's been closed for at least 3 months; no updates besides that one posted note saying renovations were needed. Don't see anything on google. Thanks.

                        1. Just saw on Hidden Boston that Sonny Noto's in Eastie has closed. Sad; I reviewed it for the Phoenix in 2010 and liked it a lot, especially for its steak tips and house special sub of chicken cutlets, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and fresh mozz. I understand the Wakefield outpost is still going.

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                          1. The Cambridge location of The Abbey looks like it'll open shortly based on photos from their Facebook page.

                            1. This has gotten multiple mentions in different spots, but not in an Opening thread: La Brasa in Somerville is open as of late April.

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                              1. I drove by and saw that Hokkaido on Hancock St in Quincy finally opened, after having papered windows for months.

                                It's a small space, and their FB-posted menu looks like the typical Japanese restaurant, with an emphasis on sushi, and a few noodle, tempura, bento options.

                                1. Eater Boston reports that Liquid Art House officially opens tonight. I see the bar program is run by a Hawthorne alum: promising.

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                                  1. When Villaggio, the most recent incarnation of Manning Manse on Rt. 129 in N. Billerica, closed last fall, it was announced that Jon Ryan Pub, Tewksbury, would quickly open a second location there. Passing by the other day, I noticed that there is still a "coming soon" sign posted there. http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_2448...

                                    1. Haveli in Inman Square, Cambridge, has closed. They gave away everything in the place over the weekend.

                                      1. The owners of Hops N Scotch in Coolidge Corner bought the Havelu space and license and will open a restaurant there.

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                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                          Hops and Scotch has been pretty dismal the 2 or 3 times I've eaten there. Admittedly over a year ago.

                                          Unless they got their act together, another place might not be the best plan.

                                          1. re: C. Hamster

                                            Decent whiskey bar; if not quite a Citizen; have not had anything to eat there.

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                                        2. Tamarind House near Linnaean Street in Cambridge is closed. Not a big loss. The new tenant will be something like "Pho House," Vietnamese and Thai.

                                          1. So taking a 66 home from Harvard Square, I saw about 25-30 people on line in front of Totto Ramen around 6pm.

                                            So apparently we've just agreed that we're cool with standing in long-ass lines for ramen, then?

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                                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                              I'm hoping that's just because it's so new. I really want to try this place, but am not super excited about waiting in line for ramen (though at least the weather is good!).

                                              Will Totto eventually be serving lunch?

                                            2. wow barbecue food truck is opening a restaurant on salem street in malden

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                                              1. re: galangatron

                                                Is it open now? Where on Salem Street?

                                                  1. re: galangatron

                                                    Believe it's in the old Cityside space.

                                                    Per their Facebook page, Ferry Street Food and Drink will open next Wednesday.

                                                    1. re: noahbody

                                                      yay for Ferry Street! Their menu looks good. Never went to No. 9 Ale House but ventured into their predecessor once or twice.

                                              2. I'm not sure if this is the best spot to post this since there wasn't a timeline mentioned, but Brand New Watch twitter feed said that Gustazo will be opening in the old Elephant Walk space on Main St. in Waltham.

                                                I don't know if the Belmont spot will also stay open.

                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFww3...

                                                1. The Third Eye near Porter Square has closed. A sign on the door says "Wasabi" is coming next.

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                                                  1. re: Stride

                                                    That didn't last long. Some sites (e.g. Foodler) still had the old logo :)

                                                  2. Boston Magazine is reporting that Il Casale Cucina Campana in Lexington will open by May 23. They also published a menu, though I haven't found a website and they aren't on opentable yet.

                                                    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/?post_t...

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                                                      1. re: Chris VR

                                                        It is on opentable but their website remains nonexistent! Has anyone been yet?

                                                        http://www.ilcasalelexington.com

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                                                        1. re: hungrytommy

                                                          I went last week. Got stuck at the worst table in the house- a high top deuce between the server's station and a large bar table which that night was hosting a racuous group of girls' night out types. A partial wall next to the table reflected all the noise back to us and the activity of the server station was pretty distracting as well. It felt like a really noisy place but perhaps that was just our location

                                                          Calamari app was fantastic, so so very good. Not particularly a large portion, but that seems to be the norm with all of their dishes. I'd have liked more just because it was so good, but enforced smaller portion works well for me on a diet, so no complaints, especially when it's high quality. I also like to have the pepperonicini fried along with the calamari and this came sliced on the side, but that's a quibble. The aioli was fantastic.

                                                          My baked pasta (lasagna with a meat sauce) was fine. It was dominated with a creamy cheesy bechamel sauce and my preference is for more of a tomato-based sauce, but it was a good dish and the pasta was cooked right. My friend's wasn't, the linguine with clam sauce, I think it was. The pasta was really undercooked and that's a complaint I've also heard on a local discussion list. They were very good about it when we brought it to our attention, and replace it quickly, and credited the check. Her half portion was, again, on the small side, with 3 clams, but the taste was good.

                                                          We had considered ordering coffee or dessert but after plates were cleared and menus were delivered for dessert, our server couldn't get back to our table for about 15 minutes or so, at which point we decided that ice cream and coffee at Rancatore's across the street might work better for us.

                                                          My cocktail was "The Meletti" which included Meletti amaro, which I've never had, and seems to be one of those herbal liqueurs my husband loves but doesn't always click with me, and amarena cherry which I thought would be an alcohol soaked cherry but was a liqueur. It was presented in a small cordial glass and it might be better as an after dinner digestive than a pre-dinner cocktail. Also once my dining companion likened it to Robutussin, that was all I could taste.

                                                          Our server was lovely and the manager who checked in with us about the pasta and again at the end of our meal was great as well. We were there one of their first open nights so I didn't want to start a new thread about it, since they need time to work everything out.

                                                    1. Malden Meat Stop, a Brazilian butcher shop, just had their grand opening in Malden. It's on Main Street just south of Malden center, right next to Bossa Nova in a space that was a Southeast Asian market for many years.

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                                                      1. re: gimlis1mum

                                                        Have you had a chance to buy anything yet? Was it good?

                                                        1. re: smtucker

                                                          Not yet - hoping to try it next week.

                                                          1. re: gimlis1mum

                                                            Finally stopped in this morning. It seems like more of a small grocery, with a meat case in the back, than a full-on butcher shop (but I've never been a Brazilian butcher shop before so maybe that's my bias). Assorted meat bits: chicken hearts on skewers ready for grilling, halal goat cubes, beef, pork or chicken sausage, other beefy things.

                                                            Staff were friendly and seemed eager to explain what things were, if I had any questions. I got some spicy chicken sausage & pork sausages to try.

                                                      2. Italian Kitchen of Wakefield (next door to Farmland) reports a soft opening starting Thurs. Pizza, pastas, Stromboli, sandwiches on the menu.

                                                        1. According to Dig Boston, Bastille Kitchen is set to open in Fort Point next week.

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                                                          1. Cambridge Day reports that CSA John Crow Farm of Groton has declared bankruptcy.

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                                                            1. Per Hidden Boston, McCabe's on Mass, from the Bull McCabe's folks, is now open in the former Dubliner Pub space in Porter Square.

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                                                              1. tea dó (bubble tea and snacks) has opened in the old ocean wealth restaurant location on tyler street in chinatown

                                                                1. Eater Boston confirms that Brass Union is going into the old Precinct spot this month in Union Square, Somerville. Evidently, the place has been gutted and will have a brand new look.

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                                                                  1. Just noticed that WAN Convenience moved this month from its longtime home in Mission Hill to Allston on Brighton Ave, a couple of doors down from S&I Thai.

                                                                    I reviewed this place for the Phoenix a few years ago: very good, sometimes odd, often messy sandwiches and subs, and a very charming, garrulous owner.

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                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                      Hm. This neighborhood has been gagging for a good sub shop. I must investigate.

                                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                        I never got to its predecessor in that space, Wise Guys, which looked forgettable. Pretty sure Winston "Al" Niles opened up without replacing the old sign.

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                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                          Holy crap, but that Bizzy Bone looks amazing.

                                                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                            He has a heavy hand with dressings on some sandwiches, so grab lots of napkins. The Bizzy Bone might be his best seller, with good reason.

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                                                                    2. I don't think it's been mentioned yet that Hong Cuc Sandwich Shop in Lowell has opened a second location, at 11 Grand Street, close to the Boys and Girls Club. Grand Street runs between Middlesex St., Westford St, and Rt. 110 (Chelmsford St), very near Thorndike St. If you headed onto and of those streets from that rotary that loops over Thorndike at Appleton St., Grand St would be the second intersection you come to once you leave the rotary.

                                                                      I had not been to the Dutton St. location in some months and noticed the sign on their door announcing the second place, but I have not been there yet and don't know how long it's been open.

                                                                      1. This really should be under August events but the Back Bar/Journeyman folks will be opening their new restaurant/bar as soon as August. It has been referred to as the Ames Street Deli. It will be housed in the first floor of the new Broad Institute building on Ames St in Kendall Square. They gave an overview to employees recently. Part of it will be deli by day and a bar at night. There will be coffees and baked goods plus lunch items. Another portion of the space will be a sit down restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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                                                                        1. re: bonhomme1

                                                                          Nice. I can not believe the number of places that have opened in the Kendall Square area over the last 4 or 5 years. Really amazing to think of all of the really top quality options here now.

                                                                          1. re: mvi

                                                                            but still no grocery or drugstore

                                                                        2. According to a sign in their window today, the California Pizza Kitchen in the State Transportation Building has closed after 15 years.

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                                                                          1. re: wandergirl

                                                                            any clue as to what will go in there?

                                                                            1. re: jmarya

                                                                              No, but I'll post if I hear anything. The former location of Vapiano's (and before that, Bennigan's) in the building has been vacant for some time so I expect the California Pizza Kitchen's space might also be empty for a while.

                                                                              1. re: wandergirl

                                                                                Too bad, that food court could use a halfway decent lunch option.

                                                                                1. re: jmarya

                                                                                  I completely agree. I'm hoping for a really good sandwich place, either in Starbuck's or Emack & Bolio's old locations. A good restaurant in CPK or Vapiano's would be terrific but the place seems to attract chains (I've heard the rent is really high) so I'm not holding my breath.

                                                                                  1. re: wandergirl

                                                                                    Our office moved to the Park plaza building so I have both the Transportation building and the park square building to choose from.

                                                                                    I am a sucker for a #9 and Herrara's isn't that bad, actually.

                                                                                    But I'd also love something better in this neighborhood of chain restaurants.

                                                                                    As an aside.... Did CPK used to be a Fuddruckers?

                                                                                    1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                      I don't ever recall it being there, but apparently there was a Fuddruckers there once upon a time. My last fond memory of dining in the Transportation Building was at Rocco's, some time in the mid-90s. (There was a place called Noodle Bar in between Rocco's and P.F. Chang's, but nothing about it sticks in my memory except it keeping the Rocco's ceiling frescoes intact but otherwise sucking.)

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                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                        I used to work in the Transportation building when it first opened. Indeed there was a Fuddrucker's there for many years. There was an entrance from the street as well as the Food Court.

                                                                                      2. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                        another aside about lunch options in that area...does anyone know what's going on with the four burgers on boylston around the corner from the Transportation building?

                                                                                        It's had a sign that says "closed today" for the last six months.

                                                                                        1. re: jmarya

                                                                                          Four Burgers is permanently closed. I heard that Griddlers was supposed to be adding a new location at this site but I haven't seen any signs of life.

                                                                                        2. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                          My recollection is that the Fuddrucker's was kinda sorta in that space, but with an entrance from Charles Street rather than from the food court (which may not have existed at that time.)

                                                                              2. Does anyone know if Abbey In Porter Square has opened? (Former Addis Red Sea space.) Drove by and saw the tables were set and menus in the window, but it was too early for the dinner crowd so couldn't tell if they'd opened yet. If not, it surely must be imminent.

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                                                                                1. re: Stride

                                                                                  The restaurant tweeted today that it will open tomorrow, Friday, May 30.

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                                                                                2. moroccan hospitality restaurant in malden has closed

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                                                                                  1. re: galangatron

                                                                                    galangatron, there were rumors that it closed last month, but I believe they were false. Is the space empty? Sign on the door? I'm checking with someone involved with the city council right now to get some details...

                                                                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                      Walked by it last night on my way to look at the menu at WOW Barbecue next door. Moroccan Hospitality is closed and emptied out.

                                                                                      1. re: jonnyonyx

                                                                                        They've been looking increasingly close to opening in Somerville. Perhaps the new one isn't a new outpost but rather a replacement.

                                                                                        1. re: jgg13

                                                                                          Do you know where in Somerville?

                                                                                          1. re: SEH

                                                                                            somerville ave across from city slicker.

                                                                                  2. King St. Tavern is now open in the former Woodward in what is now called Ames Boston Hotel (1 Court St., Gov't Center). Not much info available on it yet.

                                                                                    Stepstone Hospitality took over management of the hotel/restaurant last summer from Morgans Hotel Group. Woodward closed shortly before and the restaurant space had been vacant until now.

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                                                                                    1. re: OliveJones

                                                                                      Just a quick note on King St. Tavern--the bar is open, but the kitchen isn't ready yet. So it's drinks only for now.