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June 2014 Openings and Closings

MC Slim JB May 12, 2014 05:49 AM

This is a tough one to report: according to the owner's son (as related to me by local food writer Drew Starr), Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, the beloved and ancient South End diner, is closing at the end of June.

Crap.

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  1. hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB May 12, 2014 09:27 AM

    Definitely a lousy way to start the week.

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      total13 RE: MC Slim JB May 12, 2014 10:14 AM

      Are they not even trying to sell it to a like minded person? Just because the kids don't want to run a diner doesn't mean someone else won't.

      http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014...

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        LeoLioness RE: total13 May 12, 2014 10:36 AM

        That somone else might run it into the ground, though. it's completely understandable that they don't want to risk seeing that happen.

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        meeps2002 RE: MC Slim JB May 12, 2014 12:39 PM

        Here's some random observations (not sure if covered in other posts)

        Asana is apparently closing/closed...will be reopening as (Bar) Boulud

        Burger King on Boylston closed, think it will be replaced by more fast food or think we might get a new restaurant down that way?

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          C. Hamster RE: meeps2002 May 12, 2014 12:46 PM

          It's Bar Boulud . As in Daniel. The third BB location.

          And that Burger King was regularly visited by the fire department's haz-mat squad. It was disgusting.

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            meeps2002 RE: C. Hamster May 12, 2014 12:49 PM

            thank you for clarifying the name...someone mentioned it to me the other day and that was my feeble attempt

            re: BK - just reporting what I saw...the place is gross, but ideal location for something small

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              C. Hamster RE: meeps2002 May 12, 2014 01:55 PM

              I cant imagine how they'd get the stench out. It was heavy with smoke all the time.

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                kobuta RE: C. Hamster May 12, 2014 02:44 PM

                My doctor's office is in a nearby building upstairs and they get to enjoy the 'aroma' of BK every day. I was there recently for 2 appts and was already grossed out. Can't imagine those poor workers smelling that every single day.

                I thought the Back Bay used to stick their nose up at fast food joints. They let the Wendy's open, but I wonder if they would allow another chain.

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              catsmeow RE: C. Hamster May 12, 2014 01:00 PM

              Which Burger King...the one on Boylston in Copley Sq or the one on Boylston behind Fenway?

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                meeps2002 RE: catsmeow May 12, 2014 01:03 PM

                Boylston - Next to Firehouse/Vlora etc...

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                  Jenny Ondioline RE: catsmeow May 12, 2014 03:42 PM

                  Copley, two doors down from the only slightly less gross Wendy's.

            3. hungrytommy RE: MC Slim JB May 12, 2014 03:57 PM

              Very disappointed to hear that Charlie's is closing. I have to get one more trip in before it does...

              www.hungrytommy.com

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                MC Slim JB RE: hungrytommy May 12, 2014 06:35 PM

                They're going out on their own terms, headed for what I hope is a comfy retirement in Florida. The kids all have professional careers outside of the industry. Not the worst way to go out by any stretch. (I also understand that the family will continue to own the space. Maybe that means something good for its successor.)

                But I will miss them. It is always painful to see historic places go, worse when they're really good, and run by great people.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                  hungrytommy RE: MC Slim JB May 12, 2014 07:45 PM

                  I am very happy for them. My disappointment is purely selfish. There are less and less places like Charlie's left in the city and that's too bad.

                  www.hungrytommy.com

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                    MC Slim JB RE: hungrytommy May 12, 2014 09:01 PM

                    Amen to that.

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              2. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB May 13, 2014 04:23 PM

                oppa's kitchen and bar is opening in the old massimo's location on pleasant street in malden. the sign in the window says "korean cuisine with full bar"

                1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB May 14, 2014 02:36 PM

                  Not sure of the timing, but per Universal Hub, the Tres Gatos folks are buying Centre Street Cafe and refreshing its menus, though keeping brunch largely the same.

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                    loper RE: MC Slim JB May 15, 2014 06:49 AM

                    There's a lot more refreshing to be done in there than just the menus - here's hoping for a substantial renovation (and associated closure from what I hear).

                  2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB May 15, 2014 08:33 AM

                    Looks like the long-bruited reboot of the South End's Union Bar & Grill that I first reported hearing about in late 2012 is afoot again. Should be a redesign, reconcepting, and presumably a renaming. Timing isn't clear, but apparently some key hires have already been made, which suggests a matter of months if not weeks.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                      bear RE: MC Slim JB May 27, 2014 05:04 AM

                      I ran into the sweet man who used to manage the deli and fish counters at Wagon Wheel Farm in Lexington. He is now working at Wilson Farm and said Wilson will soon have its own deli and fish counters.

                      This is potentially good news for us locals as long as prices are manageable.

                      1. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB May 27, 2014 02:37 PM

                        wow barbecue in malden officially opens on 6/2

                        1. OliveJones RE: MC Slim JB May 31, 2014 07:43 AM

                          Bastille Kitchen (49 Melcher St., Fort Point) is 1-2 weeks out. They had major, major construction issues and delays, but are now very close (possible soft opening late next week).

                          The restaurant is huge - really ambitious for Fort Point and could be a game changer in the area. Greenberg is known for his nightlife interest and the space is definitely set up for larger scale events and entertainment. It's gorgeous and thankfully very different than all the Eastern Standard clones that have been popping up (design speaking).

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                            MC Slim JB RE: OliveJones May 31, 2014 08:18 AM

                            Sounds more like a Seaport place than a Fort Point one. Hope the food and drinks are up to the level of the neighbors.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            mvi RE: MC Slim JB May 31, 2014 02:36 PM

                            It's official. The space that used to be The Snack Bar in East Cambridge is now going to host Alfredo's Italian Kitchen. "Coming soon" signs in the window.

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                              CportJ RE: mvi Jun 3, 2014 01:42 PM

                              Does anyone know anything more about what to expect or who's behind this place?

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                                mvi RE: CportJ Jun 3, 2014 02:43 PM

                                All I know is that there are others located in Everett, Lynn, Medford, Melrose, Somerville, and South Boston. I have not been. Maybe others can chime in on the food. Sounds like the menu is fairly typical, with pizza, subs, chicken parm, etc. And they deliver.

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                                  jgg13 RE: mvi Jun 3, 2014 05:10 PM

                                  I know I've had pizza and such delivered from the cambridge one. I don't remember it specifically, so it was neither notably good nor bad

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                                    mvi RE: jgg13 Jun 3, 2014 05:19 PM

                                    I do not think there is currently one in Cambridge. Where was the location?

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                                      jgg13 RE: mvi Jun 3, 2014 06:29 PM

                                      Oops I meant somerville

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                                        CportJ RE: jgg13 Jun 4, 2014 06:57 AM

                                        A few people have mentioned the Southie and Somerville locations on here, most recently on the calzone thread. It looks like those locations are only open until 10, which is a shame. I don't suppose the pasta is Basta Pasta level, but if it's at least better than the other pizza and sub places on Cambridge St., that would be nice.

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                                          Matt H RE: CportJ Jun 4, 2014 10:57 AM

                                          I find the somerville location alot better than the average sub/pizza shop place in East Cambridge. I like the pizza, veal parm and calzones there. Its nothing fantastic, but a good solid option a cut above the rest.

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                                            jgg13 RE: Matt H Jun 4, 2014 02:13 PM

                                            I just looked over my past orders to jog my memory and I do think that it is one of the "a bit above average" pizza deliveries that I use.

                                            Note: IMO for pizza delivery there's not much room above "a bit above average" so that's actually pretty good in relative terms, I think it's hard to find a superior pizza via delivery.

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                                              Chris VR RE: jgg13 Jun 11, 2014 06:49 AM

                                              I used to really like the one in Melrose, particularly their Mamma Maria pizza, which is Ricotta Cheese, Fresh Basil, Prosciutto, Mozzarella Cheese, Parmagiana Chese & Fresh Tomatoes. I only say "used to" because I'm not in Melrose anymore.

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                                                jgg13 RE: Chris VR Jun 11, 2014 07:38 AM

                                                That reminds me that based on this thread I ordered from the Somerville one last week. I forget the exact pizza (will need to watch out for mamma maria next time) but it was good enough for delivery pizza.

                                                Also ordered their pasta & meatballs, the meatballs weren't great but a cut above many sub shops. The pasta, as I remembered it, was in the same sort of thin & flavorless sauce that a lot of sub shops use.

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                                            jgg13 RE: CportJ Jun 4, 2014 02:12 PM

                                            I looked through my orders on foodler and I did once order pasta w/ meatballs. I an 100% guarantee that it wasn't close to Basta Pasta but I don't remember much beyond that. I *think* I liked the meatballs better than most of the standard sub shop spots but the pasta/sauce was pretty typical. I could be mixing it up with another spot though.

                              2. Karl S RE: MC Slim JB Jun 1, 2014 05:20 PM

                                Well, no Market Baskets opening yet in Revere or Attleboro; the Herald addresses a question many folks in these parts have been asking for months:

                                http://bostonherald.com/business/busi...

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                                  LStaff RE: Karl S Jun 12, 2014 12:17 PM

                                  The mayor of waltham recently declared that MB in waltham is scheduled to open in September.

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                                    Jenny Ondioline RE: LStaff Jun 12, 2014 02:31 PM

                                    Really? I hadn't realized they'd even built it yet!

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                                      bear RE: LStaff Jun 12, 2014 03:01 PM

                                      Oh, that is good news. I just returned from the Burlington MB, but Waltham will be much closer. There's lots of progress being made on the site (visible from 95/128) and it looks like the largest building is the supermarket, but it's hard to tell.

                                  2. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Jun 1, 2014 09:10 PM

                                    kung fu tea is opening on the corner of pleasant street and main street in malden

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                                      Jenny Ondioline RE: galangatron Jun 1, 2014 09:29 PM

                                      The one in Allston is pretty good. They have iced oolongs, which are hard to find.

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                                        gimlis1mum RE: galangatron Jun 3, 2014 11:28 AM

                                        Any word on the restaurant going in on Ferry Street (at the corner with Centre St)? I heard it was going to be a hot pot place; signs up in the window say that they're hiring.

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                                          gimlis1mum RE: gimlis1mum Jun 10, 2014 08:20 AM

                                          ...and now they're open. It's called Yong Yong. Couldn't find a menu opine, but when I walked by a few minutes ago they were ~40% full for lunch already.

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                                            hiddenboston RE: gimlis1mum Jun 10, 2014 12:48 PM

                                            Yong Yong has a Facebook page, but I couldn't find a website. They offer a hotpot buffet, sushi, dim sum a la carte, and Chinese dishes.

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                                            junior coyote RE: gimlis1mum Jun 23, 2014 07:56 AM

                                            I had dim sum there the other day. I'm no expert, but I've eaten a fair amount of it over the years. One of my better/best experiences. Nice inside. friendly service. I liked the dim sum a la carte better than carts.

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                                              gimlis1mum RE: junior coyote Jun 25, 2014 08:41 AM

                                              So you can order dim sum only? i was confused by the Yelp reviews; wasn't sure if you *had* to get the all-you-can eat sushi/hot pot buffet, or if there are a la carte options.

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                                                galangatron RE: gimlis1mum Jun 25, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                yes, you can order dim sum only

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                                          meeps2002 RE: MC Slim JB Jun 2, 2014 08:57 AM

                                          New food truck is hoping to be out there in June - Munch Mobile kitchen

                                          www.munchmobilekitchen.com Twitter @mobilebistrobar

                                          The drinks look pretty awesome http://munchmobilekitchen.com/drinks....

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                                            meeps2002 RE: meeps2002 Jun 3, 2014 09:24 AM

                                            https://www.facebook.com/pages/Munch-...

                                          2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 2, 2014 01:53 PM

                                            Per its Facebook page, Cathedral Station in the South End plans to open June 12.

                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                            1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 2, 2014 06:25 PM

                                              A Twitter friend reports that Vinh-Sun has been shut by a sheriff acting on a court order. Anyone been by lately? I stopped in for dinner a few weeks ago and left when I saw the butcher stand had already closed for the evening.

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                                                bizkat RE: MC Slim JB Jun 3, 2014 07:39 AM

                                                Yes. Vinh-Sun was closed when passing by last Wednesday.

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                                                  Jacksup77 RE: MC Slim JB Jun 3, 2014 09:08 PM

                                                  And definitely still closed today 6/4 with signs from the Municipality of Boston or something like that.

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                                                    Jenny Ondioline RE: Jacksup77 Jun 3, 2014 09:17 PM

                                                    Sounds like someone wasn't keeping up with their taxes. Shame, I liked them.

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                                                      jgg13 RE: Jenny Ondioline Jun 4, 2014 06:12 AM

                                                      If so, they could just ask for donations from loyal customers like a certain local ice cream shop

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                                                    timmm RE: MC Slim JB Jun 8, 2014 07:44 PM

                                                    Don't think you'll ever see them opened again. And with GOOD reason. Owes Hundreds of thousand on prop taxes on this prop and more, owes vendors $$$ and sanitation is horrid according to my sources on high.

                                                  3. greygarious RE: MC Slim JB Jun 4, 2014 02:17 PM

                                                    I believe something was supposed to open in Methuen this spring at what was for many years Jackson's. I don't know the new name. Does anyone have any info/opinions?

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                                                      mkfisher RE: MC Slim JB Jun 4, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                      State Park will be opening a patio bar similar to West Bridge. This will be in addition to the benches they currently have.

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                                                        CportJ RE: mkfisher Jul 8, 2014 08:29 AM

                                                        They have weekday lunch now, too. There's not going to be any courtyard left there pretty soon if everyone has a patio bar, plus the somewhat awkwardly located Hubway double station.

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                                                        vtmavt RE: MC Slim JB Jun 5, 2014 07:29 AM

                                                        According to the banner on the side of the building, Bellmont Caffe is now open in the old Mim's space in Belmont Center.

                                                        The sign in the El Centro Tres window still says "Coming Soon."

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                                                          bear RE: vtmavt Jun 5, 2014 08:11 AM

                                                          Hmmm...Bellmont Cafe. Could be nice to have another sandwich option in the area.

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                                                            hiddenboston RE: vtmavt Jun 5, 2014 09:55 AM

                                                            The "Coming Soon" sign was actually replaced by a new "Coming Soon" sign because the original one started to yellow around the corners.

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                                                              PinchOfSalt RE: vtmavt Jun 5, 2014 08:11 PM

                                                              Hmmmm....

                                                              While I am not sad to see Mimi's gone, the Bellmont Caffe website is hardly encouraging.

                                                              www.bellmontcaffe.com

                                                              Haven't tried it yet, though. Anyone have a report?

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                                                                fantundo RE: PinchOfSalt Jun 11, 2014 06:20 PM

                                                                If that was the best-looking tomato they could find to take a picture of, I'm not encouraged.

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                                                                  PinchOfSalt RE: PinchOfSalt Jul 8, 2014 08:14 AM

                                                                  http://belmont.wickedlocal.com/articl...

                                                                  Not much more info than on the website, but there's a mention of Montreal bagels. Unfortunately they are getting only one shipment a week. Real NYC bagels go stale in a day. Wonder how long Montreal bagels keep?

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                                                                    smtucker RE: PinchOfSalt Jul 8, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                    Just like NY bagels, about 2 hrs.

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                                                                      Karl S RE: smtucker Jul 8, 2014 11:46 AM

                                                                      Yes to this (arguably, the half life for bagels is 30 minutes!). Along with other quick-staling breads like real NY hard rolls. And baguettes. All breads that were designed to be purchased just before the meal at which they were to be eaten. The quick staling is characteristic of authenticity.

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                                                                  opinionatedchef RE: vtmavt Jun 5, 2014 10:21 PM

                                                                  ugh . major sighing. my biggest wish is for a GOOD Mex. restnt to open near me. Maybe in my next lifetime...... That El Centro owner is so confident of the quality and specialness of his 'authentic' food that he was raised with. But then,maybe the other cooks in Mex. places around town- feel the same confidence.

                                                                3. Bob Dobalina RE: MC Slim JB Jun 6, 2014 02:49 AM

                                                                  Bonapita is a new restaurant in the financial district / downtown crossing (on Franklin, near the Filene's shell).

                                                                  Offer chicken, beef, veg and vegan pita fillings, or can order plates or salads. I tried the vegan yesterday - mushrooms and lentils with thyme - in a pita. Taste wise, it was great, but kind of a mess to eat. I'll go back to sample a drier filling.

                                                                  Plans for breakfast and possibly take-home dinner specials in the future.

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                                                                    Gordough RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 6, 2014 06:21 AM

                                                                    I had no idea Bonapita had opened (terrible name by the way). I walk by all the time and still can't figure out exactly where it is despite the temporary sign (which I think still says "Coming Soon"). Is it next to the Sleepy's? From the street level it just doesn't look like there is any place serving food over there.

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                                                                      Bob Dobalina RE: Gordough Jun 8, 2014 10:12 PM

                                                                      Correct - it's right under the sign - they had a sandwich board saying open - I agree the "coming soon" needs to be covered up.

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                                                                        CportJ RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 10, 2014 10:34 AM

                                                                        I tried this place today and think it's great, definitely going in the regular rotation for lunch. I had the chicken filling in the pita, and agree that it's messy, but it's a tasty mess so I'm not letting that deter me.

                                                                        However, I think they may have the best pita bread I've ever had in Boston. They bake it all fresh on premises. They also sell pita bread to go, 5 of their small puffy type for $4. They were handing pita out for free today, right outside the restaurant.

                                                                        No fryer, so I may have to walk over to the King for some falafel for fillings for my to go order or to Pita Thyme for hummus or baba.

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                                                                          bear RE: CportJ Jun 10, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                          Ooh, good to know about the pita. Thanks!

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                                                                    mvi RE: MC Slim JB Jun 8, 2014 04:42 PM

                                                                    This should go in an August posting, but it feels way too early to start one. Summer just got here.

                                                                    Sad news for its loyal fans. Veggie Planet is reporting on FB that they "will not exist in their current location" in Harvard Square beyond the end of August. It seems the seating capacity (which was changed in 2011) at Passim's makes it "unsustainable to continue" with operations in that space. They are going to put all of their energy into Veggie Galaxy and are looking for new owners to bring Veggie Planet to a new home.

                                                                    1. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Jun 8, 2014 09:46 PM

                                                                      very berry (frozen yogurt) has opened in fields corner

                                                                      1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 9, 2014 04:41 AM

                                                                        For all I know, this is actually a July or August or later opening, but Universal Hub reports that something called Gracie's Ice Cream is coming soon to the former Sherman Market and Cafe space in Union Square, Somerville.

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                                                                          smtucker RE: MC Slim JB Jun 9, 2014 06:36 AM

                                                                          I suspect they mean the original Market space, which never had a cafe. The cafe is around the corner.

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                                                                            Madrid RE: smtucker Jun 9, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                            Cafe is still there with a very limited, and very expensive, market selection. I thought they had claimed they were renovating the market. It was a nice idea but it was way too expensive for the neighborhood.

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                                                                            hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB Jun 9, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                            Gracie's is indeed moving into the old Sherman Market space (the market itself is now part of the cafe space). And the Sherman Cafe people are involved with it.

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                                                                              dulce de leche RE: hiddenboston Jun 9, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                              Union Square has desperately needed an ice cream shop for ages! This is good news.

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                                                                                kdemayo RE: dulce de leche Jun 9, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                I agree! This would be amazing. I would be thrilled to have ice cream within such a short walk of my house (although maybe it would be a bad thing because I might go every night). This is going to take FOREVER though, isn't it?

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                                                                                  smtucker RE: kdemayo Jun 9, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                  F O R E V E R. It will be 10ยบ before they start dishing it up. :-)

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                                                                                bear RE: hiddenboston Jun 9, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                Any idea if it is the Gracie's from NJ that comes up in a web search? Sounds like they erve Bassett Ice Cream, not their own. Could be a different place.

                                                                                http://www.graciesicecream.com/

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                                                                                  jgg13 RE: hiddenboston Jun 9, 2014 10:24 AM

                                                                                  Yeah - they've had a sign up in the old market space for ages talking about undergoing renovations.

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                                                                                    Madrid RE: jgg13 Jun 9, 2014 01:02 PM

                                                                                    I was quite suspicious of that sign about renovations from day 1.

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                                                                                      smtucker RE: Madrid Jun 9, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                                                      The workers there were honest and told me it was history. I almost never shopped there. The idea of buying just the herbs you needed was tantalizing, but in general, the produce was simply not fresh looking. The pantry goods were far too expensive for my budget, and the milk was Shaws and I much prefer High Lawn for that price point.

                                                                                      I had high hopes for a good green grocer. This place just never filled their own potential.

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                                                                                        jgg13 RE: Madrid Jun 9, 2014 02:20 PM

                                                                                        Oh, I was just concurring w/ the Sherman folks being involved w/ it via the fact that they were 'renovating' and not 'selling'

                                                                                2. Unfoodie RE: MC Slim JB Jun 9, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                                  The Boyne is being sold to the Biltmore/Local 149.

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                                                                                    AdamGL RE: Unfoodie Jun 9, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                    location, location, location

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                                                                                      MC Slim JB RE: AdamGL Jun 9, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                      I believe that will be an upgrade when I need a post-Mahoney's-run pop.

                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                      hiddenboston RE: Unfoodie Jun 10, 2014 07:16 AM

                                                                                      Where'd you hear that? I know that the Biltmore/Local 149 folks were looking to expand, but haven't heard where.

                                                                                      P.S. Never mind. I just found out about this. :-)

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                                                                                        Unfoodie RE: hiddenboston Jun 10, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                                        Pleas don't waste time asking of sources but feel free to credit (or blame) me if you write about it..... unlike Eater.

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                                                                                          blumiethekoala RE: Unfoodie Jun 10, 2014 01:03 PM

                                                                                          Sorry Unfoodie, I linked to hiddenboston's post - neglected to notice that the info came from you first. I'll amend.

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                                                                                            Unfoodie RE: blumiethekoala Jun 10, 2014 01:10 PM

                                                                                            No worries I was just being snarky. We're talking about food and drink and the result should be smiles!

                                                                                    3. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Jun 10, 2014 08:14 AM

                                                                                      kung fu tea in malden is officially open

                                                                                      1. blumiethekoala RE: MC Slim JB Jun 10, 2014 09:35 AM

                                                                                        Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant is opening at 585 Somerville Ave. in Somerville (the old Razzy's space) this Friday, June 13, at 11:30am, according to the owner.

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                                                                                          jgg13 RE: blumiethekoala Jun 26, 2014 06:03 AM

                                                                                          I walk by here very frequently. So far I've seen a single party of two eating in there. We've not had a chance to go ourselves, but i feel like I better do it sooner than later :(

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                                                                                            Stride RE: jgg13 Jun 26, 2014 09:45 AM

                                                                                            Yes, it's easy to miss. I'm not sure I would have realized it was there if it weren't for Chowhound.

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                                                                                              jgg13 RE: Stride Jun 26, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                              I saw one of the women talking to someone outside the other day and they were clearly discussing the sign. I wonder if they are realizing that it doesn't exactly scream "There's a restaurant here!"

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                                                                                          devilham RE: MC Slim JB Jun 10, 2014 11:05 AM

                                                                                          I went to a burger joint on Broad Street (FD, Boston) called Wheelehouse that just opened today. I had the Wheelehouse burger, and it was pretty solid, if not a smidge pricey (but not crazy pricey). Pretty good addition to the area, it's located in the old Italian Cafe location.

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                                                                                            Gordough RE: devilham Jun 10, 2014 01:19 PM

                                                                                            devilham:

                                                                                            Is Wheelhouse an order at the counter kind of place? Are there any seats to eat in?

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                                                                                              MC Slim JB RE: Gordough Jun 10, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                              If they didn't drastically reconfigure its predecessor, it would be counter service with a handful of cafe-height tables and chairs up front.

                                                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                CportJ RE: MC Slim JB Jun 10, 2014 01:24 PM

                                                                                                I walked by earlier today, and I think that's still the case.

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                                                                                                devilham RE: Gordough Jun 10, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                                                you order at the counter, and there are high stools around the edge with a counter along the right hand wall and front (small) window. I wouldn't call it eat in, but you can (and I did). I liked my burger, but I couldn't imagine it traveling well, as the juice would destroy the bun, which wasn't toasted

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                                                                                              Taralli RE: MC Slim JB Jun 11, 2014 05:45 AM

                                                                                              Cha Yen Thai opening in old Eastside Wings storefront on Mt. Auburn in Coolidge Sq, Watertown.

                                                                                              1. Chris VR RE: MC Slim JB Jun 11, 2014 06:46 AM

                                                                                                Patch.com reports at http://arlington.patch.com/groups/sma... that a Middle Eastern/Armenian bakery named Za'atar is coming to Arlington soon. It lists this as a menu, which reminds me of the menu at Za'atar's in Coolidge Corner years ago.

                                                                                                Main Menu

                                                                                                Zaatar (thyme
                                                                                                )Zaatar Extra (tomatoes, mint, cucumber, olives)
                                                                                                Cheese
                                                                                                Spicy Cheese
                                                                                                Cheese Extra
                                                                                                Tahini Bread
                                                                                                Lahmajun (Armenian Pizza)
                                                                                                Mini Pizza
                                                                                                Pastries

                                                                                                Baklava
                                                                                                Ghadayef (with nuts)
                                                                                                Ghadayef (with ricotta cheese)
                                                                                                Rice Pudding
                                                                                                Croissant
                                                                                                Cookies (chocolate chunk, peanut butter, double chocolate, snickerdoodle, harvest)
                                                                                                Beverages

                                                                                                Sode, iced coffee, iced latte, iced tea, iced lemonade, half lemonade half tea, half lemonade half pomegranate, coffee, tea

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                                                                                                  vengefultacos RE: Chris VR Jun 11, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                  I've got to wonder at the wisdom of opening a place in a storefront where three (I think) similar businesses all failed.

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                                                                                                  mvi RE: MC Slim JB Jun 11, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                                                  Just went to the Fuji at Kendall web site and there is a pop up saying that they are opening a new restaurant within the next few weeks called Shabu and Mein. It will be at 148 First Street in Cambridge, which is not far from Fuji. That's right across the street from The Helmand and Similans. Nice news for East Cambridge.

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                                                                                                    nyc_to_ma RE: mvi Jun 12, 2014 04:32 AM

                                                                                                    They were also advertising this at Taste of Somerville yesterday evening (where they were giving away some pretty tasty nigiri).

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                                                                                                      mvi RE: nyc_to_ma Jun 12, 2014 06:06 AM

                                                                                                      Nice. There are so many people working in that area and that particular block has some nice options. Also good for folks staying at the Marlowe or the Royal Sonesta.

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                                                                                                        CportJ RE: mvi Jun 12, 2014 06:10 AM

                                                                                                        Any idea if the new location will also have sushi?

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                                                                                                      hiddenboston RE: mvi Jun 12, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                                                                      Fuji was also supposed to open Shabu at Kendall, which was going to be at 1 Rogers Street on the same block (more or less). Does anyone know if maybe this is the same building but with different addresses?

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                                                                                                        poundcake RE: hiddenboston Jun 12, 2014 07:55 AM

                                                                                                        Yes, I'd say this is the same location and the same restaurant. I work in of the three connected buildings on that block and our address is One Rogers.

                                                                                                        They're doing construction on the interior/courtyard side. It's not clear whether they will also be in the storefront space (formerly a photography store) on First right across from the Helmand.

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                                                                                                          poundcake RE: poundcake Jun 17, 2014 07:10 AM

                                                                                                          Walked by this morning and they looked close to opening. Seats and tables are ready--a few on the courtyard side and others on the First St side, kitchen looks equipped and they were bringing in the soda machines.

                                                                                                          Someone outside said they're aiming for a Thursday opening

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                                                                                                            CportJ RE: poundcake Jun 17, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                            Any menus up yet?

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                                                                                                              mvi RE: poundcake Jun 17, 2014 09:07 AM

                                                                                                              Saw the same today. They have been hard at work. One night I drove by quite late and there were about 5 people in there painting and sanding.

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                                                                                                          dtremit RE: mvi Jun 14, 2014 09:31 PM

                                                                                                          Same group is also behind the Fuji Restaurant opening at Assembly Row (though I think that's not opening until July).

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                                                                                                            mvi RE: mvi Jun 23, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                                                                            According to Eater, Shabu and Mein is now open.

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                                                                                                              mvi RE: mvi Jun 23, 2014 11:52 AM

                                                                                                              Eater is reporting that Cakeology on Washington St. is now closed. One more cupcake shop shuts the doors.

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                                                                                                                Bob Dobalina RE: mvi Jun 24, 2014 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                Dumbest food trend ever.

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                                                                                                                  mvi RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 24, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                  Totally agree there.

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                                                                                                                    LilBrownBat RE: Bob Dobalina Jun 26, 2014 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                    Cupcakes are just fine, but that place deserved to close. The three times I tried to get something there, I was unsuccessful each time (closed, didn't have anything, taking 20 minutes to fill a 4-cupcake order for a couple of dudegirls, etc.). Always an issue.

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                                                                                                                      opinionatedchef RE: Bob Dobalina Jul 10, 2014 12:39 AM

                                                                                                                      couldn't agree with you more.

                                                                                                                2. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 12, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                  Per Eater, Brass Union opens tonight in the old Precint space in Union Square, Somerville.

                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                    Unfoodie RE: MC Slim JB Jun 12, 2014 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                    What is an "NYC style tavern" other then a place to NOT watch our local sports teams?

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                                                                                                                      MC Slim JB RE: Unfoodie Jun 12, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                      Maybe they mean sawdust on the floor like McSorley's. Or maybe it will be like Brooklyn, with all the Somerville residents who have been living there for five years complaining about how the "new people" are ruining the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                        Jenny Ondioline RE: MC Slim JB Jun 12, 2014 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                        Handlebar mustaches and trilbies for EVERYBODY!

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                                                                                                                          jgg13 RE: MC Slim JB Jun 12, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                          I've always assumed it really meant "Williamsburg style tavern", so yes I think you're right.

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                                                                                                                            CportJ RE: jgg13 Jun 12, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                            It has shuffleboard and life-sized Jenga, so I think they've made it clear what their intent is.

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                                                                                                                              Unfoodie RE: CportJ Jun 12, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                              I am unclear as to what their intent is. Please advise.

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                                                                                                                                Jenny Ondioline RE: Unfoodie Jun 12, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                They want to serve overpriced drinks to assholes.

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                                                                                                                                  Unfoodie RE: Jenny Ondioline Jun 12, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                  I get that but what does shuffleboard and jenga have to do with it? Are those things commonly found in NYC taverns?

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                                                                                                                                    CportJ RE: Unfoodie Jun 12, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                    There are like a half dozen bars in Brooklyn with bocce courts.

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                                                                                                                                    heavydee RE: Jenny Ondioline Jun 19, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                    I think this would be a winning line to would-be investors! A can't lose proposition.

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                                                                                                                              C. Hamster RE: MC Slim JB Jun 13, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                              You just made me spit out my water but I avoided the keyboard

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                                                                                                                              hiddenboston RE: Unfoodie Jun 13, 2014 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                              Hopefully local sports teams does not include the Yankees. If so, I may have to raise a ruckus.

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                                                                                                                            total13 RE: MC Slim JB Jun 13, 2014 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                            Did anyone mention that Crossroads on Beacon & Mass Ave reopened? I thought I saw lights on and now there's a Living Social deal being offered. Wonder what happened.

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                                                                                                                              Unfoodie RE: total13 Jun 13, 2014 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                              Great place to go for a drink if you're feeling stabby.

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                                                                                                                                Allstonian RE: Unfoodie Jun 13, 2014 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                Admittedly it's bee a couple of decades since I frequented the Crossroads, but it certainly wasn't a stabby place back in those days.

                                                                                                                            2. C. Hamster RE: MC Slim JB Jun 13, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                              We have been frequenting the fabulous patio at ester for drinks over the past few weeks and every time I have walked past MRS JONES it has been closed when it should be open..

                                                                                                                              I asked the bartender about it and he said he thought they closed up for good but he wasn't sure.

                                                                                                                              Anyone have any information?

                                                                                                                              If they did close I will be very sad. George and Cheryl were top notch, hard working folks with a spotless restaurant that served great chow.

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                                                                                                                                hiddenboston RE: C. Hamster Jun 13, 2014 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                I saw something about Mrs. Jones on the City of Boston site on a licensing board page, but it wasn't clear what was happening. But I went by the place a couple of weeks ago and it looked closed, at least that day.

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                                                                                                                                  peelmeagrape RE: hiddenboston Jun 13, 2014 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                  Noooooooo! Disaster! I love Mrs Jones'! Cheryl and George are just the nicest people and their cooking always hits the spot. Anyone who has more info, please post a follow up.

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                                                                                                                                    hiddenboston RE: peelmeagrape Jun 15, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                    I got in touch with a business association in Lower Mills and they weren't sure about the status of Mrs. Jones.

                                                                                                                              2. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Jun 16, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                pho hoa on pleasant street in malden is now pho bistro

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                                                                                                                                  total13 RE: MC Slim JB Jun 16, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                  After months, Sami's cart in the Longwood Medical Area is open again. They had issues with their license (and who knows what else) about whether they're a stationary or mobile business.

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                                                                                                                                    kimfair1 RE: total13 Jun 16, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    Had lunch there today with my wife. As good as before, though they are a bit understaffed right now, so the line and wait was longer than usual.

                                                                                                                                  2. LauraBear RE: MC Slim JB Jun 16, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                    Rendezvous will close sometime after June 21 but definitely by the end of the month. We've been twice in the last few weeks. The staff is still all there, working hard and the food is still terrific.

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                                                                                                                                      AGM_Cape_Cod RE: LauraBear Jun 16, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      We are going once more before they close. They will be missed.

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                                                                                                                                        mvi RE: LauraBear Jun 16, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                        Oh, I am so sad about this. Will have to make a farewell trip.

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                                                                                                                                        catsmeow RE: MC Slim JB Jun 17, 2014 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                        Great news! On Facebook, I follow Betty Ann's Donuts in East Boston and this morning they posted that they will finally be open today for donuts only! I wish I had time to run over there before heading to work! Glad to see them back(both because I hope this means their health issue is better and because I love their donuts). They're such nice people.

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                                                                                                                                          Chris VR RE: catsmeow Jun 17, 2014 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                          I missed their post, thanks for this! SO glad to hear it.

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                                                                                                                                            Locutus RE: catsmeow Jun 19, 2014 12:17 AM

                                                                                                                                            Where is Betty Anns?

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                                                                                                                                              catsmeow RE: Locutus Jun 19, 2014 02:21 AM

                                                                                                                                              East Boston. It's one of the last old school mom and pop type donut shops. They have very limited hours in the ealy morning. They posted that they are now closing at 10:30 am.

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                                                                                                                                            Taralli RE: MC Slim JB Jun 19, 2014 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                                            Sammy's at Vanderbilt in LMA was open this morning.

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                                                                                                                                              nooneami RE: MC Slim JB Jun 20, 2014 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                              I see a "For Lease" sign at the Brighton Whole Foods location. Anyone know if the Whole Foods is getting booted out?

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                                                                                                                                                hiddenboston RE: nooneami Jun 20, 2014 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                Not sure. I know that they're open today.

                                                                                                                                              2. FussyEater RE: MC Slim JB Jun 20, 2014 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                East Boston Kitchen opened up within the last two weeks:
                                                                                                                                                http://www.eastbostonkitchen.com
                                                                                                                                                Social media with lots of photos: Instagram account (@eastbostonkitchen), Twitter (@eastiekitchen), and FB (eastbostonkitchen). Attaching photo I took of their pride bouquet.

                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                  chiba RE: FussyEater Jul 4, 2014 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                  The watermelon salad on their Instagram looks good. Has anyone tried it?

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                                                                                                                                                  kimfair1 RE: MC Slim JB Jun 23, 2014 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Lulu's in Allston is now open, drove by in a cab last night after seeing the Cirque show, and it was fairly crowded at 10:45 or so.

                                                                                                                                                  1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 24, 2014 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Nan Ling, a/k/a the anchor tenant of the Mass Ave Food Court of the Damned, is currently "closed for renovations". (Yes, I know Pho Basil is a rare, late-arriving exception.)

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                                                                                                                                                      LilBrownBat RE: MC Slim JB Jun 26, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I know Nan Ling, but I wasn't aware that it was part of any food court, damned or otherwise.

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                                                                                                                                                        MC Slim JB RE: LilBrownBat Jun 26, 2014 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I was jokingly referring to that stretch of Mass Ave restaurants opposite the Mother Church that seem to scrape by on the trade of stoned Berklee and NU students.

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                                                                                                                                                      nyra987 RE: MC Slim JB Jun 24, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I heard Mehak Halal in East Boston was closed. Sign was down, tables were gone, and phone number disconnected. Anyone have any info on this? Really loved that place.

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                                                                                                                                                        hiddenboston RE: nyra987 Jun 25, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I've been told that Mehak simply got a makeover.

                                                                                                                                                      2. galangatron RE: MC Slim JB Jun 25, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                        ferry street food and drink on ferry street in malden is officially open

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                                                                                                                                                          wandergirl RE: MC Slim JB Jun 25, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Lamberts has opened a new fruit stand at the corner of Essex and Washington (across from the Chinatown RMV and T station). It's fairly large and set up under several tents.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Allstonian RE: MC Slim JB Jun 26, 2014 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980287

                                                                                                                                                            My original post got moved to the Southern New England board as off-topic to this board. There's already another thread there with the same news, but someone added a long heartfelt reminiscence of his family's multigeneration relationship with the restaurant to my thread, and the mods felt that was more relevant to folks on that board, so they moved it. The mods did say I was allowed to post here with a link pointing to that thread, so here 'tis.

                                                                                                                                                            In any case, the Student Prince in Springfield is closing after this coming weekend - an open house on Sunday 6/29 is their last hurrah. While I generally get my fix of Germanic food at Bronwyn nowadays, The Student Prince was one of a tiny handful of German restaurants remaining anywhere in New England and I'm sad to see it go.

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                                                                                                                                                              Karl S RE: Allstonian Jun 26, 2014 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Wow. I never got there, but it indeed is worth a mention on this board. New England is a virtual desert (compared to many other parts of the country) for German-Austrian food, and it's very sad to see such a landmark closing (hopefully only temporarily). It's been a longtime hole on the Boston food scene, and likely to remain well filled with an array of good choices compared to other many other major metro areas. I hope new owners give it a new lease on life.

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                                                                                                                                                                CportJ RE: Karl S Jun 26, 2014 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                The cafe at Karl's Sausage Kitchen is another good option for German food in the area, as well as German and European sausages and grocery items.

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                                                                                                                                                                  MC Slim JB RE: CportJ Jun 26, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  And they have a license!

                                                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                    Karl S RE: CportJ Jun 26, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I get that, but again Boston's choices limp compared to elsewhere. It's very slim pickings.

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                                                                                                                                                                      MC Slim JB RE: Karl S Jun 26, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Moody's does some nice German-style wursts.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Allstonian RE: Allstonian Jun 27, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Wow - reprieved! Thanks to CH sakeandgin on the Southern New England board for the update (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9802...). The restaurant was bought at the last moment by the owner of Peter Pan Bus Lines and will close per schedule but reopen in the fall. I'm a little concerned about the threats to streamline and update the menu, but it's a start.

                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.masslive.com/dining/2014/0...

                                                                                                                                                                3. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 26, 2014 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Loretta's Last Call, the Lyons Group country & western bar on Lansdowne Street, has opened.

                                                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                  1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 26, 2014 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    One I missed: something New American called Roost Bistro opened this month on Newbury Street in the spot formerly occupied by The Creperie.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jun 27, 2014 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      FYI, tomorrow is Charlie's last day. *sniffle*

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