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June 2014 Openings and Closings

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. Definitely a lousy way to start the week.

    1. 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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      1. re: total13

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

      2. 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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        1. re: meeps2002

          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.

          1. re: C. Hamster

            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

            1. re: meeps2002

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

              1. re: C. Hamster

                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.

            2. re: C. Hamster

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

              1. re: catsmeow

                Boylston - Next to Firehouse/Vlora etc...

                1. re: catsmeow

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

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

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              1. re: hungrytommy

                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.

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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  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.

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              2. 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. 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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                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    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. 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.

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                    1. 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. wow barbecue in malden officially opens on 6/2

                        1. 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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                          1. re: OliveJones

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

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                          2. 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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                            1. re: mvi

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

                              1. re: CportJ

                                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.

                                1. re: mvi

                                  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

                                  1. re: jgg13

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

                                      1. re: jgg13

                                        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.

                                        1. re: CportJ

                                          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.

                                          1. re: Matt H

                                            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.

                                            1. re: jgg13

                                              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.

                                              1. re: Chris VR

                                                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.

                                          2. re: CportJ

                                            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. 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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                                1. re: Karl S

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

                                  1. re: LStaff

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

                                    1. re: LStaff

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

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                                    1. re: galangatron

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

                                      1. re: galangatron

                                        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.

                                        1. re: gimlis1mum

                                          ...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.

                                          1. re: gimlis1mum

                                            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.

                                          2. re: gimlis1mum

                                            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.

                                            1. re: junior coyote

                                              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.

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

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                                            1. 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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                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                  1. re: Jacksup77

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

                                                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

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

                                                  2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                    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. 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?

                                                    1. 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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                                                      1. re: mkfisher

                                                        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.

                                                      2. 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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                                                        1. re: vtmavt

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

                                                          1. re: vtmavt

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

                                                            1. re: vtmavt

                                                              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?

                                                              1. re: PinchOfSalt

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

                                                                1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                                                  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?

                                                                    1. re: smtucker

                                                                      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.

                                                                2. re: vtmavt

                                                                  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. 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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                                                                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                    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.

                                                                    1. re: Gordough

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

                                                                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: CportJ

                                                                          Ooh, good to know about the pita. Thanks!

                                                                  2. 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. very berry (frozen yogurt) has opened in fields corner

                                                                      1. 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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                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                                          1. re: smtucker

                                                                            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.

                                                                          2. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: hiddenboston

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

                                                                              1. re: dulce de leche

                                                                                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?

                                                                                1. re: kdemayo

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

                                                                              2. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                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/

                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

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

                                                                                  1. re: jgg13

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

                                                                                    1. re: Madrid

                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      1. re: Madrid

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

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

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                                                                                    1. re: AdamGL

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

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                                                                                    2. re: Unfoodie

                                                                                      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. :-)

                                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

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

                                                                                        1. re: Unfoodie

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

                                                                                          1. re: blumiethekoala

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

                                                                                    3. kung fu tea in malden is officially open

                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                        1. re: blumiethekoala

                                                                                          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 :(

                                                                                          1. re: jgg13

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

                                                                                            1. re: Stride

                                                                                              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!"

                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                          1. re: devilham

                                                                                            devilham:

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

                                                                                            1. re: Gordough

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

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                                                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                                                              2. re: Gordough

                                                                                                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

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

                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                1. re: Chris VR

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

                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                  1. re: mvi

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

                                                                                                    1. re: nyc_to_ma

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: mvi

                                                                                                        Any idea if the new location will also have sushi?

                                                                                                    2. re: mvi

                                                                                                      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?

                                                                                                      1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                        1. re: poundcake

                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                            1. re: poundcake

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                        2. re: mvi

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

                                                                                                          1. re: mvi

                                                                                                            According to Eater, Shabu and Mein is now open.

                                                                                                            1. re: mvi

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                                    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.

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

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                                                                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: Unfoodie

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                        Handlebar mustaches and trilbies for EVERYBODY!

                                                                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                                                                                          1. re: jgg13

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

                                                                                                                            1. re: CportJ

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Unfoodie

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

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Jenny Ondioline

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

                                                                                                                            2. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                                                                                            3. re: Unfoodie

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

                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                            1. re: total13

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: Unfoodie

                                                                                                                                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. 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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                                                                                                                              1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: peelmeagrape

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

                                                                                                                              2. pho hoa on pleasant street in malden is now pho bistro

                                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                                  1. re: total13

                                                                                                                                    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. 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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                                                                                                                                    1. re: LauraBear

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LauraBear

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

                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                        1. re: catsmeow

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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Locutus

                                                                                                                                              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.

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

                                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                                              1. re: nooneami

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

                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                1. re: FussyEater

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

                                                                                                                                                2. 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. 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.)

                                                                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

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

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LilBrownBat

                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nyra987

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

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Allstonian

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Karl S

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CportJ

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Allstonian

                                                                                                                                                                  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...

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

                                                                                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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

                                                                                                                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. Per Boston.com:

                                                                                                                                                                        "The Boston Globe reports that Chef Evan Deluty, who runs Stella in the South End, is “passing papers” on the Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe this week and plans to re-open the restaurant in 2015.

                                                                                                                                                                        Big fan of the turkey hash? No worries: The menu and the 429 Columbus Avenue location will remain the same."

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: black_lab

                                                                                                                                                                          As happy as I am to hear this, I've also heard some murmurs that the location won't remain exactly the same, i.e., that its historic furnishings have already been removed and the space gutted. I have not been by since this news broke last night to confirm.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                                            At least it will remain a breakfast option in the neighborhood. Maybe the changes will be a plus. I had friends who griped about many aspects of Charlie's, but then got very swoony when it closed. Now they will nit pick the reincarnation. It's the circle of life I suppose. I'm just thankful it's not becoming a bank or condos.