August 2022 Openings and Closings [Boston, New England]

What’s the news?


The former owners of the ill-fated A Lee 88 in Waltham, Tao and Szu, are opening Little Tao at 1153 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. Opening today. I can’t link to the menu but this should get you there. Click on the See Photos, and the menu is there.


That’s great news.

Bumped into Garret Harker at Branch Line recently and he mentioned he is working on a return to the Fenway area, opening mid-late 2023, sounds like early stages. Don’t know if it will be a reincarnation of Eastern Standard, but should be destination worthy.


Does that mean that Taste of Guizhu is gone, or are they sharing the space? That’s the former Wing-It location, and it seemed sort of co-occupied by Wing-It and ToG at one point.

Little Tao’s website is now live


Nice little website, and I personally love to see the info on the chef - such a rarity for Chinese restaurants. I definitely appreciate a smaller focused menu, especially for regional cuisines where there may be broader interest in a smaller niche set of foods (no one needs the umpteenth iteration of beef and broccoli). I really wish we had more places like Japan where folks are more comfortable opening specialty food places in smaller spaces so they can just focus on a few things done very well.


Not seeing any of the dumplings that we loved.

Rubato, in North Quincy, is supposed to have its grand opening this Saturday.

Our Menu — Rubato (
There was a quick write up about the planned opening on about a month or so ago, and there’s a follow up today (courtesy MSN) in The Boston Globe.
In Quincy, a rock star mom’s restaurant becomes her son’s classic Hong Kong café (

This is taking over the old Contempo Bakery space at 412 Hancock St.

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