Boston, MA and environs, August 2016 Openings and Closings!

kobuta, I didn’t realize it had opened yet. Driving too fast when I go by on my way home. I’ll have to give it a try soon (fingers crossed).

The food at CJ was so bad the one time I tried it, took one bite and threw it out. Awful!


yeah, it’s new. in the Instagram post that I thought would link (I guess it just posts the pic, here) DooWee Tran says that 1) he has been left in the dark about what was happening at Monroe so that’s over with 2) that he’s signed on with someone new to do the seafood restaurant, no location yet 3) that in the meantime he’ll be doing the night market window thing at Bao Nation (which seems like it’ll start soon) and 4) that there’ll be an upcoming popup at Whiskey Saigon.

He says the main reason for all the new projects is that he had hired people for the Monroe gig, and now they have no jobs so he’s trying to get them immediate placements that he can control.

Lucy’s in Adams Village opened yesterday and it was mobbed. I had good food and excellent service.

Pretty eye-popping space for that part of town

I really wish they would get a proper website going or post a menu somewhere. The website linked on their instagram and FB page lead to a ‘sample’ page - no content.

Nonna’s a short lived Italian-American, closed in Waltham. It was previously a long-lived Thai restaurant. Lincoln’s Whistle Stop Cafe is also closed, so Lincoln has only Country Pizza, a greek pan pizza place inside the gas station left.

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Didn’t Nonna’s just reopen after a renovation? (Or maybe I’m thinking of a different place - on Moody essentially across the street from Moody’s Provisions?)

Cool! Did you try? Thoughts?

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Went to the new Winsor yesterday morning. Pretty busy for 10am, but no lines. The space is about 2-3x as big as the Boston location (but that’s not saying much). Mainly big round tables, so peeps who don’t like to share tables may not find this location more comfortable.

Dim sum was ok to good. The standard dishes seem comparable to the Boston location. They did a nice job with the cheung fun (rice noodles). Smooth, slippery texture and a good filling ratio. The menu seems bigger, though I’m not a frequent visitor to Winsor Boston because of the wait. The big miss was their soup dumplings. Winsor Boston has passable soup dumplings; the Quincy outpost has decided to “dim sum”-ize the offering. It comes 4 in a little steel steamer. The result is a soup dumpling that isn’t hot enough, and what should be a soft delicate skin is instead hardening skin for not having a warm enclosed basket to keep it moist. Total fail on that dish. And they don’t have tieguanyin tea…hmm…

Generally good service though they missed one of our dishes, and I heard the next table complain of the same thing. In HK, they always circle, count and confirm with you before they place the order. I don’t know why they don’t do the same here.

This happened in July but I don’t see it reported here yet: Flora in Arlington is closed after 20 years. New people are going to open a new restaurant apparently.

not August, but fwiw, here’s a Zagat article on some 18 fall openings in the Boston area.

There’s a restaurant called Pabu opening. There’s also a restaurant called Pagu opening.

If Pabu is anything like the original Pabu in san francisco, it will be a pretty traditional sushi + izakaya place, with heavy emphasis on high end Nobu-esque decor and sake/cocktail program. Solid karaage, house tofu, decent sushi (but not at the level of Oya or Cafe Sushi), wagyu. Omakase $105 or so.

Waypoint opens to the public tomorrow night.

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Eater reports that Josephine (Kenmore Sq) has closed. I never went under the Josephine incarnation, however my understanding that it was just a rebranded Petit Robert. I never understood the allure of the Kenmore Petit Robert location. On 2 visits I found the food to be inconsistent and the service to be consistently poor. Good riddance…

We had brunch at Lucy’s yesterday and enjoyed it quite a bit. The hollandaise on the eggs Benedict was decent, the potatoes were hot, coffee was good but could be a little stronger for our tastes (but we do like our coffee pretty strong), and my husband enjoyed his jerk chicken sandwich and fries. The space is really nicely done. We’ll be back.

For brunch on a Saturday, parking was simple in their smallish lot. I understand parking is tough at night, though, but they do have complimentary valet so it’s just a matter of tipping. There was street space up the road, though.

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