September 2020 Openings and Closings (Boston & New England)

You know the drill, folks, here’s where we put up the hopeful and the hopeless restaurants for the month of September in this most terrible of years.

This past week brought two brutal blows down upon two longtime places in Mass where I ate many a meal as a child with my family. Carbone’s, a classic red sauce Italian joint in Hopkington is shuttering after 87 years in business. And down in Foxboro, they’ve issued demolition permits for the Lafayette House where the original and oldest part of the structure was put up in 1784. Most of the rest of it was put up piecemeal over the years, but that sure is the end of an era. I remember steaks and white tablecloths in that place.

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Very sad to hear that the Pour House has closed and will be sold. Many memories there. I just took my kids for breakfast over the holidays last year and it hadn’t changed at all. I lived in the Back Bay for 10 years, but the neighborhood is quickly becoming unfamiliar.

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Sadly, Nahant Fish and Lobster has closed permanently, according to a post in Boston’s Hidden Restaurants.

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In better news. Bartley’s may be for sale, but they will be reopening on Tuesday!

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I guess this is more of a not re-opening, but the Friendly Toast branch in Kendall Square Cambridge is not re-opening. https://www.facebook.com/FriendlyToast/photos/a.572256386201087/3307801052646593/

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True Bistro in Teele Square, Somerville closing.
Lord Hobo taproom/gastropub in the Seaport opening.

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Apparently the Lafayette House in Foxboro is NOT getting demolished, even though the owner took out a demolition permit: https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/owner-of-foxboros-lafayette-house-says-historic-restaurant-isnt-going-anywhere/article_ac7ff20c-ca20-57c3-af07-217812af86d5.html

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From today’s Boston Globe website, running in Sunday’s paper I would guess.

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argh, Tacqueria el Barrio in Boston is shutting down. I really liked this place when I tried it. They even made their own tortillas, which very few places around here do. This year is rough.

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A very rough year indeed.

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Unfortunately I think we haven’t seen the rough part of the year (and early part of 2021) yet for the restaurant industry (and everybody else). So far was the “easy” part

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yeah, I pretty much agree. At lunchtime I walked by a strip of Highland last week that has a Chinese place, a falafel place and a Thai place side-by-side and saw only the Thai place was open. The Chinese place is bad and the falafel place is only OK, but that they’re still closed at lunch seems a really bad sign. There must be tons of small places like this that are never coming back and aren’t even getting reported.

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Argh, me too. And I third that we are going to see worse I’m afraid.

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Opening and closing all in a week: Nusret Steakhouse from famed internet meme Salt Bae.

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Item also caught my eye. I‘m really sorry for anyone who might be losing employment. The reported disregard for COVID safety on the premises saddens and scares me, though.

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