Brookline’s Finale is Fini


Did they get a frosty reception in Coolidge Corner? Seems so. The swank bakery, purveyor of pricy cupcakes, cakes and pastries, shuttered its Brookline branch on New Year’s Eve. (Their Park Plaza and Harvard Square outposts will stay open.) Down the street, Friendly’s also shuttered not long ago. Clearly sweets and quasi-Middle-American-fast food aren’t the way to go in Brookline. Instead, how about a smoked-fish bar? A dim sum parlor? A drive-through Island Creek/Eastern Standard combo? Santarpio’s? What do you think Coolidge Corner needs more of, if not ladyfingers and Fribbles? Let us know if you have any brilliant ideas. [Wicked Local]