Well! After a very slow news week, we’re back with plenty of openings, a few closings, and several of what we’re going to have to charitably call “rumors.” Let’s dive right in, shall we?
•Everyone’s favorite Brookline beer bar The Publick House will be opening Publick House Provisions in the old Beacon Kosher Market space. Hot, Buttered, and Toasted reports that the new shop will carry gourmet goodies like specialty oils and vinegars, cheeses, and a wide and presumably excellent selection of beer. Construction has already begun, so here’s hoping it opens soon!
•It seems that the Au Bon Pain on Brattle Street has departed this world. Sigh. We remember when it was Warburton’s. It will be replaced by some sort of coffee shop, about which little is known other than that it will be serving fancy-pants Terroir Coffee.
•Craigslist brings us the news that the perpetually-planning-to-open Johnnie’s on the Side won’t be the only new spot near the Garden. DJ’s at The Garden will be joining it. According to the restaurant’s MySpace, it will feature “great service, a fantastic beverage selection, and sublime food” as well as no less than twenty plasma TVs.
•In what has to be one of our favorite Chowhound threads of all time, one hound wondered whether a Todai Restaurant was going to open in Boston. Soon, the thread devolved into arguing as to whether or not Todai is any good and if, in fact, there are any good all you can eat restaurants. No one answered the original poster’s question, but we looked on the company’s website and, indeed, Boston is listed as a “future location.”
•In a piece of genuinely sad news for the city’s burger lovers, Grille Zone, which had previously planned to open ten new locations within the next five years closed this past Saturday.
•When two Garden-area restaurants open, one, apparently, must close. Mulligans, where one may allegedly purchase a turkey sandwich with butter and mayonnaise, will close on Thursday.
•Finally, one Chowhounder wonders if The Spotted Apron is relocating or closing. This is the first we’ve heard about this and no one at the bakery was available for comment but tips are, as always, very welcome.
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