The Tuesday Report: Magically Multiplying Mini-Chains

In this week’s edition of the Tuesday Report, three restaurants take crucial steps to expand and Sweet Finnish has a not-so-sweet finishing. Do you have a hot tip about a restaurant opening or closing? Let us know.

Back Bay: Word on the street is that the owners of La Voile are planning to open a cafe and boulangerie on Newbury, near the current location. Developing! [Chowhound]
Dorchester:Dot-to-Dot Cafe, a soon-to-be coffee spot on Dorchester Ave has its sign up and has started interior work. [Lower Dot]
Downtown Crossing: Temple Place is slated to get another dining option when The Ivy’s owners open Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale, a “classic American” restaurant. Look for a September opening. [The Beantown Bloggery]
Fields Corner: Shabu-shabu is coming to Fields Corner with the opening of Osaka Shabu, the first-ever Japanese restaurant to open in that part of Dorchester. Bostonians: just can’t get enough of shabu-shabu! [Chowhound]
North End: Rumor has it that Finale is in discussion to open a location in part of the former Martignetti’s site. Because there’s not enough dessert in the North End? [Hanover & Prince]
North End: The Matarazzo Family Club, a “prestigous center comprised of a daycare, an all Italian restaurant and a shopping area” will be coming soon to Purchase Street. Will this move cause the stroller brigade to migrate from the South End to the Financial District’s condos? Only time will tell. [Craigslist]
Post Office Square: Z Square continues its rapid expansion with a third location in Post Office Square (perhaps in the spot planned for Todd English’s doomed burger venture?), slated to open this summer. [Boston on the Go]

Allston: It was not exactly a restaurant, but nonetheless, the Paradise will be deeply missed. [Bostonist]
Central Square: Gandhi Restaurant is no more. As one Chowhounder points out, it’s difficult to imagine why a restaurant named after Gandhi would offer an all-you-can-eat buffet. Here’s hoping for a more appropriately-named spot to take its place. [Chowhound]
Jamaica Plain: Sweet Finnish has closed after three years in business. Rest assured, there is still no shortage of JP bakeries. [JP Gazette]
Needham: Needham’s branch of Pho Pasteur has closed and is being replaced by another location of Somerville’s Tu Y Yo. [Chowhound]

Jamaica Plain: The Blue Frog Bakery might be hopping from Green Street to Centre. How fiendishly clever of them to do so just as Sweet Finnish shuts its doors! [Dishing]

[Photo: Flickr: kenziebella]

The Tuesday Report: Magically Multiplying Mini-Chains