NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the Living Room on Atlantic Avenue is closing Jan. 19, in one of those lease things that seem to be driving more and more local restaurants and gathering spots out of business.
Time to pour one out for Durgin-Park, the Boston landmark that opened in 1827 and closed last night, after serving its last prime rib, baked beans (in a bean pot) and Indian pudding, after the New York company that's owned it since 2007 decided it was never going to make money again. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today approved a proposal by Brian Burke to open the Sandwich Schlepper at 253-261 North Harvard St., a couple blocks away from Barry's Corner, in an 1890s building that Burke is restoring. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board today granted permission to restaurateur Robert Weintraub and chef Michael Serpa to open a Parisian-style bistro, called Grand Tour, at 314 Newbury St., at Hereford St. Read more.
Shanti, 4197 Washington St., in Roslindale Square, has ended its lunch buffet and is now only open for dinner. People who need some midday curry and naan will need to get to either Himalayan Bistro on Centre Street in West Roxbury or Tikki Masala in Forest Hills.
High-end family dining is coming to the North End. Jennifer Royale says her Table by Jen Royle "private dinner club" at 445 Hanover St. will feature large bowls and platters that diners seated at the two long tables will pass along as they go from course to course. Read more.
Richard Auffrey is a fan of Chinese soup dumplings, so he hied himself off to District Kitchen in Malden to try one of its super-sized soup dumplings - so large it comes with a straw to suck out the broth before you try to eat the thing. His conclusion: He's sticking to regular-sized dumplings.
Samantha Washburn was among the people who tried to get into Durgin-Park tonight, after hearing the news the venerable restaurant would be closing forever on Jan. 12. Read more.
In response to a report out of New York about snarly, out-of-control leaf munchers at that benighted city's salad places, Bostonian salad eaters report that, yes, the lines are longer here as well, but we're better mannered and so are not running amok or cursing out co-workers who made us join them. Read more.
Claire Blechman shows us the scene in North Station, where a Dunkin' Donuts is getting rebuilt this morning. As she notes, jittery commuters don't have to fret - they just have to walk another 100 feet or so to the station's other Dunkin' Donuts because, after all, this is Boston.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports Bali Hai, off Rte. 128 in Lynnfield, is shutting down next week.
So that leaves, what, Kowloon in Saugus and the Tahiti in Dedham?
Roslindale Village Main Street reports that Shaking Seafood, on Poplar Street in Roslindale Square, where Jersualem Trading used to be, has its "soft" opening at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The seafood place specializes in a Cajun style of cooking in which you pick your seafood and your spices, then they cook and shake them for you and you dig in.
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