Friday, January 08, 2010

Chef Chang's House in Brookline to Be Replaced by Sichuan Gourmet

A Chinese restaurant in Brookline that has been around for 30 years is closing--and being replaced by a new restaurant from the owner of a small chain of Chinese restaurants with locations in the northern and western suburbs of Boston.

According to a posting on the Massachusetts Public Notices site (now taken down), a liquor license transfer has been approved by the town of Brookline from the owner of Chef's Chang House on Beacon Street to Li Zhong, who is behind the two Sichuan Gourmet restaurants in Billerica and Framingham. The public notice mentions that the name of the restaurant that will apparently be replacing Chef Chang's House is also Sichuan Gourmet.

Chef Chang's House started out in the early 1980s, serving Mandarin, Shanghai, and Szechuan dishes to diners in Brookline, the Fenway neighborhood of Boston (which is a short distance east of the restaurant), and others from around the Boston area. Sichuan Gourmet first opened in Billerica in 2002, with a second location coming to Framingham a couple of years later.

It is unknown at the time as to when Chef Chang's House might be closing (and when Sichuan Gourmet might be opening). As we find out more information, we will post an update here. [January 27 update: According to an article in the Boston Globe, Chef Chang's House could be closing as soon as this coming Sunday, though there is no official closing date as of this time.]

[May 7 update: Based on a few posts on the Chowhound site, it looks like Sichuan Gourmet is now open in Brookline.]

The address for Chef Chang's House is 1004-1006 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446. The phone number is (617) 277-4226. And their website can be found at:

The website for both Sichuan Gourmet restaurants is at:

Thanks to a poster on the Chowhound site for bringing this to our attention.

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