Friday, December 31, 2010

Bidding Farewell to Some Boston-Area Restaurants in 2010

Today is the last day of 2010, and with it, the wrapping up of a year of much change within the Boston restaurant scene, including some key closures. A few restaurant closings of note include:

A trendy French restaurant that was located on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay, the four-year-old Bouchee closed its doors late this summer, with a branch of the small local chain Papa Razzi moving into the space. Bouchee featured classic French dishes such as duck confit, cassoulet and coq au vin.

Cottonwood Cafe
A popular restaurant in the Back Bay that had featured Southwestern fare for nearly 20 years, the Cottonwood Cafe closed this past summer. The restaurant may be opening elsewhere at some point in the future, but there doesn't seem to be anything definite right now. Their Berkeley Street space will soon be home to Tico, a Latin American and Mexican spot.

Ginger Park
An upscale Asian restaurant on Washington Street in Boston's South End, Ginger Park shut down after being in business for a bit more than a year. The dining spot, which replaced Banq in 2009, had a quirky menu that included duck prosciutto, lamb croquettes, short rib tacos, and potato spring rolls.

A tiny dim sum spot in the heart of Allston, Gitlo was known in part for the fact that it featured dim sum every day for both lunch and dinner. The eatery, which first opened in 2007, featured such items as shumai, clear noodles, daikon cake, and custard bun.

In a neighborhood filled with casual pasta joints and upscale Northern Italian restaurants, Grezzo stood out with its vegan and raw food menu. There has been talk that the Prince Street restaurant, which also had a sister restaurant (also closed) in Newburyport, may reopen, but nothing seems to have been confirmed yet.

Ivy Restaurant
An upscale Italian cafe near Downtown Crossing in Boston that had been in operation for about five years, Ivy Restaurant is one of two eateries run by the Ivy Restaurant Group, which went into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy this past summer. Their other restaurant--Stoddard's--remains open.

Joan and Ed's Deli
A classic Natick delicatessen that had been serving comfort food to diners for more than 30 years, Joan and Ed's Deli closed its doors this past summer. There is some good news for deli lovers, however, as Zaftigs in Brookline will be taking over the space, which is in the Sherwood Plaza on Route 9.

Kelly's Landing
A landmark seafood spot that had been a South Boston institution for more than 80 years, Kelly's Landing on L Street served its last meal in late October, as the owner decided to retire. The dining spot featured such dishes as clam chowder, a variety of fried seafood, burgers, and chicken parmigiana.

A slightly upscale but casual spot near where the Back Bay and the South End meet, Laurel focused on New American dishes at reasonable prices. The Berkeley Street restaurant also had a sister restaurant in the Back Bay called Six Burner, which has also closed. Geoffrey's Cafe has taken over the former Laurel space.

Seoul Food
A little Korean restaurant just outside of Porter Square in Cambridge, Seoul Food closed its doors after being in business for about a decade. The eatery featured such classic dishes as bibimbap and kimchi. Super Fusion Cuisine III, a Japanese dining spot, has since opened in the space.

Sports Depot
A spacious sports bar in Allston that had been in operation for more than 20 years, the Sports Depot on Cambridge Street shut down early this summer. Known mostly as a place to get pub grub and beer while watching sporting events on their countless TVs, the Sports Depot has since been replaced by a branch of Pizzeria Regina.

St. Alphonzo's Kitchen
A quirky little comfort food spot in a mostly residential and industrial section of South Boston, St. Alphonzo's Kitchen (formerly Potbellies Kitchen) featured such classic dishes as reubens, chicken cutlets, and grilled cheese sandwiches. A new Australian spot called KO Catering and Pies has since opened in the A Street spot.

Wu Chon House
A Korean restaurant in the Union Square section of Somerville, Wu Chon House featured some terrific (and authentic) fare at very reasonable prices. An array of sushi options were also available at this casual dining spot.

While there were certainly a number of restaurant closings in and around Boston over the past 12 months, the city has also seen many new dining spots open, including such places as Al-Wadi in West Roxbury, Bergamot in Somerville, Bondir in Cambridge, 5 Corners Kitchen in Marblehead, Garlic N Lemons in Allston, Journeyman in Somerville, Tasty Burger in the Fenway neighborhood, and Umami in Brookline. And 2011 is sure to bring more openings (and closings), so stay tuned....

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