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August 2008 Archive

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Openings

Tavolo is the latest restaurant from chef/owner Chris Douglass, long known for his South End fine-dining standout Icarus, and more recently for Ashmont Grill, a casual bar/restaurant he opened up near his home in Dorchester. Tavolo is located in the Carruth condominium building, a short distance down Dorchester Avenue from the Ashmont Grill. It’s a casual, approachable spot cleverly decorated with slate chalkboards, some decorated by local professional artists, others available for scribbling patrons. Grownups will appreciate the full bar as a spot to enjoy a meal and watch the game; families will come for the kid-friendly menu of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads at modest prices. Dinner nightly. Tavolo, Carruth, 1918 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02124, 617-822-1918.
 
Cafe Marliave opened in 1875 and served traditional American fare to generations of Bostonians before fading into a sad, tattered senescence and closing a few years ago. Fortunately, chef Scott Herritt of Grotto, a beloved Italian restaurant on nearby Beacon Hill, has bought the space and restored it to its late-19th-century glory, bringing out long-hidden architectural details like tin ceilings and tile floors. The venue has three distinct spaces: a six-seat raw bar at the foundation level, a first-floor bar with café seating that will serve food late into the evening, and a second-story dining room with huge windows overlooking Bromfield and Province Streets. Diners at the new Restaurant Marliave can expect a menu of sophisticated Continental cuisine in the dining room, more modestly-priced retro American classics in the bar, creative versions of Prohibition-era cocktails, and a casual, convivial atmosphere. Dinner nightly. Restaurant Marliave, 10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02113, 617-422-0004.
 
L'Espalier, long regarded as one of the very best restaurants in Boston, served its last meal in the Back Bay townhouse it called home for twenty-five years and has reopened a couple of blocks away in the new Mandarin Oriental, Boston on Boylston Street near the Prudential Center. (The hotel is scheduled to open the first week of October.) Designed by Martin Vahtra, the new venue features a more modern look, twice the square footage, and significantly more seating. Chef-owner Frank McClelland and his peerless front- and back-of-house staffs will certainly not miss the cramped kitchen and many staircases of the old space. L'Espalier, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-262-3023.
 

News Bytes

Banq adds French/Asian Fusion Brunch
Banq Restaurant & Bar, one of Boston's hottest restaurants, grabs a lot of attention for its stunning interior design, perhaps unfairly at the expense of its inventive menu. Chef Ranveer Brar creates classic French dishes given fresh ingredients and exotic spicing from all over Asia, notably India, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. It should be fascinating to see what he can do with that staple of South End weekends, the mid-day brunch. Some of his promised dishes include crepes with anise-spiced bananas in mango sauce, and eggs Benedict made with nutmeg-cured rock shrimp. The de rigueur brunch cocktail list will include similar East/West fusion elements, like a sweet and fiery Asian Bloody Mary. Dinner nightly, brunch Sat.-Sun.. Banq Restaurant & Bar, 1375 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-451-0077.
 
Craigie Street Bistrot to Move
Craigie Street Bistrot, the French restaurant helmed by chef/owner Tony Maws, is moving to a bigger, brighter location in Cambridge, into the old La Groceria space in Central Square. Famous for its locavore slant and Sunday and Wednesday night "Chef's Whim" improvisational dinners, Craigie Street Bistrot has always been hampered by a small, somewhat cramped basement space in a residential building in a quiet neighborhood with difficult parking near Harvard Square. The new space will offer more seating, a bigger kitchen that will enable Maws to expand his menu, ample nearby parking, and a full bar. Maws also expects to add brunch, lunch, and private dining. Fans should epect the Bistrot to close for good sometime in September, and the newly-dubbed Craigie on Main to open at 853 Main Street about two weeks later. Craigie Street Bistrot, 5 Craigie Cir., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-497-5511.
 

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Boston Public, the Asian-accented steakhouse from chef Pino Maffeo, has closed. Boston Public, Louis Boston, 234 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, no phone.
 

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