Posts for December 28, 2012

Clarke's Has Closed

Derailed?

Maybe they're moving elsewhere or maybe they're no match for the restaurants just over the bridge, but for whatever reason, Clarke's at South Station closed yesterday, says BRT. The Boston Business Journal reports that their lease expires at the end of this year; they also say that it will become a (glamorous?) two-level CVS.

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Has the W's Descent Descended to Oblivion?

We didn't have W in our 2012 death pool, yet their Facebook page is gone, their Twitter handle is no more, and Adam's Hospitality reports that the subterranean club-lounge at the W is "closed in mid-December for what the hotel is [diplomatically?] calling a 're-invigoration.'"

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Here’s How Dining Changed Across Grub Street USA in 2012

Ramen: no longer only big in Japan.Photo: Jakob N. Layman/Time Out New York

New York critic Adam Platt's Where to Eat 2013, which is on newsstands this week, breaks down some 60 clutch recommendations based on the thousands of restaurant meals Platt has eaten and the emerging trends — like the sudden flourish of small Italian places and resurgence of old-school French — he's noticed along the way. While we look forward to the New Year, we figured it'd be an ideal time to take one good look at how dining changed everywhere else in 2012.

Ramen, ramen, ramen. »

Russell House's Michael Scelfo Will Take Over the Casablanca

Michael ScelfoPhoto: Temple Bar

Boston magazine reports that the much-loved Casablanca, which shuttered on December 21, will be reborn courtesy Russell House Tavern's Michael Scelfo. "“It’s just an honor to be in that space, because it has such a legacy in Boston for food, and so many good chefs have been there over the years ... I’m excited to get in there and re-imagine it and do my own thing,” he told Chowder.

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Grub Guide: Where to Get Dreamy Takeout on New Year's Eve

Sichuan Garden: bringing the heat in 2013.

We're planning to remain firmly planted to our sofa this New Year's Eve, watching multiple episodes of Breaking Bad while scarfing delicious things from cartons. While there's certainly something to be said for paying $100 to drunkenly careen across a sticky barroom floor, well, there's also absolutely no shame in hibernating at home with aromatic takeout. For the purposes of integrity—heat, timeliness, etc—we're avoiding delivery. A few of our favorite takeaway spots, ahead. (Just make sure you have a designated driver!)

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