Boston Restaurants Closing

It seems that many Boston Restaurants are closing. Why is this happening, There are always a number of factors.

One factor may be that over the last several years a large number of new restaurants have opened all across the City of Boston.

Nick Frattaroli

Nick Frattaroli, the second-generation restaurateur behind Ward 8, North Square Oyster, Bodega Canal and the soon-to-open Tony & Elaine’s, sees a pattern.

“I think it feels accelerated,” Frattaroli says. “I think it’s the obvious. A lot of the large restaurants are opening up in different parts of the city that are really developing right now. It really affects everybody, I think it makes it really hard.”

Frattaroli sees some concepts bearing the brunt of it.

“I think the ones that are probably getting hit the hardest are the ones that are more special occasion-type places where you can’t just pop in all the time,” Frattaroli says. “The reality is it’s hard to fill up those types of restaurants right now.”

Joshua Lewin

Joshua Lewin, co-owner of Juliet in Union Square, feels that the rapid growth of Boston’s restaurant industry makes it hard to divine whether closure rates are out of the ordinary.

“To have an accelerated rate of closure implies that there was a rate of closure that we can compare it to, but I think that the industry from five years ago till where we are today is kind of apples to oranges… which makes it even scarier to be in the middle of,” Lewin says.

He attributes the success of Juliet, which will mark its third anniversary at the end of February, to its unique concept that includes seasonal pre-fixed menus, a walk-in al la carte menu and even turns Italian each Sunday night as “Romeo’s at Juliet.”

“From the beginning we wanted to diversify what was available to our neighbors to protect against [risk] a little bit,” Lewin says. “We do have people coming in for dinner from all over, and that was kind of always the point with these pre-fixe style dinners and these pretty involved special occasion-type experiences. At the same time we really wanted to capture the spirit of a neighborhood too, so that we weren’t relying on just that.”

Lewin also sees the proliferation of chains as a challenge to independent restaurateurs.

“One of the most difficult things as an independent restaurant operator, especially in a hot neighborhood, is that chains can always compete… [chains] can do things for cheaper, they can pay more in rent, they can weather storms in their business plans and their business modeling, and they can serve guests faster… what they can’t  become is a personal part of a neighborhood.”







Our Opinion

I think that the many factors are that dining in Boston for people in the suburbs has lost it’s appeal and that many restaurants in the suburbs can do almost as well.

What do you think?

Feed Hungry Americans First

Please feed Hungry American’s First. One in every seven people going hungry every day in the Greatest Country in the world. How can we let that happen. Please donate or volunteer at your locate Food Bank.

We need to remember and help the soldiers who serve us and who have served us and, particularly, those who give their lives for us. We should remember and help the families of first responders to who serve or served us.

We need to support and thank our local police who  keep our streets safe – they have a thankless job. We need to support and thank our teachers, who will help educate our next generation.

But please remember Hungry American’s First.

I Love Owls…

I Love Owls…

Owls are birds mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey. I just love them. They include about 200 species and have a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. They are from the order Strigiformes.

Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in almost all regions of the Earth.

Owls are divided into two families: the family of typical owls and the family of barn-owls.

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Be A Little Greener…

Be a little Greener:

We could all be a little Greener. The very first step
that everyone should take is to Recycle – In my town, the town trash collection does recycling, so all we have to do is put recyclable items in the recycle bin. The second thing that we can all do is the get educated – see

Easy Ways to Recycle:

Recycle your trash – Check with your town to find out how to recycle your trash.  You may need to purchased a couple of bins for glass, plastics and paper.

Buy products made with recycled materials – Many products are made with some percentage of recycled materials. Take a couple of seconds to check the labels. Computer paper, notebooks, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic products, and many other household items can be found that are made from at least partially recycled materials.

Reusable bags – Rather than using paper or plastic disposal bags, use reusable bags instead. Many stores sell them at a reasonable price.

Try to cut down junk mail – Don’t let paper be wasted on mail that you do not want anyway. Just call the customer service number printed on the catalog or advertisement and ask to be removed from the mailing list.

Recycling is Good Business:

Most people know that recycling plays an important role in managing the garbage generated in homes and businesses, and that it reduces the need for landfills and incinerators. Recycling is Good Business.

But recycling is far more than a local waste management strategy; it is also an important strategy for reducing the environmental impacts of industrial production. Supplying industry with recycled materials, rather than virgin resources extracted from forests and mines, is environmentally preferable because it saves energy.

Recycling is Growing Business:

Recycling is a growth industry with many kinds of business opportunities, from collection and processing to manufacturing to inventing new technologies. New businesses in anywhere will create jobs for more area and improve our economy.

Cuttlefish and Marine Census…

The other night when my husband starting saying cuddle fish to me, I was puzzled. I was not sure that I liked being called “fish”, but if he wanted to cuddle, I thought “Well… Ok… Why not”. Then I thought he was calling me “cuddle fish”, and I thought “I know that I don’t like that… But I do like cuddling…”.

Then I realized that he was watching TV about marine life and he was talking about a “Cuttlefish” not me and cuddling. A “Cuttlefish” is a marine animal that is like a squid and is often called the chameleon of the ocean because it can change color at will. It can change color and texture of its skin for camouflage and communication.

My husband and I used to love watching Jacques Cousteau and the Calypso on their sea explorations. W still love to watch the similar programs on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Science Channel, and others. I never understood what all that discovered information was used for – It always seemed a little bit of a waste.

Now researchers in more than 80 nations have undertaken a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans. The world’s first comprehensive Census of Marine Life will be released in 2010.

And please check out some of these links: – Wikipedia on Cuttlefish – Census of Marine Life Website

More Energy Efficient House…

Make your house more Energy Efficient…

Thru a friend of a friend I learned about this video made to education us to make our homes more energy efficient. The video is a little longer (maybe very long) – about 45 minutes. So grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable and give it a watch.

Please remember to do the following:

  • recycling of their own trash
  • support leaders who will work for the Environment
  • educate yourself on the issues, the problems, and the possible solutions
  • select a Green group and join them

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