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Bon Savor Closes

The space formerly occupied by the French/South American restaurant on Centre Street is up for lease.

, which had recently been operating severely curtailed hours, has closed.

The little bistro at the corner of Centre and Pond streets served French and South American-themed cuisine.

According to the JP Gazette, the restaurant's owners had problems getting U.S. visas and are currently in Colombia.

The space at 605 Centre St. is up for lease. Interested persons are asked to email Frantzis@aol.com.

Passersby stopped this afternoon to see the closed property, where tables and chairs have been removed and the Bon Savor signs taken down.

Asked what she'd like to see in it's place, Dana Oliver said she'd love to see a sandwich shop. Ami Novoryta, who was pushing a stroller with her child Mahri inside, said she'd love to see a coffee shop. Both of them noted that down the street toward Hyde Square several coffee shops had failed: and June Bug.

David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 03:58 AM
"a compassionate, healthier dining option" Gee, it's a wonder why James gets so hostile about all things vegan. It's not that folks like Rik get self-righteous about vegan cuisine or use labels like "healthier" when there are plenty of deficiencies in the vegan diet. Frankly, I wouldn't mind if someone just picked up Bon Saveur's menu and ran with it. From the French press and croissant in the morning to the steak churrasco and potatoes gratin at night, the offerings were fantastic and didn't automatically exclude about 75% of the dining public. But, then again, if you want something done you should do it yourself. I've got some seed money and friends in Gloucester who've always wanted to try Brazilian BBQ in this town. That place would make a nice little rodizio...
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 04:04 AM
Um, James just seemed to not want a vegan place. Rik was the one who shot back with: "Maybe you should try opening your own business rather than fantasizing about someone else doing it for you." James seemed to be sitting on some other issues by the look of that last post, but Rik's little retort has me thinking about actually putting my money where my mouth is. I'm giving that space some serious consideration, especially considering its basement storage space and kitchen space that could be converted to a churrasquera fire pit pretty easily. James doesn't seem to be looking for an empty storefront, just one that doesn't have a vegan place in it. I can't say I blame him on that front, but there are better ways to voice that. Sending a lease inquiry now...
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I love Trident. The Bon Saveur space could pull that off pretty well, especially with all that extra room in the basement that's basically going unused. Simplify the menu to Trident's coffee, soup, sandwich and scone offerings, line the place with books and it could work out. Then again, a Peet's sounds pretty nice, too. Going to see what they're asking...
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Nails, man, nails! Tips! Wraps! Six tanning booths! Think big! Think "Newbury Street"!
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 04:10 AM
JP's favorite realtor has a great idea, but Sarah has a point. If JP sustained the bookstores it had, maybe an independent bookstore could make a go of it. I'd be all over it if someone gave it another shot, especially seeing how well the comic book shop does in that area, and JP does need it. I'd just hope it would get the support it needs.
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 04:12 AM
James went more shotgun-and-napalm with his approach than a good debater should, but more frustratingly he took the bait. Rik just had to get snippy because someone didn't agree with his plan. Hopefully Rik's loss is my gain.
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 04:18 AM
The vegan "options" do get a bit much around here sometimes, especially when certain unnamed bakeries push out beloved items to clear space for banana cupcakes they hope vegans will buy. But they'd be foolish not to: Why turn away business? That's why I'd be against a vegan place. Having sampled various vegan items and vegan substitutes for more carnivorous fare, I'd have to say that I'd be driven off. Growing up near Italian and Portugues bakeries, flourless is a real non-starter.
Sarah Lydon December 07, 2011 at 02:24 PM
I think James jumped the gun a bit here but your post does read a little funny--if your looking for investors, a chef, and a manager, what do you imagine your role to be? It's kind of like that old saw--"if we had some ham, we could have ham and eggs...if we had eggs." And David--flour is vegan, just not any of the other yumminess that goes into those tasty Portuguese bakery items--butter, eggs, milk... And no, I'm not ready to give them up either. I'm not even ready to give up ham.
Sarah Lydon December 07, 2011 at 02:28 PM
This location might work better for a business like that. Rhythm and Muse always felt a bit stranded that far down Centre, though that whole corner seems much more lively now than it was just a few years ago, with JP Knit and Stitch and Canary Square.
James December 07, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Amazed nobody's said "I wish is were a Trader Joe's" yet. :) Another vote for a taqueria here. If not El Pelon, then the expansion of the Anna's or Boca empires to JP is well overdue. Or on another tack, Paris Creperie*. ObWhoseFoods: OH GOD HE WANTS JP TO TURN INTO COOLIDGE CORNER KILL HIM WITH FIRE
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 03:38 PM
I love the idea of a taqueria, but I love the fact that nobody in our neck of the woods considers Purple Cactus a taqueria. I'm guessing WhoseCactus would be the first group to protest. A creperie... nice! Bring on the Nutella.
Chris Helms (Editor) December 07, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Sometimes it isn't a zero-sum game when it comes to restaurants (or even local news outlets!) For instance, Centre/South seems to be supporting not one but two Indian restaurants and not one but two sushi places. If a neighborhood becomes a destination they can feed off each other. So, at least in theory, maybe an El Pelon-type taqueria might actually be good for Purple Cactus.
James December 07, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Hey, if competition can get Purple Cactus (which is a wrap restaurant that happens to sell burritos, really) to step up its game, then great. Also, one of the local food blogs yesterday was saying that the Ten Tables folks are already rumbling about turning that location into a burger bar, to which I say: hell yes, bring it on, you magnificent bastards. Maybe they can make a vegan burger option for the deliberately anemic crowd, too.
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 04:32 PM
The folks taking care of the leasing implied that a party associated with the property had already expressed interest. If Ten Tables goes ahead with the burger bar, I'd be there, too. I love the pub burgers around here, but there's really not a quick-stop burger spot. "Deliberately anemic." I think you just helped me set a record for coffee spitting distance. Hilarious.
Rich L December 07, 2011 at 04:43 PM
James, absolutely, I'm on-board with anything from Ten Tables. Right on. Can I ask what blog you read that on? Maybe my deliberately anemic self can buy your deliberately high cholesterol self a burger.
Andrea Cherez December 07, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Oh great...TT Burgers....another place serving animal flesh. I wish Ten Tables would put their expertise into a vegetarian place - that would be a true alternative. There's already enough feeding troughs for the "deliberately fat". : )
Sarah Lydon December 07, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Vegan nail salon it is! I would love to see the TT folks do something burger-bar-ish--just as long as I can get fries alongside my burger. I love potato salad but it's just not my chosen accompaniment. And yes--if I could get El Pelon's fish tacos within ten minutes of home, I could die happy, though an Anna's, Boca or Boloco would be fantastic too. Seems as they're long overdue to expand in our direction.
Chris Helms (Editor) December 07, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Hey Rich L, here's a link to Eater Boston, which has the TT rumor. I've got calls in to confirm that, but I've been hearing it for a long time now. http://boston.eater.com/archives/2011/12/06/bon-savor-in-jp-closes-may-become-ten-tables-buger-bar.php
Rich L December 07, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Thanks, Chris!
Sarah Lydon December 07, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Um, could we not turn this into War of the Self-Righteous Eaters, please? No one's looking for a Chick-Fil-A to go in there. Thanks. Signed, Happy Trough-Feeder with Low Cholesterol.
James December 07, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Excellent, Rich! Then when I have a heart attack you'll be too weak to help me. ;)
James December 07, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Or they could offer vegetarian fare as well as non, like I suggested, and not kneecap themselves by excluding a large part of their market. Wait, no, that's crazy talk!
Max "Jay" P. December 07, 2011 at 05:51 PM
I, for one, welcome our new fundamentalist-Christian-chicken overlords.
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 06:50 PM
*Chews James's Gate burger. Swallows* You've seen the Ten Tables menu, right? Bacon soup, Hungarian sausage, charcuterie, fish stew, Scottish salmon, hangar steak. My favorite dish -- their papardelle -- has rabbit in it. While they offer a veggie entree, veggie isn't exactly their niche. I think James hit it on the head: Vegetarian options. I love the black bean burger at Real Deal and I'm sure TT could do it better if given a crack at it.
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Two pickle slices for every household (but not on Sundays)!
David Bryce December 07, 2011 at 06:54 PM
I see a lot of my fellow carnivores out riding bikes, running, hitting the machines at Curtis and playing basketball at Carolina and South. The trough feeders know that regular exercise not only keeps the cholesterol down, but provides the protein needed to build muscle. Plus it's a pretty fun way to get to know people and hang out in the neighborhood.
Sarah Lydon December 07, 2011 at 06:56 PM
I always kind of admired the closed-on-Sundays thing, but after this kale debacle, they're on my naughty list, big time. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/us/eat-more-kale-t-shirts-challenged-by-chick-fil-a.html
Rich L December 07, 2011 at 07:42 PM
David- yep, seen it, but if you call Ten Tables 24 hrs. ahead of time, they'll do a four-course vegan meal. Insanely good. All jokes about boiling peas aside, it's actually very difficult to do. Just more testament to how good they are at TT...
Phil Lindsay December 08, 2011 at 05:44 PM
That's always been a star crossed spot. Think that's the third or fourth business there since I began working on Centre Street back in 2000...
Derryl January 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
In the 1980's, there was a small, independent pharmacy in this space. They had small "medicinal" bottles of whiskey behind the counter.

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