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Simpli Bar & Bites resides in a neighborhood in flux, at the dividing line between Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park, a short walk from the Forest Hills stop on the Orange Line. The upstart restaurant, which opened in mid-July, pays tribute to yesteryear while keeping a decidedly modern decor.
Inside, grainy transit photos hang on walls wrapped in subway tiles, while the color scheme revolves around orange, a hat tip to the nearby station. A long bar runs the length of the room, near two high-tops and an L-shaped corner table, seating 24 total. Outside, on an inviting, wood-encased deck, with towering heat lamps for chilly nights, there are 26 more seats to settle into. That is, until the T rumbles by.