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The Alchemist is closing

Posted by Devra First  April 6, 2010 06:58 PM

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Beer and ribs at the Alchemist.
May 31 looks to be the last day for the Jamaica Plain restaurant and lounge. The Alchemist reportedly ran into financial issues with an investor.

The new owners will be Jim Cochener and Michael Moxley, the pair behind Coda (South End) and the Common Ground (Allston). (They're still dotting their i's and meeting with the neighborhood.) The new restaurant will be similar to Coda, says Cochener. "Every neighborhood is different," he says. "We'll take what we've done at Coda and play with it a little more, have a little more fun with it." The place will be casual and approachable, and the menu will focus on local ingredients, American craft beers, and value, he says.

The two haven't settled on a chef or a new name, but the restaurant will no longer be called the Alchemist. Moxley, a longtime Jamaica Plain resident, says they're considering historical family names from the neighborhood, as well as pondering something that begins with an alliterative "C," matching their other restaurants.

Cochener calls the opening date a "moving target" but is hoping to start renovations in June and open a month thereafter. If they can stick to that time table, there will still be plenty of patio time there this summer.
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