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Cavalcade of celebrichef kitchens continues in Boston: Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsay expand their culinary empires here

The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow considers granting licenses for another Guy Fieri restaurant on Tremont Street near Boylston Street and what would be Gordon Ramsay's first, but not last, restaurant less than a mile away on Boylston Street in the Back Bay.

At a hearing today, Big Night Venues asked for formal approval to change the name of Explorateur, 186 Tremont St., into Guy’s Kitchen & Bar, which will feature "sharable items," soups, salads, burgers and the like, Big Night Venues attorney Kristen Scanlon said. There is also a Fieri restaurant at North Station.

Explorateur closed at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Down at the Mandarin Oriental, meanwhile, as-seen-on-TV's Gordon Ramsay is seeking permission to buy the liquor license of the shuttered Stella's in the South End and convert the former Bar Bolud space and patio into Ramsay’s Kitchen, which will be as upscale as Guy's Kitchen won't be.

"I'm sure you've seen him on TV," Ramsay attorney Gene Richard said.

The new restaurant will be "an upscale, first-class full-service high quality rest and bar," Richard said. "Modern, sleek and fun."

"If you've seen his shows, you get the idea," he added.

Richard said Ramsay is hoping to open the inside space possibly within a month.

People who have been pining for budget Ramsay will have to hold on a while longer.

Richard said that now that once Ramsay has his first Boston restaurant open, he will concentrate on more casual "additional ones" that will feature "street pizza" and "street burgers." Boston Restaurant Talk reported last month that Ramsay was planning a street-pizza place on Congress Street in Fort Point.

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Bring back the Ground Round. Its better than any of these options.

Sorry folks, I've never been impressed 'celebrity' restaurants. I find the food not to be very good, its over run with tourists or people eating there because of the celebrity's name in the restaurant name, not that they cared all that much about the food. Especially at the price point of many of these places.. you're paying for Applebee's quality food because some celebrity has their name on the place.

So you can go and dine at a place where either.. the chef berates his staff (Ramsey) or one that appears to only have a following because of catch phrases he says, not that the food is any good.

Sorry there's hundreds of delicious restaurants in our town that have no celebrity name attached to them that would get my dining dollars long before any of these two places would.

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And they won't even need a new sign.

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There's now a sign for a weed dispensary on top of the Scotch and Sirloin building that I just saw for the first time today.

1987 me, 1997 me and 2007 me would've ever imagined such...

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Don't be so apologetic about your love for ground round over the latest version of it that has better celebrity marketing. Wikipedia tells me it was founded by Howard Johnson's. Let's bring that back too. And while we're at it I'd like a Bonanza steakhouse so I can relive my fifth birthday, oh, and one York's steakhouse for g-g-grandma please.

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… get my cash and they are all I need.

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...on Tremont at Boylston is already there, walked past it last night.

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And they say Boston isn't a good food town...

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Cute! Good for tourists.

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There was a brand new sign in place at the Boylston Street location as of yesterday.

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Explorateur, which I thought was very good especially in that spot, closed immediately pre-pandemic, first week of March 2020 as I look back at it. So it was just coincidential that they closed at the start of the pandemic, unless they knew something -- in which case, I always hated those guys, screw them.

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How could you not cover the new Chick-Fil-A?

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chuckle

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to start throwing around the term Manhattanization of Boston again, this is it.

I like when Guy Fieri tells me about mom-and-pop joints to check out, but have zero interest in whatever he's microwaving up.

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