I was excited to hear about a new restaurant and bar coming in at Beacon and Columbian where the old and unwelcoming Tan Tuu Quan used to be. Even if we didn't get the cute little pizzeria we've all been wanting, I still thought that any change at this litter-strewn, dump-truck-dominated, dingy old corner would be an improvement.
Then I heard that the name was going to be Saigon Nine. OK, that could be cool, especially if it were a family Vietnamese restaurant with a separate bar area, like Tamarind Tree.
Then I checked out the storefront and saw that they're tolerating graffiti on the property -- never a good sign -- and they haven't removed the bars on the windows.
There's been no talk of this place on the neighborhood mailing list -- which has been dominated with complaints about traffic and dogs lately -- so I looked up their business license information.
And that's when I realized that we're not really getting a new restaurant -- we're just getting the same old place with a new name and a full-service liquor license.
Saigon Nine, owned by business entity "P & H RESTAURANT, LLC," whose firm name is -- you guessed it -- "TAN TUU QUAN."
Tobacco Product Retailer, Active, through 10/31/2008 from 09/08/2005
Cigarette Retailer, Active, through 10/31/2008 from 11/13/2003
Spirits/Beer/Wine Service, Hold, through 10/31/2008 from 01/10/2005
JOANNE B NGUYEN
(Saigon. Shit. I'm still only in Saigon.)
I've heard unofficially that the North Beacon Hill Council is working on a Good Neighbor Agreement with items like more visibility from the street, no prostitutes, immediate graffiti removal, new ashcans outside (they are selling tobacco, after all), no impediment of police investigations, etc.
I kind of wish that the North Beacon Hill Council would reach out to those of us south of the golf course without expecting us to attend all their meetings, especially considering that anyone south of Graham isn't even allowed to be an official member. I'd love to see just an occasional note to the mailing list, like "Hey, we're working on a Good Neighbor Agreement for a new bar in your area -- do any of you normal citizens have any suggestions on what you'd like to see in it?"
Instead, we just hear things like that the Beacon Hill Garden Walk organizers have "reached out" to the community about their next event. Huh? If you do a Google search for "beacon hill garden walk," you'll find that the first result is a dead page for a Boston group, and the second and third returns are for this website right here. And I hadn't heard a thing about it. I guess you have to attend all the community group meetings (the horror, the horror) to be informed on what's up. Oh well.