Dobra Tea, 449 State St., is downtown's first spot devoted specifically to tea. It's a quiet oasis and borrows its atmosphere and decor from the regions of the world where tea is grown and relished -- India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Turkey. You won't find many traces of the Real Chili outlet that previously occupied the space -- Dobra is a real getaway from the West. There is another Dobra Tea located in Burlington, Vermont; the State Street branch opened in August.
Tea comes in a pot (most $4.50), so Dobra's a place to sit and sip a while or share with friends. The menu emphasizes green teas; white, "pu-er" (double fermented), and oolong (semi-fermented) teas and the Latin American mate also make the menu, along with special drinks like chai, lassi, and "staroborshov," a sweetened, iced oolong. There are also the more familiar black teas -- darjeelings and assams from India and other black teas from Nepal and Sri Lanka -- as well as a traditional Earl Grey blend from England.
Dobra also has a small roster of snacks (cookies and nuts), and some Middle Eastern appetizers on the menu.
And more openings, closings, and expectations...
Good Times Restaurant and Games is slated to open Oct. 1 in the former Fitch's at 5957 McKee Rd., Fitchburg. The restaurant will cater to families, with games aimed at kids, like Ice Ball and Wheel of Fortune, and games that parents and other adults can enjoy too, like pinball. The menu is "fun food, in a good-looking dining area," says general manager Gary Tierman. The menu is casual, with ribs, steak sliders, burgers and sandwiches and elaborate nachos built from the ground up -- more like pizzas usually are, says Tierman.
David's Jamaican has opened a second location at 1616 Beld St. on the south side, former home to Mr. P's and the much-missed Jada's Soul Food.
Fu Gu, billed as a fine-dining seafood restaurant serving live fish, is currently renovating the space recently vacated by campus Chinese outpost Yummy Buffet, 411 W. Gilman St. Will the menu include its namesake, the infamous poisonous pufferfish?
A Mexican restaurant, El Princes, is going into the old Pelayo's spot across from Farm and Fleet at 2229 S. Stoughton Rd.