Restaurants closing and staying open

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Shoptalk is disappointed to report that TwelveFortyOne (1241 Barrington Street) has closed. It was the restaurant that sprung up with the sudden departure of star chef Ray Bear. But definitely not closed is the Rock Island Café (6293 Quinpool Road, 406-4385). Though Shoptalk reported earlier in February that the business is up for lease, owner Kahlid Awasi explains that the intent is to find a capable restaurant runner who would be interested in coming aboard to operate the business, while Awasi is actually considering opening other locations of the Bermudan eatery. He reiterates that in the meantime the restaurant is still very much open, with plans afoot to offer student discounts in the near future. So drop in and try one of their delicious fish cakes, chicken pies or rotis, and wash it down with some Caribbean punch and/or pop.

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