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Shangri-La now paradise lost; to be replaced with American bar and grill

Soon to be ex-paradise

Shangri-La, a shuttered Chinese restaurant at 138 Cambridge St. at the foot of Beacon Hill, will be replaced by the Tip Tap Room, under plans presented to the Boston Licensing Board.

Gordon Wilcox, who has been involved with several other Boston restaurants and bars, including the Rattlesnake on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, plans $800,000 and four to six months' worth of renovations to the restaurant - on top of the $275,000 he's paying for Shangri-La's liquor license - his lawyer, James Byrne, told the board. The board votes tomorrow on whether to approved the transfer of the liquor license.

The new restaurant will have room for 200 patrons, with a bar area that can seat 40, Byrne said.

Tom Clemmons, co-chairman of the Beacon Hill Community Association's Zoning and Licensing Committee, said the association "does not oppose" the re-use of the restaurant. He said Wilcox proved very amenable to neighborhood suggestions for ways to minimize noise and other impacts from the restaurant and bar, which would be open until 2 a.m. - with food served until 1:30 a.m.

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I didn't even realize it was closed. Too bad, the people there were nice* even though I never saw many people eating there.

* How nice? They didn't even flinch when people asked for *shudder* bread and butter to go with their Chinese food.

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Because time was when all the Chinese restaurants around here, except for maybe in Chinatown, provided rolls to go with their food, without you even asking. Had something to do with an enterprising North End baker who managed to convince some restaurants to supply rolls and it became a thing.

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Oh yeah. Nothing like a lo mein and boneless sparerib sandwich back in the day.
You could get french fries and gravy at any Chinese place as well.
Those old school guys knew their clientele.

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me: A MOUSE just ran over there!!!
shangri-la waiter: That's ok. When you leave, we break its NECK!

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Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for explaining it, guys. (I was just having "Big Night" flashbacks: "you cannot-a have-a two starches together!")

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That place... a mainstay for underage Suffolk students looking for a place that would serve them... myself included.

Shang, you'll be missed.

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Yeah... The place was almost always empty, except that every I walked by, looked in the window, I'd see a group of students sharing a scorpion bowl.

Anybody have the skinny on what was going on downstairs? Various gossip (from sources who are untrustworthy in the extreme) had it that there was high stakes gambling.

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...they didn't pave it and put up a parking lot.

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