Roslindale losing Nigerian restaurant to Roxbury

Suya Joint on Poplar Street in Roslindale Square closes for good on Friday and will re-open at 185 Dudley St. in Roxbury, according to a post on its Facebook page.

Before Suya Joint, the space on Poplar Street was Roslindale's only Thai restaurant and, before that, its only roti outlet.

Via Eater Boston.

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Maybe they will do better

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Maybe they will do better better in Roxbury with straight up rude and terrible service.

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Huh!

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I never had a problem in there.

And I'll miss their jollof chicken with rice.

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What will go in there next? I

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What will go in there next? I don't get the retail dynamics of that strip across from the park, everything seems so grimy and sketchy - except the Greek fish place. With the new business that will come from the redeveloped power station perhaps it will pick up and get some fresh tenants.

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Retail dynamics of that strip

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Retail dynamics of that strip? Three businesses that I see ,John's Bakery , Diane's Bakery ,and Wallpaper City , have anchored that block for a million years. There has always been some sort of bargain joint where Jerusalem Trading is. All you need is Joslin's back and there you do , deja vu !

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John's Bakery?

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Hasn't that place been closed for a gazillion years now? Or is it only open between 10 and 10:30 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays?

Me, I'm disappointed the barber shop changed its name from Symphony, because I used to like its slogan, "We'll orchestrate you a masterpiece!"

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A-Man, I went by Google Earth

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A-Man, I went by Google Earth. According to another internets , '' Yelpers report this location has closed ''.
But I am surprised it lasted longer than A. Boschetto's. There should be a law that bake shops can't go out of business, it aint right. But with respect to that block, it has always survived. What do you think the life expectancy of a Nigerian restaurant that isnt in Nigeria is?Next in its spot , a Rhodesian Ridgeback specialty shop. There is no long time loyalty anymore , cant even get a Schlitz, and Pabst Blue ribbon went yups. And would you believe , no more Haffenreffer , its been upscaled to a Sam Adams batching semi brewery.Who knew....

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Disagree

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There are ethnic food places popping up all over the parkway which seem to be doing fine. I don't think this is a big reach location-wise unless the food was bad, which apparently it wasn't.

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The food was pretty bad, at

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The food was pretty bad, at least to my tastes. I got the sense that they weren't foodservice professionals. The whole thing really felt like somebody's mom was back there making it up as they went along. I know some people find that sorta dining experience exotic or even cute, but to me if felt really off. I think it was probably a good thing for the Nigerian community, but maybe not so much for the rest of the dining public.

As for that block - meh. It feels like a bus stop ashtray with ugly metal shutters. Seymore Green? Yeah...

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Good.

They had zero vegetarian options on their menu. Good riddance.

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I'm pretty sure they were

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I'm pretty sure they were unaware they had to suit your vegetarian needs.

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What?

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They also didn't have sushi or cheeseburger- good riddance.

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I've been veg for ages

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That's a really stupid reason to want a local unique business out of the square. I'd love to see some veg options in Roslindale and will throw my money at the first restaurant to offer it. But I'll take something unique like Nigerian food over a cell phone store, subway or Jerusalem trading company any day.

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Good riddance?

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You sound like just the kind of vegetarian who inspires restaurant staff to add a dollop of pork fat into your chickpea risotto. Just sayin'.

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FWIW, as a fellow vegetarian,

FWIW, as a fellow vegetarian, I too would have liked some options. That having been said, there's no reason to wish ill on the place. That doesn't help.

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My comment was actually more

My comment was actually more a general one about the person's attitude but Suya itself does have a couple options as far as I know so I'm not sure what the commenter specifically meant.

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I mean , in a pinch , cant

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I mean , in a pinch , cant you just pluck the pieces of meat out of the food? If you went there and it didnt have a meatless plate , you didnt do you homework. Its not the restaurants fault. I dont eat meat on Fidays , but I know there is one every week, so I plan accordingly.

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If it's cooked with meat,

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If it's cooked with meat, regardless if you pick out the meaty bits, it's not vegetarian. As someone who for religious reasons restricts themselves from eating meat on Fridays, I would think you would be a little bit more understanding. Would you eat beef stew on a Friday if you picked out the beef chunks? Probably not I assume...

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I don't think you get Lent

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Yeah, you can pick the meat out of your meal and still observe the Lenten fast. I was stuck at a pizzeria in the Midwest one Friday that had 2 options for pizza- pepperoni and sausage! The solution- ronis can be plucked easier, so I observed. And I also pondered who doesn't sell just cheese pizza?

That's probably where kvn is coming from. If it is a dietary thing, it would work, maybe. If it is an ethical thing, not so much.

If you've followed some of what he has written like I have, you'd know that kvn is on the older side of old school, or at least he plays it well.

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Thank you , I think. I didnt

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Thank you , I think. I didnt mention the reason why I do it , but alas I am uncovered.I am not knocking the vegetarian life style, but you got to take some personal responsibility here. I am sure if you went into an establishment and explained nicely to the operator that you require a vegetarian dish but its not on the menu, most would whip something up, maybe even consider adding it to the menu. But is a place dont have it , it dont have it. Do your homework to find out. I wouldnt walk into a china restaurant and look for a pizza. The key word was in a pinch. If you were on a deserted island, like Gilligan starving , and the USN showed up with food , but it had meat in it , just take it out. But if you can just go somewhere else , please do.

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All respect to you

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You speak the truth.

I have a vegan friend. He's so strict that he even cut out processed sugar for a while. Meanwhile, I could survive on meat and potatoes for months. We'd go out to eat, which was a lot easier than people would think. We'd go for Chinese, he'd look at the menu, and then ask the waiter if he could do this instead of that, nice and all, and they'd hook him up. I am sure Suya Joint would do the same, or at least something similar.

I still can't believe a pizza place wouldn't have a plain pizza, but that's neither here nor there.

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Most pizza places will do a

Most pizza places will do a sauce with no cheese pizza if you ask too. It's no sweat for them to make it nor requires anything special on their end so it's usually an easy ask. Checkmate in Rozzie does a great one and they will add olive oil to the sauce to give it extra hold, perfect if you add any veggies as the topping. Perfect for people who are non-dairy for various reasons.

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This was Minneapolis

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Dinkytown, by the U if you will.

I didn't push the issue. I just wanted food. Surely every other pizza shop in Minnesota had just plain pizza, but not the one closest to where I was staying.

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I said be prepared , stop

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I said be prepared , stop trying to contradict common sense here.When I make beef stew its heavily spudded. Sometimes I could care less if there was beef in it to be truthful, love those PEI's.

( to By anon (not verified) on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:35am )

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Does Nigerian cuisine have

Does Nigerian cuisine have many vegetarian dishes? The only non-Sahara African cuisine I've had was Ethopian, which is meat, meat and more meat with veggie fixins in one big heap.

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