Joseph Garufi, owner of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale Square, has a building permit to turn the shuttered The Hyde on Fairmount Avenue into a new Italian restaurant.
Tyler reports the new restaurant will be called Antonio's Baccaro - and that Garufi will seek a full liquor license. The building permit says Garufi will be extending the kitchen into the dining area, ditching a drop ceiling and adding new finishes to what old-timers still remember as Dotty's.
The area hasn't had a full-service Italian restaurant since Mario's, where the Briar Rose is now, closed several years ago.
Meanwhile, Cordon Bleu, a River Street restaurant that sometimes doubled as a gambling den, shut for good earlier this summer after health inspectors closed it for several violations. The restaurant's windows now bear signs announcing Salamander's Cafe is coming soon. No immediate word on what sort of food it will serve.