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Ambrosia to head down the block

Ambrosia is leaving its perch on the corner of Elmwood and Hodge and heading less than a block away, taking the place of another restaurant.

Plans to move Ambrosia into the space occupied by Nektar were approved Tuesday in City Hall by the Planning Board and the Council's Legislation Committee. 

Stavros Malliaris owns both Elmwood Avenue restaurants but the rent is too high at Ambrosia, he said, and he will close Nektar. Malliaris is expanding the building that houses Nektar, at 451 Elmwood, to accommodate Ambrosia, which will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the new location. A 1,000-square-foot addition will be built where Nektar's patio is, he said. 

Malliaris is still working out the timeline for the move. 

Another new restaurant won approval in City Hall on Tuesday, when Kaiann Johnson told the Planning Board and Legislation Committee of her plans to open a Jamaican-American restaurant in University Heights, where Fast Frank's used to be.

Johnson plans to open in mid-December. The restaurant is at the corner of Main and Winspear. 

-Jill Terreri

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