5700 Newbury St., mtwashingtontavern.com, (410) 367-6903
After the Tavern caught fire in late 2011, it was easy to think it would never come back. Even if you had hope, when you walked around the burnt-out shell of the building, it was almost inconceivable that one year later, it would be back. But the owners say they'll be ready by November-and better than ever. Some neighbors have complained that the building now looks like a chicken coop, but we're glad to see this neighborhood institution reopen sooner rather than go broke waiting to get everything perfect and never come back at all.