Word is that La Hacienda -- the restaurant opening in the space of the former Caffe Italia on Meridian Street -- is opening Friday and offering free food. (It's a rumor ... Don't hold me to it!) The new owners put significant money into the place, moving the kitchen to what used to be the back dining room and opening up the whole left side to the rear bar. I've peeked in and it looks nice.
Update: Sources tell me that La Hacienda is moving back the opening date due to some issues with the city. They should be settled soon.