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    Nicholas Dowling to open Snappy Patty’s in West Medford

    Nicholas Dowling — former chef at Citizen Public House, Franklin Café, and Franklin Southie — will open Snappy Patty’s in West Medford in the next few weeks (454 High St. at Canal St). “The theme is upscale, contemporary American food done correctly,” says Dowling. “I hate to use the term ‘fine dining.’ There won’t be anything on the menu to intimidate people.” The name comes from Dowling’s soon-to-be-signature dish: mini patty melt sliders. The 36-seat restaurant will serve brunch, lunch, and dinner.