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Chef Tim Maslow closes Ribelle

Chef Tim Maslow in his Brookline restaurant Ribelle, which will close July 2.Sheryl Julian for The Boston Globe

Sitting in his Brookline restaurant, Ribelle, before service, Tim Maslow looks happy and relieved. He has sold the place (he can’t say now to whom) and will serve his last dinner on July 2. The talented chef earned the top rating of four stars from the Globe in 2013 after Ribelle opened, and then, he says, came the expectations and comments from customers, such as, “This isn’t a four-star restaurant. The glasses are too small. It’s too stark,” he said.

It’s been a difficult year for Maslow. In February he was arrested with marijuana edibles at the Canadian border; charges were later dropped. And he has not drawn a paycheck from Ribelle for a long time, he said. He started to make pottery and considered leaving the industry. The Watertown resident initially returned to Boston from New York to help his father, Paul, run an ailing Strip-T’s near Watertown Arsenal.

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Tim Maslow will continue to consult to that restaurant. For now, he’s going to cook with Tiffani Faison at her new Tiger Mama in Fenway. “We think the same way,” he said of Faison. That means edgy, highly seasoned, exciting food.


Sheryl Julian can be reached at sheryl.julian@globe.com.