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News and reviews

  • 29 September, 2021 - Owners of Stazione di Federal say they will open on the week of Indigenous Peoples' Day, October 11.
  • 30 August, 2021 - The Painted Burro opened in the plaza at 99 Third Avenue this month. This is the site of Osteria Posto, which went into hibernation during the pandemic, but never woke up. Owner Joe Cassinelli, who owns another restaurant with the same name in Somerville, said he's looking forward to hosting people out on the patio with a frozen margarita bar there during the warmer months.
  • 23 August, 2021 - Tessie's Bar & Kitchen opened at 841 Main Street, former location of The Mad Raven. The concept resembles Tessie's Bar & Kitchen, a like-named sister business in Walpole.
  • 18 August, 2021 - Pizzeria Enzina opened at 1056 Main Street.
  • 3 June, 2021 - The Waltham Channel said a newly renovated and rebranded Mad Raven hopes to open in July as Tessie's Bar & Kitchen. The pub and restaurant at 841 Main Street stayed closed during COVID. Rebooting their business has been an emotional journey for longtime owners Mark and Maura McAuliffe. "Over 20 years ago we opened The Mad Raven before Mark and I were even married, when we were young and broke," Maura said. "Now we have three teenagers and we think we are bit nuts for doing this, but the pandemic taught us lots of lessons and we all became a little nostalgic, so I think this new chapter will be great for the city," she explained. Like other restaurant owners emerging from COVID, the McAuliffes are dealing with a changed industry facing widespread staffing shortages and other challenges.
  • 5 March, 2021 - Patch reported that a new restaurant called The Painted Burro is planned to open in April. The place will open in the plaza at 99 Third Avenue. This is the site of Osteria Posto, which went into hibernation during the pandemic, but never woke up. Owner Joe Cassinelli, who owns several other restaurants in the area, said he's looking forward to opening and hosting people out on the patio with a frozen margarita bar there during the warmer months.
  • 26 February, 2021 - Bonfire Indian Grill is now open at 1093 Lexington Street. This is the building where Boston Market and Macys Liquors is located.
  • 10 February, 2021 - Patch reported that Emma's Macarons is planning to open at 248 Moody Street. The shop's owner said she hopes to open sometime this spring, in the space where Alba Mediterranean Market once was, between Gustazo and Kung Fu Tea. Owner Jeane Hoang specializes in small batch French macarons. Every batch is made to order, and she is known to combine unique flavors and customize macarons for special occasions, making macaron towers, cakes and special themed cookies.
  • 4 February, 2021 - Peshawri Kebab opened at 603 Main Street in the space that was once home to the Common Cafe. Owner and manager of the halal, Pakistani establishment Mahboob Ali Khan said he and his two partners own another restaurant in Worcester together. The restaurant features kebab, fresh naan and tandoori curry and chicken tika masala.
  • 29 January, 2021 - Patch reports that there's a new pizza shop coming to Waltham, thanks to the owner of Domenic's Italian Bakery & Deli. Ciro Maione plans to open Enzina Pizzeria in the space where Peter's Greek Kitchen sat at 1056 Main St. Domenic's Italian Bakery & Deli first opened in 1979.
  • 27 January, 2021 - There is now a Waltham Waiters COVID Relief Fund. You can donate to it at this GoFundMe page.
  • 22 January, 2021 - RoyalTea opened at 331 Moody Street.
  • 11 January, 2021 - Indulgenza Desserts & Pastries opened at 346 Moody Street.
  • 9 January, 2021 - There is a new restaurant at 11 Pine Street, location of The Grill. All I know is that it is called Shanghai cuisine and the phone number is 978-737-3515.
  • 7 December, 2020 - The phone at Charcoal Guido's is out of service, and apparently the restaurant is out of business.
  • 4 December, 2020 - Penang, a Malaysian restaurant with another place in Boston's Chinatown, is planned for 569 Moody Street, former home of Tiki House, which closed in 2018.
  • 23 November, 2020 - I received an email saying Vinotta has opened at 361 Moody Street, former address of Red Bird, for takeout only. I could not find a website.
  • 30 October, 2020 - The Waltham Channel BISON COUNTY NOT COMING BACK After closing due to COVID and not reopening, Bison County at 275 Moody is gone. A young couple will transform the space into a spicy Sichuan restaurant called Taste House Restaurant. Yi Yong Lin and his wife Tina bought the business and the property. Lin and his attorney appeared before the city's license commission on Thursday to transfer Bison County's common victualer license and a 7-day all-alcohol license. A chef for 20 years, Lin described the restaurant concept as "more cozy" Chinese, not quick take out. There's no open date yet as the couple finalize their proposal for the 63-seat restaurant. For Bison County, it's the end of an era for "one of the city's oldest, most celebrated and award-winning dining destinations." Founded back in 1995 and serving "southern inspired comfort food," Bison County was one of two BBQ meccas on Moody Street. The other, Jake's Dixie Roadhouse, closed nearby in 2010. When COVID hit, Bison County closed its doors in March and never reopened. In August, a curious SEIZED sign, apparently from the Department of Revenue, appeared on the front door. Two misspellings on the sign caused some to doubt its authenticity. Bison County owner Adam Rubin reportedly denied that state revenue officials had taken action against his restaurant and bar.

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