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News and reviews

  • March 8, 2019 - This Friday is official opening date for Kung Fu Tea, at 246 Moody Street. This is a New York City-based chain that was founded in 2009, specializing in bubble tea. The storefront used to be occupied by the old Cricket Wireless shop.
  • February 22, 2019 - A company rep announced today that the opening of Korean fried chicken chain BonChon at 329 Moody Street has been pushed back to late March, due to delays in inspections.
  • January 27, 2019 - Aries Noodle & Dumpling is open at 617 Main Street, former location of The Sushi Box. The new place features Korean fried chicken and Northern Chinese cuisine.
  • January 23, 2019 - Chipotle Mexican Grill opened a new restaurant at 1110 Lexington Street, and normal hours of operation are 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week.
  • January 10, 2019 - The owner of Playmakers Restaurant posted on facebook: Before this thread gets out of control, here's the plan - Our Chef has come up with a really fun menu focusing on smaller plated food (sliders for instance) and we got in some good beer and cocktails available. Since it has taken so long to get this thing up and running again we're going to open as 'Playmakers' while we refine our new concept. We'll be testing some ideas out at Playmakers and looking for feedback from all of you. We'll make changes leading to our new concept and then when we get to a point where we need to close for the final rebranding we'll shut down for a week or two and open under our new name and concept. For right now we're just unlocking the doors and serving whomever walks in between 4p and 10p. We'll be closed Mon and Tuesdays. If any of you have any questions feel free to reply under this or you can email to Hope this answers a lot of your questions.
  • January 9, 2019 - The Waltham Channel updated their story on Korean fried chicken chain BonChon, who announced in 2016 that they would be opening on Moody Street: A new Korean fried chicken restaurant plans to open in early February at 329 Moody Street, according to a company rep.
  • January 3, 2019 - The Federal opened at the former site of Flank at the shopping center at 1265 Main Street.
  • December 15, 2018 - Garcia Brogan's posted in facebook: Joins us this Saturday, December 15 for a fond farewell & last hurrah...
  • December 3, 2018 - The Local Kitchen & Drinks, a small local chain with restaurants in West Newton, Wayland, Wellesley, and Woburn, is planning to open at 99 3rd Avenue. The new restaurant will replace Bonefish Grill, which closed in March.
  • November 30, 2018 - The sign is now up for the Mighty Squirrel Brewery and Taproom on Waverley Oaks Road. Opening is scheduled for December 7 at 4pm.
  • November 12, 2018 - The news is that owner Joey Crugnale is done and is closing the last of his Naked Fish restaurants on December 22. As of 2010, all of the 10 restaurants in the chain except for the Waltham location at 455 Totten Pond Road had closed.
  • November 7, 2018 - The Federal is remodeling the former Flank at the shopping center at 1265 Main Street. No opening date has been announced.
  • October 27, 2018 - Balani is now open at 469 Moody Street.
  • September 6, 2018 - A new restaurant called Balani is on its way to 469 Moody Street, former location of Raffaele's Ristorante. Dave Becker, owner of an Italian restaurant in Needham and an Eastern Mediterranean place in Wellesley, says the new establishment will have an eclectic menu.
  • September 3, 2018 - The Waltham Channel also reported that Korean fried chicken chain BonChon, who announced in 2016 that they would be opening at 329 Moody Street, have acquired the beer and wine license transferred from Sushi Box. They are now ready to move forward with the opening of the 78-seat location.
  • September 3, 2018 - The Sushi Box, at 617 Main Street, is planning to close, according to a report from The Waltham Channel. They will be replaced by Aries Noodle and Dumpling, featuring Korean fried chicken and Northern Chinese cuisine.
  • August 30, 2018 - According to this story, The Local Kitchen & Drinks, a small New England chain, is planning to open a restaurant on Third Avenue, at the site of the former Bonefish Grill
  • May 31, 2018 - Hakata Ramen opened at 895 Main Street.
  • April 29, 2018 - Raffaele's Ristorante closed.
  • April 20, 2018 - D'Angelo's Sandwich Shop at 75 Third Avenue closed.
  • April 19, 2018 - Flank closed both their Waltham location and their other restaurant in Sudbury.
  • March 31, 2018 - Bonefish Grill closed. The parent company that owns the chain is having financial difficulties.