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News and reviews

  • 30 April, 2022 - Emma's Macarons celebrated their grand opening. This shop is at 248 Moody Street, 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.
  • 9 April, 2022 - A Lee 88 Chinese Restaurant opened on March 23, at 922 Main Street. This is the former site of Jiang Nan, which closed in 2021.
  • 23 March, 2022 - Common Good Co., a coffee shop and co-working space, opened at 419 Moody Street.
  • 17 March, 2022 - According to their website, Demo's Waltham, at 146 Lexington Street, is now Boston Kebab.
  • 24 February, 2022 - Saw on facebook yesterday: More restaurant news: an "Aegean" restaurant is going in where the old S+S Tools was at 741 Moody.
  • 21 February, 2022 - Watch City Grill opens at 573 Main Street, next to Asia Wok. The new restaurant takes the place of Food Express Pizza & Deli and expands into the storefront formerly occupied by Via Latina.
  • 11 February, 2022 - Jiang Nan at 922 Main Street is now Sichuan Cuisine
  • 10 February, 2022 - On facebook somebody wrote: Excited to see work finally starting at the old Bison County site. Taste House Sichuan restaurant is underway!
  • 29 January, 2022 - New York Deli & Pizzeria has apparently changed hands, and will soon be known as New York Pizza and Tacos. A sign in the window lists burritos, tacos and quesadillas.
  • 5 January, 2022 - Email received January 4 says: To our loyal customers, It is with heavy hearts that we announce that both Molti on Moody and the Pollo Club in Waltham will be closing their doors effective immediately. Along with the entire restaurant community, COVID-19 has had a direct impact on our businesses, and we have made the difficult decision not to reopen after a challenging several years. We want to thank our amazing team and our wonderful community who have been so supportive through the years. Both Molti on Moody and the Pollo Club were special additions to the Waltham dining scene, and we are proud of what we created for the neighborhood and our guests. If you have a neighborhood restaurant that you enjoy, please visit, and show them some business during these challenging times.
  • 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.

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