[personal profile] ron_newman
Over the past few days I was surprised to walk by these three businesses and find them closed. Anyone know when they closed, and why?
  • The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
  • Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
  • Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square
[personal profile] ron_newman
A new sign in the window, at 377 Summer Street between Rosebud and Community Credit Union, invites people to sign up for email notifications at https://www.davissquaredonutsandbagels.com/ .

The shop was supposed to open last year, but never did.
[identity profile] teko.livejournal.com
They were closed when I drove by over the weekend, then on President's Day, and again yesterday (Tuesday); I walked by this morning, and the coolers inside are all empty.
[personal profile] ron_newman

The former iYO Cafe/Bistro at 234 Elm Street has a big new RESTAURANT AVAILABLE sign in the window. The QR code on the sign leads to a blank page, but I found the restaurant listed for sale on this page

SOMERVILLE, MA 
Café / Restaurant Location 
Common Victualler License 
Busy High Traffic Location. Sales History of $14,400.00 per week. 
Approximately 2,510 SF. Rent $50 - $55 PSF. 60 Seats. 
Beautiful Buildout with Exposed Brick Walls. Great Opportunity.

with more detail available here if you login to the nerest.com website. I'll include that detail below the lj-cut.

At an informal meeting with a few local residents Wednesday evening, Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis said that Taco Bell has expressed interest in this location for their new Taco Bell Cantina restaurant format, which includes alcoholic beverages. Only a few of these exist so far, in Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

Restaurant for sale detail )

[personal profile] ron_newman
Family Dollar on Elm Street has a "LAST 6 DAYS" sign up. The store looks pretty looted inside, but you may still find some useful products at clearance-sale prices.

Once this closes, the nearest Family Dollar will be at 1030 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, corner of Columbia Street and Webster Avenue (near Union and Inman squares). I don't know how long that one will remain a Family Dollar, since it is one of the stores the chain is divesting to become part of the new Dollar Express chain.
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Family Dollar on Elm Street has signs up advertising 10-40% off storewide excluding "food, paper, home cleaning, tobacco, and alcohol* products". The store also will no longer accept Family Dollar coupons, though it will continue to accept manufacturers' coupons.

If this is like other liquidation sales, I expect the discounts to increase as the stock dwindles.

A sign inside directs customers to visit the Family Dollar at 469 Salem Street in Medford after this store closes.

* This Family Dollar doesn't actually sell any alcoholic beverages. Maybe some other location does?
[identity profile] pch1.livejournal.com
Just got an email that Ideal Engine (between Day and Dover) will be closing for good as of Dec 11th. They been a family run business in the square for 55 years. Sorry to see them leaving.
[identity profile] lb-lee.livejournal.com
Hey guys, not quite Davis Square, but I figured folks would like to know if they haven't heard, the last gay bookstore in Boston is closing this Friday.  They're selling off their inventory, and from Tuesday til Friday the 28th, they're open from 12 to 6.

I'm planning to make an excursion to try and get as many of their old out-of-print gay comics that I can.  So many good businesses closing their doors... :(
[personal profile] ron_newman
The owner cites "very serious health issues" in her Facebook announcement, which is worth reading in full.

(in this earlier post, she mentions both ALS and chronic Lyme disease.)
[identity profile] mamajoan.livejournal.com
Orange Leaf posted on Facebook that today will be their last day of operation because their lease is up. (And everything is 50% off today.) This was news to me! Am I the only one surprised? (Edit: seems like this must have been sudden, because as recently as Sept 8 they posted on Facebook that they were looking to hire two new people.)

With the recent closing of iYo, this leaves quite a froyo gap in the square all of a sudden!? Has froyo had its moment and now become uncool? :(
[personal profile] ron_newman

iYO Bistro (formerly iYO Cafe) has closed.  I know not why.

A Japanese and sushi restaurant called O'Ginger has opened at 263 Elm, the former location of Pinkberry and (briefly) Yumi Hot Pot.

[personal profile] ron_newman
It's been "Closed for Vacation" for weeks, with no indication of a reopening date. Anyone know more?
[identity profile] teko.livejournal.com
Nimah Market, the Pakistani/Bangladeshi convenience store at Mass Ave and Rindge, just outside of Davis Square, unexpectedly closed. Not sure exactly when, but the space is completely cleared out. Surprising, as I was just there a week or so ago and nothing seemed any different.
[identity profile] surrealestate.livejournal.com
I just read some news about new businesses opening on Mass Ave close to Davis. There are no dates set yet.

In or near 2263 Mass Ave (where L'impasto was, which I hadn't even realized had closed, did something else close, too?), will be:

Urban Hearth http://www.urbanhearth.net/
and
Curio Spice Co. http://www.curiospice.com

And formerly-Verna's:
"Café Luna has applied to move its catering business to the site, where it would continue to do the cooking for off-site catering in the area and also provide on-site seating for people who want salads, coffee and so forth."
Cafe Luna is currently in Central Square. I've never been there.
http://www.cafeluna-centralsq.com/

Being unfamiliar with any of these businesses, I'm not sure how excited to be. Any thoughts? :)
[personal profile] ron_newman
A sign on the door says

Somerville Express Center is closing August 25.

Our Boston Center is located at 1055 Commonwealth Avenue and is accessible via the MBTA.

To make an appointment, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit PPLM.org

Here's a statement from Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, the organization's president and CEO, dated June 30.

The office opened on February 22, 2006.
[identity profile] sissychrissy1.livejournal.com
I've been racking my brain and searching the Internet with no luck but I feel sure someone here can help me. What was the name of the café/restaurant/catering place at 136 College Ave. before The Broken Yolk was there (and then obviously before Noor)? You could dine in but they had prepped dishes daily that were most often taken to go. They were open in 2003-04 for sure, plus some time before and after. TIA!
[personal profile] ron_newman
Eater.com reports that "Plans for Davis Square Donuts and Bagels have been scrapped and the space appears to be up for lease with items in the store covered in plastic wrap." The shop was supposed to open in the Community Credit Union building, next to the Rosebud.

Earlier posts about this: July 15, 2015 | July 9, 2015
[identity profile] jbsegal.livejournal.com
730 pm on Saturday...
... And I thought they looked closed a few days ago around 8 pm.

I don't think they're ok...
[personal profile] ron_newman
The owners of the Gorin Building at 255 Elm Street have sued the owners of Found, a used-clothing consignment shop that closed at the end of January.

The suit alleges that Found owes $21,981.42 in unpaid back rent, that they abandoned the property leaving it in "disarray", and that they broke their lease which obligates them to pay rent through the end of August 2017. ($9472.50/month through 8/31/16, then $9804.03/month through 8/31/17)

So far, this sounds like an ordinary business dispute, but the landlord also twice cites my January 28 post to DSLJ:

COUNT III: Fraudulent Transfer
20. Upon information and belief, the defendants are seeking to use the funds and assets of the defendant Found to start a new company or to establish Found in another location. (See Davis Square Live Journal, dated January 28, 2016, attached hereto as Exhibit "C")

and
COUNT V: Slander/Defamation - Fred Bennett
29. Upon information and belief, on or about January 28, 2016, while in the process of abandoning the Premises, defendant Fred Bennett told a third-party that the plaintiff was "a greedy jerk who jacked up the rent, and is not a good person." (See Exhibit C)

30. The statement by Bennett is factually untrue.

31. Additional comments on the community webpage attached as Exhibit C demonstrate that such defamatory words of defendant Fred Bennett held the plaintiff up to contempt, hatred, scorn, or ridicule or tended to impair his standing in the community, at least to his discredit in the minds of a considerable and respectable class in the community.


I became aware of this lawsuit when a representative from Safety Insurance Company came to my door at 12:55 pm on Tuesday afternoon, May 24. He wanted me to sign an affidavit stating that I made the DSLJ post cited above, and asked me some questions about the appearance of the person whom I quoted in that post. I declined to sign the affidavit, which was my right, but the Safety rep said that this may result in me being subpoenaed as a witness.

He told me that the owners of Found had cancelled their insurance policy the same day as my DSLJ post, and he was very interested in determining whether Fred Bennett had cancelled the policy before or after making the statement quoted above.

If anyone wants to follow along, the case number is 1681CV00413, Misujo Realty LLC vs Davis Square Consignment, LLC Doing Business as Found, Fred Bennett, Meredith Bennett, Defendants, and Eastern Bank NA, Trustee Defendant. The complaint was filed in Middlesex Superior Court which is located in Woburn. You can follow the status of the case by filling out this form, but the content of the filed documents is not online. So far, the defendants have not answered the complaint. Their deadline for doing so is June 15.
[identity profile] pbockelman.livejournal.com
Carla at Johnny D's is holding an information meeting TONIGHT from 6-7:30 at the restaurant. I hope folks can attend. I've attached the notice we received in the U.S. Mail. Can someone attend and take notes and share back to this community (I have another meeting to attend). Thanks.

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