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Waltham restaurant history
Through the years many restaurants have come and gone from the streets of Waltham.
This is a recent history of the restaurant scene.
The guide is sorted by street name and number.
If you have any facts that I should include, please contact me.
- Beaver Street
- 5 Beaver Street - Dean Dairy (photographs) -
In the spring of 2001, this favorite ice cream stand failed to open.
The spot is now occupied by some new houses.
- Cooper Street
- 16 Cooper Street - In the 90's this was an Italian restaurant called Ristorante Marcellino.
At the turn of the century former politician Joe Malone took it over, and it became
C. P. Nutting's (photographs), an upscale steak house.
That business failed, and in March 2002 it reopened under the former management,
and is once again Ristorante Marcellino.
- Crescent Street
- 10 Crescent Street - Karibu Restaurant, serving African cuisine, was open as of March 13 2007.
- 241 Crescent Street - Victoria's Cafe Restaurant
opened in January of 2003, serving American breakfasts and Peruvian the rest of the day. They closed in
February of 2012, due to Waltham Watch Factory's termination of their lease.
(review , review
- 16 Felton Street - Franca's was closed as of December 2009. The story I heard was that the former owner of Sal's was going to reopen at this location.
Franca's $$ - - 781-899-7200
- Corner of Felton and Harvard - Saldi's -
From an email received in January of 2004 - Scott: You failed to include Saldis Pizzeria. I forgot the address, but it was a constant watering place from 1953-1957. where a large cheese pizza cost $0.90 and a glass of beer $0.35. I know that in 50 years, things change, but Saldis was forever.
Another reader wrote in September of 2013 - Regarding Saldi's Pizzaria. It was on Felton Street on the corner of Felton and Harvard. It was called just Saldi's. The woman who made the pizzas was named Betty. Best pizza in Waltham at the time.
- 33 Lexington Street - In February, 2012 Kabob & Tandoor moved to a more spacious restaurant at 699 Main Street, former site of Wright Seafood. That site was abandoned in January of 2011 and moved to the lower floor of the Waltham India Market at 315 Moody Street.
- 146 Lexington Street - Kenny Rogers Chicken Roasters was built here in the 90's,
but closed within a year. The restaurant now houses the popular Waltham branch of
Watertown's Demos Restaurant, an economical choice
for Greek cuisine.
- 249 Lexington Street - Legends Hall of Fame Grill closed as of February 2011. April, 2011 - City Streets Restaurant, an "upscale casual pub", is open.
- 1100 Lexington Street - Late in 2002 - Panera Bread opens in the plaza on Lexington Street
- 39 Main Street - This was the Ground Round for a long time, but it is now
John Brewer's Tavern & Restaurant.
It started out as a Howard Johnson.
- 470 Main Street - Sal's Family Restaurant closed after a fire on July 15, 2007. Sal has no plans for a new restaurant.
- 617 Main Street - A number of different restaurants have occupied this location.
In the 90's, it was Viet Foods. It became the JTK Grille and Sushi Bar for a short
time, and is now Sushi Yasu, a family
owned restaurant serving Japanese, Korean, and Thai food as well as sushi.
- 655 Main Street - Sam's Deli occupied this spot, with several different
proprietors, until March 2003, when it reopened as
The Coffee Ring
Review. In 2004, the name
was changed to In A Pickle.
- 659 Main Street - Occupied by Chinese institution New House Restaurant for
years, this spot became Tumrubthai Restaurant in late 2001. Since then the
name was changed to Baan Thai.
It was originally the Nanking Restaurant.
- 663 Main Street - This was Bluestone Bistro before it reopened as
Carambola, a sister restaurant
to Boston's Elephant Walk, specializing in Cambodian & French cuisine.
In 2005, the name was changed to Elephant Walk.
April 30, 2013 - The Elephant Walk's owner, Bob Perry, has announced plans to expand the restaurant from 90 to 152 seats, with an expected completion date in September, according to a post on the Brand New Watch blog.
- 677 Main Street - In 2004, the former storefront of Allegro Printing opened as Cafe On The Common. On August 1 2006 Sebastian and Alexander's, a new ice cream shop, is opened
in an expansion into the space next door.
- 699 Main Street - Waltham Seafood Restaurant, as of October 2003, had signs in
the window saying "closed" and "space for rent".
March 19, 2004 - Wright Seafood & Italian Restaurant
opens in the former Waltham Seafood building. The new restaurant was closed as
of April 2006.
On December 12, 2008 Kabob & Tandoor reopened at
this address. The tiny storefront at 33 Lexington Street
moved to a casual but elegantly decorated restaurant furnished with booths and tables. In spring of 2011 they moved again to a space in the Indian grocery store at 315 Moody Street.
- 806 Main Street - Arbys was
torn down in 2001 to make way for
- 831 Main Street - February 23, 2012 - Moe's Southwest Grill opened a location on the corner with Francis Street at .
The building is the former site of Tony D's, which moved a block east on Main Street.
- 835 Main Street - Beijing Star Restaurant, a local favorite, closed in September of 2010. Mu Lan Taiwanese Restaurant opened on March 29, 2011.
- 849 Main Street - Joe Sent Me
was formerly The Press Box.
- 869 Main Street - Summer of 2005 - Costello's Pub closed. By March 12, 2007,
it had reopened as a
- 873 Main Street - Anna's Pizza House,
run by Anna herself for years, was sold early in the new century, but retained
- 888 Main Street - Il Capriccio was a Brighams Ice Cream up until around 1993.
- 897 Main Street - The restaurant at this spot, under several different names,
was run by the same family for 37 years. Starting out as Piece of Pizza,
it was later a Papa Gino's, and finally Mama Josie's after founder Josephine Hebert.
It closed in February 2002. On February 8, 2004, Papa George's Pizza
opened at this location.
That establishment closed, and it reopened on May 1, 2006 as
the new site of Sabatino's.
- 912 Main Street - Pete's Pizza & Wings (formerly Johnnie's Pizza Shop) (Review by Mike Morrison) became Hall Of Fame Pizzeria & Wings in March of 2010. May 5, 2012 - Bits & Bites Cafe opened.
- 1006 Main Street - Bickford's Family Restaurant was closed as of January 2006. The building was razed in April of 2012.
- 1056 Main Street- In 2008 - Pizzeria Express changed its name to
Cafe Angelinos, featuring
Italian dishes, pizzas, and seafood.
Unknown address on Main Street - From an email received in April of 2011 - Doesn't anyone remember Dandy Dutch Candy? It was in a block of buildings next to what was once Waltham savings bank (the original building) and almost diagonal from where Rex Trailer is now. It's drivng me nuts I have been looking for years for old photos or pictures to no avail. Here is a photo. From an obituary: Charles G. Cokkinos, age 89
of Medford, died suddenly December 27, 2004 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. Charlie was born in Boston October 3, 1915, son of the late George K. Cokkinos and Melpo (Apostle) Cokkinos. Charlie, for over 40 years, was a "Candy Man," working for the Palace of Sweets in Malden, after which he opened Dandy Dutch Candies in Waltham.
- 123 Moody Street - February 23 2007 - Biagio Ristorante & Bar opened
by the owners of Casa Mia (review ).
- 220 Moody Street - The Red Rooster occupied this site until 1999. It became Jake and Earl's until Earl retired, and it was renamed Jake's Dixie Roadhouse.
Jake's was closed on May 31, 2010, after owner Don Yovicsin announced he was retiring from the restaurant in order to care for an ailing family member.
- 227 Moody Street - Ciro's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
occupied this prime location on the first floor of the Cronin building.
In January, 2003, the Waltham location closed, and a few months later, all
of the sites of this small local chain were empty.
The site reopened on July 22, 2003 as Margaritas Mexican Restaurant & Watering Hole.
- 265 Moody Street - In A Pickle opened here in April of 2013, having moved from their old location on Main Street. Asian Grill closed in October of 2012. This was open for a little while as Tomato City before
it changed hands to become the Asian Grill.
Before Tomato City it had been the Moody Spa.
Review by Eric Salerno.
- 273 Moody Street - May 15 2006 - Opening of Guanachapi's Restaurant, featuring authentic Guatamalteca, Salvadorena,
Mexicana & American dishes.
- 286 Moody Street - La Piazza Cafe, a coffee and pastry shop, closed in January
of 2006. In June 2006 Ponzu "Far east and the rest"
- 313 Moody Street - August 9, 2008 - Grand opening of The New Landing restaurant.
Formerly at this location, closed as of June 2008, was Iguana Cantina
(Wendy and Tom review )
In June, 2012 The New Landing was closed. The site at 313 Moody Street was purchased by the Waltham Islamic Society.
- 315 Moody Street - became the new home of Kabob & Tandoor, formerly at 699 Main Street, in spring of 2011.
- 342 Moody Street - Robert's Restaurant and Bar closed in 2011. In the fall of 2011 Stadium Sports Bar & Grill opened.
The name was changed to Playmakers Bar and Grill in May of 2013 after a change in ownership.
- 374 Moody Street - The popular Heritage Restaurant occupied this space for a number
of years after moving from a smaller location across the street.
Tom Can Cook, which serves Thai & Chinese
food, took over after the Heritage closed on 25 February 2001.
Photos of the Heritage Restaurant.
- 380 Moody Street - Jewel Of India, an Indian restaurant, was closed as of June 2008.
review by Nicole
- 435 Moody Street - The Upper Crust Pizzeria opened at at the former
site of the Panopticon Gallery in late July 2007. They closed in October of 2012.
- 450 Moody Street - Joco's Bar & Kitchen was opened by Jonathan O'Connor in July of 2008.
- 457 Moody Street - Pho & Spice, serving Vietnamese and Thai food opened in July of 2011.
This used to be China Star II, formerly Hong Kong restaurant.
- 467 Moody Street - In October 2005 the bar known as Frosty's reopened with it's
original name The Lincoln Bar.
- 469 Moody Street - Erawan of Siam changed hands in May of 2011.
- 474 Moody Street - On February 18, 2005 Tempo, an American-style bistro, opened
between the So Cal and Wings Express. The site was once an auto accessory store.
- 482 Moody Street - November 14, 2012 - Co-owner Lou Giovanetti announced that
Charcoal Guido's Pizzeria Bar opened.
- 484 Moody Street - The So-Cal Restaurant
opened in March 2004 at the former storefront of Hanlon's Men's Shoes.
Review. It was closed by February 2006.
In May of the same year, a partnership between the So-Cal owner and a relative of the
owner of Taqueria Mexico opened a new restaurant called The Hungry Coyote (Netzahaualcoyotl)
at the site. By November of the same year, the restaurant closed. It was
Tango Mango from
the spring of 2009, but closed in 2011.
In September, 2011 - Habanero's Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar opened. Habanero's closed in December of 2013.
- 560 Moody Street - Ritcey's Sea Food Kitchen
began in 1911 as a fish market opened by Ernest Ritcey, whose portrait is above the front
counter. The market was turned into a restaurant by his son Harry in the 1940s. After
several more succesions of family members, the restaurant closed in January of 2004. It
is scheduled to re-open on April 1, under the direction of Kim Collins, Kevin Ritcey's daughter.
The new business failed, and was closed for good by February of 2006. An Italian restaurant,
Ristorante Gemelli opened there in August of 2006, but was closed by July of 2008.
- 714 Moody Street - Cafe Berlottes closed in March of 2003, and Franco's Italian Pizzeria
moved in from it's old location at 727 Moody Street.
- 731 Moody Street - On February 11 2006 - Shoppers Cafe was destroyed by a fire that
consumed a building that also contained apartments, a hair salon, and a motorcycle
shop. It has since been rebuilt and reopened. Photograph.
- 727 Moody Street - Vacated in March of 2003 Franco's Italian Pizzeria moved
across the street to 714 Moody Street.
- 934 Moody Street - In June of 2011 NY Pie opened at the former site of Moody Street Pizzeria.
- 229 Newton Street - Former site of Casa Mia. A Brazilian restaurant
called Vitoria's Grill opened in December of 2006.
- 344 Newton Street - January 2007 - Newton St. Deli and Market, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at 344 Newton Street, opened.
- 5 Pine Street - On October 19, 2012, Sadie's Saloon and Eatery, known for their steak tips and wings, was closed by owner John Ratta after two decades in business. A bar called Ma's occupied the site before Sadie's opened.
- 11 Pine Street - During the summer of 2007 The Boca Bar "A Taste of Costa Rica" opened across from the movie theater. They closed in November of 2012.
- 136 Prospect Street - Watch City Diner, which changed owners a few
years before, again closed during the summer of 2003. It was later open
as Sabatino's Italian Kitchen. On May 1, 2006, Sabatino's reopened on Main Street
at the former site of Mama Josie's.
- 137-139 Prospect Street - This was the Condor Restaurant, up until June 2002.
For a short time after that it was El Gran Jaguar.
Mediterranean Breeze opened
there in November of 2003, but closed again early in 2004. A reopening
under the same name was planned for June, but apparently never happened.
Late in January 2005 the restaurant appeared to be open as the Prospect Cafe.
Totten Pond Road
- 85 River Street - Pini's Pizzeria
used to be George's Cuisine.
- 90 River Street - Brigham's employees were
told on 24 December 2002 that today was the last day of business.
Subway opened at this
location in 2006.
- 154 River Street - Used to be the Ming Terrace Restaurant.
Green Tea House, Chinese & Japanese Cuisine And Sushi Bar opened in August of 2007, and closed by June of 2008.
On December 7, 2008 Guanachapi's Bar & Grill opened at the site. A pickup truck ran into the building, but it remained open for business.
- 434 River Street - A new gourmet deli opened
in early 2004.
- Totten Pond Road - This site was once Thackery's, with an outdoor patio that was always a great place to go for drinks and dinner in the summer. It was torn down when the hotel at the site was renovated.
Waverly Oaks Road
- Cottage Crest, a large, popular local restaurant, closed (early 90's, maybe) and is now a condo development.
- 170 Willow Street - Pandorgas closed in 2002.
475 Winter Street - Winter Street Cafe changed its name to
but still serves Japanese & Chinese meals. There was once a Chinese
restaurant at this location. Lanai Island?
November 21, 2012 -
CEO John Pepper announced that the Boloco restaurant chain was abandoning plans to open a burrito restaurant at 475 Winter Street, vacated by Wineseller of Selene several years ago. He said that delays from Waltham's Rules & Ordinance Committee were to blame for not receiving a special fast food permit nearly 2 years after they had signed a Letter of Intent.
- 380 Winter Street - On April 29, 2005 -
Piccadilly Pub opened at the Best Western TLC - This was Michael's Italian Grill. On April 29, 2005, it reopened as Piccadilly Pub. They were closed as of February 2012, and there were
applications in for a new restaurant to take over the common victualer and liquor licenses previously used by the now-shuttered restaurant, on the ground floor of the Best Western.
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Created: April 2003. Updated: 24 May 2014
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