Allston Gastropub Opening Arlington Location

See what bar and grill is ‘opening soon’ in town.

An Allston gastropub is planning to expand into Arlington.

Common Ground Bar & Grill, at 85 Harvard Ave. in Allston, is planning to open its second location somewhere in Arlington.

The restaurant tweeted the news at Arlington Patch Tuesday and already has a second Arlington-specific Twitter handle, @CommonGroundARL.

The handle’s description reads, “Common Ground Bar & Grill, our second gastropub, will be opening soon in Arlington! We are excited to meet you!”

A request for more information was not returned late Tuesday.

The Allston location, which opened 16 years ago but is under new ownership, features three trivia nights, “Funk Wednesdays,” “90’s Night” on Fridays and a “Millennium Party” on Saturdays. It also has brunch buffets on Saturdays and Sundays and all-you-can-eat barbecue on Sundays as well.

The Allston menu has a number of small plates, soups and salads, sandwiches ($8-10) and large plates ($11-13). Its drink list includes 20 beers on tap, nine specialty cocktails and other beer and wine.

The restaurant had not applied for an operating license with the Town of Arlington as of Tuesday afternoon.

We hope to have more information soon.

Is Common Ground a good fit for Arlington? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Big Jim June 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I hope this gets licensed... At one point, our licensing regulations, set by the geriatric ward, required any place with a bar to have some very large number of tables - the idea being that a restaurant with a bar was a lot more acceptable than a bar with a restaurant. As a matter of fact, the word "bar" probably makes these people cringe. Get over it, local people are flooding into Cambridge and Somerville to go to pubs. There's no reason why we can't keep them here. A gastropub is not your father's "bar".
R Murthy June 26, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I agree. My British husband would be particularly thrilled to have a gastropub in Arlington.
Steve June 26, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I hope this goes through --- and hope it is in the old Gemma space in Arlington Center --- that is a great space, and a shame to sit vacant!
SML June 26, 2013 at 03:10 PM
It think it's awesome! Welcome Common Ground!
Tim Cahill June 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Can't wait to try it out!
Susan Ruderman June 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM
The Gemma space is not an appropriate space for this business. As an abutter, I would be opposed.
Stephen June 26, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Sorry Susan, you have supported a more densely populated, urban Arlington. That vision includes a nearby pot dispensary, more bars, more entertainment for young singles, more "affordable" subsidized housing, more group homes, more dogs parks, less services for families, higher taxes on families, less growth in funding for schools, and on and on. Did you think there were no consequences to changing Arlington from a bedroom community to transient hipsterville? You never knew you were going to be living next to the new Davis Square, did ya? Bring on the new liquor stores!
Ben June 26, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Hope that Common Ground gets a license and they find space somewhere in Arlington Center. A midweek trivia night would be great.
S Popeye June 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM
You're right. Actually the space that Gemma was in is supposed to be the new location for the Broadway Diner. Either way that would be a terrible location for a Pub!
Big Jim June 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Yeah the Gemma place (previously Harry's Backyard Grill) is a weird shape - very long and narrow - hard to imagine how a pub would be laid out.
James H June 28, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Big Jim has several good points. I'm a newcomer to Arlington. As i drive down Mass Ave, I see a couple of obvious and related issues: 1) There are NO centrally located pubs or gastropubs in Arlington. Young couples and families from ages 25 to 40+ still like to go to a Pub to have a burger and couple of beers. To get out of the house. To watch the game. To catch up with friends. Really basic stuff. Our only option, prior to Menotomy Grill opening (which is AWEsome!), was Not Your Average Joes. No comment... So we either make the drive to Davis or the other Squares, or just as likely, we stay home if we are too tired to drive 15 minutes each way. 2) What do you do with all the "white space" in Arlington center ?? You want to maintain the "small town feel", so you only allow a bunch of super-nichey small small shops and ethnic restaurants. Oh, and I almost forgot, 15 differnt bank branches. The obvious issue with that: Arlington's pretty frikking big. So you drive through the middle of town and what do you see...dated/crappy store fronts, lots of free space in between. More pub-restaurants and gastropubs would revitalize this fragmented and disheveled "downtown". I use the word loosely. Times and bars have changed dramatically. The type of bars that Arlington people frequent look like this: First of all, the architecture and furnishings are thoughtfully built out. Think Menotomy Grill, with a million dollars to build it out....not a $10,000 dump simply called "Bar" with no windows and a budweiser sign. Second, they typically carry 15 to 40 beers on tap, mainly micro-brews. I'm guessing some of the moon bats that are opposed to bars opening up are so-called "shop local" enthusiasts. Well, many of the micro-brews served in places like Menotomy Bar&Grill are brewed right here in Massachusetts: Slumbrew, Clown Shoes, Jack D'Or, Ipswich, Cambridge Brewing Company. If you're enjoying a Sam Sammer at Punjab, chances are it was brewed in Pennsylvania or Ohio, my friend. And third, the food tends to be very good. The lines between Bar and Restaurant have blurred. I feel like i'm doing a 60 Minutes story here: In America, a lot of people now go to Bars/Pubs to eat. The menus are thoughtfully put together, the ingredients and chefs are very good.
Jane Whoriskey Foley June 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Panera in the heights has some parking and seems a good size space..we could use a gastropub in this end of town
Steve November 16, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Agreed --- would be nice to have a good neighborhood pub in each part of town: one east, one center and one in the heights. BTW, I don't think Joe's is at all bad, but there's room for two in the center...


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