Updated Open Dates for Three New Arlington Businesses

See which one is planning to open this week.

A new gluten/wheat free bakery in East Arlington is planning to open this week, while a new wine shop in town is still a few weeks away, a new grill and tavern, a few months.

Something Sweet Without Wheat

Something Sweet Without Wheat, which has moved into the old Barismo spot at 169 Mass. Ave., is just waiting on a glass countertop, which is due in this week, and then it can get the OK from the town’s Board of Health and an occupancy permit from the town, according to one of its owners, Joe Penney.

“If all goes well and the inspectors can come see us right away then we should be open [this] week,” he wrote in an email. “It all depends on how busy they [are].”

The Woburn-based bakery, which we’ve written about before, was started by two Stoneham sisters, Sandy Federico and Christine Penney, just over two years ago. The sisters’ treats are not only gluten/wheat free, they’re also 95 percent dairy free and contain no tree nuts, except coconut. For more information on the bakery, see its website and Facebook page.

Mystic Wine Shoppe

Mystic Wine Shoppe, which is going in to the right of Stop & Shop at 901 Mass. Ave., should be fully renovated in about two weeks, according to its owner, Eric Faiola.

The following was posted Monday night on the shop’s Facebook page: “Hoping to get final sign off from the building inspector this week. Once that happens all the shelving and wine racks will be installed and stocked.”

Faiola also owns and operates Arlington Lithograph with his brother Jake. For more on his shop, which will sell beer and spirits in addition to wine, see and its Facebook page.

Menotomy Grill & Tavern

Menotomy Grill & Tavern will be open in mid April, according to its owner, Billy Lyons.

The roughly 150-seat restaurant, which is set for the old Hollywood Video space at 25 Mass. Ave. in East Arlington, is currently under construction but has already received approval from the fire department and building inspector, he wrote in an email. He added that he expects to start hiring in about a month.

Lyons, an Arlington resident, most recently managed the Black Horse Tavern in Winchester and has more than two decades of experience in the restaurant business. For more on his restaurant, see “More Than $1 Million Going into New East Arlington Restaurant” and its Facebook page.


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