What Arlington Business Were You Sad to See Close in 2012?

Let us know by posting a comment below.

Arlington, and several other communities in the Boston area, lost a local favorite when Johnnie’s closed in November.

Another local favorite, Brigham’s, gave Arlingtonians a scare in 2012, when it was seized by the state in May for “nonpayment of taxes.” Luckily, Brigham’s reopened a few days later.

Gemma and Main Event Tuxedo also shuttered their doors in 2012. Gemma but we’ve heard those plans have fallen through and there’s still a “For Lease” sign in the restaurant’s front window. Main Event Tuxedo did quickly transition to a new boutique, Arlington Centered, which opened in late September.

Buona Vita Cucina Italiana became Scugnizzi Pizza & Kitchen, and I Chef became Napoli Kitchen. However, both are still under their same ownership and have maintained similar menus.

What Arlington business were you sad to see close in 2012? Let us know by posting a comment below.

mary garrity December 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The Jade Garden has been sold and the previous owners are retiring. My husband happened to pick up an order last Monday and Steve, their son in law informed him of the change....We have been going there since it opened and will truly miss their food and good service. It was their last night of operation....so sad!
Alt Drumz December 29, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Johnny's is a sad loss. Gemma, not so much.
Elaine G December 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM
RE: Jade Garden. Did the son-in-law say whether or not any of the family will work for the new restaurant opening there? There are renovations going on now. I enjoyed seeing the grandchildren when I ate there. Seemed like a very nice family.
Elaine G December 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Elaine G December 29, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Does anyone know why the plans fell through to open Cooper's Tavern at the old Gemma's?
Rich Piazza December 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Wind Dummy 25 December 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM
You gotta open to close first...Most business will remain on hold till we figure out if we'll remain capitalists or communists... Jade Garden? Bummer!
Pete N December 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The keg parties at the Boss's Boss house had a better selection.
Jennifer White December 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Although Cakes Bakery never seemed to work out their "kinks" I am very saddened at the lost of a cafe in town. All I can say is I hope another cafe goes in there and not another hair or nail salon. We have so many of those already and not enought cafes!
Jannette December 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Johnnies Foodmaster, of course. We've been left with one supermarket in town (yes, I know we have a Trader Joe's, but I don't consider that a supermarket), and we have an overpriced one on the way. There have been times I can't get a parking space at Stop & Shop, and have had to leave without shopping. Many of the shelves are not as stocked as usual, and may items are just not there when you need them. Has anyone noticed some of the pricing seems higher??? Can things get any worse in this town??? No clothing stores, (just wannabe boutiques), one supermarket, and taxes/water bills going up so high, many will quite frankly have to leave, I am sure. Very sad what has happened to this town, and, as a taxpayer and having raised a family in this town, very infuriating!
Tim December 30, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I hear the Boss's Boss is opening a youth tavern in the center underage drinking right next to a methadone clinic .....Does it get any better??
Barbara December 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Nothing would surprise me. It used to be that Arlington was known as a town who "rolled up their sidewalks" by 8/9 o'clock in the evening. You never heard of much trouble in Arlington...it was a "dry town", but a very desirable town to live in. Now we have wine/beer being sold at the Capitol Theater, a Tavern opening up down on the Arlington Cambridge line, and talk of a Tavern-type place opening up in the Center...not to mentiion the liquor store practically right next door to the high school. We're also hearing of more trouble in Arlington...it is any wonder??? We here in Arlington even have a scandal to deal with serving minors in a private home, hosted by none other than the "parents". This is not a desirable town to live in anymore. Gone is Arlington's favorable reputation. What is pathetic, is that most of the decline has been allowed to happen.
Kelly December 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I know she won't be doing makeovers and home decorating and landscape specials on cable, what a slob.
Joe Beck January 03, 2013 at 02:35 AM
I agree, losing Johnnies was not good. Stop and Shop is a horror show. It’s always a mob scene, many employees are ignorant, prices average 20% more, no seafood, no whole bean coffee, many items out of stock or not stocked at all, can’t find anything because aisle signage is useless. Twenty minute checkouts, and don’t get me started on the parking, ten minutes to find a place, twenty five minutes to leave the lot, my car was hit while I shopped. I understand they might be a bit overwhelmed being the only supermarket in town but they could have prepared better. And now another Whole Foods? I moved here in the eighties because Arlington had everything I needed all within a mile. Think things are bad now, wait until Brigham’s Condo City fills up and they narrow Mass Ave.
Tim January 03, 2013 at 01:26 PM
See Barbara, What happened was Cambridge became unaffordable, so what the next best thing? You got it ARLINGTON... These crazies moved here and are trying to turn our once nice town into a City with an easy to put in your back pocket style of government on their side . Not only is the a liquor store going in right next to the high school there is a Sex Offender treatment place on Mill Street right next to the high school and those beautiful new Brighams Condos....Remember elections are coming up VOTE Greeley OUT.... Leaf Blowers I hear styrofoam cups are up next........
saul glick January 03, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Ya Tim. When rent control ended in Cambridge, they all flocked to Arlington, (sorry A-town). Can rent control be far off in Arlington (A-town). It is not too far fetched.
Filippo Napoli January 24, 2013 at 07:29 PM


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