Monday, May 20, 2013
A sneak peek inside Arlington's soon-to-be newest restaurant, and the latest details on its opening date, chef, menu and more.
Here are the latest details on Menotomy Grill & Tavern, the new East Arlington restaurant slated for 25 Mass. Ave. Opening date: Owner Billy Lyons, of Arlington, said Menotomy Grill & Tavern should open to the public by the end of next week. “We’re just waiting on a gas connection,” he said Friday. Lyons, who has been in the restaurant for roughly three decades, said he designed about 90 percent of the restaurant himself. “I’ve had it in my head for years,” he said. Chef and menu: Lyons has hired Mark Thompson as the restaurant’s chef. The two worked together at Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale in Boston. Thompson was also the chef de cuisine at Chez Henri in Cambridge for nearly a decade. Here is the restaurant’s opening menu. Drink special: …
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Menotomy Grill & Tavern’s opening menu … Also, for a sneak-peek inside the almost-ready restaurant, be sure to check out, “First Look: Menotomy Grill & Tavern.” APPETIZERS SOUP OF THE DAY 6 LOBSTER & COD CHOWDER 8 House Bacon, Chervil ROASTED GARLIC HUMMUS 9 Crispy Pita Chips, Marinated Olives HOUSE SMOKED ST LOUIS RIBS 9 Guava BBQ Sauce, Napa Cabbage & Pickled Jalapeno Slaw FRIED DILL PICKLES 7 Spicy Remoulade Sauce SHRIMP & POBLANO PEPPER FRITTERS 10 Old Bay Seasoning, Jalapeno Aioli CHIPOTLE CITRUS WINGS 10 Ranch Dipping Sauce PEI MUSSELS 11 Spy Ponder Ale, Garlic & Herbs, Grilled Sour Dough HOUSE SMOKED PULLED PORK TACOS 9 Pickled Red Onions, Cilantro, Lime, Grilled Flour Tortillas HOUSE SPECIALITIES HERB ROASTED FREE RANGE CHICKEN …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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After a half century serving Arlington teams and athletes, Holovak & Coughlin will close its doors Sunday, May 19. The family-run business at 14 Mill St., which opened in 1964, was recently sold to Dallas-based BSN Sports, the largest distributor of team sports apparel and equipment in the United States, according to its website. It does appear the Coughlin family will have some sort of relationship with the new venture. The family left this message (attached) for their customers. “The Coughlin family thanks you for your loyalty and patronage. It has been our privilege to serve Arlington and the surrounding communities for just over 49 years.” What’s your reaction to the news? Where will you go for sporting goods now? Let us know by …
Friday, May 3, 2013
How does it compare to self-serve ‘froyo’ chains like Orange Leaf? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Frozland, Arlington’s first self-serve “froyo” establishment, opened earlier this week at 882B Mass. Ave., diagonally across from Arlington High School. And now that it’s open, we want to know your take. How is the frozen yogurt? How is the selection of flavors and toppings? How does it compare to other froyo spots like Orange Leaf and Fruitee Yogurt in Lexington, Swizzles in Winchester and again Orange Leaf and iYo Cafe in Somerville’s Davis Square? And how does it stack up against local places like The Chilly Cow and Brigham’s? In case you’ve forgotten, another frozen-yogurt spot, Yummy’s, is coming to town, at 474 Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center, the former home of Something Extra.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The proposed change would have had unintended consequences, according to its original proponent.
In an unexpected turn of events Monday night, the Town Meeting member who proposed the article that would have lifted Arlington’s long-standing ban on self-service gasoline asked his colleagues to vote against it. Carl Wagner, of Precinct 11, said his proposal needs more work. “I ask you to resoundingly vote ‘No,’” he told Town Meeting. Less than 10 minutes later, his fellow Town Meeting members adhered to his wishes and shot down the article convincingly by voice vote. Wagner said after speaking with a number of people leading up to Town Meeting, he now believes his article would have had unintended consequences – it could have led to self-service-only stations and “mega stations,” he said. Wagner said he would still ultimately like to …
Should Arlington’s 252 Town Meeting members lift the ban on self-service gasoline? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Last week, Town Meeting members significantly lessened restrictions on leaf blowers and shot down a proposed bottled-water ban. Tonight, they’ll decide whether or not to lift Arlington’s long-standing ban on self-service gasoline. Town Meeting member Carl Wagner, of Precinct 11, submitted the self-service article, technically a town bylaw amendment, by petition. In early March, the Board of Selectmen endorsed the change in a 4-1 vote. “I enthusiastically support this,” Selectman Joseph Curro Jr. said at the time. Three of Curro’s colleagues echoed his sentiments. Selectman Diane Mahon, who cast the dissenting vote, did not. “I haven’t heard from a person in my precinct, including business owners, who is in favor of this,” she said. At the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
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If you’ve gone past Frozland recently, surely you’ve noticed all of the progress. The bright orange awning and inflatable penguins in the window are hard to miss. It actually looks open, but when will it? Frozland’s owner, Sobhy Ibrahim, said Thursday that he’s just waiting on the final town inspection, which should take place early next week. He said he plans to open right after that, so middle to end of next week. Frozland, at 882B Mass. Ave., diagonally across from Arlington High School, will be Arlington’s first “froyo” spot, but another one, Yummy’s, has been approved for 474 Mass. Ave. in the center, the former home of Something Extra, a women’s boutique. Frozland has developed a website since we last reported on it, with flavors and…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The bylaw amendment passed Wednesday by 18 votes.
Town Meeting did away with the town’s controversial seasonal leaf-blower ban Wednesday night, replacing it with a list of restrictions that’s been dubbed the “leaf-blower compromise.” Some Town Meeting members took issue with the term “compromise,” as they said the new bylaw, which passed 113-95, “eviscerates” the intent of the seasonal ban. The seasonal ban, which Town Meeting passed 95-85 last May, would have prohibited the use of gas-powered leaf blowers on private property from May 15 to Oct. 15. The ban was never in effect (it would have been starting next month). The new bylaw, which was developed by a Town Meeting committee, allows commercial and town employees to use leaf blowers from Sept. 15 to June 15. Then, from June 15 to Sept…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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After 25 minutes of debate Wednesday night, Town Meeting members convincingly voted down a proposed bottled-water ban by voice vote. The ban, Article 4 on the Special Town Meeting Warrant, would have outlawed the sale of single-serving water bottles in town, except in the event of an emergency. Three Arlington High seniors, Amy Currul, Sonia Zacher and Marina Milan, collected enough signatures to put the ban to a vote. They said they pursued the ban for environmental reasons. Currul (pictured right) presented the article Wednesday. “It’s not about taking away people’s liberties,” she said, “it’s about saving the planet.” A couple Town Meeting members and the store manager at the local Stop & Shop spoke against the ban before debate was …