Neighborhood News & Notes

The winter season has brought a few changes to the neighborhood. Some old familiar places have closed and a few new shops have opened. Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Martignetti Liquor Store has closed, now leased by Citizen’s Bank. They are putting a few ATM machines on the Hanover St. corner and are leasing the remaining space to Cafe Graffiti (closed the Hanover St. location), Christina DeFalco – a local clothing designer who was originally on Hanover St., Finale – another location for the Boston based dessert cafe and a take-out window for Gigi Gelateria. These stores are expected to open late summer. We will be very excited to welcome Cafe Graffiti to its new location.
  2. Dairy Fresh Candy’s has closed and it’s future is uncertain although we believe that the business is for sale.
  3. Shake the Tree has relocated on Salem St. closer to Neptune restaurant.
  4. Giovanni Produce, Salem St. has closed and will be replaced with a fish store – Mercato di Mare – sometime this summer.
  5. Trani – the injectable ice cream store on Salem St. has closed to be replaced with a restaurant.
  6. Grezzo – a new raw food restaurant has been getting some great press – on Prince St. where Sage restaurant was.
  7. The Cafe Graffiti spot on Hanover St. will be Cafe Belmondo a cafe/restaurant.
  8. Emilio’s Restaurant has been sold to the owner of Strega restaurant.
  9. La Brace restaurant has closed and Paesan’s has opened in it’s place.
  10. A really cute Cafe L’ il Italy has opened across from the Old North church.
  11. The Cozy Corner on Salem St – near the Old North church is now serving some Brazilian dishes.

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