Are Moody Street Restaurants in Trouble?

Local restauranteurs worry about eatery viability on Moody Street.

Some Waltham restauranteurs are expressing concern over a recent string of restaurant closings on Moody Street, according to the Boston Globe.

Several Moody Street restaurant owners told the Globe they were worried about the eatery turnover rate on Moody Street area in the wake of Boca Restaurant & Bar closing along with Sadie's Saloon and Upper Crust. 

Tempo Bistro owner Erin Barnicle told the Globe it was worrisome to watch the three places close, but Waltham's License Commission Chairman Wayne Brasco told the newspaper the turnover rate has always been higher than in other towns as independently-owned restaurants come and go. Those eateries, he said, don't have well-financed companies to keep them afloat. 

In total, eight restaurants have closed in Waltham over the past year, according to the Globe. 

The recent closings happened amidst different backdrops. Boca's owner told the Globe he had sold the eatery to focus on his other business, while Upper Crust has filed for bankrupcy. 

Despite the closings, Charcoal Guido's Pizzeria & Bar is expected to open soon, its owner Lou Giovanetti, said on Twitter recently. 

Ryan Grannan-Doll November 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Which comment are you referring to? I did not delete any from this thread.
Rusty November 14, 2012 at 05:19 PM
sadies did have good steak tips though and there were always people in there when i went there. surprised it closed.
Kristine Munroe November 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
5 years ago or so, I was really enthusiastic about Moody Street, thinking it was going to become a cool restaurant row, but it's progress seemed like it has stagnated over the past few years. The block where Jake's Dixie Roadhouse was is almost completely empty and the rest of the main drag is riddled with empty storefronts, too. There are still some excellent restaurants but it definitely use some help. Also hoping that the rumors are true about In a Pickle moving to Moody Street.
Edward Newbold November 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Maybe if more of the Moody Street restaurants would be willing to open up for lunch hours they might do better all around. A lot of us (in the more mature aged category) really enjoy exploring different places for lunches out and are willing to spend $$ on good food as well as decent tips to competent and friendly wait staff. Secondly, while there is ample parking in the various lots right off Moody Street on the various side streets, the handicapped parking (or lack thereof) is a real issue -- if anyone ever bothered to try to do business on Moody Street who needs a handicapped space and cannot travel far with a walker over those difficult brick sidewalks, there is only ONE HANDICAPPED SPACE FOR EACH BLOCK !???
Ryan Grannan-Doll December 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Cairo Kid, your comment has been deleted because it contained foul language.


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