Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Industry News: New England

Upcoming restaurant openings in Harvard Square include: Tasty Burger, a two-level, 180-seat restaurant at the former 7-Eleven location at 40 JFK St.; Osushi, an 80-seat Japanese sushi restaurant at 1 Eliot St. in the former Conga Tapas Bar space; Toscano Italian restaurant at 52 Brattle St., which formerly housed Cafe of IndiaKings Food Markets has expanded into Connecticut with the acquisition of Porricelli’s Market in Old Greenwich. Kings presently operates 24 stores in New Jersey and New York…Whole Foods is in talks to buy or take over leases for half a dozen Johnnie’s Foodmaster locations in eastern Massachusetts. Whole Foods wants to move into six of the 10 Johnnie’s Foodmaster sites in Arlington, Brookline, Charlestown, Melrose, South Weymouth, and on Beacon Street in Somerville. Whole Foods currently operates 21 stores in the state and has another two planned for Boston’ s South End and Lynnfield...A new franchise owner with The Meat House opened a shop at Meadow Brook Crossing in the former Olympia Sports store at 124 Route 101A in Amherst, NH, the first of six stores planned in New Hampshire and Vermont. The Meat House has expanded its footprint to 32 stores in 10 states, and is planning to add about 15 more stores by the end of the year...Seasons 52 and Brio Tuscan Grill will open their first Bay State locations at Chestnut Hill Square in Newton, MA next year...LA Fitness has chosen Garden City Center in Cranston as its first Rhode Island location, in a new 38,000 s/f two-level building next to Office Max. Construction will begin in January 2013 and LA Fitness is expected to open in late December 2013 or early 2014…Davio’s is partnering with National Amusements on a new casual restaurant for that will be part of the movie theater chain’s Chestnut Hill Showcase Super Lux cinema complex. Davio’s Cucina and the cinema will share a kitchen, with the cinema serving its own menu and some signature Davio’s Cucina items to customers watching movies. Showcase operates its own eateries at its Cinema de Lux locations in Dedham and Foxboro...LowellBank's first "personal teller machine" will be installed next month at its lending office, bringing digital videoconferencing with a live teller to ATMs. LowellBank appears to be the first bank in New England to use the machines. The bank plans to add four more by the end of the year. LowellBank has hired 6 employees to serve as remote tellers.

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