Grocery Store Chain Opening Early to Allow Older Customers to Shop

Supermarket chain Stop & Shop announced that it will soon start opening early to allow shoppers 60 and older to get their groceries as part of their efforts for social distancing due to the Coronavirus. Stop & Shop said it would open early to allow give older people to shop before the broader public can start shopping. “To support this group, beginning Thursday, March 19th, all Stop & Shop stores will open earlier in order to service only customers who are age 60 and over from 6:00a.m.-7:30a.m. daily.” “We’re making the decision to offer this every day of the week to allow for community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing. They’ll also be shopping prior to any other customers entering.”

See Which Watertown Restaurants are Offering Take Out or Delivery

With Gov. Baker’s order to close restaurants, they will be one of the hardest hit during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The vast majority of Watertown restaurants remain open for take out, and many also deliver. Many restaurants around town put up messages on social media or on their websites. Food delivery apps such as Grubhub or DoorDash offer delivery from many places around town. If you know of others, please send information to or leave a comment below.

Movie Theater Open, New Restaurant Debuting Soon at Arsenal Yards

The Majestic 7 movie theaters have opened at Arsenal Yards. Watertown once again has a place to see a movie, with the opening of the multiscreen cinema in Arsenal Yards, and diners will soon have a new option in the former Arsenal Mall. The Majestic 7 features first run films in seven theaters, including one with a giant screen and high-tech sound. The experience is dubbed CWX and is similar to the IMAX technology. The giant screen in the CWX theater at The Majestic 7 in Watertown’s Arsenal Yards.

Restaurant with Caribbean, Mediterranean Fare Heading to Watertown

A restaurant featuring a mix of Caribbean and Mediterranean fare appears headed to the Pleasant Street area on the westside of Watertown. Sharp-eyed Twitter user Sean Graham spotted the sign for Nzuko on the side of the building at 60 Howard Street, just off Pleasant Street. @MarcHurBoston Apparently @nzukorestaurant will be coming to Howard St. in Watertown— Sean Graham (@grahams) January 28, 2020

Nzuko started in Framingham in 2016, and also has a location in the Natick Mall. The name means “gathering” in Nigerian, and the restaurant’s website says, “All of our dishes are always sourced organically and fresh, and prepared with global recipes that promote nutrition and health.

New Eatery With Long Beer List Opening Soon in Watertown

A rendering of City Works, a restaurant with an extensive beer selection, which will open at Arsenal Yards in March. The following announcement was provided by Arsenal Yards:

Chicago-based Bottleneck Management announces the forthcoming opening of City Works Eatery & Pour House at 91 Arsenal Yards Blvd. in the Arsenal Yards development in Watertown. Slated to open to the public on Friday, March 13, this will be the tenth location of City Works in the country. Helmed by General Manager Daniels White and Executive Chef Chris Kravitz, the new restaurant offers an extensive craft beer list of over 90 local, regional, and global craft brews, complemented by classic American cuisine with chef-driven twists.

Groovy Ice Cream Chain Setting Up Shop in Watertown

Watertown residents will soon be able to grab a Cherry Garcia or Chunky Monkey right in their own backyard. Arsenal Yards announced on its Instagram feed that Ben & Jerry’s will be coming to the redeveloped Arsenal Mall. View this post on Instagram We’ve got a sweet, sweet surprise for you… Guess who’s opening in this gorgeous building later this year?! {yes, you’re going to want to tell your friends 🙌} .

Shake Shack Hosting Grand Opening Event in Watertown

The ShackBurger is one of the offerings at Shake Shack’s new location at Arsenal Yards. {Updated Dec. 18, 2019, at 8:45 p.m. The restaurant announced it will not be serving alcohol during the event,}

Massachusetts’ latest Shake Shack opening will be at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, according to an announcement from the company. The announcement reads:

More Shacks to Massachusetts! Shake Shack® is thrilled to announce that to celebrate their newest Boston area location, the Arsenal Yards Shack will host a grand opening holiday event from 11AM – 10PM on Saturday, December 21st.

High-Tech Sushi Experience Coming to Watertown’s Arsenal Yards

Guests can order by touch screen, or grab food off the conveyor belt at Kura Sushi, which is coming to Watertown’s Arsenal Yards. The following announcement was provided by Boylston Properties:

Boylston Properties and Wilder are excited to announce that Kura Sushi will bring its high-tech sushi experience to Arsenal Yards in Watertown — the first New England location for the Japanese brand. The unique and immersive “Kura Experience” offers a revolving selection of sushi on a conveyor belt that cruises by each table, enabling guests to pluck their desired dish off the belt. Expected to open in summer 2021 within a 2,800 square foot store, diners will be able to also place an order via a touchscreen panel at their seat and have their selections delivered directly to their table.  

“Kura Sushi is a spectacularly popular and creative global dining experience that we are thrilled to bring to the Arsenal Yards community,” said Bill McQuillan, Principal at Boylston Properties. “In our efforts to create a true urban village, we hope this eclectic array of restaurants will offer a little something for everyone. Kura Sushi is an ideal addition to the already exceptional Arsenal Yards line-up of diverse cuisines.”

With 24 locations in the U.S., and more than 450 locations in Japan and Taiwan, Kura Sushi offers traditional Japanese cuisine made with the freshest premium ingredients.