Watertown Adds New Ice Cream Option, Loses a Restaurant

Watertown residents can now grab their favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors at the Scoop Shop at Arsenal Yards.

You win some and you lose some — in this case Watertown food options.

Arsenal Yards welcomed Ben & Jerry’s this week, in a small building of its own near the City Works Eatery & Pour House and The Majestic 7 movie theater. For now, the “Scoop Shop” is only open for take out and delivery due to COVID-19 restrictions

Farther down Arsenal Street, Miller’s Ale House has closed. The Watertown location, which opened in early 2012, no longer appears on the list of restaurants on the Miller’s Ale House website, and Katie Sullivan, Marketing Director for the developers of Arsenal Yards —BoylstonProperties, confirmed that Miller’s has shut its doors.

Last week, Ben & Jerry’s had a soft opening, and celebrated by donated ice cream to some of those caring for people during the COVID-19 outbreak. They sent out the following announcement:

Ben & Jerry’s newest Scoop Shop celebrated its opening by donating more than 250 scoops of ice cream to the staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital this week. The ice cream shop atArsenal Yardsin Watertown, MA officially opened on June 6th.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Watertown community,” said Jason Sweeney, owner/operator of the Ben & Jerry’s franchise in Watertown. “We look forward to serving Ben & Jerry’s to our guests and giving back to our local communities. We’re happy our first community event was at Newton Wellesley on Tuesday to let them know how much we appreciate them.”

Staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital enjoy ice cream donated by the new Ben & Jerry’s location in Watertown.

The new Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at 103 Arsenal Yards Boulevard is currently offering takeout and delivery daily from 1:00-9:00 PM. All menu items are available to go including cones, cups, milkshakes, sundaes, and pints. Customers can even order ahead for in-store or curbside pickup atwww.benjerry.com/takeout.

After the initial phase of take-out and delivery service, the Watertown Scoop Shop will open its doors to the full Ben & Jerry’s euphoric experience.

“We can’t tell you how happy we are to be open at Arsenal Yards.” said Jason. “We look forward to scooping up all of our local fan-favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors, filled with chunks and swirls.”

11 thoughts on “Watertown Adds New Ice Cream Option, Loses a Restaurant

  1. I’m surprised Millers Ale House lasted as long as it did… the food ranged from mediocre to awful.
    I just hope it’s not replaced with some pretentious, over priced, snobby, millennial driven establishment.

  2. Ben & Jerry’s is a wonderful company with a great, employee/community friendly business model, and I welcome them! We need more ethical businesses like B&J in Watertown. Personally, I won’t miss Miller’s. We have lots of great local independent bar/restaurants like the Halfway Cafe and Donahue’s, Ritcey, and Branchline (just naming those that come immediately to my mind; there are others, I’m sure). Please stick with New England based independent businesses whenever possible, so the dollars we spend support our local economy. Sorry… gotta run and get some ice cream from B&J. now. Yesterday I went to Frutti-Berry on Mt. Auburn Street for the most awesome soft frozen yogurt around. I had peach/mango and brought home taro coconut. Check it out!

      • I agree. Much better local places like JP Licks. Ben and Jerry’s is nothing but a big commercial nationwide chain. No one needs their political views to go along with their crappy ice cream.

  3. Miller House will NOT be missed. Would love to see an ethnic local restaurant go in there. Nice to have Ben and Jerry’s, but wish a local chain like JP links went in instead.
    Too bad they gave ice cream to Newton Wellesley staff and not Mount Auburn just down the street. Maybe they can be next. Frutti-Berry has delicious flavored frozen yogurt.

  4. Jack’s Abby should duplicate its Framingham dining/brewery establishment. They’re Massachusetts based and they make a great IPA. The food in Framingham and the whole vibe there was really great based on my experience.

  5. It would be great to have a healthy fish market with options to buy fresh fish,lobster,and other shell fish. Also offering eat in or have prepared take out broil, baked or fried.
    Mary Russo

  6. I won’t go to Ben & Jerry’s. I’m sick of companies shoving their political views at us. They are all dividing the country even more. Same for Starbucks.

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