New Hotel Opens at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards

The following announcement was provided by Arsenal Yards:

Boylston Properties and Stonebridge Companies announced that the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton™ Watertown Boston is now open and welcoming guests at the brand new hotel in the heart of Arsenal Yards. The property is operating as a Hilton franchise, owned by a joint venture of Boylston Properties and the Stonebridge Companies, and managed by Stonebridge Companies. The hotel staff and development team will invite a small group of constituents to a private “virtual ribbon-cutting” on March 1, and encourages all interested guests and visitors to contact or stop by the hotel for a socially-distanced tour of the beautifully designed property. The development team expects that the growing number of life sciences companies that call Watertown home, the easy access to the region’s medical community, and the town’s proximity to Boston and Cambridge, will contribute to an increase in demand from business and leisure travel to Watertown. Located directly on Arsenal Street, the hotel is well positioned to meet the area’s demand for extended stay lodging.

Beauty Care Chain Opens Store at Arsenal Yards

Ulta Beauty opened a location at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards. The following announcement was provided by Arsenal Yards:

Arsenal Yards today announces the opening of Ulta Beauty as the latest retailer to join the thriving new neighborhood in Watertown. The largest beauty retailer in the United States, Ulta Beauty is the premier destination for cosmetics, fragrance, body, skin and haircare products. With a full salon in every store, Ulta Beauty also offers hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty will celebrate its soft opening with exclusive, members-only promotions from February 12-18 and an official Grand Opening will take place Friday, February 19, 2021.

Construction Underway on 9-Story Biotech Building at Arsenal Yards

A rendering of what the nine-story 100 Forge building at Arsenal Yards will look like. Developers are creating 165,000 sq. ft. of space for biotech companies. The following announcement was provided by Boylston Properties:

Boylston Properties, a Boston-based developer of mixed-use destinations, and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, announced a joint venture agreement to proceed with plans to construct 100 Forge, a nine-story 165,600-square-foot lab building at Arsenal Yards in Watertown.

Roche Bros. Hiring Hundreds for New Watertown Store

Roche Bros. will be opening a location at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, and the store is hiring hundreds of employees. Roche Bros.’ Head of Recruitment, Andrew Coletti, said the store has begun looking to hire people in a variety of roles at the new store. “We are hiring over 200 people for our new Watertown Store,” Coletti said.

Arsenal Yards Warming Winter With Outdoor Fireside Dining

Fire pits will provide some warmth for outdoor diners at Arsenal Yards this winter. The following announcement was provided by Arsenal Yards:

Winter has officially gotten warmer at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards with Fire Side hangouts on the River Green. Based on the success from the holiday season, the Fire Side winter experience is back. Guests can now reserve their own socially distanced, outdoor propane fire pit to make outdoor dining from Arsenal Yards’ restaurants – including Ben & Jerry’s, Chipotle, City Works Pour House & Eatery, Frank Pepe, Garbanzo and Shake Shack – a little bit cozier. Arsenal Yards is also hosting special hangouts throughout the winter featuring live musicians and DJs during certain timeslots. Following an incredible response in December, Fire Side kicks off again on Friday, January 15, with the return of Pat Dowling, a Boston-based performer who uses a loop pedal to layer singing, beatboxing and guitar to create a full band sound, as the first performer.

Boutique Running Pop Up at Arsenal Yards

The Blue Butterfly will be running a pop-up at Arsenal Yards. Belmont-based boutique The Blue Butterfly will be opening a temporary location in Watertown leading up to Christmas. Arsenal Yards sent out the following information about the pop up shop:

Need to finish some last-minute holiday shopping? Head to Watertown’s Arsenal Yards for The Blue Butterfly’s Pop Up Shop now through Wednesday, December 23! Based in Belmont, The Blue Butterfly is coming to Watertown for one week only, and will be setting up shop in the space next to Ben & Jerry’s at Arsenal Yards from 12noon to 7pm on Friday, December 18th through the 23rd.

Watertown Looking at Closing “Little Greenough” on Weekends for Recreation

A screenshot of a Google Map showing the section of Greenough Boulevard that Town officials are looking at closing on weekends. A Town Council Subcommittee supported the idea of doing a pilot program to close a portion of Greenough Boulevards to traffic on weekends during parts of the year, similar to Memorial Drive in Cambridge. The section of the roadway, sometimes called Little Greenough, runs between North Beacon and Arsenal streets, and provides a link between the two thoroughfares. On Dec. 10, the Committee on Economic Development and Planning voted to recommend that the full Council request that the state do a pilot study of closing the road on the weekends during the spring, summer and fall, and examine the impact on traffic.

New Mediterranean Restaurant Opening in Arsenal Yards

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh has opened at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards. The following information was provided by Arsenal Yards:

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, the leading fast casual Mediterranean franchise concept best known for its preservative-free, nutrient-rich menu, today officially opened the doors of its newest location at Arsenal Yards in Watertown. The new eatery is now welcoming guests at its location at 41 Bond Street, offering a modern twist to Old World cuisine, breaking down the traditional paradigm of the Mediterranean diet. “Bostonians are loving the delicious, healthy food that Garbanzo offers, and we are very excited to officially open our doors in Watertown today,” said Derek St. George, co-owner of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh in Watertown and Boston.