Frank Pepe Pizzeria Opens Watertown Location

Pizza lovers can now order a coal-fired pie from Frank Pepe Pizzeria, which recently opened at Arsenal Yards. The opening of the Neapolitan pizza restaurant was announced by Arsenal Yards on Twitter this week. The restaurant started in New Haven, Conn., and specialty pizzas include the original tomato pie and white clam pizza. Salads are also available. The pizza news we've all been craving – @pepespizzeria is NOW OPEN at #ArsenalYards!Place an order for takeout, delivery or curbside pickup today.

Long-Time Watertown Square Restaurant Closing This Week

The DPW discovered a culvert deep under Watertown Square that was not on any plans. An institution in Watertown Square for more than three decades will close its doors this week. Stellina Restaurant, at 47 Main St., announced that it will serve its last dinner service. “After 34 years in Watertown, Stellina will close after Saturday August 22. Please join us for our last week,” the restaurant’s website announced.

Casual Mediterranean Eatery Opening at Arsenal Yards

Garbanzo is opening at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards. The following announcement was provided by Arsenal Yards:

The “Feel Brighter” Movement is building even more momentum in the greater Boston area. Following its recent opening in Boston Common, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, the leading fast casual Mediterranean franchise concept best known for its preservative-free, nutrient-rich menu, is expanding its “Eat Better – Feel Brighter” movement into Watertown. With the new location slated to open later this year in the Arsenal Yards development at 41 Bond Street in Watertown, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh offers a modern twist to Old World cuisine, breaking down the traditional paradigm of the Mediterranean diet. “We’ve enjoyed introducing Bostonians to the flavor vacay that is Garbanzo, and are confident that people in Watertown will be equally impressed by our scratch-made wonder food,” said Derek St.

Watertown Restaurant Holding Grand Opening at Arsenal Yards

Staff at City Works Eatery & Pour House are ready to welcome diners at the Watertown location. The following announcement was provided by Bottleneck Management:

After the COVID-19 pandemic stalled its opening to the public, Bottleneck Management announces the official grand opening of City Works Eatery & Pour House at 91 Arsenal Yards Blvd. on Wednesday, July 22 at 4 p.m.

City Works was scheduled to open its doors in Watertown on March 13 after its First Draft soft opening event raised $4,338 for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Four months past its original opening date, City Works in Arsenal Yards remains a vibrant and energetic restaurant with a focus on classic American food and an expansive beer and beverage list. With a spacious interior (8,429 square feet), three 110” HDTVs and 12 65” HDTVs, and outdoor patio (1,172 square feet) with socially distanced tables, semi-private dining areas, and over 90 craft beer handles and eight wines on draft, City Works offers something for everyone this summer. “It’s so exciting to be able to officially open our doors, bring our employees back on, and begin serving our guests in Watertown, safely and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and our local authorities,” says Angela Zoiss, Vice President of Marketing for Bottleneck Management.

Four More Watertown Restaurants Approved for Outdoor Dining

Deluxe Town Diner was one of several Watertown restaurants recently approved to have outdoor seating. Four Watertown restaurants have been allowed to add outdoor dining this week, bringing the number up to 15 that have received the special permission from the Town to expand capacity during the COVID-19 restrictions. The special outdoor seating permission is approved by Town Manager Michael Driscoll, who included the list of restaurants in his most recent COVID-19 Update (click here to view it). Two are located near Watertown Square, one south of the Charles River and one is on the Westside. Halfway Cafe, west of Watertown Square on Main Street has been given permission.

See the Watertown Restaurants Approved for Outdoor Seating

Deluxe Town Diner was one of several Watertown restaurants recently approved to have outdoor seating. Ten Watertown restaurants have been approved to have outdoor by the Town as part of a the COVID-19 reopening. Last week, the Licensing Board approved a temporary measure to allow Town Manager Michael Driscoll to approve temporary outdoor seating at restaurants in town. The following restaurants have been approved to have outdoor seating:

Gerry’s Italian Kitchen1072 Belmont Street

La Bodega21 Nichols Avenue

Conley’s Pub & Grille164 Belmont Street

Deluxe Town Diner627 Mount Auburn Street

Greg’s Restaurant821 Mount Auburn Street

Ixtapa Mexican Grill18 Mount Auburn Street

Ritcey East208 Waverley Avenue

Shiraz Cuisine72 Bigelow Avenue

Stellina47 Main Street

Tresca’s Eating Place25 Church Street

Before the local measure was passed, restaurants already approved to have outdoor seating could open on June 8, when Phase 2 of Gov. Baker’s reopening plan began. On June 22, restaurants can also start serving food indoors, with tables spaced at least 6 feet apart and parties no larger than six people.

Good News for Watertown Pizza Lovers!

Pizza Roma owner Joe announced he is back open for business this week. After closing temporarily for the COVID-19 shutdown, a Watertown pizza institution is back! Pizza Roma reopened on Tuesday and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The pizzeria on Waverley Avenue is the latest restaurant to reopen in Watertown. A good place to learn about who’s open and specials being offered by restaurants is the Facebook group “Watertown and Surrounding Community, Eating Local Stimulus Plan.”

One Watertown Institution Reopening After COVID-19 Break, Another Scaling Back; Latest Case Numbers

Donohue’s Bar & Grill reopened after two weeks off due to the Coronavirus outbreak. A mainstay in the Watertown restaurant scene will be reopening after a couple weeks off during the Coronavirus outbreak, while a popular local market will be closing for in-store shopping. Over the weekend, J.D. Donohue announced that Donohue’s Bar & Grill will begin serving meals and alcohol for take out and deliver starting on Monday, April 6. “We closed after St. Patrick’s Day to give staff and kitchen staff and myself time to be quarantined,” Donohue said.