Monday, December 10, 2012
Framingham Selectmen approved the name change for the Framingham landmark restaurant, which opens in 1946.
La Cantina Restaurant is now LaCantina Italiana Ristorante. Framingham Selectmen approved the name change last week's on the 67-year old restaurant's liquor license. The name change is to clear up any confusion among consumers, said attorney Peter Barbieri. "The change is so we don't get calls asking for tacos anymore," he joked. Many Framingham residents already know LaCantina as the place to go for chicken parmigiana and of course, Fanny's Original Italian Dressing and marinara sauces. In 1946, after many years experience in the grocery and meat cutting business, Leo and Fanny Mencoboni took their life savings, bought an empty lot next door to their little one room neighborhood grocery and meat market, and with the help of many friends, …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Did you know Patch has a jobs section?
A medical company calling itself CannaMed of Boston has opened and has begun booking patients, who seek to be recommended medical marijuana.
Earlier this month, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question that makes the Commonwealth the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana. Beginning in 2013, patients with HIV, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, or other very serious and painful conditions can now obtain a card from the state permitting them to purchase and possess up-to a 60-day supply of marijuana. The new law also means a new business to Framingham. CannaMed of Boston has opened at 945 Concord St. It is a franchise of a California-based medical company. Framingham is its first location in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been given oversight of implementing the rules of the new medical marijuana law, which takes effect in …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
In the same plaza where Green Chili restaurant closed, LandoZ Hometowne Grille will be opening in December.
LandoZ Hometowne Grille will be opening in the Pinefield Shopping Center in Saxonville on Dec. 1. Owner Brenda Lando tells Framingham Patch, they will be next to Robinsons Hardware. The grand opening is set for noon on Saturday, Dec. 1 on Jinglebells Day at the plaza. "LandoZ Hometowne Grille hopes to bring to Framingham family-friendly and affordable comfort foods ranging from mini slider burgers for the kids to the Big Dog and the Double Dog Dare challenge for the adults," said Lando. Brenda and her husband Sean, who have lived in Framingham for 18, years will be co-owners. The couple have two children, one a freshman at Framingham High and the other a sophomore in college. Both kids and parents have been involved in the community, …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Readers: Tell us in the comments if you will miss these Framingham restaurants? And what you would like to see open in those locations.
Firefly's BBQ Restaurant has closed. Tuesday was its last day open. A message on its phone says "Sorry to announce the Firefly's in Framingham has closed." The phone message thanks customers for the "9 great years of patronage" and suggests customers visit the original Firefly's - and only Firefly's left open - in Marlborough. Firefly's has now closed all of its locations except for its original one. This is the second Framingham restaurant to close in the last month. Earlier, Green Chili, in Saxonville at the Pinefield Plaza, closed its doors. Owner and chef Anthony Gomes, who served an eclectic mix breakfast, South and North Indian cuisine and American food. Green Chili opened in January 2010. A Framingham Patch reader tells us Gomes is …
The owners told Framingham Selectmen, who approved their license Tuesday night, they plan to open in mid-December.
Framingham State University students should be among the happiest with this news. The vacant Centre Pizza location will become University Pizza in mid-December, as Framingham Patch tweeted Tuesday night. Selectmen Tuesday approved plans for Dimitris Ntatsis and Dimitris Bokas to open the new pizza joint at 961 Worcester Rd, in the former Centre Pizza location. Centre Pizza, earlier this year, moved to down Route 9 to the plaza at the intersection of Worcester Road and Temple Street, the former Quiznos location. The owners, who have more than 25 years in the business, said they would like to expand from 38 to 40 seats. They said delivery will be until 9:30 p.m. This will be th owners' sixth pizza location.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Memorial Building at 6 p.m.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a hearing in Framingham tomorrow, Nov. 14 to engage with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. The hearing is schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building from 6 to 8 p.m. MassDOT is continuing its series of hearings across the state titled “Your Vision Our Future." Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit – will be available to answer questions and provide information. Those who are unable to attend the meetings but wish to submit comments can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org Legislation passed in August, required …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Sources say 700 jobs are cut across a number of stores in New England.
Shaw's and Star Market are planning to make some cuts to their workforce in New England. The supermarket chains owned by Supervalu, Inc. are cutting 700 positions across 169 stores, according to an AP story on the Huffington Post. This follows a second-quarter loss for the company, which fired its CEO in July. See the full AP story on Huffington Post. About 90 of the employees have been informed of the decision, and a press release picked up on Daily Finance indicates the rest will be notified over the next several days. The company announced that the layoffs do not "impact Shaw's overall commitment to the communities it serves." See the full press release on Daily Finance. At this time, sources do not indicate how these cuts specifically…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Massachusetts is expected to see 100,000 manufacturing jobs over the next decade, about 10,000 per year said Economist Barry Bluestone at a MetroWest Chamber of Commerce event Thursday.
Massachusetts is expected to see 100,000 manufacturing jobs over the next decade or about 10,000 manufacturing jobs per year said Northeastern University Professor and economist Barry Bluestone at the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Exec-Connect luncheon Thursday. Speaking before 70 MetroWest business and government leaders at the Sheraton Hotel, Bluestone said manufacturing is the sixth largest employer in the Commonwealth, and nationally is leading the recovery out of this recession. Bluestone oversaw a study on the state of the manufacturing in Massachusetts whch was conducted by the University's Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. The study showed the Massachusetts has always been at the forefront of manufacturing even when …
Just a week ago, Sen. Scott Brown visited and lauded the diner as a small business doing well in Massachusetts and MetroWest.
Carrie Anne's Modern Diner has closed its doors. Opened in May 2011, the business run by Carrie Cardeiro and Shane Jinson closed its doors this week. The closure comes a week after Sen. Scott Brown visited the Route 135 diner and lauded its as a small business during well in MetroWest. Brown stopped by on Oct. 9 with former New Jersey Gov Christie Todd Whitman, his wife Gail Huff and daughetr Ayla as part of a campaign tour to meet constituents. During the stop he mentioned how Carrie Anne's was an example of his "We Built This, Not Government" campaign. Cardeiro and Jinson opened the diner in a former KFC in South Framingham.