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Somerville Patch Readers Want Trader Joe's, More Restaurants

We asked, "What business would you like to see open in Somerville in 2013?" Here's what some of you said.

To celebrate the new year, we asked, "What business would you like to see open in Somerville in 2013?"

Here's what you said:

  • Trader Joe's—Three of you want one, especially in the old Star Market and Johnnie's Foodmaster sites, which are now vacant.
  • Olive Garden—"So many in Somerville really want this," said AHM.
  • A holistic veterinarian—Nancy said, "With such an informed and progressive community (with lots of pets!), it would be nice to have a vet who offers a more holistic approach to nutrition and health."
  • "Breakfast place in Magoun Square," Courtney O'Keefe wrote.
  • "Red Sauce" Italian restaurant—Courtney P. Snyder commented that Union Square needs "the kind of place you can stroll to have pasta (or pizza) bottle Chianti and go home happy."
  • "Cool shops, art galleries, fun pubs, small business & less chains"—Especially in Winter Hill, said Jennifer D.
Elio LoRusso January 07, 2013 at 12:58 AM
With the transformation of lower Broadway, I hope that we can bring in more deverse stores, such as a shoe store, a store for kids, ie candy etc, flower shop. That is what we need besides salons and restaurants. I am excited with all that is happening in east somerville ward 1.
Jonathan January 07, 2013 at 02:46 PM
As for restaurants, I know someone who recently visited the newly-opened Burger Dive at Assembly Square. It cost $40.00 for 2 people. This is why some people would like something along the lines of an Olive Garden. All of the new places in the city are too expensive, especially for families. We need a nice, casual, family place where you can go out for a bite without breaking the bank.
AHM January 07, 2013 at 07:36 PM
It's just to let you know we are not welcome in that part of town. The stores restaurants and apartments are priced to keep us lowly Somerville residents out of there. Thank you Joe and the Mystic Task Force.
Ron Newman January 08, 2013 at 04:48 AM
I agree. Is there any place at all in Somerville to buy shoes now, other than Target?
AHM January 08, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Last decent shoe store in Somerville was the modern soe store which had a fire. The 2 brothers just didn't think it was worth it to get started again. They had a lot of good stock left that was not harmed but was stolen while the store was being guarded. Just Kmart and Target now. I expect Assembly may get one but it will be high end for sure and nothing we can afford.

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