Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Common Ground Bar and Grill in Allston to Open Second Location in Arlington

It looks like a gastropub in Allston is expanding, with a second location possibly on its way to a suburb of Boston.

The Arlington Patch is reporting that Common Ground Bar & Grill is planning to open another spot in Arlington, though the address has not been given as of yet. The article indicates that the plans are in their early stages, as an application for an operating license with the Town of Arlington has not been completed as of yesterday afternoon, though a Twitter username has been created for the spot (@CommonGroundARL). [June 28 update: A post from their Twitter page mentions that the new Common Ground could have "all [their] ducks...in a row" in about a month, which probably means more information on an address, permitting issues, etc., not when they might open, as had previously been stated (thanks to the poster below for bringing this up).]

[July 17 update: A new article in the Arlington Patch states that Common Ground plans to open in the old Gemma spot at Broadway Plaza in Arlington Center. The article mentions that an Environmental Design Review hearing that looks at the proposal will take place on July 29.]

[August 1 update: The Arlington Advocate mentions that the Arlington Redevelopment Board has not yet come to a decision on the proposed Common Ground in the center of town, with the public hearing continuing later this month. Concerns from the recent meeting include a lack of parking in the immediate area, along with potential noise issues. The hearing will pick up where it left off on Monday, August 19, according to the article.]

[August 21 update: A new article in the Arlington Advocate indicates the town has unanimously approved of Common Ground coming to Broadway Plaza, "providing it meets certain conditions" such as issues related to noise control, trash removal, and energy efficiency.]

[January 12, 2014 update: The Arlington Advocate says that Common Ground is hoping to open around the end of this month.]

[January 13, 2014 update: A note from Common Ground this morning indicates that the new location in Arlington is now looking at a possible mid-March opening.]

The original Common Ground, which is located on Harvard Avenue in Allston, has been in business for more than 15 years, with a change of ownership occurring in the summer of 2011. A few items on the menu include fish tacos, clam chowder, Cuban sandwiches, burgers, macaroni and cheese, and steak tips. Their website can be found at http://www.commongroundallston.com/


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3 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

the tweet says they hope to have their ducks in a row in a month - probably meaning signing a lease and the like, not opening up then

5:33 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

You're right--thanks for pointing this out.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Edited!

9:32 AM  

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