Update: Scugnizzi in Arlington Allegedly Abandoned; Shut Down by the Town
[Ed note: This article was updated on August 20 to reflect the fact that the town has indeed shut down the restaurant.]
An Italian restaurant in Arlington Center has allegedly been abandoned, leading the town to look into shutting down the spot.
The Arlington Advocate is reporting that Scugnizzi on Mass. Ave. is currently operating without its owner and manager, with the owner apparently moving to Mexico without transferring the dining spot to a successor (a requirement for common victualler and wine and malt license holders). The article also says that the owner of the eatery has allegedly been "skirting" rent payments for the past four months. A Board of Selectmen meeting will take place tonight to discuss the possibility of closing the place down.
[August 20 update: Eater Boston mentions that the Arlington Board of Selectmen voted last night to revoke Scugnizzi's licenses, effectively closing the restaurant down, though it appears that the landlord had already shuttered the place and changed the locks.]
Scugnizzi replaced Buona Vita last summer, which replaced La Buona Vita in 2009.
The address for this Italian restaurant in Arlington Center is: Scugnizzi, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474.
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