Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Future of Trio in Question; Plans for New Development at Weymouth Landing Site

A South Shore restaurant that is co-owned by a state senator could be losing its home, and it is not known at this point in time what might happen to the place.

The Braintree Forum is reporting that a new mixed-use development is being looked at for Weymouth Landing, with the proposed project going up at the Commercial Street site where buildings that house Trio restaurant and Chair Fair currently sit. The article indicates that the development--which would include apartments, retail space, and a parking garage--is generally supported by both town officials and residents, though concerns remain, including the displacement of tenants such as Trio, which is owned by Senator Robert Hedlund and his business partner Marko Piro Fani. The attorney who represents the dining spot mentions that Trio has eight more years on its lease, and while the chair of the planning board says that the board does not have the authority to make sure leases are enforced, he wants the developer to try to relocate the affected businesses.

The planning board will continue discussing the project on August 18, at which point an official decision could be made on the development, according to the Forum.

In addition to Trio (which opened in October of 2014), Hedlund and Fani also own Four Square, another restaurant that is located across the street.

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