Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Belmont's Andros Diner in Danger of Closing for Good

A diner in Belmont that has been in business for more than 30 years--and briefly closed last summer due to tax issues--may be shutting down for good if its present problems with the town aren't resolved.

According to the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local, the Belmont Board of Selectmen recommended yesterday that Andros Diner not have its common victualers license renewed, as the Trapelo Road eatery apparently owes more than $50,000 to the town in taxes and utility costs. The diner does remain open for now, however, as it will be allowed to plead its case to the town at the end of February.

[March 1 update: According to the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local, Andros Diner will remain open for now, as a payment schedule by the town for money owed has been put into place. The diner needs to work things out with the state as well, and apparently won't be reopening until it does. Also, the restaurant is still on shaky ground with the town, as it appears that even one missed payment could possibly result in the place being shut down for good.]

[March 24 update: More developments have occurred surrounding Andros Diner, according to a more recent article in the Belmont Citizen-Herald and Wicked Local. Earlier this month, the diner was seized by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and about a week later, the property appears to have been auctioned off to a Newton man and his son. At this point in time, it is not known what plans the apparent new owners of the property have for the space where Andros Diner has been.]

[May 3 update: According to Boston.com, the auctioning off of Andros Diner in March (see above) fell through because the two bidders were not able to cement the transaction. As a result, the building is up for auction once again, with the auction taking place this afternoon.]

[May 10 update: According to a brief article in The Boston Globe, the May 3 auction of Andros Diner was postponed, and has been rescheduled for June 8. The Globe mentions that no reason was given for the postponement.]

In late June of 2010, Andros Diner was forced to close because of back taxes due, but it was quickly allowed to reopen after setting up a payment plan with the state.

The address for this Belmont diner is: Andros Diner, 628 Trapelo Road (Route 60), Belmont, MA, 02478.

For more information on this story, please go to the Belmont Citizen-Herald/Wicked Local link below.

Mealtime over for Belmont's Andros Diner?

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