Saturday, December 17, 2011

Daddy Jones to Replace Lil Vinny's in Somerville

An Italian restaurant in Somerville that has been in business for more than a decade is shutting its doors, and a new eating and drinking establishment is going to be moving into its space.

According to The Somerville Journal and Wicked Local, it looks like Lil Vinny's Ristorante in Magoun Square is closing for good, possibly making way for a retro bar called Daddy Jones, which will be a 1980s or 1990s-style spot that features small bites and possibly movie nights. (The person behind Daddy Jones may be coming from nightclub owners The Lyons Group, according to the article.) Lil Vinny's first opened on Medford Street about 12 years ago, featuring mostly Southern Italian fare, including such dishes as chicken pomodoro, ziti and meatballs, spinach ravioli, beef bracciola, and veal parmigiana.

Lil Vinny's has been featured on our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants), with a link to the review being below:

[February 8, 2012 update: According to Grub Street Boston, Lil Vinny's will close its doors for good after business hours on Saturday, February 11.]

[April 24, 2012 update: Based on a Licensing Commission page from the city of Somerville, it appears that Daddy Jones is moving ahead with its plans to open in the former Lil Vinny's spot, as a note within the page mentions that Daddy Jones is "requesting approval for a Pledge of License to East Cambridge Savings Bank."]

[October 23, 2012 update: UrbanDaddy reports that Daddy Jones is planning to open a week from Thursday (November 1, 2012). It looks like the new spot will focus on Greek-style dishes and classic drinks, with the retro atmosphere including the showing of 1980s sitcoms on the flat-screens.]

[November 1, 2012 update: Eater Boston confirms that Daddy Jones opens at 5:00 PM today.]

The address for the upcoming Daddy Jones is 525 Medford Street, Somerville, MA 02145.

For more on this story, please go to the Somerville Journal/Wicked Local link below:

Daddy Jones to Replace Lil Vinny's in Somerville