Monday, January 28, 2013

The Local in West Newton Is Expanding to Wayland and Wellesley

A West Newton gastropub that features regional foods and beers is going to be opening at least two more locations west of Boston.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Frank Santo, who owns The Local on Washington Street, plans to open restaurants in Wayland and Wellesley, with the former being in the Town Center Development and the latter being in the Forest Street space where China Sky had been. While the Wayland and Wellesley locations are the only ones confirmed (with Wayland possibly opening June 1 and Wellesley possibly opening next winter), the article says that more locations of The Local could open as well, with one proposed for somewhere north of Boston at some point.

The new Wayland and Wellesley locations will have slightly expanded menus, according to the Globe.

[March 29 update: According to an article in the Wayland Town Crier, The Local in Wayland is one step closer to opening, as the town has approved a full liquor license for the place. The article also says that the 6,000-square-foot dining spot will have a capacity of 90 in its dining room, another 96 in its bar, and 14 in a seasonal outdoor patio.]

[September 27 update: According to a poster on the Chowhound site (and confirmed by the restaurant's website), the Wayland location of The Local is now open.]

[November 26 update: A Facebook post from The Local indicates that the Wellesley location is now open as well.]

The website for The Local can be found at

Thanks to a poster on the Chowhound site for bringing this to our attention.