Saturday, June 04, 2016

Flora in East Arlington Is Closing; Financier Plans to Take Its Place

One of Arlington's best-known restaurants is calling it a day.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Flora on Mass. Ave. is shutting down for good, with the note saying that "After 20 years of service, Bob and Mary Jo Sargent are saying goodbye to their loyal staff, guests and friends of flora. We are so grateful for this time with all of you, sharing memories that will last a lifetime." The post indicates that a new restaurant will be moving into the space, with a Kickstarter page indicating that Cyrille Couet and Wayne Duprey are looking to open a French-inspired dining spot called Financier in the space. It appears that Financier--which gets its name from a French cake shaped like a bar of gold--will serve dishes using locally-sourced ingredients, including seafood, dairy items, meats, and produce.

The Kickstarter page says that Flora could be closing on June 30 (this has not yet been confirmed), with Financier hoping to open two or three months after its closing.

Flora has been a popular neighborhood restaurant over the years, offering seasonal New American items such as mussels, fish chowder, beef flatiron steak, butternut squash ravioli, roasted chicken, leg of lamb, pork tenderloin, and swordfish. The dining spot is housed in an old bank building.

The address for Flora is 190 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02474. Its website can be found at

Thanks to a source (Rich Carreiro) for initially bringing this to our attention.

[June 27 update: A post on its Facebook page indicates that Flora will close on July 15.]

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]