Monday, June 15, 2020

Lombardo's in Randolph Morphs into a Marketplace (and Soon, a Drive-In Theater)

While local nightclubs and event spaces are in a particularly tough situation in Massachusetts as the state works its way toward reopening the economy (and clubs and event spaces will be among the last  places to reopen), one wedding/event venue in the southern suburbs of Boston has reconcepted in order to remain open for business--and they are returning to their roots in a way.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Lombardo's in Randolph is now set up as an online marketplace offering a variety of food products including produce, meat and dairy items, prepared foods, and alcohol as well as dry goods and paper goods, all of which can be ordered for contactless pickup each Friday. In addition, the business is turning its sprawling parking lot into a drive-in movie theater, with space for 100 to 140 cars and concessions such as hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and soda that will be brought over to people's vehicles. The drive-in, which plans to offer family-friendly double features shown on Lombardo's wall at least once a week, could be ready to debut by June 25, assuming that the town gives its approval.

The Lombardo family first opened a butcher shop in East Boston nearly 100 years ago, subsequently opening a supermarket in Eastie in the 1950s before eventually opening event venues in East Boston and, later, Randolph, where its sole function hall remains.

The address for Lombardo's is 6 Billings Street, Randolph, MA, 02368. Its website can be found at while the website for the marketplace is at

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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