Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Central Square Commuter Rail stuck

Commuter Rail has been out of commission for some time heading inbound due to a fatality in Chelsea. Outbound train just went by for the first time in a while.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New Greek Restaurant: They looked so lonely in there....

Has anyone tried the new Greek Place on Oxford St? We walked by it after a great night at The Blue Ox and there were four people just staring out into the street hoping that one customer would walk inside.

I think we'll be brave and try it next week.

If you're listening, you have two major problems.

1. I still don't know the name of your restaurant and I've looked at your signs twice. The big Paradiso sign across the top of the building does not help your cause.

2. The inside still looks like the dive bar that I believe got shut down for something. I can't find the news story.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Time to start the Turbine Hype

So maybe I'm just pathetic, but I got pretty excited when I saw this simple decoration in the window of Turbine today. I'm pretty impressed with the amount of hype that The Blue Ox and now Turbine have been able to produce before opening. It's nice to finally see some marketing of the downtown establishments.

I heard from the Turbine folks the other day. They are still 4-6 weeks out. Keep in mind they are in a Mayo Group building. I'm sure dealing with "The Big Mayo" has been a complete pleasure (sarcasm, for those new to the Downtown Lynn blog). I haven't been able to hate on the Mayo Group for a while. That was refreshing.

But back to Turbine. Anyone hear anything else about this place? Menu? Wine list? Beer list?

Check out their site (pretty light on the details)


Friday, April 10, 2009

When you get to The Blue Ox...

don't even ask to be seated. Just walk straight into the kitchen and start eating anything that's there. That's how good the food is. The night in jail will be totally worth it.

Where to begin? We walked in around 7PM. There was already quite the crowd established. Incredible shows of support from Boston Machine Lofts (or BML as I have found it is affectionately called), Sloan Lofts, the Keith Building and 7 Central (now that we learned of BML's cool nickname, we want to be known as 7C). I digress.

The food. It was like a slow tease. They bring out some very good cheese and to die for ravioli. They follow it up with a flat bread pizza that makes you want to forget every other pizza place in this town (and there are a few in Lynn). Next, came the hand cut fries with ketchup. I was yelled at when I went for just ketchup, to also try the aoli (at least I think that's what it was called). I was very happy I followed instructions. WOW!

Pasta Fagioli was the next thing out the gate. Impressive. Pasta soup with Ham is the best I can describe it. I can't pronounce it, but I'm gonna order lots of it over the next few years so maybe I'll learn.

Ok, now, I have eaten many a burger in my day. The Blue Ox burger came out in slider fashion (on the menu it shall be full size) and word spread around the restaurant about these things. So much so, that we strategically changed location in the building to make sure we got the next batch. Delicious burger, with blue cheese oozing from the center of the patty, topped with mayo and one of the best buns I've ever eaten.

They have really outdone themselves for the neighbors. This was an extreme show of neighborhood loyalty in both directions. Even the decor gave credibility to their statements on wanting to help build the downtown area. There was art placed on the restaurant walls of the buildings and landmarks in downtown Lynn. To top it all off the beer and wine was free. You want to get at the heartstrings of a bunch of young professionals and artists, you give them free alcohol and you might never get rid of them.

You got me. I will be back and then back again to The Blue Ox. It opens April 15th to the public. This is a destination. People from Boston should come to Lynn to eat there. It's worth it.

Thank you to the crew at The Blue Ox. I look forward to my next visit.


Friday, April 3, 2009


So I don't know much about McManus. It's been the "Clancy the Clown Show" since I've lived in Lynn. Do we really need old Lynn being replaced by older Lynn? It doesn't smell right to me, but I'll keep an open mind.

I think I'm heading to Lynn Auditorium tonight. I haven't been there for 20 years. When I was a kid, I would see the Northshoremen perform there every year. I'm excited to see what they've done with the place. I'm even more excited to see Rep. Steve Walsh perform. He's been a superstar this year. How fitting to be a rock star for a night. I wish Mayor of Lynn was something he would consider.


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