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Dec 15, 2007 09:38 AM

Martignetti's is closing

The North End Martignetti's is closing, last date likely to be Jan 7 2008. The Brighton one will remain - but rumors are it will shut too. Martignetti's will focus on distribution.

If you live in Boston proper, and have no car, what can compare for price and variety? I know there's Blanchards, Martys, Brooklin Liquor Mart, but will have to take T. Any Martignetti-alike in Back Bay, South End, Gvt Center area?

Just got back from Martignetti's and some of the staff has worked there for decades. Very sad.

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  1. If true, I'm not entirely surprised: the family has been focusing primarily on distribution, which is where I would assume the money is, and the North End Martignetti's is comparatively tiny and cramped as far as modern liquor stores go. It would definitely be a shame to lose the Brighton store, though: though I live within easy walking distance of both Marty's and Blanchard's (both fine stores), the Martignetti's on Soldiers Field Road is my go-to liquor store.

    1. Yeah, I hear it's gonna be a Citizen's Bank.

      There's a (pretty pathetic) liquor store on Hanover, and the wonderful Ciracce's on North Street.

      1. I was driving on Cambridge Street near Charles Street on Thursday and noticed a store called " Top Shelf" - it looked like a liquor store. Anyone know??

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        1. re: emilief

          It's a convenience store / liquor store; it's tiny, small selection. You're better off w/ Charles Steet Liquors around the corner (which still isn't large).

        2. What a shame.

          It is hard to see a neighborhood fixture move out and see the branch of a bank move in, especially on a prominent corner that helped establish the food/wine character of the area.

          1. This story has been around for a while. In the NE, I like to shop at Wine Bottega...they have a lot of lesser known wines at fair prices..carry a lot of the same wines as Brix, Cirace's has been there for years and is very good. Golden Goose is working to improve their selection..and be more price competitive.

            Goose and Wine Bottega both have free tastings on Fri from 5 or 6-8. It worth it to get on WB's email list.