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Jun 25, 2010 06:53 AM

The site of the old Marino's restaurant in Cambridge?

Has anyone heard anything going on in this empty lot? Ilive pretty closed and owuld love to see something good go in there.

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  1. I fear that nothing will ever go in there. The building is big, the parking lot is small, and it's in an area of relatively low foot traffic. We were actually talking about the space last night--I almost wish they would tear it down and put in a series of small shops or maybe some housing (or a small park).

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Agree w/ HB. If they haven't gotten anyone to go in there yet, I don't see them getting anyone any time soon. Let's just hope it doesn't stay empty as long as Faces. 8-0

      1. re: scratchie

        Marinos....Now that was a good place.
        They used to bring freshly slaughtered lamb,rabbit,beef and chicken over from their own farm in Natick (Marino Lookout Farm) It's now called Belkin.
        The former chef now his own place in Arlington named Scutra

        1. re: sysco kid

          It was damn good.

          I feel sad every time I drive by that site, which thankfully isn't too often or else I'd be in a full-out depression.

          I still think a restaurant *could* go in there (even though it'd have big shoes to fill). The parking lot isn't huge, but I never had a problem parking there. I think the available spaces along mass ave pick up the slack in the evening.

          1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

            I remember liking Marino's a lot in its first couple of years, then experiencing a string of bad meals that kept me from returning; the food just fell off a cliff at some point.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I wonder if it closed after or before the farm was sold?

            1. re: sysco kid

              The food was well done(incredible porchetta) and it was a nice room, but the last time I went, the waiter tried to push the wine special of the day and after his description, I was about to say yes. At the last minute, I asked, "How much is it?" Only $85.00!! Needless to say, we skipped the wine special.
              It's been empty for so long now it's hard to imagine that it wouldn't need some major renovations. Plus six or eight parking spots is not enough. Parking on Mass Ave is hit or miss at best.

        2. A few months ago, the guy at the liquor store next to Marino said that someone had been trying to open a cafe in there, but it didn't look promising. The space is quite big and probably pretty expensive.

          1. My only experience there was an office Christmas party. The food was god-awful. We had this cavernous empty room in the basement. I think they went out of business like the next week. It always made me wonder about what exactly they pawned off on us that night.

            In my own private fantasy, a Wegman's decides to locate there...

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            1. re: Parsnipity

              Our office also had a holiday party there before they closed. It was terrible. First, the parking lot is far too small for this building and you run the risk of being towed if you park on the right hand side. (No joke, one of my co-workers had their car towed that night.) Then the meal was just awful. The individual butter packets were fuzzy (I kid you not) and then I found a hair in my salad. I couldn't wait to get out of there and pick up some fast food on the way home.

              I would love to see something else open in that building, but the parking just stinks. Then again, it's Mass Ave and many other restaurants are doing well and they don't have parking lots or reserved spaces.

            2. I live several doors down from Marino's on a side street. I wish something would move in there! They just redid the sidewalk in front, but the building itself needs some help. This is unsubstantiated but I heard a Rwandan coffee place had a tentative plan but just fell through. because of lease terms or something.
              I want a place like Highland Kitchen or Trina's to open there! We need a good neighborhood restaurant up there.

              Highland Kitchen
              150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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              1. re: bookdwarf

                It really seems like an unfortunate space. It's a tweener - too big to be a neighborhood restaurant and too small (incl. parking) for any major retail consideration. The owner should knock it down and build some condos.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  A mini-Russo's would be good there - I bet it would do quite well.