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TD Bank could replace Firefly’s Barbecue in Quincy

Article in today's Patriot Ledger. TD Bank is willing to buy out the lease from Uliss. No great loss.

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  1. It's mediocre at best but as a quincy resident it's the perfect spot for a good gastro-pub. I wish I had some extra money.

    The last thing Quincy needs is more banks, CVSs, Rite AIds or Walgreens.

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    1. re: typhoonfish

      Well, at least it's not turning into a nail salon.

      1. re: typhoonfish

        It could be worse...they could be talking about opening an Italian restaurant or a Sports pub, or a Chinese restaurant...although if it were an authentic Szechuan place, maybe that wouldn't be so bad.

        I'm not sure about wanting to open a restaurant there, though. It seems to be one of those "cursed" locations. Since I've been living in Quincy, there's been 4 places in there.

        1. re: mwk

          A good/great Italian restaurant would be welcome in my book, as there are none in Quincy. There are Italian restaurants, but they're fair to bad. OK, they're lousey to awful.
          Not Enjoying,
          CocoDan

      2. No loss, but do we need another bank? OY!
        CocoDan

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        1. re: CocoDan

          I could certainly use the contents of a bank's vault much more than an actual bank. Typhoon's right, a good pub type place would be great there.

          1. re: jjbourgeois

            The other place that would be perfect for a themed pub is the old Wollaston movie theater. Unfortunately the parking is terrible and the building needs to be knocked down.

            1. re: jjbourgeois

              doesn't the Fat Cat already fit the bill or is it not gastroey enough?

              1. re: Gordough

                The Fat Cat fits the category but its so small and popular that its tough to get into.

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                Fat Cat
                24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                1. re: AndOne

                  Fat Cat has an hour wait on Tuesday nights.

                  Yes we're the annoying family waiting an hour with a 1.5 yr old

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                  Fat Cat
                  24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

                  1. re: typhoonfish

                    have you been recently? My wife and I went at 6:15 on a Thursday night about a month ago and walked right in. When we arrived only about 2/3 of the tables were occupied however by 6:30 they were all taken. But even when we left at 7:30 there was not more than a party or two waiting to be seated. Maybe we just got lucky.

                    1. re: Gordough

                      2 weeks ago, Tuesday night 1 hr wait.

                    2. re: typhoonfish

                      Is this because of the Food Network coverage?

                  2. re: Gordough

                    Fat Cat does fit. Food's pretty good, but never been truly wowed.

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                    Fat Cat
                    24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

              2. I hope this either stays as is or becomes another restaurant/music venue. While I don't think the food is great, it's OK--and there's live music. So little of that in Quincy, we need to keep all we have!

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                1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                  Firefly's has been dying a slow death for the past 2 years. Steve Uliss has pretty much checked out and could care less about the Quincy location. They'd be better off just shutting down.

                2. Heh, interesting. We haven't been to Firefly's in awhile, but whenever we've gone, we've enjoyed it. I have noticed, though, fewer cars in their lot.

                  1. Looks like Steve Uliss pulled the plug Firefly's is closed. The QUincy location is no longer on the website.

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                    1. re: jjbourgeois

                      I heard that Firefly's didn't own the building, they rented. I guess when you rent you don't really have much of a choice when your landlord sells the building.

                    2. I drive by there all the time but have failed to notice whats going on ...

                      Is the bank in yet?

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                      1. re: C. Hamster

                        Not yet. Looks like there is some constructiong going on, but the Fireflys sign was still up.

                        1. re: Pegmeister

                          Not going to miss Firefly's at all. Horrible! What we need is a good Italian restaurant in Quincy, not another bank.
                          Enjoy,
                          CocoDan

                          1. re: CocoDan

                            What Villa Rosa isn't a good Italian restaurant :)

                            1. re: CocoDan

                              I liked that Firefly's had music. We need more resto' s with good food and music. Italian woudl be great, yes.

                              Do you not like Basta Pasta? I have not been for a year or so, so can't say about recent experiences, but thought is was OK then.

                              1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                                When Basta Pasta first opened they refused to do take out. Put it right out there with a "NO TAKEOUT" on their site. They later softened the wording on their site and said sorry, no take out. When they did decide to do takeout I was told 1 hour for a pizza so I went elsewhere. Then they had inconsistent hours and twice I drove in to find them closed when their site said they would be open. I never did give them another thought, although I did have a taste of their meatballs when friends had leftovers and they weren't bad.

                                1. re: Pegmeister

                                  I hear ya. The three or four times I have been (a year + ago) were good.

                                  At the same time, I can understand a new resto--not yet sure of how much business they can handle--would have to say no take out. But they should do so nicely!!!

                                  1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                                    We weren't a fan either and it was about a year or so ago. Went in for a late lunch-early dinner. Wasn't greeted as we just stood in the door but finally someone acknowledged us and sat us down.

                                    There were only 3 other tables sat and a few people at the bar. Service was slow as were the food.

                                    Ordered the arancinis and garlic bread for apps. Arancinis were great but the garlic bread (suggested by the server was not appealing).

                                    Entree was the seafood risotto and a white pizza with chicken and portobello mushrooms. Both were decent but for the price they charge for the portion was not justified.

                                    The food took forever to come out since the chef was too busy socializing at the bar. While the food was decent, the lack of service was enough to turn us off and we've haven't gone back. We felt like we were intruding and definitely didn't feel welcome.

                        2. Update: The building has been demolished. There's a fence around the property now, along with a couple of construction vehicles. I noticed it on my way home from shopping this afternoon.