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Rt 1 Lynnfield question

thebeast23 Mar 26, 2012 02:10 PM

Trying to think back

The restaurant that was Naked Fish, (North bound side, just South of the light) the chicken place, mexican place etc....What was it before Naked Fish. Why do I remember an Italian place there?

Thanks for the help

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    treb RE: thebeast23 Mar 26, 2012 04:47 PM

    Orzo, I believe.

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      thebeast23 RE: treb Mar 26, 2012 04:58 PM

      Orzo was in Saugus I believe...further south on Rt 1

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        mmerriman RE: treb Mar 29, 2012 09:17 AM


      2. Infomaniac RE: thebeast23 Mar 26, 2012 05:06 PM

        I think it had a long run as Pizzeria UNO when it opened.

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          bluesjack RE: thebeast23 Mar 26, 2012 09:12 PM

          I believe it was a Joey Crugnale (sp?) place called Red

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            T.Clark RE: bluesjack Mar 27, 2012 05:39 AM

            Red Sauce

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            chuck s RE: thebeast23 Mar 27, 2012 04:07 AM

            It first opened in the sixties I believe, as The New England Seafood Restaurant.

            1. Karl S RE: thebeast23 Mar 27, 2012 07:52 AM

              Whatever it was, that space seems as doomed as the Ship and Weylu's and several other spots: a veritable island of misfit restaurants.

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                thanksgang RE: Karl S Mar 27, 2012 09:50 AM

                For many years it was The New England Oyster House. Then it became one of the original Bertucci's that Joey Crugnale ran, then Naked Fish and now Fat Cactus. (not that there may be a gap in my memory though!)

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                  ipsofatso RE: Karl S Mar 27, 2012 11:17 AM

                  The Ship is now 'The Mt. Vernon at The Ship" and is the same group that owns the classic Mt. Vernon which seems to cater to the 80+ demographic. Must be tough competing with The Continental but Rt. 1 is a gastronomic wasteland with the exception of Pho 888.

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                    mcel215 RE: ipsofatso Mar 28, 2012 05:11 AM

                    The Ship/Mt. Vernon is now closed. And I so agree Ipsofatso, a vaste wasteland, will have to try Pho 888. Thanks.

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                  lasershow RE: thebeast23 Mar 28, 2012 04:44 AM

                  It was a Pizzeria Uno for a long time, but before that, it was Michael's Grand Cru.

                  Speaking of Orzo, I really liked that place and was sorry to see it closed. Remember Blue Moon, in the old Augustine's? And Augustine's was a veritable Boston institution, too -- mediocre Italian, at best, but still fun.

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                    merrvally RE: lasershow Mar 30, 2012 07:48 AM


                    ... I believe it WAS New England Oyster House and then Uno's did, indeed have a long run. Crugnale went in with Naked Fish and did have a longish run... it never converted to Red Sauce as some of his other locations did. He then converted to Lucilles Chicken VERY briefly. It's now the Fat Cactus

                    This location was never a Bertucci's. Bertucci's was and still is further north on Rt. 1. Prior to Bertucci's, it was Michael's Grand Cru. I can't recall what it was before that ...although it may come to me if I think about it a while.

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