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Rt 1 Lynnfield question

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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    1. re: treb

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

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

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

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

            1. 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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              1. re: Karl S

                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!)

                1. re: Karl S

                  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.

                  1. re: ipsofatso

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: lasershow

                    no....

                    ... 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.