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  1. A new plaza has been annouched in Methuen on Broadway next to Malen MIlls- the new plaza will have a 71,000 space for a "grocery store".
    Thiis will be exciting- a small grocery store- it could be a TJ's, McKinnon's, or a Price Rite?

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    1. re: windward

      Any updates on this? I don't know if a TJ's would come to Methuen (too blue collar?) but I would love a downtown "alternative" to the Loop/the MB on the Merrimack River side of town.

      1. re: pinehurst

        Have not heard. Have not seen any updates in the Eagle Tribune.
        NOt sure a MB would come to that space as it is a smaller lot, even though Mathuen despratley needs a new MB!!

    2. It looks like Balducci's wood fired pizza will be expanding into the ajoining space in Salem. They are going before then planning board for approval.

      Also the Flaming Kabob in Salem has been "on vacation" for most of the summer.

      1. was at the loop the other day and cause I wasn't driving I was able to look around.
        the bugabo was shuttered and in the middle of a major renovation. the sign posted was for Santana Rae's.
        A chain I'm guessing but haven't heard of it before.

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        1. re: grumpyspatient

          I actually know the family that owns it. It's not a chain, and they just purchased the location. The owner has managed and owned restaurants in the past, and the family has lived in the Caribbean before moving to the states years ago. It's a Mexican restaurant, and the namesake comes from the owner's daughter. I've heard good things but haven't been yet.

          1. re: attridgee

            Good to know, will have to check it out.

          2. re: grumpyspatient

            Parking lot has been empty and there are signs in the doors and windows that it has closed

          3. The Salem Farmers Market is now open on Wednesdays- located at The Tuscan Kitchen.
            Sundays still at Lake St Garden Center.

            1. Just tried the new "Butch's Uptown in Haverhill.
              Loved it!! A great space and perfect menu. A mix ot Italian and seafood.
              I can not wait to go back and try more items. Prices are very good too!!

              1. Looks as though as new Mexican restaurant in Methuen, has opened. Santana Rae's has replaced the Bugaboo Grill at the Loop.

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                1. re: windward

                  Went for Drinks two weeks ago. They have a few Mezcals which I had them do a margarita, Excellent. No sour mix in the house!

                  Menu looked decent but as they were only open a few days we're waiting for them to shake things out.

                  1. re: ScubaSteve

                    I didn't even know they were open...and I'm at that Stop and Shop a lot. Let us know when/if you eat there. You'll be our canary in a coal mine. :-)

                2. It appears that the Waterside Tap & Grille is now closed in Methuen.

                  1. It appears that a new restaurant is getting ready to open in Salem in the old Polcari's space on South Broadway.
                    ANyone know what may be going in there?

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                      1. re: windward

                        Tomo is now open. Its been getting some mixed reviews, but it is still early to tell.

                      2. Red Robin will be opening in the Summer 2014 in the Mall at Rockingham Park.

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                        1. re: windward

                          I was there today and ordered the fried shrimp and chicken fingers with steak fries. There were 5 small shrimp and 2 chicken fingers with a lot of steak fries for 12.29. This meal definitely was not worth that much money and will not go back!

                        2. Mill Pond at Wheeler Dam, a new sports sub restaurant on Arlington Pond, opened in January, taking over the spot of the former Flaming Kabob,
                          Address is: 82 E. Broadway Salem, NH

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                          1. re: windward

                            Windward, have you tried Mill Pond? The name reminds me of the old "Pond View" kingston, not so much a sports pub.

                            Also, does anyone know if any eatery or retail store is moving into the CVS Plaza which stands on the old Green Barn restaurant location (Methuen/Salem Line, Rte 97)

                            1. re: pinehurst

                              I heard that Orange Blosson, another frozen yougurt eatery will be setting up in there.

                              1. re: pinehurst

                                I Have yet to try it. Been twice now, and could not find a parking space.
                                Will keep you posted.

                            2. Tomo a new Japaniese Steak & Hibachi restaurant is opiong soon on Soouth Broadway in the old Polarri's space. It appears this is their 2nd venture - as they is one in nearby Nashua.

                              1. Wow! between Red Robin and Popeyes, Salem NH is becoming a food DESTINATION!

                                1. Looks like a new BBQ place "Liquid Smoke" is opening on RT 28 in Derry in the old Steve and James Tavern Space.