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Mar 16, 2014 01:08 PM

Massa in Scarsdale has closed

Not quite sure why I noticed this nearly two months after this happened: a big "property for sale" sign on the former Massa restaurant in Scarsdale, at the Five Corners.

According to "The move coincides with the application of Frederick Fish to develop a condominium complex on the property that is now the parking lot of the Heathcote Tavern Building. According to the non-binding agreement between developer Frederick Fish and the Village of Scarsdale, the historic Tavern building would remain. It was assumed that Fish would continue to operate a restaurant on the site – but now that Massa is closing, it has fueled speculation that the developer could use the restaurant space to construct four additional condominiums. Meanwhile, we spotted a sign for Massa' Coastal Italian Cuisine opening at 599 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck in the space that once housed Neméa Greek Taverna."

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  1. That is such a cursed location...

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    1. re: MRS

      The fact that nobody wants to use their parking lot (not easy to get in and out) and there is no other place to conveniently park may have something to do with it.

      1. re: MRS

        I remember Bartholemew's in that location in the 70's!

          1. re: MRS

            ~sighs~ i can remember back to when it was the piedmont inn- getting too old .

            1. re: 51rich

              it has been so many incarnations....I don't know if I can properly place them all in the correct chronological order. can you?

              1. re: MRS

                i used to know them but after 5 or so completely lost track. and i must add that even though i have always lived close to there ,very rarely went in any of them-found them (usually mediocre ,pricey and as i still think the parking left much to be desired

                1. re: MRS

                  I was told that originally it was a brothel. The third to last place was Heathcote Tavern, and then after that, a NY caterer opened up a restaurant--can't remember the name.

                  1. re: Maryld

                    It was the Piedmont Inn when I was kid growing the time I was a teenager, lots of divorcee's..I know for a fact some of the female regulars charged by the hour.

                    I remember all of the other incarnations but never had the opportunity to try any of them with the exception of Heathcoat Tavern, where I actually worked for a short time.

                    I could not believe that someone would gut and renovate such a beautiful traumatized me in the same way that the renovation of the Plaza Hotel's Edwardian room did.
                    I do remember going there a few times when there were couches and oversized chairs and a dart board in the upstairs bar, was that when it was Bartholomew's?

                    1. re: Maryld

                      It was Bistro Citron after Heathcote Tavern.

                      I have been to Massa several times. Not so much for real dinners but more as a place to meet people, sometimes for drinks/apps in the bar area and sometimes sitting at tables. The food was fine, even good. And I never had any problems with the parking lot. Maybe I just know where the entrance is.

                      I think the biggest problem is that the place is huge and it must cost a fortune to keep it going. It was never overly crowded, but there were always some people there, but clearly not enough people. If some small places can't stay afloat, it is not surprising that such a huge place can't make it.

                  2. re: 51rich

                    Ha - I do too! I loved Bartholemews. They were related to the restauarant in Mamaroneck that was one of my favorites at the time, Jonathan Seagull's.

            2. Il Castello in Mamaroneck is owned by the same family that opened Massa.

              1. It was also a "Charlie Browns" for a short time and a French restaurant, can't remember the name....and yes, I too remember when it was the Piedmont :)

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                1. re: owlwoman

                  Years and years and years ago, my grandfather was offered the opportunity to buy it when he was looking to open a pharmacy. When we went to the god-knows-how-many restaurants it has been over the years, I used to think about what a ginormous pharmacy that would've been. Clearly, he must've thought so too and didn't pursue the property.

                  1. re: MRS

                    just curious, did he open a pharmacy,and where was it located?

                    1. re: 51rich

                      yes, ultimately he did in Bronxville. But whenever we ate at Bartholomew's and every other incarnation of it, he talked about how he envisioned the space.