Making Burlington proud

AIMING FOR A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - The Burlington 11's of the Cal Ripken Youth Baseball League recently defeated Marblehead two times in a row to capture the District 1 Championship in Eastern Massachusetts. The boys now move on to the Cal Ripken State Tournament beginning July 19 in Dedham. Here, the entire Burlington 11's baseball team poses for a photo after their impressive victory over Marblehead - (back row, l-r) are Coach Rick Vittum, Nick Pellegrino, Ricky Vittum, Ryan O'Halloran, Nick Heisler, Coach Pat O'Halloran, Joe Trabucco, Colin Browne, and Coach Tony Dalessio; (front row, l-r) are Nick Ponzini, Shawn Pinkham, Dalton MacKinnon, Nick Pye, Joe Ranieri, and Anthony Dalessio. Fellow player RJ Esposito is missing from the picture. (Courtesy)

BURLINGTON – As the 3rd Ave. retail/restaurant hub in Northwest Park prepares to have almost all of its tenants opened later this fall, many of the restaurants are getting the final approvals needed before they open up shop, which was the case recently as the Board of Selectmen granted an all alcohol license request for Margutta.

The restaurant concept is anticipated to be a combination of Italian and Middle Eastern that will be located on 3rd Ave. as part of the Northwest Park expansion project. Originally, this restaurant was going to be called Abbodanza, but after the owner visited the Margutta Plaza in Rome, Italy, he decided to change the name to Margutta.

The 240-seat restaurant (40 outdoor patio seasonal seats) will be part of the 3rd Ave. development of high-end restaurants, and stores that the Nordblom Company, which controls the land, is creating in the business park. The Lyons Group is the creator of Margutta.

Margutta will occupy 6,000-square-feet of a planned 13,000-square-foot building. The restaurant will include a seasonal outdoor patio, in addition to a traditional full-service Italian/Middle Eastern restaurant concept.

Senior Vice President of Development for Nordblom Todd Fremont-Smith explained what can be expected from Margutta.

“It is a chef-driven concept,” he said. “With all these restaurants (on 3rd Ave.), we are looking for authenticity and a broad spectrum of menus, which Margutta provides.”

He informed the board that the Margutta concept has been derived and created by those working at Scampo, an Italian restaurant owned by the Lyons Group that is located in Boston’s Liberty Hotel. The chef of Scampo will be handling the food operations at Margutta.

“Margutta will be a first class restaurant,” said Fremont-Smith, noting the broad range of options the menu will provide. “It’s not going to be your typical red sauce Italian restaurant. The chef is going to put an eclectic twist on the Italian food concept.”

With the board’s unanimous approval of the all alcohol license request, Margutta is hoping to open in the fall.

Town Administrator John Petrin noted this is one of six liquor licenses that were allocated by state legislation for the Northwest Park in 2007. There is now five left at the park’s disposal.

Margutta is just one of many unique establishments expected to open on 3rd Ave by this fall. Others include Wegmans (to open Oct. 26), The Bancroft (open), PAUL Bakery, Tony C’s, Redstone American Grill, Cambridge Savings Bank (open), Boston Interiors, Carter’s Diamonds, and Kings Bowl who is planning on rebuilding on the site where it burned down in April. Kings declared they anticipate opening just under a year from now.

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