BURLINGTON – In what must seem like a monthly occurrence for Burlington residents, the Planning Board unanimously approved Abbodanza, an Italian restaurant concept that will be located on 19 3rd Ave. as part of the Northwest Park expansion project.
At its most recent meeting, the board approved a special permit application by the Lyons Group to open the restaurant on 3rd Ave.
As most people know by now, the 240-seat restaurant will be part of the 3rd Ave. development of high-end restaurants, stores, and housing that Nordblom, which controls the land, is creating in the business park.
Abbodanza 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 restaurant concept.
Senior Vice President of Development for the Nordblom Company Todd Fremont-Smith expounded on what can be expected from Abbodanza.
“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 Abbodanza provides.”
He informed the board that the Abbodanza 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.
“Abbodanza will be a first class restaurant,” said Fremont-Smith, noting the broad range of options the menu will provide. “It will consist of creative Italian food and a place where you can get a $12 meal or a $40 meal. It’s not just a regular Italian restaurant (meatballs, spaghetti), the chef puts a twist on the Italian food concept.”
For example, the chef at Scampo infuses a Middle Eastern twist in the Italian food at the Liberty Hotel restaurant.
Though the restaurant will cater to dinner crowds, they are really hoping to achieve a “high volume” lunch crowd.
The restaurant will include a mozzarella bar where customers will be allowed to sit at the counter and watch the dishes be prepared.
“It will be a popular place to sit and dine,” said Fremont-Smith.
The Planning Board had no problems with the special permit application and they are all looking forward to seeing the end-product of 3rd Ave.
At this point on 3rd Ave., the Nordblom Company’s retail-walking street will be anchored by Wegmans and Kings, and it will be home to The Bancroft, Cambridge Savings Bank, Tony C’s, Redstone American Grill, Boston Interiors, and Carter's Diamonds.
Fremont-Smith provided the board with a 3rd Ave. update. As for the aforementioned restaurants, it is anticipated that Wegmans will open in November, The Bancroft and Kings will open this spring, and Tony C’s and Abbodanza will open this summer.
It was revealed that a $250,000 water fountain is going to be part of the 3rd Ave. landscape. The company constructing the lavish fountain is Delta Fountains, out of Jacksonville, which is the same business that built the World Trade Center memorial fountain in New York.
The housing aspect of Northwest Park is hoped to be constructed this summer. It will contain 180 units (one bedroom, two bedrooms) for rent. This is part of a requirement of the Planned Development District.