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A whole new Tempo in Newtonville

2011 December 4
by Greg Reibman

Things are happening in Newtonville. First I hear the new Rox Diner, at the site of the old KFC, is pretty much always packed. Now comes word that Waltham’s  Tempo Bistro is moving in across Walnut Street at the site where C. Tsar’s was. (Actually lots of restaurants have tried to make it at 344 Walnut St. , bonus points to whomever can to most of them.)

Anyway, a very reliable source says Tempo is expected to being work in January, with an eye towards a spring opening.

photo by Alexi Reibman




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  1. December 4, 2011 05:47 PM

    Great scoop on this news! I saw just yesterday that C. Tsar’s has been cleared out. If Tempo is moving that is bad, bad news for Moody Street. They’ve become one of the anchors there. If they’re opening a second location, that’s very cool. And kind of odd since Newtonville is so close by. Maybe they’ll go with a slightly different concept?

    So, going for the bonus points, I only remember Ariadne before C. Tsar’s and I vaguely remember a place called something like Newtonville News or something like that …

  2. December 4, 2011 05:57 PM

    @Jim: I’m not sure if they were moving out or, as with Rox Diner, opening a second location.

    I seem to remember a Mongolian restaurant there too but can’t recall the name of the place.

  3. Steve Siegel permalink
    December 4, 2011 09:35 PM

    Jim, It may not be so odd that they would consider opening a restaurant in Newtonville, so close to Moody Street. I know someone who owned a popular restaurant on Moody Street and recently sold it. He said that with high restaurant density and iffy parking, staying profitable there is tough. Move a couple miles and these problems may disappear.

    Greg, some locations just eat up restaurants. :) Look at where Apgujung is located on Beacon Street. In my recent memory that has housed Red Sauce, Naked Fish before that, and Vinny Testa’s before that. I don’t remember what was there prior to VT’s. But then up the block, South Pacific recently celebrated their 150th anniversary at the same location. Maybe it’s the Keno.

  4. December 4, 2011 09:35 PM

    How about just referencing what was previously published? According to This Article from the Newton TAB back in 2010 (which seems to have been what jinxed C. Tsar’s) … Silhouette was there originally apparently almost 40 years ago and stayed there for 20 years, to then be followed by Genghis khan, Huckleberry’s, Duckworth Lane and Newtonville Times to Ariadne to C. Tsar’s …

  5. December 5, 2011 12:15 PM

    @Steve Siegel, in defense of Moody Street and my fair city of Waltham, the parking down there really isn’t “iffy.” There’s a number of lots, not just the main one off Crescent and the decked lot near the Embassy Theatre. There’s two smaller lots a little south on Moody as well. The issue is that people don’t know that they’re there. That will hopefully be changing soon as the city of Waltham approved $200K for new coordinated signage along Moody and Main.

    Also, can you tell us who sold their restaurant on Moody?

  6. December 5, 2011 12:19 PM

    @Steve: There was something before Vinny Testa’s? I thought VT was here when the Pilgrims landed.

  7. Steve Siegel permalink
    December 5, 2011 12:44 PM

    @Greg, no, that would definitely be South Pacific. Look in the background on the (now mostly dark) neon sign out front. The Mayflower is just visible behind the palm tree.

    @Jim: Iguana Cantina. Maybe the parking seems “iffy” since we are always in slow traffic on Moody, rushing to try to find parking for a quick meal before a movie at the Embassy.

  8. jerreilly permalink
    December 5, 2011 01:28 PM

    @Greer – “Silhouette was there originally”
    I remember it well. When we moved into Newtonville Ave maybe 25 years ago we used to laugh about it because everything about it from its logo to the interior looked frozen in time. I guess they must have done something right though if they had a 20 year run at that address.

    Let’s hope Tempo can have have a Silhouette length residence there.

  9. December 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    I will not be satisfied until there is a Boloco in Newtonville.

  10. fignewtonville permalink
    December 7, 2011 11:33 AM

    Awesome. I was afraid it was going to be a bank!

    And Newtonville needs some cosmetic work. Can we at least get ALL of the empty tree holes filled in? Would a few windowboxes with flowers be possible? How about paving the street so it doesn’t look so torn up?

    I also thought it would be great to allow the diner to close down the parking spaces on the side of their building and put in a little outdoor patio during the nicer weather. Yes you lose two parking spaces, but you gain some outdoor cafe life…

    I’d be excited to see a Boloco too Emily. Or a Anna’s. Maybe in the old flower shop space?

  11. Denis Goodwin permalink
    December 7, 2011 05:42 PM

    @fignewtonville banks belong in Newton Center, I thought everyone knew that. Apparently, there’s another Bank moving into the old Zoot’s location next to Peets. To which I can only say, WTF?!

    I was hoping that Peets would just expand and go uber comfortable. a guy can dream i guess…….

  12. fignewtonville permalink
    December 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    Zoots went bank as well? Well, that stinks. What a waste.

    I’m really excited about Tempo, even though it looks a bit expensive for my tastes.

  13. Terryb permalink
    December 28, 2011 05:12 PM

    Tempo in my backyard would be great. I like Newtonville – it’s got all the practicals; BoA, Lapels dry cleaners, pet store to manage my “want a dog but not the commitment” fix, yet I always thought it lacked a nice “hangout” place, like O’Hara’s, etc.

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