January 10, 2020
What’s going on in Watertown?
In Watertown, Shayna Seymour discovers there is room for both mom and pop shops and big box stores, many moving in to the massive, mixed-use development, Arsenal Yards.
1/9/202 NEEDHAM, Mass. —Eight miles west of Boston, Watertown is having a moment. The city now has a major project in the works: Arsenal Yards.
Arsenal Yards is bringing in a hotel, 300 residences, lab space, a grocery store, a movie theater, fitness boutiques and so much more. Despite ongoing construction, there are a few retailers and restaurants open now.
Watertown is home to the second-largest Armenian population in the country. Many people frequent traditional shops and bakeries in search of a Mediterranean experience.
Sarkis and Missak Ourfalian own Massis Bakery. Customers come from all over to buy hard-to-find specialties like the choreg, an Armenian sweet bread; cheese boreg, a buttery puff pastry filled with cheese; and lamejun, a kind of Armenian pizza – a thin piece of dough typically topped with minced meat, veggies, onions, tomatoes, parsley and a whole lot of herbs.
Watertown is also home to Demian Enders and Mike DiGregorio. The two friends decided it was time for a career change and opened Cigar and Lounge – which is exactly what it sounds like. While the craft beer industry has been buzzing as of late, Enders says the craft cigar movement has been growing strong for a while.
Also in Watertown, one of the region’s longest-running theaters: New Repertory Theater. Its production of “HAIR” opens Jan. 26.