Waltham’s Moody and Main Streets are bustling with restaurants, ethnic shops, and even a brewery.
The area has faced a series of closures in its recent past, though the streets still remains vibrant-- Panera, Chipotle, and Five Guys Burgers are all hoping to open shops on Main Street this fall. Here is a look at the area’s recent past.
Stadium Sports Bar and Grille
The restaurant opened on Moody Street in January. With recent restaurant closures nearby, owner John Young (right) said he is wary of the district’s high turnover rate. Next
The three latest restaurants to shut their doors on Moody Street include Boca Restaurant and Bar, the Upper Crust Pizzeria, and Sadie’s Saloon and Eatery.
Tim Vaal of Waltham is seen enjoying a smoke at Sadie's Saloon and Eatery. Next
The Waltham Islamic Society has bought the property at 313 Moody St. in Waltham, which formerly housed The New Landing restaurant, and plans to open a mosque there after passing certain zoning requirements, according to organization officials.
A picture of the future location of the mosque. Next
Moody Street has contributed to the growing craft brewery trend in New England.
Watch City Brewery has made a name for itself with a range of original offerings. The company offers weekend brunch, tours, and of course, seasonal and featured beers.
Pictured are Watch City’s featured beers. Next
Waltham's Moody Stret has become home to steampunk, an underground movement that envisions modern-day technology with a Victorian era aesthetic (think: The Prestige meets Iron Man). Every spring, thousands gather for the Steampunk festival, Next
South Asian markets
South Asians are one of the thriving minorities in Waltham and surrounding towns, and this becomes apparent with the number of Indian grocery stores and restaurants opening on Moody Street. Next
Lizzy’s Ice Cream
Lizzy's Ice Cream has three locations- Cambridge, Needham, and of course, Moody Street. The Boston Globe Magazine rated the ice cream shop one of the best in the area, and recommended the Charles River Crunch: dark chocolate ice cream with almond toffee nuggets. Next
Lincoln Arts Project
This gallery opened in 2011 and has been a way for new artists to show their work. The founders of the project wanted to give young artists the opportunity to showcase their art by avoiding the established gallery scene.
Pat Falco next to a tape installation by Matt Jeffs at Lincoln Arts Project. Next
The tapas bar is known well beyond Moody Street, thanks to their annual Tomatina Festival celebrations and Paella classes. Next
Moody Street Circus
Melinda “Melina” Pavlota is a a belly dancer, aerial artist, and circus entertainer. Along with her husband, Sacha, she runs the Waltham-based Moody Street Circus, which combines a belly dance studio, called Daughters of Rhea, with a circus arts school, Cirque Passion. Next
Notable store closings
In 2008, one of Moody Street’s most popular stores, The Construction Site, closed, along with Aisle 9, Zauber Zimmer, and the Rail Yard. The closings were a huge hit on the independent vibe the street tried to capture. Next
Back Page Books
The independent used and new bookstore opened to much fanfare in 2005, but had its share of struggles when it almost closed in 2008. With the help of its supporters, the book store is still in business. Back to the beginning
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