News Updates: October 2007
from the month of October 2007 are listed below.
The Cheesecake Factory, first phase of
Promenade now open
Written by Justin on October 26, 2007 at 5:04PM
CompUSA building to house body exhibit
- The Cheesecake Factory opened,
as expected, at 5:00pm on October 18. It didn't take long for people to
notice that it was open for business; a visit there on Monday night, a
night that most restaurants are rather quiet and only three days after
opening, found many people waiting 30 minutes for tables.
- The opening of The Cheesecake
Factory marks the opening of the first phase of "The Promenade at
Natick Collection", which will be followed in the next year by Crate
and Barrel and other yet-unnamed tenants. The branding "The Promenade
at Natick Collection" is extremely close to the "Natick Promenade", the
official name of the development built on the site of Loews Theaters;
however, the latter does not actively market itself under that name.
- A press release regarding the
opening of The Cheesecake Factory is available on the "From Wonder Bread to the Natick
Collection 2007 Expansion" page.
Written by Justin on October 26, 2007 at 4:20PM
Unfair fines at the Natick Board of
Written by Justin on October 3, 2007 at 9:14PM
A collection of news from the last month
- New Natick Collection vender
Melt Gelato and Crepe Cafe is calling foul play after another eatery at
the mall was not fined for similar violations.
- After Melt was fined $100 per
day for 10 days and a total of $1100 after failing to operate with a
common victualer's license, Salad Creations was granted the same
license on Monday without a penalty despite being in operation since
- Melt co-owner Brendan Barwin is
planning to file a letter to request the return of his $1100, but board
Chairwoman Carol Gloff insisted that while Melt had been warned twice
to file, Salad Creations had never before been approached to file.
Barwin stated that all previous relations with the board were with a
former partner in the project who backed out shortly before opening. To
resolve future issues, the board confronted the manager of Moonstruck
Chocolate Cafe as to how long that restaurant had been operating
without a license, only for the board to learn that the restaurant was
yet to open.
- More information on the fines
are online at the MWDN website at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x797400008.
Written by Justin on October 3, 2007 at 5:35PM
- My computer has been somewhat
out-of-order for the past month; luckily, I'm back on track. So here
are the news headlines to catch up on.
- The Dallas Morning News, not
surprisingly, had some insight into the opening of Dallas-based Neiman
Marcus' Natick store. The link to the story is http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/casual/stories/DN-p2Neimans_16bus.ART.State.Edition1.35b80bf.html.
- In Framingham, roadway
improvements along Rte. 30 are being researched, with the bill going to
Lowe's, General Growth, and possibly the developer of the new Natick
condo towers. More at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/homepage/x1646710472.
- General Growth and Simon Malls
aren't doing enough to encourage recycling. At least that is the word
from the Boston Globe, which reports that Natick, with letters of
assistance from Framingham, Wayland, and Sherborn, will be seeking a
grant from the state to support a recycling effort at the Collection.
More info at http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/09/20/remodeled_mall_is_pushed_to_recycle_its_tons_of_waste/.
- GGP is preparing to launch its
affordable housing program, which will create affordable housing at
off-site locations in the Town of Natick. The entire distribution
process is quite confusing, more information can be found at the
website of Stockard Engler Brigham LLC, the agency organizing the
lottery for interested individuals/familities. The link is http://www.s-e-b.com/lottery/forsale.php.
- "Wicked Local Natick", which
appears to be the descendent of the Natick Town Online site, features
an interview with Community Development Director Patrick Reffett in
regard to the future of Route 9. The full story is at http://www.wickedlocal.com/natick/homepage/x1681073470.
- DM News, which calls itself
"The News Leader in Direct, Database, and Internet Marketing", has a
story about the entire rebranding of the AT Cross company, which
directly resulted in their new store at the Natick Collection. That can
be found at http://www.dmnews.com/cms/dm-news/catalog-retail/42541.html.
- How do you know that the Natick
Collection has made it big? When it's featured in the Sunday New York
Times. The story focuses in on the new idea of creating a downtown-like
setting in the suburbs, it's online at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/realestate/30nati.html.
- The Worcester Telegram &
Gazette talks about luxury shopping in the western suburbs at http://www.telegram.com/article/20070930/NEWS/709300450/1002/BUSINESS.
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