•River Edge: Chinese and Japanese cuisine at the former Jon Ryan’s Pub (formerly Tavern on the Merrimack, formerly Jackson’s Restaurant) along the Merrimack River on Lowell Street opened in late February.

• Jocelyn’s by Sevmar held its soft opening March 27. Owned by Methuen native Jocelyn Maroun, the restaurant offers Lebanese specialties and signature cocktails. Dine in or take out. 319 Merrimack St.


• Pica’s Ice Cream and Deli, at 18 Ayers Village Road, on Feb. 29 received approval-with-conditions from the Zoning Board of Appeals to sell alcohol.

• Aroma Joe’s has received approval to build a drive-thru business at 75 Haverhill St.

•Taco John’s: A stand-alone restaurant with drive-thru at 436 Broadway, within the Village Mall and abutted by Dunkin’ Donuts to the south and Texas Road House to the north, has been approved. The fast-food restaurant will be open daily from 6am-midnight, according to the application. DID YOU KNOW that Taco John’s trademarked “Taco Tuesday” back in 1989?


*Ye’s Table: The 139-seat Asian fusion restaurant, being built at the former Sovereign Bank on Merrimack Street across from Heav’nly Donuts, was in the process of completing final inspections in late March. It’s owned by the same folks who run Fusion House, also on Merrimack.

• Starbucks, located at 4 Broadway in the Broadway Crossing plaza just north of the former Polartec, is aiming for an April opening. In the meantime, you can get your Starbucks grande fix at The Loop store’s drive-thru or at the location inside Target on Pleasant Valley Street.

• Wengs Garden, which has the same owners at Salem, N.H.,’s Yang Ming, expects to open at the former Knights of Columbus Gaythorne Hall on Broadway, according to Economic and Community Development Director Jack Wilson.

•Washville, a state-of-the-art tunnel-style car wash, is opening soon at the former CREST site on Broadway. They’ll offer 22 free vacuum stalls in addition to a car wash experience that includes a light show, scents and towel service. The facility uses 70 percent “recycled” water and bio-degradable chemicals. Construction started in August. Other local Washvilles are located in Newburyport, Tyngsborough and Nashua, N.H.

• KPOT, an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and hot pot experience, is coming to The Loop. Seating for 196 guests and anticipated opening is August. The chain is also planning to open locations in Dedham and West Springfield as well as Nashua, N.H.

*Teriyaki Madness: Coming to The Loop and will be located in between European Wax Center and Bath & Body Works. Offering Asian-style bowls, apps and sides in a fast, casual atmosphere. This nationwide chain also has a location in Burlington.


• Joann Fabrics filed for bankruptcy March 18, but officials with the fabric and crafts chain said that businesses will remain open while the company goes through the restructuring process. Methuen’s Joann store is located in the Village Mall, near the Salem, N.H., line.


• Tuscan Village announced these new and incoming businesses to their Salem, N.H., property. Now open are Athleta active clothing for women and girls and Bella Viaggio salon and spa. Coming soon are Sweet Green fresh salads and grain bowls, Buff City Soap, Dry Bar for the “perfect blowout” and Playa Bowls which offers smoothies and all sorts of healthy bowls.

Construction continued at the new Starbucks at 4 Broadway, as of MethuenLife press time. It’s in the same plaza as the Caribbean Market, Perfect Dental, O’Reilly Auto Parts, etc. ML photo by Melissa Fili