Been while since we’ve had room to run this feature in full, so this is an overview from the past several months.
Here’s a look at the businesses that are moving in and out of Methuen … and a peek just over the border:
• Chick-fil-A of Methuen celebrated 5 years here Nov. 29.
• Al’s Family Diner celebrated 30 years in business Oct. 2! Al and Kelly Silva and crew serve up the fluffiest pancakes, tastiest omelets and more! They started off on a tiny side street behind Korbani’s Bakery, and now they’re hustling at 500 Merrimack St., where they share a building with Whirlaway Sports.
*X-Golf Methuen: Located to the right of Big Blue Swim at The Loop, the virtual golf facility is fully permitted for food and alcohol, and offers 8 simulators. They opened Nov. 4.
• Factorial Energy has opened its electric-car-battery manufacturing business on Griffin Drive. Gov. Maura Healey was on hand for the Oct. 23 ceremony. The plant is expected to bring 150 jobs to Methuen.
• Parlay Lounge has opened at Merrimack Golf Course for fans of sunsets, drinks and dining. Bar, small plates, brunch, brick-oven pizza and more. 210 Howe St.
*Sweetheart Inn: Phantom Gourmet has been! How about you? Under new management, this West End landmark reopened in late August. The menu has expanded and the place is getting rave reviews on the Merrimack Valley Eats Facebook page. The property is still owned by Mike Condon.
• Raising Cane’s, a national chain that specializes in chicken fingers, opened at The Loop on Oct. 3. They’re located in between Margarita’s and the Verizon store.
UP FOR DISCUSSION
• Aroma Joe’s has submitted plans to the Community Development Board’s Planning Division, intending to open up at 75 Haverhill St.
• Valley Florist owners Nancy and Brian Pelletier announced, on Dec. 7, “we will be closing as of 12/31/23 and moving to NC to start our new adventure. We are very excited and sad at the same time but looking forward to being closer to our son and future daughter in law. We just want to thank each and every one of you for all your support through the years.” Their shop was located on Ayer Street, and previously had a location on Merrimack Street.
IN THE WORKS
• Chica Tea: Bubble tea shop coming to Merrimac Plaza on Haverhill Street, next to Bank of America.
• Methuen native Jocelyn Maroun announced on Facebook that her new venture – Sevmar Mediterranean Bistro – will open a second location at the former Sevastano’s on Merrimack Street. Maroun’s restaurant adventure started many years ago behind the counter at Salem Kabob (Sevmar’s original spot on Route 97, at the Methuen line) when her family owned it; she went on to open Jocelyn’s on Route 28 in Salem – both were renown for their Lebanese specialties.
• KPOT, a hands-on, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and hot pot experience, is coming to The Loop. The chain is also planning to open locations in Dedham and West Springfield as well as Nashua, N.H. Thekpot.com
• 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.
*Ye’s Table: Asian fusion restaurant is being built at the former Sovereign Bank on Merrimack Street, across from Heav’nly Donuts. It’s owned by the current owners of Fusion House, also on Merrimack.
*River’s 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. Slated to open in the coming months, as renovations progress.
*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.
• PetWellClinic, a national chain that offers walk-in veterinary care to dogs and cats, aims to open at The Loop in October, in a space near Planet Fitness.
*Taco John’s: Applicants continue discussions with city boards, as they’re looking to build 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. The fast-food restaurant would be open daily from 6am-midnight, according to the application. DID YOU KNOW that Taco John’s trademarked “Taco Tuesday” back in 1989?
• Washville, a state-of-the-arts tunnel-style car wash, plans to open 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.
• Shake Shack opened at Tuscan Village in Salem, N.H., on Oct. 30. This is the chain’s first New Hampshire location. In Massachusetts, they have 13 locations with the closest being Woburn.
• Hummingbird Nutritious Eats offers a strictly vegetarian/vegan menu at 87 Washington St., Haverhill. They opened Sept. 30.