Back in October 2012, it looked like a restaurant called Cobble Hill could open at 81 Park Street in Somerville, currently home to Dodakin's Auto Sales (which also goes by the address 191 Beacon Street). Now, it looks like there's finally some movement on the project. A reader spotted a notice in the window of the auto shop about an upcoming Somerville planning board meeting (August 20) regarding the space, and plans and a notice about environmental due diligence have been filed with the city.
The plans indicate a restaurant with loads of outdoor seating, both at ground level and on the roof (which would also house a garden). Inside, a main dining room and bar area. Some existing parts of the garage could remain, like several steel windows as well as exterior brick (which would be repainted). Lots of aluminum and corrugated steel might also make appearances, as well as trellises and string lights. A community meeting will take place on July 31 to discuss the project.
Marco Hunter-Melo is behind Cobble Hill, according to the environmental statement. On his resume: Blue Ginger and Highland Kitchen.
· Cobble Hill plans [SomervilleMa.gov]
· All coverage of Cobble Hill on Eater [~EBOS~]
Update 3/4/16: This project is officially kaput. Boston Restaurant Talk reported back in October that plans were falling through, and now the City of Somerville has officially acknowledged that the project faced some direct opposition and has been scrapped, in favor of a mixed-use commercial and residential building.