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Charlestown Papagayo Closes to Move to Saugus

The North Shore spot aims to be open in June.

A private dining room at Papagayo Charlestown
A private dining room at Papagayo Charlestown

A press release announced today that the Charlestown location of Papagayo is moving to Saugus. The same management team is aiming to open the new location near Route 1 in late May or early June. An Eater tipster said the Charlestown Papagayo signage was removed yesterday and the space is now dark.

Papagayo is the Mexican food and tequila bar brand from Legendary Restaurant Group, which is behind Burger DiveSip Wine Bar & KitchenScollay Square, and a Bedford location of Max & Dylan's. The Charlestown Papagayo opened about two years ago; it was formerly a Max & Dylan's. There are three other Papagayo locations still in business in South Boston, Downtown, and Somerville's Assembly Square. The latter location, the brand's newest, is just about two miles from the shuttered Charlestown Papagayo.

Papagayo offers tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican specialties, plus a heart-healthy menu that has options like salmon and ahi tuna "tacos" wrapped in lettuce. The restaurants all carry more than 180 tequilas.

A different tipster said yesterday that the Charlestown spot will become an Irish pub, but Eater has not been able to confirm this information. Phone calls to the LRG office have gone unanswered and the voicemail box is full, and emails to LRG co-owners Brad Dalbeck and Chris Damian have gone unreturned. Do you know more? Drop us a line.

The new Saugus Papagayo will have more than 200 seats, plus a 30-seat bar. "Fresh new decor" will be brightened with large, open windows, the press release indicates. It will be open daily at 11:30 a.m. Dinner service will be available until 9:30 p.m. on Sundays, 10 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, and 11 p.m. Thursday - Saturday; the bar will stay open until 1 a.m. except on Sundays, when it will close at 11 p.m.


1 Chelsea St, Charlestown, MA (617) 242-7400