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Commune Kitchen Will Open in East Arlington

It's headed to the former Zocalo space

Commune Kitchen logo
Commune Kitchen logo

The home of an Arlington restaurant that closed in March of 2015 will get a new life soon, Boston Restaurant Talk reported. Commune Kitchen is set to open in the former Zocalo Cocina Mexicana space at 203a Broadway and will feature a range of cafe fare and pizzas.

The owners of the forthcoming restaurant, Justin Demers and Richard Niedzwiecki, will appear before the Arlington Board of Selectmen today to get approval for their common victualler license, the Arlington Patch reported. Demers and Niedzwiecki have plans to open their restaurant in May, according to supporting documents, with seating for 38 people.

Commune Kitchen will operate Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving lunch and dinner, filings indicate. Possible future menu items include bread, pastries, pizza, sandwiches, and "small fresh and fried dishes," plus coffee and espresso. There are also plans to eventually secure a liquor license to serve beer and wine. The restaurant's Facebook page describes the fare as "fast casual, European, slow food," with "artisan" pizza.

Update 4/26 8:40 a.m.: Commune Kitchen could open the second or third week in May, Demers told Eater via email. Demers comes to this project with a background in artisan breads and fine dining, having worked at Clear Flour Bread for three years and previously at Bergamot in Somerville.

"I believe the best food is fresh, seasonal, local, and treated with respect," he said. "I want to make great dough and bread and serve it with great food. We hope to achieve a cafe atmosphere with fast casual, artisan fare."

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