A restaurant in West Newton officially reopened this week, 18 months after an SUV crashed into the storefront, killing two customers and causing multiple injuries. Sweet Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza (1279 Washington St.) closed down following the crash in March 2016, and after more than a year and a half of repairs, the restaurant returned to business earlier this week, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. The owners posted a message of thanks for the Newton police, fire, and EMTs who helped out during the crash last year.
“We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the Newton responders,” the message read, and a sign in front of Sweet Tomatoes offered free slices of pizza for those responders. This location is one of a trio of Sweet Tomatoes in the area: The original Newton Centre location opened in 1998, and another opened in Needham in 2007. The West Newton one has been around since 2003, and it sits on a stretch of road that boasts a wealth of dining options, including Lumiere, Comella’s, the Local, Shogun Japanese, and Blue Ribbon BBQ.
Meanwhile, the case against the SUV driver is pending. Bradford Casler was charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of operating a motor vehicle to endanger, according to the Globe; his next court date is September 6.