When the paper went up over the windows recently, several folks asked about the future of Nick’s Varano’s Famous Deli at 66 Cross Street in the North End.
Nick tells us that he is just making some changes to the interior and plans to re-open soon with a new name and menu. “The deli wasn’t working for the last five years, so time for some changes,” said Varano who is well-known for his successful Strega Ristorante and NICO on Hanover Street and the Strega Waterfront at Fan Pier.
The new name and concept is still under wraps. Last year, Varano received support from both North End / Waterfront neighborhood groups for a new beer and wine license at the location.
On the Freedom Trail, the Cross Street Plaza was hoped to be the “Gateway to the North End” between Hanover and Salem Streets. Citizens Bank is the long-term leaseholder, but it has been challenging for some businesses to make it work at the location along the Greenway. It was about this time last year when Caffe Graffiti closed its doors on the corner of Cross and Salem Streets. An expected new bakery / cafe, Bread and Butter has yet to open at that location.