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North End Business: Comings and Goings

After last year’s big news that Salem Street True Value Hardware store is closing, a number of other business ‘comings and goings’ are happening as we enter 2016.

Twilight Boutique is closing after 9 years at 12 Fleet Street. Shop owner Alison Barnard will continue to operate in-jean-ius at 441 Hanover Street.

Just in time for your New Year’s resolution, MyStryde has opened Boston’s first treadmill running studio at 456 Hanover Street. The location is in the former space occupied by Savas Studios that closed last year. MyStryde joins the trend of new fitness studios/shops in the neighborhood, with recent 2015 additions of Ride (420 Commercial Street), Orchard Skate Shop (438 Commercial Street) and Btone Fitness (133 Salem Street).

Coming in 2016 to 326 Commercial Street will be Donato Frattaroli’s new seafood restaurant, Il Molo (“The Dock” in Italian) at the former location of Davide Ristorante that closed in 2013.

After opening last October, Frank DePasquale’s Sfizi at 135 Richmond Street (corner of North Street) is updating its menu with more Italian offerings. See the new menu at

January and February will be busy months for alcohol license upgrades. Several North End businesses have recently applied to upgrade beer and wine licenses to all-alcohol, including Cantina Italiana, Mare, Monica’s Trattoria, Ducali Pizzeria, Antico Forno and Terramia.

Coffee shops continue to be popular. Last December, Peet’s Coffee opened on Cross Street and further down on the waterfront, Flat Black has opened at 255 State Street on Long Wharf near the New England Aquarium. In the same building along Atlantic Avenue, State Street Provisions has replaced City Landing (and formerly Sel de la Terre). The new restaurant comes from the Grafton Group that owns four other eateries in Cambridge.