New Restaurants Coming To Woburn

City Council approves two new eateries; third in proposal stage.


It's official—Firehouse Subs is opening its third Massachusetts location in Woburn.

The City Council approved a special permit for the national fast food chain at its last meeting, agreeing that the eatery could move into an empty storefront in the Petco building on Commerce Way.

According to city documents, Firehouse Subs "sells made-to-order sandwiches." Generally, customers order a sandwich and wait approximately four to six minutes to be served. Patrons can take their meal out or eat at tables inside. There is no drive-thru option, said Mark Vaughan, the attorney representing Firehouse Subs.

The restaurant sells both lunch and dinner, but no breakfast. The special permit allows the eatery to be open Sunday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Vaughan told city officials that Firehouse Subs donates quite a bit of funding, including customer donations, to local fire departments.

No open date for the restaurant was given, but there are no structural changes planned for the building.

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Main Street will also see the opening of a new restaurant soon, at the site of the former Callahan's Deli at 229 Main St.

According to city documents, the eatery will be named "A Dega" and will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

No information on when the restaurant will open, or what will be served, was provided. However, city officials did state that no changes needed to be made to the building.

News broke yesterday that a at the location of the old train station next to the Northern Bank and Trust.

What do you think of these new developments? Will you visit these new restaurants? Is more business good or bad for the city? Why do you feel that way? Tell us in the comments!

Susan Keeley September 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Oh thank goodness! We have such a shortage of sub shops in Woburn. And it's a good thing we're getting something useful like a grown-up arcade instead of a train station at the train station.
Earnhardt September 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Fed up too Susan? join the club...
Woobity Woob September 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I'd rather see more businesses than more condos, townhouses, and low-income housing any day of the week. Both the sub shop and Dave & Buster's are in commercial sections of town so I have no issues. Plus, thriving businesses help keep our tax rates low.
michael harriman September 26, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Wait Anderson isn't a train station anymore wow that changed over night and not many sub shops up that far on commerce way plus it's fire house subs at least they donate some proceeds to local fire departments. Not to mention all of these properties mentioned have been vacant so why not have something in there, overall good job Woburn change is good.
Denise Whiting September 26, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I agree with Susan ,But I believe we need more affordable housing,not restaurants.
Denise Whiting September 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
To Michael H not Anderson the old station on Mishuam Rd.
Denise Whiting September 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
To Woobity Woob, Please use a real name so we can take you seriously. Thank You.
Denise Whiting September 26, 2012 at 09:42 PM
What does Pending Approval mean ?weather they like my comment or not ? freedom of speech etc....
Dawn Robinson-Swain September 26, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I'm excited for Dave & Busters! That station has been sitting empty for years! It will create jobs in Woburn and be a fun spot to check out. I can't wait to go! :-)
Denise Whiting September 26, 2012 at 09:47 PM
How long does it take to stop pending ?
B Ski September 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The last thing this town needs is more affordable housing. What we need is something to bring Woburn into a place where outside people want to come and contribute. New exciting business will bring more to this town than a tax drain.
William September 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Wobbity Woo is 100% correct. I fail to see any benifit of having housing that supports those who conrtibute nothing and are a burden to those of us who pay taxes. I'll be supporting almost any business that is looking to locate to our city.
William September 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM
michael harriman September 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
yes the run down train station with no parking there is a reason why anderson regional transportation center was built and it takes the place of the bus station and that old train stop. im not sure if this was the thought but i think they combined them so that people could take the bus to the train station or opposite train to bus station so people didnt have to walk from the old stop to the old bus station and alot more added parking.
Dawn Robinson-Swain September 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Dawn Robinson-Swain September 27, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I'm with you on that William!!
Athena September 28, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Agreed... How about LESS affordable housing, and MORE people working for a living!!
Anne October 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Dawn/Michael, I don't know how long you've lived in Woburn or how often you travel to/from the old transportation station but the traffic around there is horrendous, especially at rush hour. Too bad Northern Bank & Trust didn't do their homework before they bought the property... We could use more elderly housing in Woburn but you probably wouldn't want to support your elderly neighbors either.
William October 18, 2012 at 08:06 PM
@ Anne; We have pleanty of "elderly housing" it's just that our Govt chooses to fill it with able body adults who in many cases are not even from our State and/or our country.
bingbong November 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Dave & Busters? Do we really need MORE places for drunken idiots to hang out in Woburn?


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