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Bar and tanning salon opening on Arsenal Street

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WATERTOWN — If you ever wanted to have a beer when you went tanning, there’ll soon be a place for you.

Shannon M. Exford, owner of The Bad Apple Garage and the Bad Apple Saloon, is opening a tanning salon that will serve beer, hard cider and wine.

The venture will be located at 300 Arsenal St. in a building at Arsenal and Massey streets that also houses a Chinese takeout and a sushi place.

The tanning salon will feature a variety of tanning equipment, including six tanning beds, a stand-up tanning bed and an automated tanning spray machine. Massage Therapy and other related services also will be offered.

Ms. Exford, who also owns One Solution CPA., has operated a tanning salon before.

Although he doesn’t know much about tanning businesses, Donald W. Rutherford, CEO of the Watertown Local Development Corp., also known as the Watertown Trust, described Ms. Exford as an experienced businesswoman and restaurateur.

“She’s done well with restaurants so I think she will be successful,” he said.

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The Eatery opens on Court Street

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WATERTOWN — Christin D. Filippelli has some big ideas for The Eatery, the restaurant she opened almost two weeks ago on Court Street.

The Eatery is starting in a 1,200-square-foot storefront at 168 Court St. that once housed a used book store. Seating 20 people, it’s open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a lunch menu of sandwiches and salads and some breakfast items. She employs three full-time workers and six part-timers.

But by late summer, The Eatery will triple its size in an adjacent storefront and employ 15 full-time workers.

That’s when Ms. Filippelli says she’ll offer a complete dinner menu and banquet facilities for wedding receptions, business meetings and special events.

“That side is huge,” she said.

For now, however, The Eatery offers menu items named after staff members and friends. The handmade wooden tables were built by a friend’s father.

She says it’s that family atmosphere that will bring her customers back to The Eatery.

They can join a coffee club for $125 a year and get as many cups of Joe they’d like. The Eatery serves “Whipped Desserts” by Mary Campbell and Stew Baytos.

Nonprofit organizations and local small businesses can use the storefront window to advertise.

A group of her teenage son’s friends work part time at the restaurant, which features some of her favorite quotes on the wall.

Soon, Ms. Filippelli will expand her hours to 7:30 p.m. and add a few comfort foods to a dinner menu before she opens the other side.

Opening a restaurant has been a longtime goal.

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Eight businesses opening in Salmon Run Mall

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WATERTOWN — A restaurant, former downtown jeans store, bubble tea shop and a virtual reality store are new businesses that will be coming to the Salmon Run Mall in the coming weeks and months.

Karla Noftsier, the mall’s marketing director, announced the eight new businesses in an email.

“We’re excited to have some new stores in the mix as we take off in 2022,” she said.

With the eight new businesses, the mall will fill up an unspecified space occupied by former retail shops. She could not say how much unoccupied space remains.

In what’s considered an important addition, Kiss My Axe, a casual bar serving specialty pizzas, hot subs and other items, will open in the former Skewed Brewing, which closed at the beginning of the pandemic. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in June.

Owner Najib Ismail already runs Zero Latency and The Spinning Grill Mediterranean restaurant in the mall. He could not be reached for comment.

Ms. Noftsier confirmed that Loft 315, a denim jeans store that opened in downtown Watertown in 2019, will be relocating on March 1, next to the Torrid store in the mall.

The downtown Franklin Street storefront is part of Jefferson Community College’s education center project and needs to find a new location as that construction is set to begin this spring.

The store closed soon after Christmas.

Merchant Marylois Queal, who couldn’t be reached for comment, has been hinting about the change on the store’s Facebook page for weeks.

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Three new restaurants open in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — A popular juice bar has relocated, a restaurant with Filipino food has landed in the city, and a family with a rich history in the local food industry has reopened a restaurant that closed at the start of pandemic.

With the three new restaurants, the city’s food scene continues to change.

On Bradley Street, co-owners Jezza Vargas and her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Kellogg, opened Flavors of the Philippines on Dec. 1, offering a sizable menu of Filipino and Asian foods.

“There’s not another Filipino restaurant in 300 miles,” Sgt. Kellogg said.

The restaurant occupies a building at 568 Bradley St., once the home of a car detailing business and a sandwich shop years ago.

The couple completed major renovations before the opening.

Ms. Vargas went to culinary school to learn to be a chef at Lyceum of Philippines University in Manila and has eight years of experience in the food industry in Colorado Springs, where she managed two restaurants. They moved to the north country this fall when he was assigned to Fort Drum.

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Former Fort Drum officer opening second restaurant in Public Square

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WATERTOWN — Vonnette T. Monteith just couldn’t part with the historic building at 63-65 Public Square that she bought while she was still serving in the Army at Fort Drum in 2005.

While it wasn’t her original intention, she ended up opening a Mexican Restaurant, Casa de Flor, back then.

And now, acknowledging that she’s surprised that she’s doing it again, Ms. Monteith is opening another restaurant in the building she loves.

“I’m sentimental,” she said.

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