Friday, November 9, 2012
The Charlestown store is expected to shut down for renovations by Nov. 19.
With Johnnie’s Foodmaster reportedly closing by Nov. 19, Charlestown residents are urging officials to come up with a plan for shuttling people to supermarkets in Somerville or Chelsea. At the Charlestown Neighborhood Council meeting Thursday night, several people raised concerns about getting a transportation program up and running—especially with Thanksgiving exactly two weeks away. One council member said the decision of what to do “should have been made yesterday.” Danielle Fitzgerald, neighborhood coordinator with the Mayor’s Office, said that the mayor was working with City Councilor Sal LaMattina and the Boston Elderly Commission to come up with a plan to help residents get to a grocery store—likely either Market Basket in Chelsea …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
President of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council has word that Johnnies' fate hasn't been sealed yet.
The deal that would replace Charlestown’s Johnnie’s Foodmaster with a Whole Foods isn’t done yet—at least, according to Charlestown Neighborhood Council Chairman Tom Cunha. Cunha said Tuesday at the council’s September general meeting that he had gotten that news from John Dejesus, president of the Foodmaster chain. Charlestown Patch left a voicemail with Dejesus on Wednesday to confirm the comment, but Dejesus never called back. On a followup call, the woman answering the phone told Charlestown Patch that the company was not interested in commenting. Cunha said that multiple Charlestown residents had called his house for an update on the matter. He added that the sticking point between the two companies seemed to be how Johnnies’ …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Which grocery chain would you want to see in town?
Charlestown Patch readers demonstrated strong and divided reactions to Thursday's news that Whole Foods may replace the Johnnie's Foodmaster in Charlestown (and five other locations). Over on our Facebook page, the following comments served as strong examples of those opposed to the project: Back on the thread from the article itself, Whole Foods got a fair amount of support, including the following comments: A number of other readers said they woudl prefer neither chain—which got us thinking: if you could choose ANY grocery chain to be where the Johnnie's is now, which would you go with?
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Boston Globe reports that Whole Foods is in talks to take over six Johnnie's Foodmaster locations, including the one at the Bunker Hill Mall.
If early-stage talks progress, Charlestown residents may have to say "good-bye" to the Johnnie's Foodmaster next to Thompson Square. The Boston Globe reports that upscale grocery chain Whole Foods is in talks to take over six Foodmaster locations, one each in Arlington, Brookline, Melrose, South Weymouth, Somerville and Charlestown. The report said it was unclear as to what Foodmaster would do with its remaining locations should it agree to the deal. Some of you have commented several times recently that you would like to see a Trader Joe's—potentially at a vacant building by the water's edge. Would you consider getting a Whole Foods the next best thing? What do you think about the prospect of losing the Johnnie's Foodmaster?
Friday, July 6, 2012
Flies, rodents and more - is your favorite place on this list?
You will be hardpressed to find a restaurant that has never had a minor food inspection violation. It's the bigger violations that matter—the ones that require additional inspections. Fast-food chains are often... interesting. When it comes to health inspection reports, you never know what you're going to find, and that's not the kind of thing you want in a place to get your breakfast, lunch, latte or ice cream. All establishments that serve food are required to have food inspections by Boston's Inspectional Services Department Division of Health. All reports are available at the Mayor's Food Court website. Below follows some highlights (or lowlights) at chain restaurants across the city's neighborhoods.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Readers chose Foodmaster as the best grocery or convenience store in Charlestown for this week's Best of Patch Reader's Choice award.
We asked you this week to vote for your favorite grocery or convenience store, and the winner should surprise no one. The Foodmaster on Austin Street (I know it will forever by Johnnie’s, but ‘Foodmaster’ is its official name) won with a solid 62 percent of the vote. Bob Deveaux, the store manager, said he was excited by the news. “I’d like to thank our loyal customers,” he said. I really appreciate it, That’s awesome.” Boston Organics came in a distant second with 11 percent of the vote, and we should give a nod to the Market Basket in Chelsea, even though it’s not in town. Reader Bette Task said she was a loyal customer there, and said it had the “best selection at the lowest prices anywhere.”