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Visions for Vacancies in Lexington: 20 Waltham St.

What would you like to see in this empty space Buca di Beppo left earlier this year?

Welcome to Visions for Vacancies, a Patch feature and a place where you can weigh in with your ideas about what kind of businesses you’d like to see occupying empty storefronts around town.

Each week, we’ll highlight a vacant building, storefront or structure around town. And we’ll leave it you, the Lexington community, to sound off on what you’d like to see there before any plans go before town boards.

This week we’re taking a look at 20 Waltham St., a two-story space

Before Buca it was Vinny Ts operating a restaurant with tables and bars on both floors. This vacanct storefront is surrounded by a restaurants, retail, real estate offices and banks, and is a short walk from the high school, library and town offices complex on Mass Ave. 

What would you like to behind those yellow walls? Is there a void you'd like to see filled? Or perhaps you have some idea of what would compliment existing businesses.

So, if you had your way—and, for the purpose of this discussion, let’s try not to focus too much on zoning restrictions—what would be your vision for this vacancy? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Paul Greenfield April 04, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Lexington has to have interesting restaurants and stores to draw business. Waltham Arlington and Concord have it together! I suggest a nice fish restaurant with a market downstairs. Daves pasta in Sommerville has a great concept, a market, sandwiches, food and wine demonstrations. Perhaps they'd open a restaurant upstairs. No more banks hair or nail salons!!!We need something different use creativityinstead of the old ho hum
Jay Luker April 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
It might be interesting to have Starbucks relocate there and do something like their new 2-level location in Harvard square.
John Miller April 04, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I'd be happy with a restaurant where they can cook. Buca di Beppo never figured that out.
Audra Myerberg April 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I agree with Paul 100%....no more nails, banks, hair or dups of other stores. More food but no chains. Let's get creative!

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