The question we get asked in Wellesley more than any other these days is: “When is The Local opening?” We swung by the construction site on Forest Street last week to chat with Wellesley resident and The Local owner Frank Santo for a quick update on this expanding restaurant business, which includes the original location in Newton and the recently opened Wayland location.
Frank couldn’t pinpoint exactly when the restaurant will open, but no matter. Using our practiced eye, sharpened through years of waiting tables in college, it looked to us like the taps would be pouring and the chicken wings ready sometime between Thanksgiving and early December. The bar was going up for training this week (and The Local is busy hiring people).
So calm yourselves, people. It’s coming. And it looks like it will be worth all the rigmarole that went into making it happen. (Think licensing, paperwork, contractors, and the rest.)
Here’s a rundown of what I saw inside the building, formerly occupied by China Sky.