A butcher, a baker, a Greek food maker: The new Magoun Square

On February 26, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Courtney O’Keefe.

By Courtney O’Keefe

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Slowly, but surely the empty storefronts in Magoun Square are, not only filling up, but being occupied with businesses that are offering important services to residents, patrons and current business owners! They are complimenting the other great occupants that are already here, helping Magoun return back to the bustling business district it once was.

For the past couple of years, Magoun endured tough losses that included multi-year tenants Basil Tree Catering and Lil’ Vinny’s. Other businesses, such as Mimi’s Nail Salon, soon followed suite.

Mid-2012 began a revival in the square as we welcomed Daddy Jones Bar with its lovely Greek fare and the promise of K2 Beer and Wine opening despite a previous real estate bump in the road. Olde Magoun’s Saloon hosted a successful Biergarten and monthly clean-ups kept the square looking pristine! Residents and patrons are now looking forward to the opening of the Modelo Butcher Market and King of Wings!

Services such as dry cleaning and tailoring have also found their way to Medford Street. These businesses now share the same customers as Magoun’s mainstays Olde Magoun’s Saloon, White Sport Pizza, Caprese Pizza & Grille, and Panificadora Modelo Bakery just to name a few. New and historical business owners put their faith and, of course, finances into Magoun and I hope they realize the immense appreciation that so many of us feel for their dedication to this part of Somerville.

As the Magoun Square construction project winds down to traffic light recalibrations, the square is ready for our well-deserved reconnection with other notable Somerville locations through the reinstallation of Magoun Square sign set for April-a very ironic month choice considering just three years earlier, the month of April would jumpstart the very construction project that improved our streets, sidewalks, and lighting.

Magoun still has some ways to go, but as a life-long patron and daughter of a former Magoun Square business owner, I, along with others, are so happy at how far it has come. The amount of concerned and loyal Gouners is growing and prepped to do whatever it takes to keep this momentum continuing far beyond the Green Line arrival.

Courtney O’Keefe
Creator of Ward 5 Online
Moderator of the Magoun Square United Listserv




13 Responses to “A butcher, a baker, a Greek food maker: The new Magoun Square”

  1. Lisa says:

    Awesome, Courtney!

  2. Lulu says:

    My husband and I love Magoun Square! We frequent Magoun’s, enjoy Daddy Jones, and are well known at Modelo! (Have you tried their ‘cheese bread’ as we call it??) I look forward to the square’s growing and continued vibrancy!!

  3. Michael Johnson says:

    Great article Courtney, I hope it continues to grow.

  4. Elyse says:

    Great piece! Love to see how squares all over Somerville are blossoming.

  5. Jeff says:

    Great as usual Court!

  6. Jenn says:

    Thanks for summing up the highlights, Courtney. It’s a great little square and we’re happy to be a part of the neighborhood!

  7. Heather says:

    Great article Courtney – it’s good to know that Magoun is getting it’s groove back! A great reason to start frequenting it even more often:)

  8. JILLIAN says:

    I’ve followed all the good stuff happening in Magoun square since I moved here some time ago. I hope it all continues and would also like to thank Joe Lynch for all the work he’s done in the past. Thanks to Courtney for the recap.

  9. Spencer says:

    Well said Courtney! We are newcomers to Magoun and it’s been exciting to see all the new stores opening up.

  10. j connelly says:

    It is good to see the old square with a touch o’ da new return. Hopefully it will serve as a template for the other city squares. Good job Courtney & other citizens who have had the pride and motivation and put the hard effort into making it come true. Politicians & transients come n go but the REAL Somerville residents remain and hold true.

  11. Mike says:

    Nice plant

  12. Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for their continued support of Magoun Square and their kind words about my letter. Magoun’s success is really in our hands and it’s so encouraging to see so many in the fight with the rest of us Gouners.


  13. Chris says:


    One of your best! I am so happy that you have taken the reigns on this with Ald. O’Donovan, the biz owners and Magoun lovers like me. Keep up the good work and make sure Sean wins this year!!

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