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ABOUT TOWN: New Mexican and Italian Restaurants Coming to Stoughton

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANT OPENING: In the tiny strip outside Village Mall in Cobbs Corner, which houses Randolph Savings Bank, a dry cleaners and an eyeglass store, Stoughton will welcome its first Mexican restaurant.

Owned by Stoughton native Jesse Rosen, and his business partner Josh Katz of Sharon, Roxanne’s Taqueria in Cobbs Corner will be a brand new, independently owned restaurant that prides itself on bringing in quality, fresh, local ingredients to make some of the finest Mexican food in the area, according to Katz. 

He tells About Town, "Our head chef and co-owner, Jesse Rosen, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has created a mouth watering menu, highlighted by some delicious new Mexican flavors using traditional techniques. Cooking is Jesse’s passion, and all it will take is one visit to understand why."

The Mexican concept should do well, being situated at the Stoughton/Canton/Sharon line. 

The menu has some interesting choices, including Sonoran Dog (a bacon-wrapped hot dog on a Mexican Bolillio Roll, with pinto beans, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, jalepano sauce, mayo and yellow mustard.). 

There's a wide variety of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and tons of toppings.  There's a vegetarian menu (including tofu tacos), and a kids menu.

Nothing will run over $10 on the menu. There will also be lunch specials, and special deals for people who work in the area. Rosen said there's at least one super special for lunch and dinner.

Rosen said that for him, a Stoughton guy, and for Katz of Sharon, opening there is perfect. 

He told About Town, "I think for both of us it's great. We've had so much support from friends we've known forever, and our families. I really look forward to seeing some of my old friends."

They are hoping to be open by the end of July, and plan on being open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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X & O CLOSED; RE-OPENING AS AMELIA'S: At Tuesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting, attorney Karen Somoa introduced General Manager Debbie Williams, as well as the new owners of Amelia's, a Northern Italian restaurant that is buying the location formerly occupied by the late (and, before that, the legendary Albert's Restaurant.) 

Selectmen voted 5-0 to transfer both the common victualler license and the alcoholic beverage license from X & O to the new ownership group.

The 217 Washington Street location on Route 138 will offer entrees priced from $15-26, according to Somoa. Somoa mentioned Amelia's had locations located at Marina Bay (Quincy) and in West Roxbury. 

Selectman Steve Anastos was excited about the prospect of Amelia's coming to town.  He said, "I'm happy to see a well-financed,
established company looking to make a significant investment in Stoughton."

The owners of the new establishment are Marios Michalakis and Emilios Ventouris. The pair own Alfredo's in Quincy (an "old school family style Italian menu") and Sofia in West Roxbury (an Italian steak house.)  They've owned the Quincy location for six years, and the West Roxbury one for four years.

Michalakis told Stoughton Patch editor Jeffrey Pickette that the Stoughton location would feature something in between what is offered at their other two locations. 

He told Pickette he thought opening in Stoughton was a good opportunity, a very good location, and offered him the ability to expand the business.

Somoa said she expected it would take four months after the real estate and liquor license closing for renovations to be completed and that the restaurant would open after the renovations took place.

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FREE MOVIE! presents a FREE showing of "Madagascar," plus inflatable fun, cotton candy, popcorn and face painting on Saturday, July 14, from 6-10 p.m. at . 

The Park is located adjacent to the CAPP Playground, behind the Jones School on Pierce Street in Stoughton.  

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ANNUAL HOLY GHOST SOCIETY AZORES FEAST: It takes place at the parking lot (122 Canton Street in Stoughton), Saturday, July 14 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and on Sunday, July 15 from 3-11 p.m.

There will be entertainment, food, a moonwalk, and more.

Admission is free!

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