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Opposition to Domino's Pizza's plans to open outlet in Roslindale Village

Posted by Your Town  September 6, 2012 03:08 PM

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Opposition is arising to a proposal by Domino’s Pizza to open a branch in Roslindale Village.

“The soul of Roslindale Village is being challenged,” said Steve Gag, president of Roslindale Village Main Street.

The proposed location, 4238 Washington St., is across from Adams Park and next door to another restaurant chain, Subway. Domino’s has a store at 4640 Washington St., less than two miles away in West Roxbury.

Roslindale Village Main Street is hosting a community meeting Monday night to discuss the plan. Dave McNulty, from Mayor Thomas Menino’s office, will be chairing the meeting.

The nonprofit says it opposes Domino's being in the Village because it would unfairly compete with several mom-and-pop pizza shops nearby.

"We want more locally owned shops that maintain the unique character of our shopping district, not large, multi-national chains that serve low-quality food and send most of our money outside our neighborhood,” it said in a statement.

The Domino's, Gag said, would be out of step with the revitalization of the business district over the past 25 years through the efforts of Roslindale Village Main Street, small-business owners, and residents.

Resident and personal chef Lester Esser said unequivocally: “Domino's does not belong in the Village. ... I don't think that Domino's will add anything to the community. Their food is low quality and unhealthy. We do not need Domino's.”

Esser added, “I would be okay with a non-boilerplate pizza shop moving into the space.”

Marc Hurwitz, founder of Boston’s Hidden Restaurants, an on-line restaurant guide, has mixed feelings about the issue.

“On one hand, I feel uneasy about businesses being blocked from opening new spots, even if we're talking about large chains that do relatively little for the community," Hurwitz said. "But on the other hand, Roslindale Village is a section of Boston that is known for its terrific independent restaurants and I think that Domino's would only do harm to the unique feel of the neighborhood."

Gag and Roslindale Village Main Street are encouraging everyone in the community to attend the meeting.

“This is an important meeting for Roslindale. With each national chain that enters the Village, we lose a little bit of the character that makes us different,” Gag said.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 6 Cummins Highway. For more information, call (617) 327-4065.

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