Even on a Tuesday night, The Local in Newton was crowded, with a 45 minute wait for a table early in the evening.
Earl Hinkley, left, and Patti Sclafani-Hinkley, Wellesley, Ma, wait at the bar. Next
The Local has tables and a bar and the clients are all ages, including families. Several new restaurants opening in the western burbs under the tavern/pub concept are also family friendly.
Helen Ventouris, right, and her daughter Amelia Ventouris, 11, left, have a mother-daughter night together at the restaurant on Tuesday. Amelia is the youngest of 4 siblings, and her mother tries to get one-on-one time with each of them. Next
Thanks to shifting tastes and food trends, customers are demanding good food, whether it means healthier menu choices, local and organic ingredients, or creative offerings that go beyond wings and nachos.
David Marcus, left, of Newton, and son Eli Marcus, 11, wait for family to join them for dinner. Next
Fried pickles are one of the most popular menu items at The Local. Next
College friends Cara Ciriello, of South Boston, left, Janine Ronayne, of Dedham, middle, and Jenna Comeau, of Watertown (with back to camera) meet at The Local, where there's a diverse mix of people, both young and old, families and singles. Next
The Local in Newton is known for its friendly bartenders, including Stephanie Penell.
The restaurant has been so successful that it is expanding with locations in Wellesley and Wayland. Back to the beginning
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