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July 25th, 2010

I was walking by the old Fabric Place’s auxilary space on Concord St. and noticed a permit in the window and that the inside was cleaned out and getting worked on.  There was also a layout plan of the floor space and it seems like it’s going to be some kind of electronic store.

I went home and looked up the permit number to find out more details but it didn’t show up on the town’s permit search. So I did a search for all recent permits on Concord St. and Still nothing came up for this location but I did notice a bunch of permits for 101 Concord St. (Sampan’s current location) for serving alcohol, pool tables, live entertainment, coin-operated devices and amusement/show/exhibit under the name “Limey’s Pub”. 
It’s a little weird that it’ll be gone just because it’s been there for so many years but I think Limey’s Pub could be interesting and I’m looking forward to check it out when it opens.


  1. i wonder if sampan is officially done now? i know they had been open and for sale for a while, but driving by its been dark lately

    Comment by Joe July 26, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  2. I had heard that Sampan was going to become a British style pub. It seemed like a strange fit but I hope they do well. It’s nice to see some variety in the area.

    Also I know it’s silly, but I hope they keep the name ‘Gorin’s’ in front of the old Fabric Place. I have no idea what Gorin’s was (not a Framingham native) but I like seeing it.

    Comment by Ginger July 26, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  3. Actually, there’s already a Limey’s Pub in West Des Moines, IA:

    and it gets a decent average rating, I wonder if they’re connected and if we’ll get the same on par results?

    Comment by someguy July 27, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  4. Gorin’s was a local independent department store. I used to shop there with my mother back in the ’50s and ’60s. I’d forgotten all about it until I saw the picture. No such thing as a local independent department store any more. Gilchrist’s was another one, where the Salvation Army is now. It was a little more upscale than Gorin’s. My, how things change!

    Comment by CatherineR July 28, 2010 @ 10:07 am

  5. Sampans has a Closed for vacation sign in the window, but the talk in the area is they’re never reopening. I guess we’ll just see, huh?

    Comment by Charles Copeland July 28, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

  6. I think they should raze the old Fabric Place building ( which is ugly ) and use that space and its adjoining parking lot and build a municpal parking garage. Making the downtown convenient to commuters might help the area businesses and spur new development.

    Comment by Nora b July 30, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

  7. I think Nora’s idea is a good one.

    Comment by Ginger July 30, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

  8. Nora – best idea yet regards to downtown…also i’d guess the least expensive (?)

    Comment by Deek August 2, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  9. I can appreciate the need for additional parking downtown, but it would be preferable that any such solution be 1) sensitive to the surrounding context (a traditional “downtown”), and 2) responsive to citizens’ aspirations for Framingham’s downtown area.

    What about a parking structure with an activated street level? Retail or restaurant space on the ground floor? Having an acitve street level would better integrate it into the existing downtown fabric; the alternative is an unintersing blank concrete wall which does nothing to enrich the streetscape’s function (as a downtown, you know, as a place where people should work and shop) nor its aethetic environment.

    I agree that the former Fabric Place building is ugly, but at least it used to provide a place to shop and a place to work (jobs, people). A structure which strictly provides a place to park does little to enrich the downtown area in and of itself.

    Comment by Kathryn August 11, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

  10. One other thing to consider, though, is that a garage would likely encourage more people to drive cars into downtown, which would no doubt increase traffic in the area… possibly significantly. I now live in Cambridge, but I grew up in Framingham and lived there up until four years ago. I remember the traffic downtown!

    Comment by Kathryn August 11, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

  11. Unfortunately the traffic in downtown framingham is just passing through. Downtown Framingham is inconvenient and there is no place to park. I agree that a garage with retail at street level would be great and a garage doesnt have to be ugly either. There are many options.

    Comment by Nora b August 17, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

  12. I know for a fact the the old Chinese food place, Sanpan, will now be a British Pub, “Limey’s Pub”.. very cool. And no, it is not a chain type restaurant. The guy running it, Brian, is from England and his very pretty wife, Mary, is from the good old USA. I for one feel it is necessary to our support local businesses and am looking forward to their opening. However, I am also very fond of Fish and Chips and will let them know if they do not meet my standards.

    Comment by Alice and Jim September 5, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

  13. Sign is up for the pub

    Comment by Krishnam September 18, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  14. They’re working on Gorin’s building. They’ve installed new storefront windows that come right to the sidewalk’s edge. Curious’y enough, the “Gorin’s” tiles are still there but I’m sure they’ll carpet over them or something.

    That British pub sounds great … I hope we can get some premier league football on the telly.

    Comment by Paul September 20, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

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