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Lloyd’s is back (and other restaurant news)

March 13th, 2011

A few days ago I was going by the old Lloyd’s diner that had been taken over and oddly named “Tropical Cafe”.  I saw that it has been in fact changed back to -and what I feel like it should be – a diner!  I’m sure a lot of people will be happy to see that it’s even under old management too.  I always felt like the whole Tropical Cafe theme just didn’t fit the diner well.

Yesterday we had to drive down Rt 9, which I always can’t stand but that’s where DCU is and we were being productive getting errands done.  Anyway, as we drove by the former site of Brozetti’s I noticed there was a new sign up:

Something called Top Shelf that will be moving in.  They have the beginnings of a website with some information here:

Then we passed the old Pacific Buffet:

and saw this:

Far East Buffet, not much to say about that, I think we can all envision what this will be like but I’ll still probably check it out to see if there are any pleasant surprises.  I’m glad to see at least something is opening up in this location since it’s been vacant for so long.  It’s always interesting when something goes out of business and something similar moves in.  Like how Sewfisticated Fabrics moved into the old Fabric Place, Zaftig’s replaced Joan and Ed’s and Summit Ski Snowboard moved into the old Ski Market space but I guess some places are meant to serve a certain purpose.  It’s also nice to see business investing in a Framingham location so I wish everyone luck!


  1. I am suprised; thought bronzettis was doing ok.

    Comment by beth March 13, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

  2. I was driving by the restaurant Brazzile the other day and noticed that it’s gone and that “Tropical Cafe” has moved into the space.

    I also read on the Bronzetti’s Facebook page that they are moving to Natick near the Roche Brothers – I don’t think they are open yet.

    Comment by Nicole March 13, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  3. I remember when the Pacific Buffet used to be “Polly Esta’s” dance club back in the late 90s. Cheesy, yet fun. I’d love to see a dance hall open up somewhere in the Ham, but not the sort of dangerous nightclub where athletes get shot. Something safe and fun. It’d be something different anyway.

    Comment by Chris March 14, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

  4. We berter not hold our collective breath for the new Chinese buffet…delays abound on that project. May be sinking fast.

    Comment by Eric March 14, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  5. I always wonder about the feasability of following one failed business with the same type of business in the same space. I can’t say I’ve ever seen this strategy succeed. Remember when Tony Roma’s was in the space where O’Connell’s Pub is now? When that closed I think it was 3 different rib restaurants after that. It seems no restaurant rib joint or otherwise does too well in that space.

    Comment by Michael March 14, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

  6. So if Lloyd’s is operating under “old management,” what does that mean for O’Connell’s, which they opened and abandoned the diner for. I’ve always enjoyed Lloyd’s, it’s a great diner. But I don’t care for O’Connell’s at all, was not impressed with the food on two different visits.

    Comment by Keith March 15, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

  7. That “Far East Buffet Coming Soon” sign has been there for a long time already. I’d love to hear some news about when it’s going to actually open and what it will be like (beyond the obvious).

    I really miss Pacific Buffet — the closest really good Chinese buffet (much cheaper than Pacific Buffet was but also a little less fancy/upscale looking) is Marlborough Super Buffet. MSB is more varied than most of the other Chinese buffets around and you can get a bit of sushi, too, if you want. (On some Sundays, they even have crawdads and frogs legs!)

    Comment by Sandra S. March 15, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  8. I don’t klnow. I went to Lloyd’s twice for breakfast and found it VERY greasy (there was literally a ring of grease around my corned beef hash) and on the high side, pricing-wise. Went to Tropical once… much higher prices for what you got.

    Comment by Charles March 19, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

  9. It sounds like Far East Buffet is going to be great. I heard the place has new management and really good prices for the buffets. As a lover of buffets, I’m going to head over there to try it out asap!

    Comment by Jess May 6, 2011 @ 1:03 am

  10. Tried the old Lloyds many times over the years and it was ok. Liked the breakfast at Tropical Cafe much better, especially the home fries and eggs benedict. Tropical Cafe moved to downtown but does not do breakfast. Don’t think I will return to Lloyds but will go Sunshine in Ashland instead.

    Comment by Sal July 11, 2011 @ 11:39 am

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