3 businesses coming to 270 Centre St.

JACKSON SQ.—Seafood, body waxing and laundry machines are coming to three ground-floor retail spaces in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s recently completed mixed-use residential/commercial building at 270 Centre St.


Themistocles Vlahoulis plans to open a restaurant he is tentatively calling Boston Roast Beef and Seafood in October.

He told the Gazette that he has been soliciting advice about the name, and that some have suggested he should pick a name that does not tie him to particular items.

In addition to seafood and roast beef, he plans to serve other dishes, including chicken, barbecue and breakfast.

Also, “We will definitely have menu items for people with vegetarian and vegan diets,” he said. “JP residents, more than other places, moving toward healthy eating,” he said

“We will be clean, we will be lean, we’ll try to be green, and we will never be mean,” he said.

The restaurant will seat 24 to 26 people and offer takeout. It also may have outdoor seating, he said.

Vlahoulis, who moved to Boston in 1967 and lived in JP for 40 years, said his first job was at the recently closed Hi-Lo Market.

“We are going to hire people within the community…and hopefully be a big part of the area,” he said.


Jackson Square Laundromat, tentatively scheduled to open in November or December of this year, will bring 50 new self-service laundry machines to the area, owner Jason Santelli told the Gazette.

Once it is built out, the space will include an “upper area with seating, a play-space for kids, and televisions,” he said.

He said that he also to plans to offer full wash, dry and fold service and dry cleaning.

A former marketing professional, Santelli said he plans to soon hold a promotional sweepstakes contest for one year of free laundry.

With its high population density, apartments and multi-family housing, Jackson Square is “itching for a laundromat,” Santelli said.


Noel Negron, the owner of the hair salon Xposure By Noel, currently located at 606 Centre St. plans relocate into 270 Centre St. in January or February, he told the Gazette.

“We will be closer to a full-service salon,” he said, saying the expansion will allow him to add manicures, pedicures and body waxing to Xposure’s repertoire.

John Ruch contributed to this article. 

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