Plans to reopen Armando’s Restaurant at 143 Montague St. are sailing along, owner Peter Byros told BHB this week, and he hopes that the Italian restaurant will reopen by the end of July or early August.
“We started [construction] about a month ago, and it will take a couple of months. Everything is new — we gutted the whole place out, and everything is going to be new,” Byros said.
As for a return of the famous lobster sign, Byros says it’s currently in storage and he’s working with the city to bring it back. The neighborhood is now of course landmarked, which makes its glowing return tricky as the sign was grandfathered in before. Now, it’s up to the Department of Buildings and Landmarks Preservation Council to decide if it will come back.
“The owners must apply to DOB to demonstrate the sign is grandfathered before Landmarks may consider it for re-installation,” explained Buildings Department spokeswoman, Kate Lindquist.