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The blandification of Rte. 1 continues: Weylu's set to be torn down

NECN reports.

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Yeah it's in disrepair from being empty so long, but still was a beautiful building inside. It's a shame it'll be torn down for more condos and not be used as a restaurant.

Pics of the deteriorated interior from a previous Uhub Post

http://www.universalhub.com/2014/whats-left-weylus

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A very cool building. What a missed opportunity to revive it.

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Bloated, overbuilt, stupid access, poor streetscape, the perfect coda to the 1980's real estate market in this area.

It looked great up close, but from a business standpoint it was like putting a Krusty Burger on an floating oil derrick.

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On Route 1? Not many people walk here.

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Pretty much everything on Route 1 is like pulling into a NASCAR pitstop.

Leaving is worse. You wait and wait and wait for an opening in traffic, then pull out and floor it. Yet someone is still on your ass honking and flashing their lights for slowing them down.

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That was you?

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Perfect location for slots parlor/mini casino..

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They should have a huge party before they knock it down. I'd pay a lot to go.
But I doubt Route 1 will be bland any time soon. There was a huge line on Saturday waiting to see 50 Cent sign bottles of vodka at Kappy's. https://www.facebook.com/KappysRoute1/posts/1166024293412731

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Celebrities hawking product does not add visual interest to old school roadside commercial architecture Rte. One which is quickly disappearing.

But I definitely would have gone to the Weylu's party.

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wish i had known about that, 50 cent rules

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is even less than that.

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If that building was ever open! At the time, I was a frequent Rt. 1 visitor, but, somehow, it seemed to me, the building was built, and nothing ever happened. I guess I'm close enough to correct there. How many years was it in business?

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It was in business many years. We all went . That's why we are lamenting it being torn down.

Dummy.

Damn, I almost finished the post without typing dummy.

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I don't think it was in business for very long. There was a Weylu's in Woburn that was open before the one on Rt. 1.

Really, for the opulance it really didn't last that long. Obviously not a good ROI.

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Well, they were open for years - and went through 3 different owners with 3 different restaurants to boot.

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I remembered when it was Jin, forgot it was Eastern Manor before that.

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It was Weylu's for YEARS!

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The original restaurant was out front of the lot , then later they built the castle up on the ledge'

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in 1998 and I remember it being open.. I ate there once. Just once before it shuttered.

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i remember being there and accidentally breaking a tea cup and feeling bummed that they were going to make my dad pay for it

he promptly gave me a lesson in economics and laughed it off

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There was also a Weylus in Boston for a short time, somewhere near where the Channel used to be. I also recall a story, maybe in the Globe, about how and why the whole Weylus empire came crashing down. I do know that the one in Saugus used way, way to much MSG in their food.

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isn't that a scam anyways.. as long as you pay to advertise in Boston Magazine, you win an award?

Kinda like the Phantom Gourmet..

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I have no idea, but I thought it was the coolest thing ever when I was, like, 12.

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Some of you may remember as they expanded (with solid rumors but still rumors of Hong Kong mob money backing for laundering) they opened up in a church in Newton for maybe 2 years before closing. I think, despite the large Jewish populace in Newton, most people couldn't enjoy eating in a church - plus all the white people who worked there took away any sort of authenticity.

A few of us went up to the Route 1 location when it was still open and new, and the line was insanely long so we didnt go in, but we tried again a few weeks later but with only 2 parties ahead of us, nearly an hour passed of the '5-10 minutes' speech, so we walked out.

When it was the large dim sum buffet - East Manor - place in the mid 2000s, the family and I went and it wasn't bad - you could tell it was good because alot of Asians ate there. However, the food declined and it closed.

I always thought if I seized the region to be a warlord, I would have made that palace my HQ.

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- right on the water.

My father used to take us there for take out quite often.

One of the Weylu's family members was always very kind. I think he was a manager. Lots of fold memories about that place.

In anyone knows the backstory or can point me in the right direction, would like to know how everything came crashing down.

If I remember correctly before the opened up the palace in Saugus they seemed to be on top of the world. Very successful.

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I appreciate that.

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There's still Kowloon.

Suldog
http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com

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I remember having several good meals at the Weylu's in the Museum Place Mall in Salem before he built that great ark on Route 1. It's a shame that he overdid it.

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The cactus, the dinosaur, and now this. Isn't it time to declare Rt 1 in Saugus a National Historic Monument?

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But can we include Richardson's in that too even though they aren't actually on Route One? I just want to preserve them.

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Ah HA!! I thought I recognized the name. After reading the Globe article posted above, I now know I am not crazy. There was a location in Brockton, although the specifics are eluding me right now.

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It was on N. Pearl St., just off 24

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