Wide sidewalks with interesting street facades, hanging hand-carved wooden signs, large picture windows, and shop owners that know you by name; Piccadilly Square is the heart of Newton Centre. There are few areas in the City that have been able to retain charm and character as successfully as Newton Centre’s Piccadilly Square.
In 1972, developer David Zussman had the vision to rejuvenate the block of historic buildings on Union Street to its current use as a charming and vibrant shopping destination. Zussman said, “Two blocks over, business was thriving, and so I knew Piccadilly Square would be successful.” He had recently returned with his wife from a trip to London, and was impressed with the fun atmosphere of Piccadilly Circus; hence the name Piccadilly Square.
The building at 93 Union Street was first owned by the Middlesex Bank and used for their offices. It was also a meetinghouse for The Grange, the oldest agricultural advocacy group in America. The building’s 19th century design, with two story ceiling height, allowed for a third floor to be added inside the structure in 1972, when the building was converted to offices on the top floors and retail on the street level. The original restaurant Café Topo, now Sol Azteca, was a book binding operation with dirt floors. The Backyard Restaurant, now Union Street Bar and Grill, was the original heating plant for all the surrounding buildings. Redevelopment of the Women’s Club at 1280 Centre Street followed, where Rosenfeld’s Bagels was one of the first tenants. In the 1980’s, the adjacent property on Langley Road, was converted from apartments to professional offices. The historic MBTA station was the latest addition to the Square, which is now occupied by the Deluxe Station Diner, decorated in a style true to the building’s turn-of-the-century roots.
With over fifty shops, restaurants, services, and more than a hundred professional offices, located directly on the Green MBTA line, Piccadilly Square caterers to the local neighborhood as well as visitors from Boston and surrounding towns. Creative entrepreneurs with unique boutiques want to be located here. Shoppers come to find one-of-a kind items or something out of the ordinary. You can exercise, have your hair done, go to lunch and shop for something special--all without leaving the Square.