June 23 2020

Owners to Close L’Andana and Reopen as Steakhouse ‘Mooo’

By: Rich Hosford

The popular Burlington restaurant L’Andana will soon be replaced by a new concept under the same ownership. 


The Board of Selectmen voted on Monday to approve a change of the name, an alteration of the premises and a change of the manager of record to greenlight the restaurant switching from L’Andana to Mooo. Mooo is owned by the same group, Burlington Hospitality LLC, as L’Andana and the owners say they are committed to the same quality people expect from the existing restaurant. 


“In my eyes they have established themselves as one of the premier restaurants in the Boston area,” attorney Mark Vaughan, who was representing the business, said. “However, as is quite often the case in the restaurant industry where it is critical to adapt, evolve and refresh the concept when necessary the owners are desirous of making some changes to the interior layout of the restaurant as well as rebranding the concept as Mooo Restaurant.”


Vaughan said the plans include alterations to the interior such as opening up the front area to allow more room for guests. They will also take the large function room and make it into three distinct dining areas. There are no plans to alter the physical building. In the end the restaurant will have fewer seats than L’Andana has, 254 as opposed to 270. 


According to its website, Mooo, which currently has a location on Boston’s Beacon Hill, is a modern steakhouse where Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano “uses his culinary expertise to create classic, yet modern steakhouse dishes.” The menu for the Boston locations features steaks (including a $185 6-ounce Wagyu Sirloin), seafood, salads and other vegetable dishes, desserts and more. 


Selectman Bob Hogan asked if any of the menu favorites from L’Andana would be kept in the new restaurant. 


“We’re still working on those specifics and haven’t firmed up the menu items,” Shannon St. Pierre, who will be the new general manager, said. “I think we’re still going to try to have some signature items that people have loved and enjoyed.  We’re just going to freshen it up a bit.”


As for timing, Vaughan said they are looking to start the renovations over the summer and be finished as early as they can. St. Pierre said that for now L’Andana is offering patio dining and that people can still call for a reservation. 


“We are very excited to see our guests,” she said. “We were excited to see them come back last week. It’s nice to see some faces.” 


L’Andana, which opened in 2007, is located at 86 Cambridge Street.


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