Two Restaurants Close on Moody

Molti on Moody exterior image



by Chris Wangler

January 5, 2022

Pollo Club exterior image

After a few tough years, Molti on Moody and Pollo Club closed permanently on Tuesday.

A statement on the door said, “COVID-19 has had a direct impact on our businesses, and we have made the difficult decision not to reopen after a challenging several years.”

Company director of operations Alex Hage could not be reached for comment.

Both businesses grew out of Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions, which opened in 2013 at 468 Moody Street and quickly became a destination for meat aficionados.

Expansion followed with mixed results (The Back Room and El Rincón de Moody’s), before co-founder and chef Joshua Smith left in spring 2019 under a dark cloud.

Taking the helm, Alex Hage tried some new concepts.

In the failed taco/BBQ place at 456 Moody he opened a chicken restaurant, Pollo Club, in late 2019.

Then he rebooted Moody’s as Molti in winter 2020 with more grab-and-go options and less deli focus.

But neither really caught fire, then COVID hit.

“We are proud of what we created for the neighborhood and our guests,” said the statement.

A formerly affiliated business, New England Charcuterie, will continue to operate. It is a USDA-inspected food processing business on Clematis Avenue in Waltham.