October 14, 2014
Ann Romney was at the Bellmont Caffe campaigning hard for medical research.
BELMONT — Ann Romney knows a lot about political campaigns. Win or lose, there’s one thing you gain for sure: a network of people with an awful lot of money. They couldn’t put her husband, Mitt, in the White House, but she’s now hoping everyone will get behind her to launch the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her goal is to create a new model for research and funding, setting out to raise $50 million over the next year to help find treatments and cures for five conditions: multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Parkinson’s, and brain tumors.
The Romneys are seeding the center with what Ann calls a “substantial gift.” And I trust that it is big. Before Mitt’s two failed presidential bids and before he served as our governor, he made a fortune as founder of Bain Capital, the Boston buyout firm.full story
June 19, 2014
Bellmont Caffe now open
Tucked beneath a quilt of ivy, the little brick establishment at the corner of 80 Leonard St. in Belmont Center has again been reimagined. On May 31, Bellmont Caffe became the newest successor in a line of recent attempts to profit from this quaint, yet well-trafficked venue. In spite of previous closures of the lot (a barber shop, then a small café), first-time restaurant entrepreneurs and co-owners Minas Daldalian and Raffi Megdesyan hope to establish Bellmont Caffe as permanent fixture to Belmont Center.
While Daldalian resides in Belmont and Megdesyan in Montreal, the friends of 30 years have shared a common mark on their bucket lists. “This has always been a dream of ours,” Daldalian said. “When we found this space we jumped on it, no hesitation.”full story