Modeled after one of Malden's most comforting symbols—its collection of red-brick firehouses–District 7 is a place where patrons can instantly feel at ease, whether ordering a filling meal or just grabbing a beer and watching a game. Today, the restaurant's red-and-black interior envelops guests in a firehouse theme right in Malden Square, where they savor plates of wings or marinated steak tips and sip a selection of conventional and specialty beers poured straight from bar taps—including a Guinness handle atop a miniature fire hydrant. As sports games roll on flat-panel televisions, guests share stories from high-backed booths or toast to the legacy of Smokey the Bear beside a cozy stone fireplace.
Drawing on half a century of automotive service, the family owned and operated Midas helps drivers to prolong vehicle vigor with factory-recommended maintenance services. Mechanics pop car hoods to perform oil changes with standard and temperature-durable synthetic solutions, taking time to inspect belts, hoses, fluids, and the air conditioner's resident penguin. Armed with efficient catalytic converters built to US EPA standards, the staff helps to shrink harmful emissions during muffler and exhaust-system checks. Trained technicians augment brake services with lifetime guarantees and curate healthy, evenly worn tires with rotations or replacements from Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone, and Bridgestone.
The Toyota Corolla was in sad shape, with its driver-side door crumpled after what must have been a nasty sideswipe. But the missing window, crushed panel, and nonfunctional lock mechanism ended up being an easy fix for Malden Broadway Auto Body’s technicians, who have been working in the face of rampant automotive destruction since 1945. Before and after stories like this are a hallmark of the team, who guide vehicles and their owners through every step of the rehabilitation process, from towing and insurance claims to repair and post-op lollipops.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Recognized by CityVoters for its cosmetological care and skill, Interlude Salon & Day Spa effortlessly tames unruly brow bristles of all shapes and shades. Michelle Rizzo-Hill and her bevy of beauticians use specially formulated hard beeswax that is gentle on the skin, tough on hair, and delicious on toast. After consulting and deciding on a face-appropriate style, the salon's sultans of sleek will design, wax, and shape your brows into delicately sculpted arch art–employing pencils, powders and long-wear pens–fashioning fetching forehead feelers out of any frumpy eye drapes.
Dom's Sausage was founded in 1936 by two men who dreamt of making the most superb sweet Italian sausage. Since then, the shop has perfected premium blends of hot, sweet, fennel, and oriental links and expanded its selection to include uncased meat (such as steaks, roasts, and fresh veal), deli sandwiches and meats, and oven-ready meals. The shop is known for its marinated meats, especially the sirloin tips soaked in Dom's own stealthy, yet transparently tasty, marinade. Assemble a sandwich from authentic Austrian swiss ($5.99 per lb.) and honey ham ($7.69 per lb.), or request a pre-made hot pastrami ($6 for a large) or pepper-and-egg sandwich ($5 for a large).