The South Coast in 2021

New Businesses Coming to the South Coast

It is no secret that business has been hard this past year. We’ve seen stores we love, restaurants we frequent, and many small businesses close their doors or file for bankruptcy. Luckily, the future of 2021 is looking up. With vaccination distribution on the horizon, we can only hope that we will start to see some normalcy soon. With positive thoughts and hard work, we are excited to announce the following businesses and events coming to the South Coast this year. 


  1. Fat Cousins Pizza – One of our new personal favorites, Fat Cousins Pizza had their soft opening on January 14th. Their grand opening will be occurring on February 9th, and we highly suggest you give it a try. Their mouthwatering cheese pizza and friendly staff will surely keep you coming back for more.
  2. Cisco New Bedford – Slated to open this past May, construction has already begun on this highly anticipated local spot. Replacing the old Davy’s Locker in New Bedford South End, Cisco Kitchen & Bar is now being pushed to open in late Spring of 2021. Jay Harman of Cisco Brewers in Nantucket and Stephen Silverstein, owner of Not Your Average Joe’s and Black Whale, are working together to bring Cisco New Bedford to life. This new hot spot will include outdoor space for live music and portable kiosks for food and beverage services.
  3. Acushnet Cafe – The new cafe had their soft opening on January 15th and received an overwhelming positive response. Located on 132 S Main Street in Acushnet, the cafe has fresh hot and iced coffee, smoothies, and more. We love a new morning coffee spot and are excited to try it out!
  4. Al Mac’s On-the-Go – A popular Fall River diner, Al Mac’s, will now be expanding! Al Mac’s On-the-Go is set to open later this Spring on Newton Street in Fall River. The on-the-go spot will serve their famous coffee, including their 15+ homemade coffee flavors. More details are to come when the opening date gets closer!
  5. Aldi Grocery Store – Aldi is set to open in the Dartmouth Mall at the end of 2021. The 21,000 square foot grocery store will share a storefront with the Burlington Department Store.


  1. New Bedford Winter Farmers’ Market – On Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, New Bedford will be holding their Winter Farmers’ Market! Occurring now through the end of April, you can stop by the market on 1 Oneida Street in New Bedford, inside the Buttonwood Park Warming House. Enjoy some local produce, honey, spices, salsa, jam, eggs, baked goods and more. The market will of course be following state guidelines; masks are required as is social distancing.
  2. Creative Virtual Classroom – Hosted by the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, the creative virtual classrooms will be held on Wednesdays, January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24. Their offerings include: Beginner Ukulele for kids – six weeks of musical fun learning the fundamentals of playing the ukulele, just for kids! No prior musical experience is necessary. Beginner Ukulele – six weeks of musical fun learning the fundamentals of playing the ukulele! No prior musical experience is necessary. Beyond Beginner Ukulele – six weeks of musical fun expanding your ukulele playing skills. Students should have completed a beginner course and be comfortable with beginner level skills. Registration is required for all classes, which will occur on Zoom.
  3. Palentine Party at Stumpy’s Hatchet House – On Thursday, February 11, Stumpy’s in Fall River will be throwing a Palentine Party. Stumpy’s will off BOGO (buy one, get one) half off on throwing fees. Your crew must be booked in their special events calendar. Save your spot today!
  4. Roam from Home Scavenger Hunt – This scavenger hunt is a great way to explore your city while following safety guidelines! The Let’s Roam team of writers and adventurers found all the must-sees and hidden secrets in the cities across the world. On your scavenger hunt, your team will walk around the city, making discoveries and earning points for every challenge you complete. Local tours include New Bedford, Newport and Boston. Tickets are required to play.

    We hope these new ventures give you something to look forward to this year! With the right safety measures and practices, optimism, and community support we are hopeful that these businesses will have no problem coming to fruition.