What’s New: Construction Zones

Photo courtesy of 907 Main.

Central Square

A new boutique hotel with rooftop dining
Built by global design firm Gensler in collaboration with Cambridge-based architect Boyes-Watson, 907 Main (located at 907 Main St.) will house 67 rooms as well as retail space and a rooftop bar called Blue Owl. The hotel’s website says its design drew inspiration from the legacy of Margaret Fuller and the Transcendentalist movement. Due to Central Square’s inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, the design was approved by the Cambridge Historical Commission. The new hotel, and future home to Toscanini’s Ice Cream and Praliné French Patisserie, will open in May according to its website. 

A marijuana dispensary brings opportunity
When Central Kitchen at 567 Massachusetts Ave. moves out, Western Front will begin construction on a new marijuana dispensary, expected to open sometime this year, Dennis A. Benzan, the dispensary’s co-founder, told The Harvard Crimson. According to the company’s proposal, they aim to establish the first Cannabis Work Force Training Center in the state to train and hire underprivileged Cambridge residents and members of marginalized communities. Benzan is a former City Councillor (the first Latino ever to hold that position) and vice-mayor of Cambridge. “Historically, communities of color and minorities have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs, and … now that it’s legal, it’s imperative that we do everything possible to permit the minority community to enter the cannabis industry,” Benzan told the Crimson.

Central Square
Photo courtesy of Artifact Cider Project.

Western Mass.-based Artifact Cider Project to open new location
New England hard cider manufacturer Artifact Cider Project, based in Florence, Mass., will open a new taproom in Central Square as soon as this spring, according to Boston Magazine. “Having a brick and mortar presence on both sides of our state will give us new opportunities to experiment, collaborate, and make cider that celebrates the Northeast and the people who live here,” they shared in an email newsletter dated Jan. 16. The team did not disclose the planned location for the taproom.

East Cambridge

The Shed: Coming Soon
This summer, the Shed—a retail building in the heart of the Cambridge Crossing development in East Cambridge—will be home to new dining and drinking establishments, including Luminati Spirits, a “distillery and brewery project” operated by Lamplighter Brewing Co., and an all-day cafe and 60-seat restaurant. The latter project comes from Will Gilson and his team, known for their Puritan & Co. restaurant in Inman Square and the pop-up Café Beatrice in Allston, Eater Boston reports.

This story appears in the March/April print issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Cambridge (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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