When you walk into Salt & Olive, an expansive new mural greets you. A woman on the left of the painting seems to be passing you a plate; another, on the right, appears ready to clink her wine glass against yours.
Salt & Olive owner Mary Taylor commissioned the artwork, titled “A tavola non si invecchia”—an Italian saying meaning “At the table one does not grow old”—to celebrate the power of food, she explains.
“For us, it’s always been about food bringing us together,” Taylor says.
The mural, created by artist David Fichter, is also a celebration of Cambridge’s history and diversity. The dinner table scene features famous locals from across the centuries, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Julia Child, and City Councilor/former Mayor Denise Simmons, who was the first openly lesbian African American mayor in the country. Other figures are people Taylor or Fichter know, including Taylor’s mother and Fichter’s wife.
The background celebrates Harvard Square landmarks, including the Out of Town News kiosk, Grolier Poetry Book Shop, and the World’s Only Curious George Store.
Salt & Olive is located at 36 JFK St. For more information, call (857) 242-4118 or visit saltandolive.com.