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SCOUT OUT: Out of the Blue, into the New

Central Square has had many a building stand empty for years, 541 Massachusetts Ave. being one of them. The building used to house a Blockbuster Video, but for the last six or seven years it has been vacant, aside from the occasional pop-up. Every once in a while rumors about the location would become the […]


WHAT’S NEW: Something old with something new

Text from this post originally appeared in the What’s New section of our March/April 2015 print issue. KENDALL SQUARE EMMA’S PIZZA Emma’s (40 Hampshire St.) is an institution in Cambridge that has been around for more than five decades. In that time, they’ve moved around and innovated to keep the store as fresh as their […]


Thelonious Monkfish Turns Four, Plans to Expand

If you love puns and sushi, then you have probably delighted in Thelonious Monkfish‘s spirit and menu. You’ve probably also waited to be seated, as their current location (524 Mass Ave.) is more than a little tight. But that’s all about to change! On Tuesday, the Cambridge License Commission reviewed an application from Thelonious Monkfish […]


Clarification: The Cellar in Central Square is Still Open

In the “What’s New” section of our January/February 2015 edition, we reported that The Garden at the Cellar (991 Mass Ave.) had closed. We were reporting on a note that appeared on the Garden at the Cellar’s website back in November. However, we would like to clarify: while the Garden at the Cellar, under the leadership of Chef […]


SCOUT PICKS: 1/9/15-1/11/15

Now until 2/14 Hubba Hubba Anniversary Sale Monday – Saturday, 12-8 p.m. 2 Ellery St. It’s been a whole year since Hubba Hubba moved their sexy butts to their new space, and to celebrate they’re taking 15% off the entire store when you mention the discount code “anniversary sale.” The discount is good until Valentine’s Day, […]


Goodbye, Hi-Fi

While the fate of the Middle East still remains uncertain, news came today that after four decades, its partner in Central Square nightlife, Hi-Fi Pizza and Subs, has served its final slice. The reasons for the closing remain unclear. According to an article in Wicked Local published today, the infamous late night eatery, which more […]


Introducing Next Step

If you haven’t already heard of Next Step, then prepare to be inspired. The organization, which was founded with help from the late actor Paul Newman, offers education and support programs to teens and young adults aged 16 to 30 living with cancer, HIV and other life-threatening diseases. Next Step is currently building a state-of-the-art […]


Life Lessons: Cambridge College’s Impact Beyond the Classroom

[This Story Originally Appeared in the November/December 2013 Issue of Scout Cambridge.] She wasn’t even a student yet, but when Stacey Borden-Holliday walked into the admissions office at Cambridge College in Central Square, she already had a stack of papers in her hand. They weren’t tests or essays, but criminal reports, government documents and work […]


‘Bridge Bio: Jamal Abu-Rubieh, owner of Brookline Lunch

Jamal Abu-Rubieh is the proud and joyful owner of Brookline Lunch in Central Square. He runs a smooth operation alongside his wife and kids. Back in 1976 however, he would have never imagined being at the helm of his own food establishment. He was just a student at Wentworth with dreams of one day becoming […]


With your help, danger!awesome expands

danger!awesome, Central Square’s iconically eclectic makerspace/workshop/science Hogwarts, has just announced plans to move into a space five times the size of their current shop and expand their educational offerings in an equally big way. More info–and how you can help–after the jump.


WHAT’S NEW: Central Square Library to Close for Renovations

 The Cambridge Public Library’s Central Square Branch recently revealed a new renovation project that will render the entire building unsafe for resident access. During the afternoon of August 30, the library will close to allow for several hours of drilling to begin the project. Though regular hours will be maintained throughout the month of September, […]


WHAT’S NEW: Violette Bakers

“A labor of love” – this is what Violette Bakers calls its approach to baking. On August 1, Violette opened its first storefront shop at 1001 Mass Ave below O2 Yoga. The store will be open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from […]