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 manager Jamme Chantler that would allow them to expand into the adjacent space. The restaurant later confirmed on Facebook that they would in fact be expanding, and that the larger space would provide more space for dining as well as jazz performances. They’re hoping to have the space ready by mid-July.

“This is an exciting time for us and we can’t wait for you to see it!” they wrote in the post.

Chantler and Chef Ginger four years ago.

Chantler and Chef Ginger four years ago.

News about the expansion broke just as Thelonious Monkfish celebrated its fourth birthday on Tuesday. The restaurant celebrated by giving gift cards to diners on Wednesday evening—at least one patron walked away with $100 worth of future sushi. The restaurant’s owners also held a blessing ceremony on Sunday. Buddhists monks dined with restaurant staff and then, using a straw brush, the head monk performed “a baptism of sorts over the Monkfish family, as well as the restaurant itself, symbolizing the blessings bestowed upon us by Buddha and God.”

Chantler also thanked his staff and patrons for the support over the last four years. “Without your joining us day in and day out, we’d be just a flock of fools standing in an empty room twiddling our thumbs and talking about who just got eaten on The Walking Dead!” he wrote.

[h/t Eater BOS]