Kendall Square’s fast-casual scene is getting even more stacked. Mediterranean chain CAVA’s first Cambridge location is now open for business, Eater Boston reports. The restaurant’s menu rotates throughout the year, offering seasonal ingredients in pita wraps, salads, and grain bowls. If you’re the indecisive type, though, you had best nail down your order before you head to the counter—CAVA estimates there are 58 million different ways that you could combine their ingredients.
Sakana Sushi Bar
Sakana Sushi Bar opened earlier this winter just a four-minute walk down Mass Ave. from longtime favorite Cafe Sushi, according to Eater Boston. In addition to sushi rolls, nigiri, and makimono, Sakana serves some non-seafood options, including rice bowls, katsu, and teriyaki. First reviewers have noted that Sakana’s namesake roll and matcha flan are menu standouts, and that the restaurant’s fare comes at a more affordable price point than that of its down-the-street neighbor.
For 10 years, Crema Cafe was Harvard Square’s place for studying, meeting up with friends, or just grabbing a cup of really good coffee. However, after the building that houses the cafe was sold last year, the skyrocketing rent forced Crema to close at the end of 2018. Steve Postal, one of the owners of the cafe, gave the details of the building’s $108 million sale to a company in North Carolina in a column he wrote for Eater Boston, and he minced no words. “They are here to make mad cash,” Postal wrote. “No independent could float the numbers they were asking in rent … The only ones that can pay it? Chains.” Taking Crema’s place in the Square is Bluestone Lane, a New York-based coffee chain, Eater reports.
And then there was Starbucks. Tealuxe, another local Harvard Square mainstay, also closed earlier this winter after 22 years in business, the Harvard Crimson reports. The Harvard Square store offered an extensive tea menu, including a wide variety of loose leaf teas, as well as brewing paraphernalia. Harvard was Tealuxe’s first location, but it still has an outpost open in Providence, R.I.
This story originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Free Time Fervor issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.