What’s New: Brand New Bites

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Harvard Square
Veggie Grill

Over a year after California chain Veggie Grill announced an expansion to the East Coast, the restaurant’s website has finally listed a summer opening date for its Harvard Square location, Eater Boston reports. Veggie Grill, which claims to be the largest vegan chain in the U.S., will bring salads, bowls, and sandwiches to the square. CEO Steve Heeley reportedly said this could be the first of many Veggie Grill locations across Greater Boston.

Central Square
Aleppo Palace

Moody’s Falafel Palace has rebranded and reopened in its longtime Central Square spot, Eater Boston reports. Owner MK Seffo told Eater that the space has undergone a major renovation, and that the new name better reflects his story, as he is originally from Aleppo. However, while falafel has been cut from the restaurant’s name, never fear: It certainly hasn’t been cut from the menu. Drop in any time between 7 a.m. and 3 a.m. (!) to sample Seffo’s classic Mediterranean fare.

Porter Square
Gustazo Cuban Kitchen and Bar

What better way to ring in warm weather than with ceviche and cocktails? Gustazo Cuban Kitchen and Bar is now offering both—plus a wide menu of Cuban tapas—out of a polished, two-story space in Porter Square, Eater Boston reports. This is the restaurant’s second location, opening five years after its launch in Waltham. However, the former Elephant Walk space in Porter offers the team behind Gustazo an opportunity to build out their bar program. The Caribbean-inspired cocktail list, served at the restaurant’s upstairs and downstairs bars, was created in collaboration with Sam Treadway of Somerville’s Backbar. 

East Cambridge
New Spots Open in the CambridgeSide Food Court

A true CambridgeSide shopping spree can span hours, and there will always come a point when you need to refuel. Fortunately, the mall takes its food court very seriously—this spring, two new options were added to the already-stacked list of fast food eateries, according to a press release. First, there’s Gong Cha, a bubble tea stand that offers a wide array of teas, fruits, and other mix-ins. Cosi, a salad and flatbread sandwich spot with other locations across Greater Boston, has also opened, offering mall-goers some healthier shopping sustenance.

Porter Square

An Allston-Brighton izakaya is making its way across the river, Eater Boston reports. Ittoku, a Japanese pub with crowd-drawing takoyaki, sushi, ramen, and yakitori, will uproot and move to Porter Square sometime in May or June, the restaurant’s manager told Eater. Ittoku’s concept will remain the same, but the team has teased that some menu changes are on the horizon. 

Central Square
The Faraway

Sisters Danielle Pattavina and Neela Ryan are combining their years of business and hospitality experience to open The Faraway, an upcoming bar bites and brunch spot, Eater Boston reports. Pattavina and Ryan raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter to offset some of their opening costs, like a new kitchen floor, tables and chairs, and a jukebox. The two aim to be open for business late this summer, and explain on their Kickstarter page that they hope to create a community spot.

This story originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Voices of the City Issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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