What’s New: Changing Face

Central SquarePhoto by Lilly Milman.

Central Square

Central Kitchen: Closed
Central Kitchen, located at 567 Massachusetts Ave. in Central Square for 20 years, has closed. However, Brick & Mortar, the cocktail lounge upstairs, which remains under the same ownership, will not be shutting its doors. The new marijuana dispensary Western Front, which is not affiliated with Central Kitchen owner Gary Stack, will be opening its doors in Central Kitchen’s space later this year. 

Revolutionary Clinics: Open
Revolutionary Clinics, one of the state’s leading providers of medical marijuana, open its doors at 541 Massachusetts Ave. in Central Square on Feb. 25, according to a press release from the company. The 6,500-square-foot dispensary will carry a full range of medical marijuana brands and products developed at a Revolutionary Clinics production facility in Fitchburg, Mass.

Central Square
Photo by Jess Benjamin.

The Middle East: For Sale
The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub complex on Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square—which includes the club, ZuZu Restaurant, and music venue Sonia around the corner on Brookline Street—is for sale, Cambridge Day reported, though action on the listing is not likely. Nabil Sater and his family currently own the complex, which they bought for $7.1 million in 2014. “To our valued community, the Sater family would like to inform you that they’re looking to develop the property; the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub will remain running and open as usual,” the owners wrote in a Facebook post. “We will keep you updated as we go through this process. The Middle East business is here to stay and will be a part of any development at 472-480 Mass Ave. Thank you for your years of support and we look forward to a promising future together.”

Harvard Square 

Cambridge, 1.: Closed
Gourmet pizzeria Cambridge, 1. closed at the end of last year after almost 20 years of operation at 27 Church St. “Our thanks to the many guests who have shared this special experience with us,” the restaurant says in a brief note posted on their door. According to Cambridge 1.’s website, the now-defunct alternative weekly newspaper The Boston Phoenix once called their pizzas “minimalist performance art.” 

Salt & Olive Market: Closed
As developers move into the neighborhood and rents rise, Cambridge faces another loss of a local business: Salt & Olive Market. The local favorite operated for seven years, first in a location close to Harvard Square, and later in The Garage. In addition to its unique offering of over 50 varieties of olive oil on tap, the market also hosted lectures and cooking classes open to anyone in the community. On Feb. 14, the owners hosted an “Until We Meet Again Open House” at 35 Dunster St., described on their Facebook page as “a celebration of community and all the ways that food has brought us together.”

This story appears in the March/April print issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Cambridge (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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