What’s New: Changing Tastes

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East Cambridge
Curio Coffee to Double As Nighttime Wine Bar

Fans of Cambridge Street’s quirky Curio Coffee know that there’s no better way to start the day than with one of the cafe’s waffles. Now, you’ll also be able to end your day with a savory version of Curio’s signature treat—with a glass of natural wine in place of a latte. Earlier this year, Curio’s beer and wine license was approved, allowing the cafe to operate as a wine bar several evenings a week. “I’m curating a small, by-the-glass wine list from mostly old world, cooler climate wine regions, especially France and Italy, to showcase the grapes and terroir I enjoy drinking,” owner Justin Pronovost told Eater Boston. Curio Wine is set to launch sometime in March, Eater reports.

Harvard Square
Salt & Olive Gets a New Spot in the Neighborhood

Salt & Olive is taking its Mediterranean olive oil taproom on the move. The popular speciality shop isn’t going too far, though—it’s vacating the Mass Ave. storefront in favor of a spot in The Garage that’s due to open in April, according to the store’s Facebook page. So, never fear, Harvard Square foodies: your one-stop shop for olive oil, balsamics, salts, and spices will still be in the neighborhood.

Inman Square
City Girl Cafe Shifts Service

City Girl Cafe, one of Inman Square’s most beloved brunch spots, has suspended dinner service to let the team focus on catering and private events. “We’re sad that we will see some of you less, but excited to embark on this new adventure and to begin to share your special events with you,” the owners wrote on Facebook. Brunch service will still be going strong, with hearty dishes like scrambles, egg sandwiches, and French toast available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fresh Pond
Brit Bakery

An Arlington-based bakery has settled down in Fresh Pond, Eater Boston reports. Brit Bakery brings baked goods made from organic flour, sugar, butter, and milk to the neighborhood, operating out of the former Violette Gluten Free Bakery space. Brit has pastries, cookies, cupcakes, and coffee available, and the team also makes custom cakes, including wedding cakes.

Kendall Square
Mâe Asian Eatery

Chef Yuri Asawasittikit has transformed the former Beijing Tokyo space into a Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese fusion restaurant, Eater Boston reports. In creating the menu for Mâe Asian Eatery, Asawasittikit was inspired by recipes she learned from her mother—in fact, the word “Mâe” is Thai for “mother.” The intimate 20-seat spot is open for both lunch and dinner, with a menu that includes everything from pho to General Tso’s chicken.

Harvard Square
The Longfellow Bar

Michael Scelfo continues his Harvard Square dining scene dominance with the opening of The Longfellow Bar, a funky two-story space that was formerly the famous Cafe Algiers, according to the restaurant’s website. While Scelfo’s Alden & Harlow and Waypoint are known for their forward-thinking, high-end menus, The Longfellow Bar takes a different approach: The menu is primarily finger food that can be passed around the table, allowing for a more relaxed dining experience. Don’t expect to see your standard pub grub here, however. From pigs in blankets adorned with truffle oil to deviled eggs with salmon caviar, every dish comes with an unexpected twist.

Harvard/Porter Squares

You can pronounce it “loose” or “loo-chay,” the restaurant’s website proclaims. The former is a nod to the nickname of owner René Becker’s daughter, Lucie. The latter is the Italian word for “light,” a fitting moniker for the area’s newest regional Italian eatery. However you decide to say it, Luce is a reinvention of the now-defunct Shephard, taking over the same space, team, and brick oven, but foregoing the French-adjacent menu for pastas, pizzas, and a robust wine list. The space has also been reworked into “a cozy, comfortable dining room and bar” perfect for family dining, Eater Boston reports.

Harvard Square
Milk Bar and &pizza

Noticed some sleek oblong pizzas and Willy Wonka-esque desserts parading around Harvard Square? The long-awaited combination Milk Bar and &pizza has finally opened in the the former Crimson Corner newsstand space, Boston Magazine reports. Milk Bar, Christina Tosi’s colorful, NYC-born bakery, is serving all its famous desserts, from the “cereal milk soft-serve” to the “crack pie.” At an adjacent counter, you can order one of &pizza’s signature pies, like the “American Honey,” featuring spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, arugula, red pepper flakes, goat cheese, and hot honey.

Harvard Square
Sweet Bakery

Harvard Square faced a slew of closures at the beginning of the year. Sweet Bakery, a cupcake shop with additional locations in Boston and Chestnut Hill, is one of the latest as its Brattle Street building prepares to undergo construction, the Harvard Crimson reports. It has not been determined whether the bakery will be able to return, or if the building will be converted into office space or offered to new businesses instead. However, Sweet’s management is hopeful. “We will be looking for a new location hopefully and in the near future we’ll be back soon,” owner Katia Pekar told the Crimson.

Observatory Hill

Ready your sweet tooth—the chocolate shop named “Best Chocolate” by Boston Magazine, a “Best Chocolate Shop in the U.S.” by Food & Wine, a “Top 10 Chocolatier in North America” by Dessert Professional Magazine, and “Best in the Box” by the New York Times has moved to a storefront on Huron Avenue. After the move from an industrial building in Somerville, EHChocolatier’s signature brown butter toffee, caramelized peanut butter cups, and pecan clusters will be much easier to access.

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

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