What’s New: Closing Time

VO2VO2 Vegan Cafe. Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

Harvard/Central Squares
O2 Yoga

Mass. Ave’s O2 Cambridge Wellness Center, comprised of O2 Yoga, VO2 Vegan Cafe, and a massage practice, closed its doors at the end of April. The husband-and-wife team behind the center, Steve Carpenter and Mimi Loureiro, underwent a traumatic year after losing one of their sons, Dylan, to a rare form of pediatric cancer last August. The weight of this tragedy, combined with a large rent increase scheduled for this May, led the family to choose to cease operations. However, the other O2 studio, located on Highland Avenue in Somerville, will live on.

Harvard/Central Squares
VO2 Vegan Cafe

While VO2’s brick and mortar location closed along with the rest of the O2 center, founder Mimi Loureiro hopes it will be reborn as a food truck and catering business. “We want to continue to be a force for change in the world of plant-based eating,” Loureiro told Scout. “And I feel like I want to keep that going, and keep the people who have supported us involved.” Currently, the family is accepting donations via GoFundMe that would go toward the truck and the installation of a commercial kitchen in their home. 

Harvard Square
LF Boutique

Harvard fashionistas can’t catch a break: The Church Street location of LF Boutique is the latest in a string of clothing retailer closures in the square, the Harvard Crimson reports. “Free People, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel—they’re all gone,” Shannon Lebherz, the store’s former manager, told the Crimson. “Harvard Square is not a shopping destination anymore.” Decreased foot traffic to the Church Street area may also have been a factor in the store’s closure—the Harvard Square Business Association has noted that crowds in the area have ebbed since the 2012 closure of the Harvard Square Theater.

Porter Square
Rod Dee

A no-frills spot for Thai cuisine has shut its doors, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. Rod Dee was well known for its affordable prices and convenient location in the heart of Porter Square. To fulfill a craving for Rod Dee’s drunken noodles or panang curry, you can trek to the still-operational outposts in Boston’s Fenway and Coolidge Corner.

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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