What’s New: Comings & Goings

will gilsonWill Gilson, chef-owner of Puritan & Co. Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

East Cambridge
Puritan & Co. Chef/Owner to Open New Eatery in 2020

Will Gilson, the chef and owner of Puritan & Co., has big plans for an all-in-one cafe, restaurant, and cocktail bar, according to a press release. An anticipated retail building in Cambridge Crossing known as The Shed, which is currently under construction, will house Gilson’s upcoming project. The eatery is scheduled to open in early 2020.

Kendall Square

Where can you find space to work, relax, and play ping pong (all for free)? CultureHouse, a pop-up that aims to make all of these and more accessible to anyone in the city, will be open in Kendall Square from July through October. The new space has revitalized 500 Kendall St., which had been vacant for over a year.

East Cambridge
Loyal Companion Pet Store

You won’t find any furry friends at this new pet store, but you will find everything they need (or want). Loyal Companion recently signed a lease with real estate development company Urban Spaces for a spot in the highly anticipated First Street Corridor shopping center set to open this year, the Boston Real Estate Times reports. After a city ordinance barred the retail sale of commercially bred animals, Petco chose not to renew its lease and Loyal Companion stepped in to fill the void, offering food, supplies, grooming, and daycare for pets, according to the report.  

Harvard Square
John Harvard’s Ale House

John Harvard’s Ale House shut its doors at the end of May after over 25 years in Harvard Square, Boston Magazine reports. Once a popular joint for Harvard students, faculty, and families, John Harvard’s recently struggled with maintenance upkeep and decreasing crowds before deciding to close, according to the magazine. The ale house will live on, however, in four other locations in the northeast. 

Central Square
Rewild Plant Food + Drink

This vegan beer hall needs your help. Rewild Plant Food + Drink is looking to open its first permanent location in Central Square after a several-month stint in Quincy Center and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the ball rolling, Boston Magazine reports. Co-founder Pat McAuley estimates the project will cost nearly $2 million, and the company is offering T-shirts, vegan cheese-making classes, and more as an incentive to prospective donors. The pop-up menu included the Impossible Burger, soy and cashew cheese pizzas, and lots of beer.

The Port
Longfellows Closes, New Coffee Spot Opens Shop

Sadly, Longfellows is no more. The coffee shop grew immensely from its humble beginnings two and a half years ago, when it opened inside Lamplighter Brewing Co. with only four items on its cafe menu, and quickly became a neighborhood mainstay. But fear not: Pepita Coffee opened in the space in early June, complete with a new menu specializing in breakfast tacos and the same well-loved staff, now overseen by Lamplighter co-founders Cayla Marvil and AC Jones.

This story originally appeared in the Technology & Transportation Issue issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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