What’s New: Final Farewells

Out Of Town NewsOut Of Town News. Photo by Lilly Milman.

Harvard Square
Out of Town News

Out of Town News left town at the end of October in advance of city plans to renovate the 64-year-old kiosk, according to The Harvard Crimson. The newsstand sold “newspapers from around the globe” to a wide audience of students, locals, and even famous faces like Robert Frost and Julia Child. Recently, it struggled with sales due to a rise in digital news outlets, Harvard Square Business Association Executive Director Denise Jillson told the Crimson. 

CultureHouse, a nonprofit organization based in Kendall Square, is slated to move into the kiosk in early December, according to The Harvard Crimson. CultureHouse plans to host an array of social events and artistic performances as part of its mission to transform public spaces into community-building spots for “social, work, and neighborhood events,” according to the Crimson. 

Harvard Square
Flat Patties 

Popular burger joint Flat Patties made its exit from Harvard Square at the beginning of November, according to The Harvard Crimson. Owner Tom Brush—who also runs and owns Felipe’s Taqueria and Crema Cafe, which left the square last winter—told the Crimson that rising rents forced his restaurant to close its doors. “I don’t think it was our choice to close,” he told The Harvard Crimson. “If we had been able to continue the lease on the current terms, we would have stayed.”

West Cambridge
Fresh Pond Market

Fresh Pond Market closed this September after 97 years in business, according to the Cambridge Chronicle. The landmark store is in the process of being sold. Marc Najarian, who ran the store with his brother Crosby, started bagging groceries at the store when he was 12 years old. He’s interested in selling the store to the owner of Formaggio Kitchen so that he can retire at the age of 72, before he’s “too old” to enjoy retirement. 

This story appears in the Nov/Dec 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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