Harvard Square: Bluestone Lane
The 27 Brattle St. space in Harvard Square, formerly home to Crema Cafe, has finally been filled, according to Eater Boston. Bluestone Lane, a cafe chain with “an essence of Australia and New York swank,” opened in the beginning of November with menu items including “avocado smash,” lemon ricotta pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and an array of coffees and teas. The chain was founded in New York in 2013 but now has expanded to 45 locations in a total of 7 cities. Bluestone is also considering adding a grab-n-go style cafe in Boston.
Brothers Marketplace, a small chain owned by Roche Bros., opened in Kendall Square this November. The grocery store boasts 12,000 square feet filled with “essentials” and “local and specialty foods.” The company predicts it will contribute over 200 jobs to the square, the Cambridge Chronicle reports.
Bibim Box takes over Commonwealth Kitchen kiosk
The popular Korean food truck Bibim Box settled down this December in Commonwealth Kitchen’s Kendall Square retail kiosk, according to Eater Boston. Bibim Box is the third six-month tenant of the “food business incubator” and is continuing to serve its namesake, bibimbap.
Lily P’s became the latest restaurant to join the “fried chicken scene” in Kendall Square when it opened shop this December, according to Eater Boston. Alongside The Automatic, State Park, the Smoke Shop, and Shy Bird—all notable fried chicken joints—Lily P’s stands out for its pressure-fried chicken “brined” in buttermilk and its dollar oysters weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Huron Village: Full Moon closing, Melting Pot moving in
Full Moon, a kid-friendly “New American” style restaurant in Huron Village, closed in December. But fear not—Melting Pot is moving in and intends to keep the restaurant largely the same, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. Bhola Pandey, the owner of Melting Pot, also owns a Nepalese restaurant in Winchester.
East Cambridge: Luminati Spirits
The team behind Lamplighter Brewing Co. isn’t done yet. In addition to expanding their existing space with a larger taproom and an “in-brewery coffee shop,” Lamplighter is planning to open Luminati Spirits in East Cambridge this summer. Luminati will be a distillery, cocktail bar, and taproom in one, and will join a new eatery from the chef and owner of Puritan & Co. in Cambridge Crossing.
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