Wellesley grocery chain Roche Bros. opened a Brothers Marketplace in Kendall Square this month after two years of planning, according to The Boston Globe. The market moved into the ground floor of an MIT office building and is the first grocery store in the square. “The community’s desire for a grocery store was raised in every conversation that we had with stakeholders during our zoning process,” Steven Marsh, managing director of MIT’s real estate operations, told the Globe.
Emmy Squared might open shop in Cambridge
Emmy Squared, a popular Detroit-style pizzeria with locations in New York City and Tennessee, is eyeing Cambridge for its next home, according to Eater Boston. Emmy Squared might bring its square pizzas, sandwiches, and salads to the city scene in 2020 with multiple outposts.
If you’re in the mood for fried chicken, look no further than Lily P’s, chef and owner Chris Parsons’ newest restaurant venture which is set to open in Kendall Square later this fall, according to Eater Boston. The joint is named after Parsons’ daughter and will feature pressure-fried, “crispier, juicier” chicken dishes. Lily P’s will seat 200 diners, and will include a seasonal patio with seating for 50 more.
The popular downtown Boston restaurant Fóumami is bringing its Asian-inspired sandwiches to Harvard Square in March 2020, according to CEO and founder Michael Wang. They will be opening shop in the space that formerly housed Flat Patties, according to Eater Boston. The menu will include tossed salads, rice and noddle bowls, and sandwiches made with shaobing bread, Eater reports.
STEAM Learning Lab
After a successful pilot run this summer, Harvard’s STEAM Learning Lab hosted an opening celebration at the end of September and will host another for the associated Hive makerspace in late January, according to Dr. Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries for the Cambridge Public Library. To make the Learning Lab possible, the library worked alongside the Cambridge Public Schools and the city’s Department of Human Service Programs as part of the city’s STEAM Initiative, which is “committed to creating, enhancing, and expanding equitable access to quality STEAM learning experiences from birth to adulthood,” according to McCauley.
Richards, a new restaurant serving up American fare made completely from scratch, down to the ketchup, is now up and running in Inman Square, according to Eater Boston. Chef and co-owner Richard Graham III has planned plates—including oven roasted chicken with asparagus and trofie pasta with fried pork belly—with his wife and co-owner Sarah Graham, who is the restaurant’s pastry chef. The duo boasts over 15 years of food service industry experience.
Salt & Olive expands menu with coffee and sandwiches
Salt & Olive made some big changes this October. Thanks to their move to a new space in The Garage at Harvard Square, the Salt & Olive team has expanded their offerings to include an espresso bar and freshly made sandwiches, according to owner Mary Taylor. Taylor sees the new offerings as an “evolution of our Mediterranean market,” and is excited to serve paninis and sandwiches made from local ingredients, including meats, cheese, and jams from Cambridge and bread from Brookline. Eventually, Taylor hopes to add antipasti and salads to the menu, along with some yet-to-be-determined seasonal plates.
Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative stays on Church Street
The Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative (CAC) is here to stay for at least a couple more years. The group secured a 1,300-square-foot lease with the private real estate investment firm The Bulfinch Companies, according to the Cambridge Chronicle, and will remain in their 59 Church St. space for the next two years. The CAC is now consolidated to one floor and has redisplayed artists’ work to fit, but is “elated” to be able to remain in their home in Harvard Square, Ann Szerlip of CAC told the Chronicle.
Porter Square Pho House becomes Chalawan
The owners of Pho House have transitioned the Porter Square restaurant into the newly named Chalawan, which began serving Southeast Asian cuisine including seafood, meat, and vegetable plates with an official opening in October, according to Eater Boston. Chalawan’s menu takes inspiration from Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, and more to create dishes like Indonesian corn cakes and crispy pork.
Spyce might expand to Harvard Square with robots as cooks
Spyce, a downtown Boston restaurant known for its “robot-powered kitchen” developed by four MIT graduates, might soon expand into Harvard Square, according to Eater Boston. The owner is eyeing the former Chipotle space at 1 Brattle St., and hopes to obtain a full liquor license for late-night operation open until 4 a.m. The new location would be courtesy of $21 million in Series A funding from a crop of celebrity chefs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Gavin Kaysen, among others.
The Little Crêpe Cafe
The Little Crêpe Cafe opened between Porter and Harvard Squares this October, boasting a menu of sweet and savory crepes, Belgian waffles, sandwiches, smoothies, and more, according to Eater Boston. Before opening, owner Kamil Sylvain renovated the cafe’s new home at 102 Oxford St., which started as a fruit market in the 1800s and later housed Oxford Spa, which opened in the 1940s and shut its doors in 2017.
Veggie Grill made a splash in Harvard Square this October with an opening event at which guests tested out the 100 percent plant-based cuisine with one complimentary entree, one fountain drink, and one “shareable item” from the menu, according to the event invitation. The casual vegan chain offers a mix of burgers, bowls, sandwiches, and soups, according to Eater Boston.
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