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A Preview of Cambridge Restaurants Opening in Summer/Fall 2018

Posted by santanaproperties on June 19, 2018
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&pizza X Milk Bar (1394 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): This pizza and dessert collaboration between DC-based chain &pizza and NYC-based chain Milk Bar will take over the former Tory Row and Crimson Corner spaces in the heart of the square. While it was originally slated for spring 2018, a rep for the dual restaurant indicated in mid-May that an exact date isn’t set yet and it’ll likely be beyond spring. Projected opening: 2018

Blackbird Doughnuts (1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): This Fenway and South End doughnut shop from the team behind the Gallows and Banyan might be opening a new location at the revamped Smith Campus Center, along with a bunch of other restaurants. Keep reading for details on the others. Projected opening: Fall 2018

Bon Me (1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): Boston’s ever-expanding Bon Me truck and restaurant empire is bringing its Vietnamese-inspired fast-casual fare to Harvard’s renovated Smith Campus Center. Projected opening: Fall 2018

Breaktime (Unknown address in or near Harvard Square, Cambridge): A couple of Harvard undergrads are opening a cafe and doughnut shop (it’ll serve Union Square Donuts) with the goal of providing stable employment and vocational training to local homeless young adults. Projected opening: Fall 2018

Cava (88 Ames St., Kendall Square, Cambridge): This DC-based fast-casual Mediterranean chain opened its first Boston-area location in Fenway in January 2018, followed by Dedham in the early spring. Next it’ll spread to Boston’s Back Bay and Hingham in the summer, and Kendall Square after that. Projected opening: Fall 2018

Colette (Porter Square Hotel, 1924 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge): From the owners of Frenchie in the South End comes a new French restaurant to the ground floor of the fairly new Porter Square Hotel. It was originally slated to have a steakhouse, but that fell through. The forthcoming restaurant will seat around 150 inside and an additional 30 on a seasonal patio, and the menu may include steak frites, lobster ravioli, French onion soup, and more. Projected opening: Summer 2018

Dumpling Daughter (73 Ames St., Kendall Square, Cambridge): Dumpling Daughter is the second location for a Weston-based restaurant by Nadia Liu Spellman, whose mother, Sally Ling, was behind the now-defunct Sally Ling’s restaurant on Boston waterfront. Ling is Spellman’s consultant on the Dumpling Daughter menu, which includes dumplings, of course, but also rice bowls, scallion pancake and beef roll-ups, and more. It’s sharing the old Ames Street Deli and Study space with a forthcoming European-style cafe from Spellman’s sister, Nicole Liu. Projected opening: Summer 2018

Falafel Inc. (Yet-to-be-announced address in Kendall Square, Cambridge): Operating under the motto “food for good,” this potential chain originated in DC earlier in 2017 and has big expansion plans, including around the Boston area. A portion of proceeds are reportedly donated to help feed refugees. Projected opening: Unknown

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe (2067 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge): In 2014, Gustazo opened in the former Elephant Walk space in Waltham. Now it’ll open in the former Elephant Walk space in Cambridge as well, serving dishes like empanadas, ropa vieja, and more. Projected opening: Unknown; it was in the “early stages” as of mid-March 2018

The Halal Guys (Unknown address in Porter Square, Cambridge): The New York City chain debuted in Boston’s Theatre District in late summer 2017. Next up: a location in Cambridge’s Porter Square (and four more in Boston proper). An exact address and opening timeline haven’t yet been announced. Projected opening: Unknown

The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow (40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge): The latest from Alden & Harlow and Waypoint’s Michael Scelfo, this will be located above Alden & Harlow, in the longtime Cafe Algiers space. Scelfo has been quiet on details since the initial announcement back in June 2017, but per the agenda for a licensing commission hearing, the new venue may have a dining area, bar, and seasonal patio on each of two floors. Projected opening: Summer 2018

Mothership (Alewife, Cambridge): Commonwealth’s Steve “Nookie” Postal has a few projects in the works with Crema Cafe co-founder Liza Shirazi; see details on the other two projects under the Revival listings on this page. Mothership will be a beer hall with 10 taps, food, and plenty of games. Postal is documenting his restaurant-opening adventures every other week; follow along hereProjected opening: Mothership is slated for fall 2018, with the two Revival locations potentially opening in spring and summer 2018

Oggi Gourmet (1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): An original tenant of the Harvard student center, Oggi moved elsewhere in the neighborhood to weather the massive construction, but it’ll open inside the Smith Campus Center once renovations are finally complete. Projected opening: Fall 2018

Patty Chen’s Dumpling Room (907 Main St., Central Square, Cambridge): Patty Chen’s closed in late October 2017, thanks to construction that will ultimately turn the building into a boutique hotel. The restaurant will eventually reopen in a larger space in the new building; the extra space will allow for the addition of a bar. (As for the other tenants in the building, Cinderella’s closed permanently, and Toscanini’s is temporarily closed but opened a new location nearby.) Projected opening: Summer 2018

Pavement Coffeehouse (1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): This growing local cafe chain will expand to Harvard’s Smith Campus Center once its renovations are complete. (But first, it’ll open a new cafe, roasting facility, and commissary in Brighton.) The Smith Center location will sort of be two locations: coffee and bagels on the first floor; coffee and pastries on the second floor. No sandwiches as there will be plenty of other food vendors onsite. Projected opening: August 2018

Perillas (No location yet): A fast-casual Korean restaurant focused on bibimbap is in the works. There will be three main protein options — bulgogi beef, spicy chicken, and teriyaki tofu — and a variety of vegetables. The owners are hoping to find a place in a neighborhood like Kendall Square (or perhaps Assembly Row in Somerville). Projected opening: 2018

Pineapple Thai (1108 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge): A new sibling of a Brookline Thai restaurant. Projected opening: Unknown

Saloniki (1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): This fast-casual Greek spot with locations in Central Square and Fenway is reportedly expanding to the forthcoming Smith Campus Center. Projected opening: Fall 2018

Sheger Cafe and Ethiopian Restaurant (2376 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge): A small Ethiopian restaurant from a nearby salon owner. There will be around a dozen seats inside and a small patio outside. Projected opening: Unknown

Stix Noodle Bar (93 Windsor St., Cambridge): Restaurant group New England Restaurant Concepts, which is behind a variety of restaurants in the Worcester area and beyond, opened a location of its cafe, Brew on the Grid, in this space but closed it after six months and potentially plans to open its ramen-centric Stix Noodle Bar here instead — but the signage mentioning Stix is currently accompanied by a “for lease” sign, so it’s not clear whether this is still happening. Projected opening: Unknown

Swissbakers (1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): With existing locations in Reading and Allston, as well as at the Boston Public Market, this bakery will add a cafe within the Smith Campus Center. Projected opening: Fall 2018

Vester (73 Ames St., Kendall Square, Cambridge): As noted above, Nicole Liu is opening a European-style cafe called Vester in the former Ames St. Deli/Study space, splitting it with her sister Nadia Liu Spellman, who is opening a second location of her Weston restaurant Dumpling Daughter there. Vester will serve dishes such as a prosciutto di parma sandwich and a smoked salmon salad, not to mention a daily “splurge” special to complement the feel-good simplicity of the rest of the menu. Projected opening: Unknown, but as of May 1, Liu had already applied for her licenses to serve food as well as and wine and malt beverages

Whole Heart Provisions (1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge): As noted above, this vegan-friendly sibling of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese will open in the Smith Campus Center at Harvard (but first, there’ll be a new Central Square location.) Projected opening: Fall 2018

 

https://boston.eater.com/2018/4/2/17137062/new-restaurants-cambridge-somerville-spring-2018

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