[personal profile] ron_newman
I saw people working inside Davis Square Donuts & Bagels (next to Community Credit Union) this afternoon, so I asked one of them about a projected opening date. She told me it should be in "about two weeks."
[personal profile] ron_newman
Over the past few days I was surprised to walk by these three businesses and find them closed. Anyone know when they closed, and why?
  • The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
  • Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
  • Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square
[personal profile] ron_newman
NOCA Provisions is a brand-new cafe on Rindge Avenue, at the intersection with Cedar, Rice, and Middlesex streets. It's run by the folks from Season to Taste Catering. Check it out for a change of pace from your usual Davis Square routine.

Season to Taste’s Noca Provisions Is Now Open (Boston magazine)
[personal profile] ron_newman
Signs in the windows of the former LBC Pawn shop at 233 Elm Street announce that it will be the future home of a second Caramel French Patisserie shop from Salem.
[personal profile] ron_newman

from Cambridge Day:

The long-dark iYo Bistro storefront in Davis Square could become the new home to Snappy Ramen, according to a worker visiting the site....

...with rent pressures at Snappy’s 420 Highland Ave. location, just a few minute’s walk away, the stagnant [iYo] location represents an opportunity for expansion. The former iYo space seats 68 in a total 2,510 square feet, while the current ramen restaurant location seats only a couple dozen people.

[identity profile] josephineave.livejournal.com
According to the Tufts Daily, the owners of Dave's are going to open a restaurant and bar called Semolina Kitchen and Bar in late spring on the edge of the Tufts campus, near the Collaborative Innovation and Learning Complex at 574 Boston Ave. This the is big renovation Tufts did to the warehouse-like space across from St. Clement's.

“We’re going to be open in the morning for coffee, pastries … and a more continental-type breakfast, and then [we’ll] go into lunch and then into dinner,” Theophanis said.

The new restaurant will be a causal place for food and drink, Theophanis said. In addition, there will be take-out service and a pizza oven.


Seems like an odd place for anything other than a weekday lunch place for students & faculty. There's not much after hours traffic down there.

https://tuftsdaily.com/news/2017/03/10/owners-of-daves-fresh-pasta-to-open-new-restaurant-near-574-boston-ave/

Doing a little research, it looks like this is the space, which I just assumed was Tufts property:
https://www.facebook.com/InciteArchitecture/photos/a.1018549874871019.1073741829.140147866044562/1018549951537678/?type=3&theater

I guess it's been in the works for a while:
http://boston.eater.com/2015/6/22/8824095/daves-fresh-pasta-plans-a-medford-expansion
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
UPDATE: MEETING CANCELLED

Reminder: There will be a neighborhood meeting regarding the proposed "Taco Bell Cantina" at the former iYo/Farmer's Bounty location (234 Elm St.) on Monday, February 27th, at 6:30.
[identity profile] teko.livejournal.com
They were closed when I drove by over the weekend, then on President's Day, and again yesterday (Tuesday); I walked by this morning, and the coolers inside are all empty.
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Oat Shop, "Boston's first oatmeal cafe", has officially opened at 22a College Avenue, replacing American Bakers Cafe.

(Earlier posts here and here.)
[personal profile] ron_newman

The former iYO Cafe/Bistro at 234 Elm Street has a big new RESTAURANT AVAILABLE sign in the window. The QR code on the sign leads to a blank page, but I found the restaurant listed for sale on this page

SOMERVILLE, MA 
Café / Restaurant Location 
Common Victualler License 
Busy High Traffic Location. Sales History of $14,400.00 per week. 
Approximately 2,510 SF. Rent $50 - $55 PSF. 60 Seats. 
Beautiful Buildout with Exposed Brick Walls. Great Opportunity.

with more detail available here if you login to the nerest.com website. I'll include that detail below the lj-cut.

At an informal meeting with a few local residents Wednesday evening, Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis said that Taco Bell has expressed interest in this location for their new Taco Bell Cantina restaurant format, which includes alcoholic beverages. Only a few of these exist so far, in Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

Restaurant for sale detail )

[identity profile] aislingk15.livejournal.com
Thought I'd give a shout out to Nu Cafe, which opened recently on Washington Street in Union Square, since it seems like something that would appeal to this community, but is not really in a location that you'd walk by going to the usual Union Square haunts. The menu is extensive and very vegan/vegetarian friendly. It should be noted that this location doesn't have espresso drinks (which are listed on the website menu and I assume are available in Worcester) but does have alcohol. The space is huge and they have wifi. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just happily eating my Thai Curry Bowl and iced coffee and thinking that other people should be here too.

http://www.nucafe.com/

195 Washington Street, Somerville MA 02143 (pretty close to the Somerville Target store)
[personal profile] ron_newman
Eater.com reports: Pokéworks opens its doors to the raw fish salad-loving public on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Somerville, with a menu full of customizable bowls and burritos made with sushi fixings.

Pokéworks is located at 261 Elm Street. It will be the fifth location of a growing national chain.
[personal profile] ron_newman
The owner cites "very serious health issues" in her Facebook announcement, which is worth reading in full.

(in this earlier post, she mentions both ALS and chronic Lyme disease.)
[personal profile] ron_newman

iYO Bistro (formerly iYO Cafe) has closed.  I know not why.

A Japanese and sushi restaurant called O'Ginger has opened at 263 Elm, the former location of Pinkberry and (briefly) Yumi Hot Pot.

[personal profile] ron_newman
It's been "Closed for Vacation" for weeks, with no indication of a reopening date. Anyone know more?
[identity profile] teko.livejournal.com
I had missed this news, but Eater reports that the owner/chef of Commonwealth, Steve "Nookie" Postal, has signed a lease to take over the former Subway on Elm St. and create a new restaurant. He hasn't announced what it is yet, but I really like what he's done with the Commonwealth space, so this is awesome news.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Eater.com reports that "Plans for Davis Square Donuts and Bagels have been scrapped and the space appears to be up for lease with items in the store covered in plastic wrap." The shop was supposed to open in the Community Credit Union building, next to the Rosebud.

Earlier posts about this: July 15, 2015 | July 9, 2015
[identity profile] emcicle.livejournal.com
This is a completely frivolous question, but I'm curious if anyone has an opinion on who makes the best buffalo chicken wrap (or sub) in the Davis and surrounding areas. I'm frequently craving one, and haven't been satisfied with places I've tried lately. Cambridge House of Pizza (on Mass Ave) did an okay one but the quality lately has really slid (last time they gave me BBQ sauce with it instead of buffalo sauce!). Christo's uses grilled chicken, which is healthier, but doesn't satisfy the way a fried chicken cutlet would.

So, anyone have a suggestion/recommendation?

Thanks!

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