Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Closing

A Cambridge landmark is getting ready to shut its doors for good after many years in business.

According to a Facebook post from the place, Cafe Algiers in Harvard Square is closing today, with the note saying "Please keep all our cooks, waitresses, and managers in your thoughts--and think of us when you next drink mint tea!" No specific reason was given for the closure, nor is it known what might be going into the Brattle Street space.

Cafe Algiers, which opened nearly 50 years ago, has been known as a place to go for lighter fare, coffee, and tea, with its menu including such Mediterranean items as hummus, baba ganoosh, falafel, tabbouli, couscous, lamb sausage, and more. (The place also offers beer and wine.)

The address for Cafe Algiers is 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Lulu's Sweet Shoppe Moves to New Space in Boston's North End; Lulu's Kitchen Coming to Haymarket.

A North End bakeshop that features cupcakes and more has moved to a new location, and the person behind it is also getting ready to open a cafe nearby.

The site is reporting that Lulu's Sweet Shoppe has taken over the space on Parmenter Street where Cocoanuts had been, leaving its Salem Street space that will soon be home to Polka Dog Bakery. The article also says that owner Sandy Russo will soon be opening Lulu's Kitchen on Hanover Street in the Haymarket area, though no specific details have been given for that place as of yet.

Lulu's Sweet Shoppe is known in part for its scratch-made gourmet cupcakes along with its candy and house-made ice cream.

The address for the new location of Lulu's Sweet Shoppe is 28 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA, 02113. Its website can be found at (The exact address for Lulu's Kitchen has not been given as of yet.)

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Oye's Still Not Open in Former Donatello's Space in Saugus, Prompting Selectmen into Action

Last summer, an Asian fusion eatery announced plans to open where a landmark restaurant on Route 1 had been. More than a year later, it has still not opened, and the town appears to be losing patience.

The Saugus Advertiser is reporting that town selectmen are concerned about the lack of progress being made in the opening of Oye's Restaurant &amp Bar in the space where Donatello's was for nearly 30 years, with the attorney for the upcoming dining spot saying that issues with sewer piping and the fire system along with upgrades to the space's interior and an expansion of the parking lot have caused delays, and the restaurant is now looking at a possible early December opening. Originally, it had looked like Oye's could open in late 2015, but by June of this year it had still not opened and was looking at a possible fall opening at that point in time.

Town selectman Jeff Cicolini expressed frustration at the delays in the opening of Oye's, saying "I don't want to get to the point where you're not open in early December or it will get ugly." The board ended up voting unanimously in support of having the restaurant give a written project status update by November 20, while having town departments monitor progress as well.

[Earlier Article]
Oye's Restaurant and Bar to Move into Donatello's Space on Route 1 in Saugus

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bruno's Bar and Burger in Lynn Has Reopened

A North Shore burger spot that closed its doors over the summer is open once again.

A check on the place indicates that Bruno's Bar and Burger in Lynn has reopened, with one Facebook post from a person who seems to be involved with the Western Avenue restaurant saying it is under new ownership, while a post from earlier this month from the dining and drinking spot mentions that it now has a new Facebook page--while also referring to the "9 wing sauces made from scratch and our specialty burgers."

In late August, Bruno's quietly shut down with no reason given for its closure and phone calls going unanswered with no voicemail message. The restaurant and bar, which first opened in January of 2015, has been known for its array of burgers with house-made sauces along with its selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

The address for Bruno's is 858 Western Avenue, Lynn, MA, 01905. Its website is at

[Earlier Article]
Bruno's Bar and Burger in Lynn Is Closed; Exact Status Unknown

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Al's Cafe to Open at Cambridge's Technology Square

It looks like a sandwich shop with two locations in Boston and another in a northern suburb may be returning to Cambridge.

According to a Twitter post by @dbelson, Al's Cafe & Catering is apparently coming to Technology Square in the MIT/Kendall Square section of the city, with the sign in the picture saying that it will be "coming soon." (@dbelson tells us that it is taking over the former Quiznos space.) Earlier this year, a location of Al's closed at the Smith Campus Center (formerly the Holyoke Center) in Harvard Square, along with several other businesses that had to leave because of extensive renovations being made to the building.

Currently, locations of Al's Cafe can be found on State Street in Boston's Financial District, South Street in the Leather District, and TradeCenter in Woburn. The website for Al's can be found at

The address for the upcoming location of Al's Cafe in Cambridge is 600 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

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Alfredo's Restaurant in Quincy May Be Replaced by Fusion Kitchen

It looks like an Italian restaurant that has been around for more than half a century could be making way for a new Asian eatery.

According to a licensing page within the city of Quincy website, a license transfer from E&M Restaurant, Inc. to Fusion Kitchen is being requested, with the address given--and a check on an earlier license renewal page--indicating that this is the Franklin Street space currently occupied by Alfredo's Restaurant. The manager listed for the proposed Fusion Kitchen is Jason Zhen Ye, and a search for the name shows (via that this may be the same person who is behind Fusion Taste in Arlington.

[Update: The Quincy Sun has confirmed that Fusion Kitchen is planning to take over Alfredo's (which will be closing), and the person behind it is indeed behind Fusion Taste in Arlington, though he will apparently be leaving his post at that restaurant along with another Fusion Taste in Stoneham.]

Alfredo's, which first opened in 1960, has been known as a casual spot to go to for Italian-American fare over the years.

The address for Alfredo's (and the proposed Fusion Kitchen) is 75 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA, 02169.

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