An interesting merger of sorts looks to be happening in Somerville sometime soon. The Flatbread Company, a small chain of restaurants featuring wood-fired pizza, will be moving into the spot in Davis Square where Sacco's Bowl Haven has resided since the late 1930s. According to a report from the city of Somerville, the classic bowling alley is not going away, however; it appears that five of the bowling lanes will be taken away (and presumably the billiards area) to make room for the restaurant and bar, with ten lanes remaining open. The report says that the restaurant itself will have a capacity of 140.
The Flatbread Company opened its first restaurant in Amesbury, MA, in 1998, expanding to a number of other spots in New England over the past several years. Today, locations can be found in Amesbury, Bedford, MA, Portsmouth, NH, North Conway, NH, Portland, ME, Canton, CT, and Paia on the island of Maui in Hawaii.
The Flatbread Company will be located at 45 Day Street, which is just south of the heart of Davis Square and a few blocks north of Mass. Ave. in North Cambridge.
The city of Somerville planning staff report detailing the opening of the Flatbread Company in Davis Square can be found at this link (please note that this is a PDF file):
[January 22 update: According to one of the moderators on the Davis Square Live Journal Blog
, Sacco's Bowl Haven has a sign on the front door saying that it closed on January 21. Earlier in the week, one of our sources said that this indeed looked like the last week for Bowl Haven, and as of today, no one seems to be answering the phone at the bowling alley. So it appears that Bowl Haven is officially closed, with the Flatbread Company apparently moving in soon. On a related note, the Live Journal moderator also mentioned that the sign on the door indicates the place will reopen on February 6. Stay tuned for more information over the coming days....]
[June 17 update: According to the Wicked Local Somerville Blog
, Sacco's Bowl Haven has officially closed. The article states that Flatbread Company will keep 10 of the 16 bowling lanes, but the pool tables will be gone. The bar will feature 20 beers, and a wood-fired oven will be installed, according to the article. A specific opening date has not been given for Flatbread Company.]
[July 3 update: A chat we had yesterday with workers at the new Flatbread Company in Somerville has confirmed that they will be having their grand opening to the public today.]Tweet This!
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