Friday, July 27, 2012

Update: Shabu at Kendall Is Apparently Coming to Cambridge

[Ed note: This article was updated on April 23, 2013 to reflect new information given on the place, including a different name.]

It appears that the folks behind several Asian restaurants in the Boston area--including one in Cambridge's Kendall Square--are planning to open a new dining and drinking spot on the northeastern edge of Kendall, just south of the CambridgeSide Galleria.

The City of Cambridge website posts that the people who own Fuji on Third Street are looking to open what could be called International Sports Hub on Rogers Street, with the proposed 71-seat place being open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The post also states that the new restaurant may have an outdoor patio as well, which would have room for 68 more. It is not yet known exactly what kind of food International Sports Hub would serve, but the site shows (via a post that is no longer up) that it will also have a lounge that will serve beer, wine, and liquor (dependent upon whether it receives a full liquor license).

[April 23, 2013 update: A more recent License Commission General Hearing post on the City of Cambridge website indicates that the name of the upcoming restaurant on Rogers Street is now apparently going to be Shabu at Kendall. The manager--Tony Liang--remains the same, though the name of the group behind it has changed from Fuji Group, Inc. to Bao & Mein, Inc. The post also says that the capacity is now planned to be 100 seats inside, with 32 more seats on an outdoor patio. The hearing is this evening, so expect another update soon.]

In addition to Fuji in Kendall Square, the group behind that restaurant and the upcoming International Sports Hub also owns Bistro Chi/Kama Lounge on Cottage Avenue in Quincy Center and B-Cafe and Shabu Restaurant, both on Hancock Street in North Quincy.

The address for this upcoming dining and drinking establishment in Cambridge is 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142.

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