Alden and Harlow Is Opening in Former Casablanca Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square
A couple of days ago, we reported that a landmark restaurant in Cambridge's Harvard Square had closed for good. Now we have learned that a well-known chef at a nearby dining spot will be opening a new eatery within the space.
The Boston Magazine Chowder blog is reporting that Michael Scelfo of the Russell House Tavern on JFK Street is planning to open a new restaurant in the space on Brattle Street where Casablanca had been. It appears that Scelfo's first solo chef-owned spot will have a different concept from Casablanca, but based on what Chowder (and Scelfo) says, he will show respect for the history of the space itself.
[January 23, 2013 update: Eater Boston mentions (via Leah Mennies of Boston Magazine) that the name of Michael Scelfo's new eatery will be Alden & Harlow, which is named after "40 Brattle's original designers." Also mentioned by Leah is the fact that the restaurant has received a full liquor license.]
[October 25, 2013 update: The Restaurant Hub blog of The Boston Globe states that Alden & Harlow is planning to open in early December.]
[January 30, 2014 update: A thread on the Chowhound site confirms what various Twitter posts over the past day or so have indicated, that Alden & Harlow is now going through a soft opening phase. There are conflicting reports as to whether the restaurant will officially open tomorrow (Friday) or over the weekend, so stay tuned for more updates.]
[January 31, 2014 update: Alden & Harlow officially opens today at 5:00 PM.]
The address for Michael Scelfo's new restaurant is 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.
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