Michael Scelfo to Open Alden and Harlow in Casablanca Space in Cambridge's Harvard Square
[Ed note: This article was updated on January 23, 2013 to reflect new information given, including a name for the place.]
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 likely show respect for the history of the space itself.
At this point in time, there are no more details on the new dining spot, so keep checking back for updates.
[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.]
[December 6, 2013 update: Based on various Facebook and Twitter posts from the restaurant, it appears that Alden & Harlow is very close to opening (no specific date yet, though).]
The address for Michael Scelfo's upcoming restaurant is 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.
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