Is ManRay Returning to Cambridge?
It looks like a landmark nightclub could be coming back to Cambridge, though it might be moving into a much smaller space--and would possibly start serving food.
Cambridge Day is reporting that ManRay is eyeing the old Blockbuster space on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge's Central Square, which is just around the corner from its original home on Brookline Street. The article mentions that the new version of the club would be about a third of the size of the original, and that it would serve food as well as drinks.
ManRay first opened in 1985, bringing to the Central Square neighborhood an "underground" place that featured goth and new wave bands. It closed in the summer of 2005, with rumors floating around about its reopening ever since.
The address for the proposed new location of ManRay would be 541 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Their website is at http://www.manrayclub.com/
[December 10 update: A new article in Cambridge Day mentions that plans for ManRay to open at 541 Massachusetts Avenue are "on hold," and now it actually looks like a pet store could be moving into the former Blockbuster space. The article also says that ManRay owner Don Holland has "explored options with nearly every landlord in Central Square" over the past several years, with nothing coming out of it to this point. (Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.)]