The Middle East in Cambridge May Have to "Grow or Leave"
It looks like a restaurant and nightclub complex in the Central Square section of Cambridge may have to expand upward if it wants to keep its home.
Cambridge Day is reporting that Joseph and Nabil Sater, who are the owners of The Middle East and ZuZu restaurant on Mass. Ave., are faced with the possibility of the building being sold (the landlord recently passed away), which could result in their buying the one-story building and possibly adding several floors of residential space above the complex. The article mentions that the Saters, who met with neighbors and politicians about their plans last night, are hoping floors can be added to the foundation rather than the building being torn down and rebuilt, because the latter option could be "fatal" to their business.
More information on the plans for The Middle East will likely come out in a week or so, as another community meeting is being planned.
[November 6: The Vanyaland website mentions that the community meeting on the proposed development by the owners of The Middle East will take place at 7:00 PM this evening at the club.]
The address for The Middle East is 472-480 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website is at http://mideastclub.com/
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