Sunday, November 23, 2014

Update: Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge Has Closed

[Ed note: This article was updated on November 24 to reflect new information given.]

It looks like a popular neighborhood dining spot in Cambridge has shut its doors.

According to a note on its Facebook page, Garden at the Cellar on Mass. Ave. is closing, with the post indicating that the restaurant was unable to reach an agreement with the landlords on its lease. (According to the post, it is "the food side of The Cellar Food & Drinks' operations" that is shuttering, though we will try to get exact details over the coming days.) The note from Garden at the Cellar ends with "Thank you for your kind patronage over the past 8 years through both Chef Will & Chef Brandon's time owning the Garden."

[November 24 update: The Boston Business Journal mentions that Garden at the Cellar restaurant closed last Tuesday, and that it may have been due more to a liquor issue than rent, as the place went "eight years without earning a drop of revenue from its beer and wine list or its cocktail program," with the sales going to the landlord who runs The Cellar bar downstairs (which apparently remains open) and the adjacent Cellar Wine & Spirits. The article goes on to say that the landlord "paid the bartenders at Garden at the Cellar, supplied the liquids and reaped 100% of the revenue" and that the closure appears to stem from this partnership falling apart. The BBJ also says that one of their sources claims Garden at the Cellar owner Brandon Arms was escorted out by the police last Tuesday and that a former manager says Arms is not allowed to go back in to gather up the restaurant's property. Finally, it looks like the landlord could be trying to reopen the restaurant over the coming days, though it is not known if this will be able to actually happen.]

The address for Garden at the Cellar is 991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. Its website can be found at http://www.gardenatthecellar.com/home/

Thanks to food writer MC Slim JB for bringing this to our attention.

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]



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3 Comments:

Blogger Jered said...

These are the same guys who, just last month, opposed the liquor license for a new wine bar: http://www.cambridgeday.com/2014/10/06/cambridge-lost-wine-bar-before-it-opened-and-entrepreneurs-should-be-asking-why/

The owner said, "Charcuterie? You know what that is? Salami and baloney. That’s what that is."

Good riddance, and may they never get a license should they try to reopen. What a bunch of hypocrites.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Justin F. said...

The landlord (the aggressor in this story) is the one who opposed Upperwest. The chef/owner supported them: http://www.upperwestcambridge.com/ourjourney/2014/6/10/sad-news

10:00 AM  
Blogger Jered said...

Was the chef an owner in any way? From the update and the Cambridge Day article, it appears not.

What a messy situation, and certainly a person (the owner/landlord) to never do business with...

10:54 AM  

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