&pizza Plans to Open in Tory Row, Crimson Corner Spaces in Cambridge's Harvard Square
A Washington, D.C.-based pizza chain is hoping to come to Cambridge, and it would be taking over the spaces where another restaurant had been and where a decades-old newsstand currently resides.
According to an article in Cambridge Day, &pizza is planning to open in Harvard Square, moving into the former Tory Row space and the Crimson Corner space by the corner of Mass. Ave. and Brattle Street. The post says that Crimson Corner, which used to be called Nini's Corner and has been owned by the same family for 54 years, has lost its lease and will be forced to close at the end of the month. (Tory Row shut down this past October.)
&pizza got its start in Washington, D.C. in 2012 and currently has approximately 20 locations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania; an earlier article in the Washington Business Journal mentioned that the pizza chain is looking to open between 8 and 12 new outlets over the next year or so, including one in Manhattan.
The website for &pizza can be found at http://www.andpizza.com/
[February 14 update: The Boston Globe is reporting that Crimson Corner has gotten an extension that will allow it to stay in its home until the end of February--and owner Chris Kotelly may try to get another extension to the end of March. The article also says that Kotelly has also received an offer to move into a space a short distance up Brattle Street, but he has not made a decision on that space yet. (There is no word when &pizza might take over the current Crimson Corner space.)]
[March 14 update: Cambridge Day states that Crimson Corner will indeed be moving to 35 Brattle Street, closing its current location on April 9 and opening in the new space on April 10. The article also indicates that plans for &pizza to open in the current Crimson Corner (and the former Tory Row) space may be in jeopardy, as the Cambridge Historical Commission has rejected giving it a certificate of appropriateness; the pizzeria will now need approval from the commission for storefront changes at an April 27 hearing where a fast food special permit from the Board of Zoning Appeals will also be heard, and while &pizza has requested a second continuance to the April 27 hearing, zoning board chair Constantine Alexander said to them, "We don't like to keep continuing cases. Generally the rule is two strikes, you're out."]
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