Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Toscano Is Replacing Cafe of India in Cambridge's Harvard Square

The folks behind an Italian restaurant in the Beacon Hill section of Boston are looking to open a second spot, with this one being across the river in Cambridge (and replacing an Indian spot).

According to a City of Cambridge License Committee General Hearing page, one of the managing partners of Toscano Restaurant on Charles Street in Boston's Beacon Hill is looking to take over the all alcoholic beverages as a restaurant license from the manager of Cafe of India on Brattle Street in Cambridge's Harvard Square. Based on the wording of the notice within the page, it appears that the proposed eatery will be taking over the Cafe of India space.

[March 14 update: An article in the Harvard Crimson confirms that Toscano will definitely be moving into the Cafe of India space. If all goes as planned, the new eatery could be open by November.]

[April 20 update: The IndUS Business Journal is reporting that Cafe of India closed earlier this week.]

[March 21, 2013 update: Eater Boston reports that the new Toscano in Harvard Square is planning to open sometime week.]

[March 22, 2013 update: One of our sources has confirmed that Toscano in Harvard Square has opened.]

If the transfer of the license is approved (the hearing is tonight), Toscano plans to have a capacity of 119 inside the space, with what the note states is "an additional 83 seats being banked for possible future use." The new dining spot is hoping to be open from 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM Sunday through Wednesday and 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.

The website for the original Toscano Restaurant in Boston can be found at http://www.toscanoboston.com/