Friday, February 28, 2014

Centre Street Cafe in Jamaica Plain Sold to Owners of Tres Gatos

An eclectic eatery in Jamaica Plain is being bought by the folks behind an equally eclectic tapas bar and book/music shop.

According to one of our readers, the owners of Tres Gatos are purchasing the Centre Street Cafe, with an earlier Jamaica Plain Gazette article confirming that this is indeed in the works. The article mentions that the plan is to renovate the space (with the Centre Street Cafe closing at any time now) and possibly reopening this spring with the same name but a different menu that focuses on Italian and Mediterranean fare. At the time the article was written (late December), one stumbling block was the transferring of the wine license to Tres Gatos, with owner David Doyle saying that they won't do this unless the transfer takes place (there is no word on any outcome to this as of yet).

[May 14 update: Universal Hub states that the owner of Tres Gatos is indeed going to be buying the Centre Street Cafe, with the plan being to keep the name, change the menu (it will focus on Italian fare at dinner and Mediterranean at lunch), and keep the existing brunch as is. Expect to see the new version of Centre Street Cafe open this fall.]

[June 30 update: According to a post on its Facebook page, the Centre Street Cafe closes (under present ownership) at the end of business hours today; it still appears that it will reopen under new ownership (see above) later this year.]

[August 11 update: Boston Magazine is reporting that Brian Rae of Rialto (and formerly of Straight Wharf Restaurant in Nantucket and RM Seafood in Las Vegas) will be heading up the kitchen at the Centre Street Cafe once it reopens under new ownership this fall. The article says that Rae will remain at Rialto as chef de cuisine until the end of August.]

[November 3 update: An email sent over the weekend indicates that the revamped Centre Street Cafe has been in the process of a soft opening, with Eater Boston mentioning that its official opening will be tomorrow (Tuesday, November 4), though it will only be serving dinner for now.]

The Centre Street Cafe is a dining spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar spot to go to for its farm-to-table food and Sunday brunch. A link to the review can be found below:

The address for the Centre Street Cafe is 669a Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130.