Thursday, August 20, 2015

Power Cafe to Replace Royal in Watertown

A farm-to-table restaurant in the western suburbs of Boston has closed after a very short run, and a new cafe that will be operated by people with disabilities is opening in its space.

According to a source, Royal in Watertown is no longer in business, with the dining spot apparently closing sometime last month (based on various social media posts). The Lexington Street space will not be vacant for long, however, as a new coffee shop called Power Cafe is opening there, and it will be staffed and run by people with physical and developmental disabilities, according to its Facebook page and website. If all goes as planned and they get the necessary permits/approvals, the new spot could be ready to open sometime in September.

[September 9 update: In an article from Wicked Local Watertown, Galit Schwartz of the upcoming Power Cafe says she is "realistically shooting for" an opening date sometime in early October.]

[November 20 update: Eater Boston states that Power Cafe is now open.]

Royal first opened in March of this year, moving into the space where Acapulco had been.

The address for the now-closed Royal (and new Power Cafe) is 45 Lexington Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. The website for Power Cafe can be found at

[Earlier Article]
Royal Is Opening in Watertown

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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]