Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Roxy's Grilled Cheese, Area Four Owners to Collaborate on New Restaurant/Bar/Arcade in Cambridge

The people behind several popular Boston-area restaurants and food trucks are collaborating on a new spot in Cambridge.

According to a page on the Massachusetts Public Notices site, James DiSabatino of Roxy's Grilled Cheese is teaming up with Michael Krupp of Area Four to open a restaurant, bar, and entertainment spot on Mass. Ave. by MIT tentatively called Roxy's A4cade (this appears to be a working name only), with the address indicating that it will be located in an upcoming mixed-use building that is part of a University Park expansion project. The post mentions that the place will include a Roxy's dining area and an Area Four bar section on the first floor of the building, with a total capacity of 108 inside and an additional 40 outside on a seasonal patio; a game room that could include a pinball machine, Skeeball, foozball, shuffleboard, pool table, and more are possibly being considered within the space as well.

Roxy's Grilled Cheese currently has a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Allston along with food trucks in and around Boston, and a new kiosk on the South Boston waterfront will soon be opening (DiSabatino is also co-owner of Whole Heart Provisions in Allston). Area Four can be found in Cambridge's Kendall Square, with a location of A4 Pizza Bar--which is temporarily closed--being just outside of Somerville's Union Square and a new A4 outlet coming to Troy Boston in Boston's South End.

The address for this proposed restaurant, bar, and entertainment place in Cambridge is 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[March 29, 2016 update: Boston Magazine mentions that the new spot, which is going to be called Roxy's A4cade, will have James DiSabatino offering a menu that includes burgers and grilled cheese and Michael Krupp being behind the cocktails.]

[September 1, 2016 update: A new article from Boston Magazine states that Roxy's A4cade plans to open in December, and that it will have an "amped up" Roxy’s in front and a hidden arcade out back, with the Area Four folks offering a "quirky and creative" list of cocktails, beer, and wine.]

[January 27, 2017 update: Eater Boston states that Roxy's Central Square and A4cade opens its doors tomorrow (Saturday, January 28) at 5:00 PM.]

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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]