Monday, December 07, 2015

Tracy Chang (o ya, Guchi's Midnight Ramen) Is Opening Pagu in Cambridge

A new restaurant is opening in Cambridge, and the person behind it comes from one of the highest-rated dining spots in the Boston area.

A license commission general hearing page within the city of Cambridge website indicates that Pagu is planning to open on the eastern edge of Central Square by MIT, with Tracy Chang being the manager of the upcoming Mass. Ave. eatery. Chang is an alum of o ya in Boston's Leather District, and she was the co-creator of the Guchi's Midnight Ramen pop-up; she has also trained at Restaurante Martín Berasategui, a three-star Michelin restaurant in Lasarte-Oria, Spain.

It is not yet known exactly what will be on the menu at Pagu, with the only information given at this point in time being that it will likely be open for at least lunch and dinner and will have seating for 172 plus another 64 on an outdoor patio. (More information on Pagu should come out at the December 15 hearing.)

The address for this proposed restaurant in Cambridge is: Pagu, 310 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[December 9 update: According to an article in Eater Boston, Pagu will be a tapas spot with Japanese and Spanish influences, and with a focus on seafood and the use of locally-sourced ingredients; if all goes as planned, the restaurant could be opening around the latter part of next summer.]

[August 24, 2016 update: A Zagat feature on upcoming restaurant openings mentions that Pagu is looking to open this fall, and that it will offer dishes with both Spanish and Japanese influences.]

[December 16, 2016 update: According to a press release, Pagu opens its doors on January 3, with the place being reservation-only upon its debut and including a prix fixe opening menu (an a la carte menu will debut in early 2017). A few items offered include smoky cheese wafflato, croquetas de curry crab, and squid ink oyster bao, with beer, wine, and cocktails being available.]

[December 22, 2016 update: A poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page mentions that Pagu is currently going through a soft opening right now, with a reservations page indicating that the soft opening goes through December 30.]

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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]