Monday, February 01, 2016

Clover in Cambridge's Harvard Square to Move into Former Yenching Space

The people behind a local group of vegetarian food trucks and brick-and-mortar dining spots will be moving one of their restaurants, and it will be taking over the space where a decades-old Chinese eatery had been.

According to an article in The Harvard Crimson, the location of Clover within the Smith Campus Center on Holyoke Street will move into the nearby space on Mass Ave. that had been home to Yenching for 40 years until it shut down in November. The post mentions that the move stems from the fact that the Smith Campus Center is going to be going through major renovations until 2018, and Clover would have been displaced once its lease ran out there in April, but the dining spot is now looking to move out of the space before the lease expires.

Currently, Clover has brick-and-mortar locations in Central Square, Inman Square, Harvard Square, and Kendall Square in Cambridge, and in Brookline and Burlington--along with a number of food trucks set up in the region as well. (A new location of Clover is also coming to School Street in Downtown Crossing this week.)

The new address for Clover in Harvard Square will be 1326 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for all of its restaurants and food trucks can be found at

Thanks to one of our fans on the Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook page for bringing this to our attention.

[April 1 update: An email sent today indicates that Clover has now left the Smith Campus Center, and it hopes to open in its new home on Monday. The email also mentions the rich history of the new space, saying that it once housed the historic Waldorf Lunch that operated a century ago, while an earlier blog post says that it also housed a very early "precursor" to the Bickfords chain called the Bickford.]

[April 4 update: According to a tweet from a few hours ago, Clover has not yet opened in its new home, as it is still in "inspection mode." As soon as we get any further updates, we will post them here.]

[April 5 update: A new Twitter post from Clover indicates that its new Harvard Square location is now open.]

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