Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Au Bon Pain at the Smith Campus Center in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Closing

It looks like a Harvard Square institution is getting ready to close for good.

According to several sources over the past couple of days, Au Bon Pain at the Smith Campus Center (formerly the Holyoke Center) is shutting down tomorrow, with the flyby blog of The Harvard Crimson is confirming this, saying that "It was to be expected due to the renovation of the Smith Campus Center, but it just happened so fast." (Clover has also left the building and is moving to the former Yenching space around the corner, while Oggi's is looking to temporarily move about 50 feet south to Dunster Street.) The post shows a sign in the window of Au Bon Pain saying that it is searching for a new location in the area, and it also refers customers to nearby outlets on the eastern edge of Harvard Square along with others in Central Square and Kendall Square.

Au Bon Pain, which first opened at the Holyoke Center 32 years ago, has been known in part for its chessboard tables out front and its being used for a scene in the movie "Good Will Hunting." The chain of bakery-cafes is headquartered in Boston, where it first started out in 1978.

The address for this soon-to-close location of Au Bon Pain is 1360 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the chain can be found at

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