Friday, June 03, 2016

Moona Restaurant to Open in Former Playska Space in Cambridge's Inman Square

A new restaurant is taking over the Cambridge space where a short-lived sandwich shop had been, and it looks like the person behind it comes from a now-closed suburban spot that was affiliated with a popular restaurant in Boston's South End.

According to a license commission general hearing page within the city's website, Moona Restaurant is planning to open in Inman Square, with the address indicating that it will be moving into the former Playska space. (Playska, which was owned by the people behind Bronwyn in Somerville and T.W. Food in Cambridge, closed in April.) The manager listed for Moona is Mohamad El Zein, who was involved with Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar, a Woburn restaurant that shut down last month--and it appears that he had also been affiliated with Masa in the South End as well previously. (The South End location remains open.)

Based on the proposed hours given, it looks like Moona will be open only for dinner--at least at the start--and that it is looking to acquire a beer and wine license. No specific information on its menu or concept has been given as of yet, so keep checking back for updates.

The address for this upcoming dining spot in Inman Square is: Moona Restaurant, 243 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[October 14 update: According to a source, Moona expect to open to the public on October 24.]

[October 18 update: Eater Boston states that Moona is actually in the process of a soft opening this week before its official opening early next week, and that it features Eastern Mediterranean fare including olives, dips, pickles, shareable plates (including Istanbul vine leaves with currants, pine nuts, and dill, and couscous tfaya with chickpeas, raisins, and caramelized onions), beer, and wine.]

[Earlier Articles]
Playska in Cambridge's Inman Square Has Closed for Good
Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar in Woburn Is Being Sold; New Restaurant to Replace It

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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]