Monday, August 22, 2016

Baraka Cafe in Cambridge's Central Square to Move to Boca Grande Space Near Porter Square

A restaurant in the Central Square section of Cambridge is moving to another section of the city, and it will be taking over the space where a popular Mexican eatery had been.

According to a Twitter post, Baraka Cafe has a note in the window of the former Boca Grande space near Porter Square that says it is moving from its home on Pearl Street to the Mass. Ave. space. The note does not say when the move will take place, only saying that it will be open in the new location from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.

Baraka Cafe first opened approximately 20 years ago, offering North African cuisine with a specific focus on Algerian and Tunisian fare; Boca Grande, which closed its Porter Square location earlier this summer, has also closed other shops and is now down to just one by the CambridgeSide Galleria in East Cambridge, though its new owner plans to open a new shop somewhere in the city later this year.

The new address for Baraka Cafe will be 1728 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138, while its old address is 80 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. The restaurant's website can be found at

[September 26 update: Eater Boston states that Baraka Cafe shut down its Pearl Street location over the weekend, and that it will announce on social media when it plans to open in its new location on Mass. Ave.]

[November 16 update: A new post from Eater Boston says that Baraka Cafe could be opening in the next few days in its new space near Porter Square.]

[November 28 update: According to posts from its Facebook page, Baraka Cafe is now open in its new home.]

[Earlier Articles]
Boca Grande Changes Ownership, Will Open New Restaurant in Cambridge
Boca Grande Near Cambridge's Porter Square Has Closed

Follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]