Friday, October 14, 2016

La Fabrica Is Replacing Monroe in Cambridge's Central Square

It looks like a Cambridge restaurant and nightclub that was was hit by a suspension from the city will not be reopening, instead being replaced by a new place from a person behind three dining spots in Boston.

According to a License Commission Hearing Agenda page within the city's website, a transfer of the liquor license for Monroe in Central Square (which is listed under the old name "Moksa") to La Fabrica will be looked at next week, with the manager listed for the proposed spot being Nivia Pina, who is co-owner of Vejigantes on West Dedham Street in Boston's South End, Merengue on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury, and Dona Habana in Newmarket Square. The listing states that La Fabrica hopes to include a front bar and lounge area, a dining room with a small bar, a function room with a stage and a large bar, and two patios.

Monroe, which replaced Moksa and Naga earlier this year, was hit by a suspension this summer after being the site of a series of violent incidents, and the place never reopened.

The address for La Fabrica will be 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

[October 17 update: Wicked Local Cambridge states that La Fabrica will be a family-friendly restaurant that offers food with Spanish-Caribbean influences, with a ceviche bar being part of the plans along with Latin jazz. If all goes well, the new dining spot could be open in a couple of months.]

[February 24, 2017 update: Eater Boston says that La Fabrica is now open, with its exact name being La Fabrica Central.]

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