Monday, June 19, 2017

Longfellow to Replace Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A Cambridge institution is closing down for a second time--though this time it is for good--and one of the region's best-known chefs and restaurateurs is opening a new spot within the space.

Eater Boston is reporting that Cafe Algiers in Harvard Square will be shutting its doors in August, with Michael Scelfo opening an eatery called Longfellow in the Brattle Street space. The article mentions that Scelfo--who is behind Alden & Harlow just below Algiers along with Waypoint between Harvard Square and Central Square--will reportedly honor the landmark cafe with his new place, saying that "We're sad to see [owner] Emile and his team close their doors, but hope to pay homage to Algiers' 57-year legacy with this new venture."

Cafe Algiers closed briefly in October of 2016, only to reopen under new ownership less than a month later; the place has been known for its Mediterranean fare along with coffee and tea.

The address for Cafe Algiers (and the upcoming Longfellow) is 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

[June 13, 2018 update: Boston Magazine mentions that Longfellow plans to feature finger foods along with a "geeky" cocktail program and lesser-known varietal wines.]

[January 17, 2019 update: A new Boston Magazine post indicates that Longfellow officially opens on Saturday, January 19.]

[Earlier Articles]
Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square Is Closing
Cafe Algiers in Cambridge's Harvard Square Has Reopened

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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]