Friday, January 25, 2019

Shy Bird Is Opening in Cambridge's Kendall Square

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant may be on its way to Cambridge, and it has a connection to at least two of the most popular dining spots in the Boston area.

According to a source (William Simpkins), Shy Bird is planning to open in Kendall Square, with our source indicating that the group behind Eastern Standard in Boston's Kenmore Square and Branch Line in Watertown will be behind this place as well. This news has been confirmed in a just-posted licensing commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, saying that the place would have seating for 89 inside, a total occupancy of 140 inside, and a seasonal patio, and the manager listed is Andrew Holden, who is indeed involved with both Eastern Standard and Branch Line.

If approved, Shy Bird will be located by the corner of Third Street and Broadway, with the exact address being 390 Third Street.

[February 14 update: Boston Magazine confirms that Andrew Holden is indeed involved with Shy Bird, saying that it will be a wine bar, cafe, and rotisserie restaurant offering such options as soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, rotisserie chicken, pork shoulder, and more, along with beer, wine, cider, and some cocktails. If all goes as planned, the new spot could be opening early this summer.]

[May 15 update: A job post within the Craigslist site indicates that Shy Bird plans to open in July.]

[August 18 update: According to a source, Shy Bird has been going through a soft opening, with a Facebook post from the place confirming this, though no official opening date has been given as of yet.]

[August 21 update: Eater Boston states that Shy Bird is now officially open.]

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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]