Friday, December 20, 2019

Senses Is Replacing Cafe ArtScience in Cambridge's Kendall Square

An innovative Cambridge restaurant known in part for its experimental takes on drinks is shutting down, and a new spot under the same ownership--and with a big name apparently involved--will replace it.

Eater Boston is reporting that Cafe ArtScience in Kendall Square is closing its doors after dinner service tomorrow night, with founder David Edwards replacing it with a new restaurant called Senses. In the article, Edwards says that the upcoming Senses comes from "the fruit of a conversation between myself and chef Jody Adams that began with the loss of our common friend Tenzin Samdo earlier this year"; Samdo was a partner and beverage director for the place who passed away earlier this year, while Adams--who is a James Beard Award winner--is involved with Trade, Porto, Saloniki, and Greek Street, and was also behind Rialto, a landmark Harvard Square restaurant that closed in 2016.

Cafe ArtScience first opened in 2014, calling itself a "cafe and culture lab committed to great casual drinks and dining alongside art, science, and design experiences that express audacious frontier dreams of tomorrow."

The address for Cafe Artscience (and the new Senses) is 650 E Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142. The website for Senses will be at

[January 23, 2020 update: A post within the jobs section of the site mentions that Senses will offer dishes with Mediterranean influences and that the food program will be headed up by Chef Nadia Michaud, who comes from Paris and Athens and will be mentored by Jody Adams (who will be a consultant).]

[March 3, 2020 update: According to its website, Senses plans to open sometime in the spring.]

[July 28, 2020 update: An article from mentions that Senses plans to debut for takeout only on Wednesday, July 29, while it hopes to fully open September 17; its takeout menu includes such items as wild mushroom bruschetta, beef tartare, minestrone soup, calamari au gratin, house-made cannelloni, porchetta sandwiches, veggie moussaka, a yogurt parfait, and more.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also 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]

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