Friday, May 17, 2024

Luxor Cafe Is Replacing Roust in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A new coffee shop is replacing a cafe in Cambridge, and the space had previously been the flagship location of a local group of sandwich/coffee shops.

According to an article in Cambridge Day, Luxor Cafe is looking to open in Harvard Square, taking over the space on Mt Auburn Street that has been home to Roust, and which had previously been home to a location of Darwin's. The post mentions that Abdelrahman Hassan--who will run the new spot--wishes to have a concept similar to Roust though with additions to the menu and expanded hours, while also telling the licensing commission that "I'm trying to kind of return back to what Darwin was....The way it is right now, it's a smaller operation. [Valentin Terteliu Hefco] has done amazing at Roust. I'm just trying to extend it out a little bit."

Roust first opened in early 2023, a short time after all four locations of Darwin's in Cambridge closed.

The address for Luxor Cafe (and Roust) is 148 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The Instagram page for Luxor Cafe is at

[July 8 update: A message sent by Leah Klein of City Living Boston mentions that Luxor Cafe is now open.]

[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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