Some details are coming into focus that make it clear the advantages Michael Scelfo will have by taking over the space of the ousted Cafe Algiers, rather than filling already empty restaurant space in the surrounding Harvard Square.
Last month saw the closing of some prominent Cambridge restaurants and one neighborhood spot that had been serving sandwiches since the 1940s – but the Oxford Spa will return, refurbished and under new management, the property owner promises.
The sports-focused 10-restaurant chain becoming a nine-restaurant chain – losing the spot that launched the company in 2004 – will affect fans almost not all, aside from an updated menu and new sign.
And the award for most dramatic reuse of a storefront goes to Caramel French Patisserie of Salem, which says it plans to take over 233 Elm St. in Somerville’s Davis Square, a former pawn shop (“We buy gold”).
The long-dark iYo Bistro storefront in Davis Square could become the new home to Snappy Ramen, roughly tripling the number of diners who can enjoy the savory soup at one time.
The curated, multi-course restaurant Journeyman will close June 3, becoming a different restaurant with other others later in the summer.
There are mixed signals about the Porter Square Hotel restaurant, which has been described for years as a steakhouse called the Porter House Grill.
Temperatures are still iffy, but restaurateurs have decided it’s time for seafood. Legal Seafood is jumping into the poké craze, Viale is getting a lobster pop-up and Les Sablons has opened in Harvard Square with a menu tilted toward raw bar and fish.
A smooth transition of ownership is still ongoing for Cafe Algiers, which gave generations of Harvard Square diners a scare by shutting abruptly in October before a surprise reopening Nov. 5.
What will follow when the poké food trend is past its peak? Here’s an idea: The cookie dough confectionary – a shop serving “raw” cookie dough treats. One just opened in New York City.