Late-night snackers will be happy to hear that Central Square could soon get its second 24-hour eatery: a McDonald’s that already has a license to stay open to 2 a.m., but closes its doors before reopening four hours later for the breakfast crowd.
The transformation to Middle Eastern street food from Mexican street food will be complete at Pita in Inman Square by mid-January. Doors will unlock at 7 a.m. for coffee and breakfast and not close until 2 a.m.
Though it shut down officially more than four months ago for renovations, with a sign saying so going up July 15, the owners did not renew their licensing by a December deadline. They face a licensing issue in Brookline as well.
The resurrection of East Coast Grill lasted less than a year, but this time the Inman Square staple will disappear because of a name change: It will be called Highland Fried, making a direct connection with the owners’ Highland Kitchen in Somerville.
The attorney representing the replacement 24-hour market coming to Harvard Square stressed that its operation would be virtually identical to Market in the Square, the business that was shut down Thursday when a sheriff seized its assets for unpaid rent.
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.