Cafe Algiers is at risk again, being pushed out by the building’s owner and another of his tenants: Michael Scelfo, the restaurateur behind the basement-space Alden & Harlow and the nearby Waypoint.
The momentum of turning Vail Court into affordable housing continued Monday with the allocation of $750,000 to tear down the two boarded-up, rat-infested buildings and transfer of property to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust for development.
City councillors grappled Monday with the city’s role in duping hundreds of restaurateurs into spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on alcohol licenses that are now worthless, as well as how to compensate the buyers for their empty investments.
The Harvard Square Defense Fund is back – rebranded – with 1979 founder Gladys “Pebble” Gifford joining forces with younger generations active as the group Our Harvard Square.
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 Harvard Square Theatre at 10 Church St. will be redeveloped into a mixed-use building with two below-ground movie screens; street-level retail; and five stories of office space above.
The liquor license for the T.T. the Bear’s Place nightclub cost the equivalent of $343,382 in today’s dollars. The River Gods license cost more than $167,000 in today’s dollars. Today those licenses are worthless, and the owners are stricken.
Harvard Square’s Comedy Studio is cutting back its schedule, going to four days a week – losing Wednesday to run shows only Thursday through Sunday. The issue: rising rents.
The taxi industry, under attack from ride-hailing firms such as Uber and Lyft, is getting some regulatory relief in Cambridge, where the License Commission has come to owners and drivers with ideas to help level the playing field and is asking to hear their ideas as well.