Nearing a year since opening, the Sonia nightclub will be able to serve beer, wine and alcohol alongside the rest of the Sater family’s entertainment and dining complex in Central Square, including The Middle East and ZuZu.
A lot happens in the course of a year in a densely packed city of 105,162 people with high-profile industries, clashing interests and significant class disparities. From standing up for the vulnerable to deceiving people who come here to do business, here’s a rundown.
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.
The License Commission took away the unused liquor license for T.T. the Bear’s Place nightclub on Wednesday, rejecting a lawyer’s request that the commission buy it back to make up for having “created illegal regulations … outside the scope of its legal authority.”
Supporters of the women behind the closed restaurant River Gods called the actions of the License Commission “disgusting” and “not cool, guys” at the end of a hearing that found Jackie Linnane and Caroline Enright still caught in a trap of the commission’s making.
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.
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 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.
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.