East Cambridge Petsi Pies shop to move, making it fast, staying close at Kafofo site
Petsi Pies is moving up – a couple of blocks up Cambridge Street to 594 Cambridge St. from 441 Cambridge St., a bigger location that’s so move-in ready that East Cambridge should a see an “open” sign within days at the new location for pastry, coffee and sweet and savory pies.
Founder Renee “Petsi” McLeod won easy approval for the relocation Wednesday from the License Commission, assuring the three commissioners that the menu and hours would stay the same as she gave up the 441 Cambridge St. space nearer Lechmere, where RJ Gourmet once was, to move a couple of blocks closer to Inman Square into a space once that was once Cafe Kafofo.
“My plan is exactly the same thing I’ve been doing,” McLeod said, “This one is bigger and in much better condition – and it has handicapped accessibility.”
The former Kafofo site has 15 seats and a total capacity of 20, while the location Petsi Pies is leaving after a little less than nine months held a dozen.
McLeod was eager to be in the new space. Asked by commission chairwoman Andrea Spears Jackson when Petsi Pies would open in the new location, McLeod replied: “When the hearing’s over.”
“It’s really ready,” McLeod said, applauding the work café owner Rosangela Santiago did in preparing the space for opening in December 2011 and in renovations last year. “There’s nothing to change. They did a beautiful job.”
Petsi Pies will stay at its original location at 285 Beacon St., Somerville, and at its 31 Putnam St. location in Cambridge’s Riverside neighborhood just outside Harvard Square, which also serves soups and sandwiches. McLeod said she has just renewed a five-year lease on Putnam Street.