Friendly Toast says it will not reopen in Kendall, hints at post-coronavirus future in different site
Kendall Square’s unique all-day breakfast joint, The Friendly Toast, will never reopen, owners announced Monday.
But they held out hope to relocate within Cambridge when it was safe – in terms of coronavirus, and financially.
“We have a long and happy history there [in Kendall Square], full of great memories, and this is a tough moment for us,” the business announced via social media.
“Over the last couple months, we’ve been slowly and safely reopening our restaurants with every precaution in mind to keep our team and guests safe,” but despite “overwhelmingly positive support we’ve received in these very challenging restaurant and life times,” it didn’t make financial sense to reopen in Kendall Square.
Still, owners said, “We look forward to being in a Cambridge neighborhood again soon.”
The restaurant opened in 2009 and became known quickly as an eclectic brunch with kitschy decor, amiable staff and huge pancakes. (In 2010, it took fourth place as the best breakfast in America from “Good Morning America.”) Four years in, new ownership brought in Marcus Thompson, of The Barking Crab and Uno’s Chicago Grill, to run the Toasts in Kendall Square and New Hampshire. Six location in total are now listed on the Friendly Toast website, including the original in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and another in the state’s Bedford; a Back Bay location; and one in each Burlington – Massachusetts and Vermont.
A growing list of Cambridge restaurants and bars have closed during the coronavirus crisis, including Brit Bakery, Bukowski Tavern, Cafe Pamplona, Cuchi Cuchi, The Field, Flat Top Johnny’s, the Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square, Parsnip, Restaurant Dante, The Table at Season to Taste and Wit’s End – another Inman Square establishment. Somerville has lost restaurants including an Au Bon Pain and Bergamot.