The two-story space at 8 Holyoke St., formerly Sandrine’s Bistro and En Boca, has sat empty since June 2017 even as restaurants around in thrived last year. Now it may finally become a Smoke Shop BBQ location. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Possible changes to license renewals process

License Commission, 9 a.m. Monday. In the first of two meetings this week, commissioners discuss whether to change any license renewal processes, considering there’s a pandemic going on. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.


Staff reports to council on anti-coronavirus work

City Council special meeting, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. The council meets to get an update on the city’s efforts against the spread of the coronavirus. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.


Updating the city’s business zoning map

Economic Development & University Relations Committee, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by vice mayor Alanna Mallon looks for final recommendations from the Community Development Department on updating the he city’s “Table of Uses,” which hasn’t been updated significantly since the 1960s. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Services for students needing more support

School Committee Special Education and Students Supports Subcommittee, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Subcommittee members discuss in-person services for students who have individualized education programs and accommodations for students learning remotely. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.


From Cuchi Cuchi to Cloud and Spirit

License Commission, 1 p.m. Thursday. Here’s that second meeting. A restaurant called Cloud and Spirit is taking over the space at 795 Main St., The Port, that was once Cuchi Cuchi, the 19-year-old tapas restaurant that coronavirus closed in May. (“Socializing with food, wine and good company has been obliterated overnight by an unlucky fluke of nature,” owners said online.) Cloud and Spirit plans to be open to 1 a.m. Saturday with seating for 49 and a full occupancy of 120. Expect Japanese fare such as udon. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Harvard Square changes; Brick factory to be razed

Historical Commission, 6 p.m. Thursday. There’s a slew of spruce-ups and some bigger changes proposed for around Harvard Square. Among the bigger items: More than a year after news The Smoke Shop BBQ would open a location in the empty, two-story Sandrine’s Bistro/En Boca space at 8 Holyoke St., empty since June 2017, things are looking serious – restaurant owners are asking permission for an illuminated sign; The Red House, 98 Winthrop St., seeks to enclose its patio, which would more than double the small number of wintertime patrons allowed under social distancing rules; and the Harvard Coop at 1400 Massachusetts Ave. wants to enclose its entryway vestibule in glass, which would either lock out the homeless people who sleep there or keep them warmer. Also, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is taking action on demolishing the mostly one-story 1883 brick factory at 624 Main St., near Kendall Square in The Port, for a lab building with retail and restaurants at its base. The plan has been in the school’s town-gown reports dating back to at least 2013. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.