Trio of Cambridge Crossing eateries from Gilson begin to open; Café Beatrice is first on Saturday
The three Cambridge Crossing eateries that Inman Square restaurateur Will Gilson hoped to open in early 2020 are just now about to get a staggered arrival, with one waiting until next year. All are in a building called The Shed, at 100 N. First St.
Café Beatrice is the first. Starting Saturday, the café is described in a Tuesday press release as specializing in baked goods (from pastry chef Brian Mercury) and breakfast sandwiches served from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Mondays). Café Beatrice has some grab-and-go options and a bit of indoor and outdoor seating.
Expected the first week in November is The Lexington, a second-floor, art deco restaurant with a rooftop bar open 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (also closed Mondays). The bar menu highlights cocktails; the food by Gilson includes “snacks” such as baked stuffed clams, onion dip and homemade potato chips; “appetizers” of crab cakes, Swedish meatballs, scallop crudo and the like; and entrees such as glazed short ribs, fish and chips, grilled salmon and wild mushroom lasagna. There will also be a fried scallop roll, a lobster roll and a burger.
Finally, Geppetto, an Italian restaurant, is expected to open on the Shed’s first floor in 2021. It’s the largest space at 74 seats – The Lexington has 40 – and is described by the architecture firm Rode as having a classical feel, with “rich tile finishes and a warm glow from the fireplace” meant to evoke “the scholarly sophistication of early Cambridge.”
“Our intention was to give our guests something for every daypart to fit into their lives,” Gilson said.