Season to Taste can ‘thrive’ at a bigger location, but it means closing down the Mix-it restaurant
With food delivery waning with the pandemic, the acclaimed Season to Taste restaurant is looking to make up for that revenue with more seating, trading up from its current 20 seats to a 70-seat space being used by another eatery, the License Commission heard Thursday.
The transfer of location was approved Thursday by license commissioners, which means the Mix-it Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar will close and turn over its liquor license as soon as the state affirms the decision, according to an affidavit filed with the commission. Mix-it opened in November 2014. Workers there on Wednesday seemed unaware of the expected closing. (Update on April 22, 2022: Mix-it’s last day is expected by one worker to be April 30. There is no official word from restaurant management.)
Permitting for construction is expected around mid-May; Season to Taste chef and owner Robert Harris said the goal was to open the larger space around Labor Day, which is Sept. 5.
The North Cambridge space Season to Taste is leaving includes a dining room, industrial catering kitchen and office. The dining area’s license to serve food will transfer to 1678 Massachusetts Ave. and the office will close, Harris said, but the kitchen’s catering license will be retained as it continues to serve as a commissary for “drop-off catering.” The dining room has been in use since January 2016, starting as The Table at Season to Taste.
The dining room is being eyed for “a more casual concept that would focus on burgers and sandwiches and stuff like that,” Harris said. “I’m still fleshing out the concept.” It would need a new common victualler license to serve food.
The main reason for the move to a new space is that Season to Taste is trying to “recover as their catering business has dropped off significantly” coming out of the pandemic, said Anthony McGuinness, its lawyer. “This will allow the restaurant to thrive.”