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Happenings in Cambridge Crossing

Brunch at The Lexington in Cambridge Crossing in North Point. (Photo: The Lexington via Instagram)

Chef Will Gilson, who just brought Sunday brunch back to his Puritan & Co. in Inman Square, is now bringing a full weekend brunch to The Lexington in Cambridge Crossing.

Starting this weekend, every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature appetizers such as jalapeño-bacon croquettes with aged cheddar and charred avocado puree; small plates such as avocado toast with miso-egg salad and furikake; entrees of either a fried chicken sandwich or short rib hash; and a range of salads and drinks.

Gilson owns the three restaurants that operate in the 100 N. First St. development in North Point – The Lexington on the second floor, with a rooftop terrace; and Italian restaurant Geppetto and coffee shop and bar Café Beatrice on the first floor.

At Geppetto, beginning July 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays thereafter, the upscale Italian spot offers a five-course supper menu. Dubbed “Sunday gravy,” the menu runs $45 per adult and $20 for kids under 12. The courses start with an assorted bread basket and chopped or Caesar salad, followed by a choice of arancini or meatballs or clams casino, then rigatoni with vodka sauce or mafalde Alfredo or shrimp scampi, and finishes with tiramisu or gelato.

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Somernova pop-up

Somerville community space Somernova at 29 Properzi Way hosts El Jefe’s, the Mexican Taqueria chain, for an 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday pop-up, partnering with the business-catering app Fooda to offer $10 off burritos for the first 75 people who use it to place their order at Somernova. But this isn’t just a one-time thing: Every Tuesday and Thursday, lunch at Somernova offers cooked-to-order lunches from a rotating list of vendors. The Fooda/Somernova calendar is here.

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Greek loyalty

Saloniki Greek, the sandwich shop with Harvard and MIT locations among its five in the Boston area, has launched a “Greek God and Goddess Club” loyalty program. For each $100 customers spend, they can earn $10 back in store credit. Also included are 25 bonus points for signing up and free prizes on your birthday.

People using the Saloniki Greek app can transfer account credits to the loyalty program. Signups are here. The Cambridge locations are at 24 Dunster St., Harvard Square, and 181 Massachusetts Ave., The Port.

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J.P. Licks’s new flavor

Coconut Cake Ice Cream at J.P. Licks. (Photo: Rónán Fitzgerald)

In honor of bar and restaurant Grill 23’s 40th anniversary, J.P. Licks is celebrating with an ice cream flavor inspired by Grill 23’s “Famous Coconut Cake”: Coconut Cake Ice Cream, available through August.

“We tasted one forkful of Grill 23’s famous Coconut Cake and knew we had to create an ice cream inspired by its incredible flavor,” J.P. Licks founder and owner Vincent Petryk said.

The new flavor is basically hunks of yellow cake loosely blended with coconut custard ice cream and sweet toasted coconut strings. There are quite a few textures going on – so tread lightly if you are a smooth-ice-cream kind of person.