Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The 504 at Bred has buttermilk Cajun fried chicken, creole slaw and pickles. (Photo: Bred via Instagram)

A Central Square noodle joint and Kendall Square gourmet burger eatery took steps toward opening in Cambridge during a License Commission meeting Oct. 12, along with a restaurant with a broader menu that’s setting itself up to serve a swiftly growing North Point neighborhood.

The three new licensees are expected to open next year.

Lanner Noodles & Bar is replacing Rangzen Tibetan Place, which closed abruptly last month at 24 Pearl St., Central Square. The owners bought the business assets from Rangzen Tibetan and, according to manager Yue Chen and a Lanner lawyer, intend to serve food that could feel familiar to Rangzen regulars: thick Northwest-style noodles, from a region where Tibet and China share a border. 

The 1,336-square-foot restaurant with an indoor occupancy of 37 people was approved by commissioners for hours of operation from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on all days.


An MIT-owned space that came available more than a year ago at 730 Main St., Kendall Square, is set to become the third Bred after locations in Dorchester and the Seaport, “basically a gourmet burger establishment with Caribbean flavor,” including jerk flavorings, Cajun fries, creole slaw and beignets, lawyer Konstantine Papadopoulos said.

Founder Tambo Barrow – described by Papadopoulos as an “inner-city success story” and featured in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston –  ​​“came up with the idea and concept of Bred with a little help from his mom and dad, of course,” Papadopoulos said.

Bred will take a corner space in a home to Intellia Therapeutics, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and MIT’s venture capital firm and startup incubator The Engine, filling another of the several retail or restaurant spaces marketed as the school’s East Campus renovations wrap up. Other locations with announced leases include the pool hall Flat Top Johnny’s at 238 Main St., and two at at 314 Main St.: the Ripple Café and restaurant Row 34.

Bred Cambridge, able to hold up to 90 diners in its 3,169 square feet, expects to operate 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and brunch hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tap 151 Bar and Grill

Tap 151 Bar and Grill plans to offer a casual, family-friendly vibe. It’s a “grab-a-beer, cocktail, steak or burger” place at heart, though in a “scratch kitchen – no frozen food off the truck, they will be making all their own food,” lawyer Andrew Upton said. It’s in the Cambridge Crossing development of North Point and meant to cater to a post-work and lunch crowd “as recommended by the landlord and the developers.”

There will be a built-in and growing market: “Not only are there 458 units above us – there are two other residential buildings within a three-block radius, and there are three more residential buildings planned for construction just about a half-block away,” Upton said. The 5,867-square-foot business eatery, with room for 300 inside, plans to operate at 151 N. First St. from 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Tap 151’s landlord is providing $1.7 million in tenant improvements, including $300,000 for soundproofing, “because they want this restaurant and want these operators,” Upton said.

Owner Davidson Bettero and his team manage bar and grills acquired from Tavern in the Square in 2017 and 2021 in Central Square, Cambridge, and Northboro and run Oliveira’s Steakhouse, a Brazilian steakhouse in Union Square, Somerville.