Grendel’s Den has 50 years of stories to recount (and is doing it in the ‘People’s History’ podcast)
At 50 years old, Grendel’s Den is not only going strong, but has come to embody the essence of Harvard Square and how it (always) “used to be cool.” The podcast we’re putting together, “A People’s History of Food and Drink: Five by Ten in the Den,” is meant to bring people back to the nostalgia of each of its decades.
Before a tree-cutting moratorium went into place in 2019, the pace of felled trees seemed to accelerate; while it’s not so simple for multimillion-dollar construction, developers, city councillors and Planning Board members are all trying to figure out how a lab- and office-space moratorium affects business as usual.
Despite what Cambridge’s chief public health officer called “uncontrolled transmission” of Covid-19, the city won’t require restaurants, fitness centers and other indoor public spaces to mandate Covid-19 vaccination for their customers and workers, as Boston and neighboring communities have done.
A Classical Revival building by an architect known for Roman Catholic churches featured five domes with two exhibition wings and a circular theater with seating for 3,000, and the world’s first Shoe & Leather Exposition drew 30,000 visitors on opening night. But success was short-lived.