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Who says you can’t watch the #WorldCup Finals AND visit the #CentralFlea? Catch the final match outside on our jumbotron at University Park while enjoying local vendors, food trucks, Lamplighter Brewing Co. beer garden and more! Which team are you rooting for? ⚽️
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Calling all soccer fans! Join us at the #CentralFlea tomorrow to watch the World Cup Finals on our outdoor jumbotron. The viewing party will be in addition to our regular 90+ vintage and antique dealers, artists, makers and designers, import dealers, food trucks, and the Lamplighter Beer Garden. Details & RSVP: Jumbotron World Cup Viewing at University Park!
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Nothing says #NationalFrenchFryDay like an order of fries from CSBA member Veggie Galaxy! 📷: @vegan_kween (on Instagram)
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Soccer Fans: World Cup Watch Party and National Team Jersey Giveaway!
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Good morning, #CentralSQ! Start your morning commute on a colorful note. 🎨 📷: @daveferrick (on Instagram)
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You never know what new things you’ll see every Sunday at the #CentralFlea — especially when New England’s top street performers join us for Buskerfest on July 22! Mark your calendars for the most amazing street show to ever hit Central Square. Details & RSVP: Buskerfest at the Central Flea!
Love is everywhere in Central Square. ❤️ #CitizensofCentralSQ 📷: @sarahmakeslunch + @christiannapolitanophoto (on Instagram)
Ryles Jazz Club (212 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge): After over 40 years, the Inman Square music venue and restaurant has shut down. The owners are focusing on their almost century-old deli across the street, S&S.This article has 20 other Boston locations (Show)
Cafe Juiceup (1290 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, Boston): Juices, smoothies, and more.
Cava (669 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston): This is the fourth local outpost for the DC-based fast-casual Mediterranean chain. Next, it’ll open in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.
Gypsy Place Coffee and Juice Bar (90 Hampshire St., Cambridge): A 20-seat cafe with juice, smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, and more.
Pavement Coffeehouse (415 Western Ave., Brighton, Boston): The seventh location for the local cafe chain is also home to a coffee roasting facility and commissary kitchen.
Rabottini’s Pizza (182 Western Ave., Lower Allston, Boston): What started as a one-day-a-week pop-up inside of a Cambridge bagel shop is now a free-standing, five-day-a-week pop-up (expected to last through the fall), serving pizza, salads, and a few flavors of Gracie’s Ice Cream.
Revival Cafe & Kitchen (125 Cambridgepark Dr., Alewife, Cambridge): This is the first of three new projects — two Revivals and one beer hall called Mothership — from Steve “Nookie” Postal (Commonwealth, Crema Cafe) and Liza Shirazi (Crema Cafe). Coffee, sandwiches, and more.
Sassafras (688 Broadway, Ball Square, Somerville): Eat at Jumbo’s has been reborn into a fully vegetarian (and mostly vegan) operation.
Soleil (2306 Washington St., Roxbury, Boston): Southern-influenced dining, with counter-service breakfast and lunch (lots of sandwiches) and full-service dinner.
Soup Shack (779 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Boston): A pan-Asian soup shop, featuring everything from pho to ramen.
Sushi Today (1562 Tremont St., Mission Hill, Boston): Sushi and sashimi, with plenty of combos available.
Centre Street Cafe (669 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Boston): The Centre Street team is revamping the Italian restaurant into a space-themed diner called Little Dipper, which could reopen in July.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop (1 Porter Rd.): The Chicago-based sandwich chain has other local locations, including one in Downtown Boston.
Refuge Cafe (155 Brighton Ave., Allston, Boston): There was a false alarm a couple years ago, but now Refuge Cafe is really gone, leaving behind only a series of bizarre Facebook posts, as was its style.
Roost Bistro (259 Newbury St., Back Bay): This New American bistro closed after four years, but its sibling bakery next door, Patisserie on Newbury, remains open.
Stephi’s in Southie (130 Dorchester Ave., South Boston): In the wake of the joining of the hospitality groups behind the Stephanie’s restaurants, Met Back Bay, and others, one member of the Stephanie’s family, the five-year-old Stephi’s in Southie, has shut its doors.
The Wholy Grain (275 Shawmut Ave., South End, Boston): The neighborhood bakery and cafe, which had been open for eight years, will be replaced by a new Chilacates location.
Wok N’ Roll (1908 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge): The Chinese restaurant had been around for over two decades.
Cappy’s Tavern (11 Wolcott Ct., Hyde Park, Boston): After eight decades, this classic dive bar will shut down in late July.
Intermission Tavern (228 Tremont St., Downtown Boston): This Theater District pub will shut down at some point in the near future, to be replaced by the Fourth Wall.
Redd’s in Rozzie (4257 Washington St., Roslindale, Boston): This Roslindale hotspot will close in July, with owner Charlie Redd citing changes in Boston’s liquor licensing system that would devalue his license.
The calm before the storm. 🎆 Happy #4thOfJuly from Central Square! Where are you watching the fireworks tonight? 📷: @grecolombian (on Instagram)
Time to wake up, Central Square! It’s #InternationalReggaeDay at the Central Flea. Shop, eat, and drink while enjoying Caribbean tunes, food vendors, and more. 🎶 RSVP: International Reggae Day at the Central Flea 📷: @neopenmarkets
Cambridge #ParticipatoryBudgeting is looking for your project ideas. This year residents will vote on funding $900,000 in capital projects. Submit your project idea online today IDEA COLLECTION RUNS FROM JUNE 1 - JULY 31.
It’s time to get your groove on, #CentralSQ! We’ll see you in front of City Hall for the Dance Party at 7 pm tonight. 💃🏼🕺 More details: City Dance Party 📷: @clemscib on Instagram
Ryles Jazz Club (212 Hampshire St., Cambridge) will hear its last set this weekend. The Inman Square institution that’s provided...
Celebrate #InternationalReggaeDay at the Central Flea this Sunday, July 1st from 11am-5pm! Enjoy Caribbean beats from DJ Selecta Voyage 01, a special performance by the Cambridge Steel Band Orchestra, Caribbean Food Vendors, and much more! Details & RSVP: International Reggae Day at the Central Flea
Congrats The Rising Bar! Hope you go for the gold! 🏆
Every day is #TacoTuesday in #CentralSQ! 🌮 CSBA member Naco Taco serves all gluten free tacos and tortillas. 📷: @glutenfreeboss on Instagram
Every #SundayFunday should start with a coffee at the Central Flea ☕️🕶 📷: @caffeine_covfefe on Instagram
...multimedia installation piece, re-imagines Boston Public High School students as the legendary founders of West and West-Central African ethnic groups. Ekua Holmes’ Roxbury Sunflower project addresses cultural resiliency in the eponymous...
#PrideMonth may be nearing its end, but our pride in Central Square lives on all year round. 🌈 #CitizensOfCentralSQ 📷: @yvonceknowles on Instagram
Last call! Our open meeting to discuss the potential of Central Square becoming a Business Improvement District will take place tonight at Workbar at 6pm. Get your last-minute RSVP in: Central Square BID Community Meeting
Get a taste of Greece without traveling across the globe! #CSBA member Saloniki Greek has new craft cocktails at their #CentralSQ location 🍹 📷: @sous.tysonian on Instagram
It may only be Tuesday, but we’re ready for the weekend. #DrinkLocal with us at the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts’ 7th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest this Saturday (6/16)! We’ll be tasting local beers, ciders, and meads. Details & tickets: http://bit.ly/2J9aVqu
🔦🔍📞🔭⚠️ Have you seen Delilah?? If so, please call 248-8981298 Last seen in East Cambridge on Sunday.
Sundays are for the #CentralFlea! Shop, eat, and drink local at University Park from 11am to 5pm. Details & RSVP: Central Flea 📷: @cosmiccultvintage on Instagram
In 2011 Anthony Bourdain paid a visit to East Cambridge during the "Boston" episode of his show "No Reservations." He came to East Cambridge in pursuit of his constant goal to experience the people, traditions and flavors of different cultures. In this particular case, he was drawn to the Azorean Portuguese culture that reminded him of his earliest years learning to cook in Provincetown. He didn't come to the East Cambridge / Inman Square area because it was a "dining destination," he came because the neighborhood's heart and soul embraced diversity of culture, and food was just one of the ways it did that. He wanted everyone to open their eyes and see our differences and celebrate them, even if it got messy. During his visit to Boston, while visiting the radio show of Howie Carr, Bourdain is quoted saying, "Hanging out only with people who agree with me is about as boring a prospect as I can imagine." So, maybe today you'll stop into that market you've been curious about or you'll try that new restaurant you've been meaning to try. Or maybe you'll even buy that plane ticket for that trip you've been dreaming about. And, maybe during dinner tonight you'll raise a glass of Vinho Verde and say "saúde!" No matter what we drink and no matter how we say "cheers!" -- we all appreciate being fed good food and being surrounded by good company. RIP Mr. Anthony Bourdain. You have a place saved at so many tables.
Central Square Business Improvement District Campaign
Summer calls for drinking outside. We’re proud to sponsor the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts' 7th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest on Saturday, June 16th! Join us at University Park for unlimited tastings of beers, ciders, and meads. Details & tickets: http://bit.ly/2J9aVqu
One of our favorite parts about #CentralSQ: there is ALWAYS something to do! See what's going on in the neighborhood this month in our latest CSBA newsletter (and subscribe if you haven't already)!
We’re excited to have the BIO International Convention in Boston & Cambridge for #BIO2018! Looking to explore more while you’re in town? We’ve got your full guide to #CentralSQ on the Life Sciences Corridor’s blog:
“Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits” with Q&A from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. There’s a $15 cover at the door.This article has 9 other Boston locations (Show)
Dance for World Community Film Festival begins, with showings at 5 and 7 p.m. daily through Wednesday at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Admission to each film is $10.
Romance novel talk with “The Wedding Date” author Jasmine Guillory from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $8 (for standing room) or $10, and add a dollar for online service fees for this 18-plus show.
World Qualifier Finals at the Boston Poetry Slam from 7:15 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free.
Comedian Johnny Pemberton at 8@730 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10 (or $11.42 with the online service fee).
Fifth Annual Dance Now Boston at 8 tonight and Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. General admission tickets are $25.
39th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (all racing) and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (racing and cultural festival) around the Weeks Footbridge, 948 Memorial Drive, in the Riverside neighborhood. Free.
Fresh Pond Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday around the Water Treatment Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Fresh Pond. Free.
12th Annual Family Music Festival from noon to 3 p.m. at the New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., West Cambridge. Free.
Drum Fest V from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets in advance are $12 standing and at the bar; $14 general seating; and $16 off the stage, but $20 at the door, with $3 of every ticket sold going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
No #SundayFunday is complete without a stop at the Lamplighter Brewing Co. Beer Garden 🍺☀️ Who are you taking on the #CentralFlea with today!?
Intersection Improvement Project Update: The vote on the Home Rule Petition (see "charter right #2" below) at the last City Council meeting was charter-righted. It will be re-visited at the next City Council meeting on Monday, June 4th at 5:30 PM at Cambridge City Hall, 2nd Floor Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave. This meeting is open to anyone, regardless of whether or not you wish to speak. Members of the public who do wish to speak may do so at the public comment section of the meeting for up to three minutes. You may sign up to speak by calling the City Council Office at 617-349-4280 on Mondays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or by signing up at the meeting between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. If you would like additional information to familiarize yourself with this topic, here are a few links to city websites. 1 - Inman Square Redesign FAQ (6/1/18): http://jandevereux.com/2018/06/01/inman-square-redesign-faq-6-1-18/ 2 - Video of May 21st City Council Meeting: http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/Media.aspx - Click on "5/21/18 5:30 PM Regular Meeting" - Public comments from 0:05:30 to 1:14:10 - Agenda item #4 discussion from 1:38:46 to 2:11:55 3 - City of Cambridge Intersection Improvement Project: https://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/cityprojects/2016/inmansquare - - - - - - - "Charter Right 2. CMA 2018 #117 : A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a request for approval to submit the attached Home Rule Petition that would authorize the City of Cambridge to include as part of the Inman Square Intersection Safety Improvements Project (“Project”) the planned reconfiguration of the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in the Inman Square area of the City (hereinafter, “Inman Square”) as well as a portion of the land that makes up Mayor Alfred E. Vellucci Community Plaza (“Vellucci Plaza”)."
🚦Intersection Improvement Project Update: The vote on the Home Rule Petition (see "charter right #2" below) at the last City Council meeting was charter-righted. It will be re-visited at the next City Council meeting on Monday, June 4th at 5:30 PM at Cambridge City Hall, 2nd Floor Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave. This meeting is open to anyone, regardless of whether or not you wish to speak. Members of the public who do wish to speak may do so at the public comment section of the meeting for up to three minutes. You may sign up to speak by calling the City Council Office at 617-349-4280 on Mondays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or by signing up at the meeting between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. If you would like additional information to familiarize yourself with this topic, here are a few links to city websites. 1 - Inman Square Redesign FAQ (6/1/18): http://jandevereux.com/2018/06/01/inman-square-redesign-faq-6-1-18/ 2 - Video of May 21st City Council Meeting: http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/Media.aspx - Click on "5/21/18 5:30 PM Regular Meeting" - Public comments from 0:05:30 to 1:14:10 - Agenda item #4 discussion from 1:38:46 to 2:11:55 3 - City of Cambridge Intersection Improvement Project: https://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/cityprojects/2016/inmansquare - - - - - - - "Charter Right 2. CMA 2018 #117 : A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a request for approval to submit the attached Home Rule Petition that would authorize the City of Cambridge to include as part of the Inman Square Intersection Safety Improvements Project (“Project”) the planned reconfiguration of the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in the Inman Square area of the City (hereinafter, “Inman Square”) as well as a portion of the land that makes up Mayor Alfred E. Vellucci Community Plaza (“Vellucci Plaza”)."
"Highland Fried plays to Inman’s “funky” side, especially with the tiki bar, Romano says. “That’s where the kind of funky Inman Square thing comes into play, where it’s like, ‘What does that really have to do with fried chicken or barbecue? A tiki place?’ But that’s why I like it, because it’s different. Why not?” says Romano."
Making weekend plans is easy when the #CentralFlea is every Sunday 🕶 📷: @etalley_ on Instagram
Long weekend vibes 🙌 #CitizensOfCentralSQ 📷: @ri.le on Instagram
Heads up, #CentralSQ! Due to the weather forecast and holiday weekend, we have decided to cancel this weekend’s #CentralFlea. Enjoy the long weekend! Be sure to visit us when we pick it back up on June 3rd: bit.ly/CentralFlea2018
#MemorialDayWeekend plans: stuntin’ at the #CentralFlea. 🕶 Every Sunday from 11am to 5pm! 📷: @etalley_ on Instagram
With all the public art in #CentralSQ, there’s a photo op at every corner 👑 #CitizensOfCentralSQ 📷: Art and Seeking
307 Harvard Street, Cambridge
Photo Somewhere in Central Square
An overheard shot shows the unusually elongated nature of the intersection of Cambridge and Hampshire streets in Inman Square.
Fresh food coming through! #CSBA member Viale is now serving lunch every Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. See the menu: bit.ly/LunchAtViale 📷: @super9v on Instagram