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The team behind The Asgard and Kinsale are opening En Boca in the former Sandrine's Bistro space, and the restaurant won't be an Irish pub like the group's other endeavors. Expect Mediterranean-inspired small plates. As of October, Devin Broo (Bar Boulud alum) was signed on as executive chef.
Address: 8 Holyoke St., Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Opening Date: January 2016, as of October 15
Online: No internet presence yet
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Naga and Moksa have closed, and the space will soon be reborn as Monroe, a restaurant serving "upscale American comfort food" and a "funky, cool, and sophisticated" nightclub. The team includes Solmon and Rokeya Chowdhury (Naga, Shanti, Dudley Cafe) and Brig Dauber (Naga, The Estate, The Roxy). Executive chef Youssef Boujena is an alum of Sel de la Terre and OM.
Address: 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (Central Square)
Opening Date: January 15, 2016
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With locations in Dorchester and Roslindale, Shanti is bringing Indian cuisine to Kendall Square. The new location will have a similar feel to the older two, co-owner Rokeya Chowdhury previously told Eater. The 50-seat restaurant will also host cooking classes and other special events.
Address: 250 Kendall St., Cambridge (Kendall Square)
Opening Date: January 2016
This fast-casual burger-and-ice-cream restaurant opened in Woburn in fall 2015, and it will soon expand to the cozy former East by Northeast space in Inman Square. "There are really no corners cut," co-owner Kal Gullapalli previously told Eater. Every single ingredient has a lot of thought put into it. We want it to feel, taste, and look premium."
Address: 1128 Cambridge St., Cambridge (Inman Square)
Opening Date: Late February, per co-owner Deepak Diwan (as of January 12)
Beyond winter 2016, expected Cambridge openings include Little Donkey, Roxy's A4cade, The Smoke Shop, Pagu, and more.
(NOW OPEN.) At Robert Harris' Cambridge headquarters for his catering company, Season to Taste, a restaurant has opened up in collaboration with Craigie on Main alum Carl Dooley, who is competing on the currently airing season of Top Chef. The Table, which will seat 20, will serve contemporary French cuisine in the form of four-course prix fixe menus with two options per course. (A vegetarian menu will be available as well.) "We wanted to give the guests a wide variety of flavors but not have it be a tasting menu format," Dooley previously told Eater. "I don't really like long tasting menus. You sort of get fatigued," he said. Harris is an alum of Rialto, East Coast Grill, and more, making this project quite rooted in Cambridge.
Address: 2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Opening Date: January 12, 2016
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