Nikki D. Erlick
There may be new hope for those still lamenting the loss of the Harvard Square movie theater. Moviegoers and fans of the film "Good Will Hunting" will be excited to hear that during a recent interview with Boston Magazine, actor Casey Affleck expressed his desire to reopen the theater that he and his brother Ben once frequented.
China’s Hainan Airlines will offer non-stop flights between Boston and Beijing starting in June 2014, an announcement expected to benefit Cambridge’s tourism industry and Chinese students at area colleges.
Harvard Square is gearing up to usher in the holiday season with a unique take on the Black Friday tradition. The Harvard Square Business Association is planning to use the days following Thanksgiving to promote local businesses and authors, as well as to benefit charitable causes.
Restaurant owners in the former Holyoke Center said the University gave them little notice of its plans to overhaul the building at the center of the Square, but said they still hope to be part of the site’s future after part of the building becomes a new campus center.
The hotel now greets its Chinese guests with a Chinese website, a staff member fluent in Mandarin or Cantonese on duty at all times, and a pair of slippers in each room.
Many City Council candidates have continued to emphasize that Cambridge must work to preserve the eclectic flavor that makes Harvard Square so unique.
The Dunkin’ Donuts currently located at 1 Bow. St. will move its storefront a third of a mile eastward to 1003 Mass. Ave. within the next three months, franchise owner David G. Carvalho told The Crimson Thursday night.
After more than three decades serving the Cambridge community and visitors with its famously flamboyant flair, UpStairs on the Square is set to close its doors on Dec. 31, co-founders and co-owners Mary-Catherine Deibel and Deborah Hughes announced in an email to subscribers over the weekend.
Mexican eatery Felipe’s Taqueria will move from its current location to the space formerly occupied by Bertucci’s on Brattle Street and will expand its menu offerings to include alcohol and seafood options around February 2014, according to co-owner Tom Brush.
Despite the nationwide struggle of brick and mortar bookstores in the online era, the Harvard Cooperative Society announced an increase in its annual member rebate percentage. Coop members will receive an 8.8 percent rebate this year, representing a 10 percent increase from last year.
The retail space still appears to be available for lease, according to the properties listed on the website of the real estate management company that oversees the property where the eateries are located.
The restaurant and concert venue Beat Hôtel is now open at 13 Brattle St., bringing live music, colorful décor, and a taste of “la vie bohème” to Harvard Square.
The Dunkin’ Donuts window where Matt Damon slammed a phone number and asked, “How do you like them apples?” will no longer house the coffee chain.
The new Mexican eatery, located a few blocks east of Harvard Yard at 1105 Mass. Ave, opened in August and plans to hold a grand opening soon.
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