Bio-Lab Eatery Reopens

After a three-month hiatus, the Bio-Lab Cafe on Divinity Avenue will reopen its doors today under new management.

Husband-and-wife team Larry R. and Jo Yanoff--former managers of Hole in the Wall deli in downtown Boston--will offer their trademark New York-style fare at the Bio-Labs.

The Yanoffs are leasing the facilities from Harvard, which first opened the cafe in 1990.

In addition to offering gastronomic fulfillment, fax services will also be provided to customers, Larry Yanoff said. The cafe, which has a seating capacity of approximately 70, also has a conference room.

The menu will feature an elaborate variety of sandwiches, burgers and "healthy options," Larry Yanoff said.


A special attraction is the "Daily Lunch Special" featuring a hot meal, a drink and a freshly-baked cookie for $4.95.

Larry Yanoff said he hopes to attract large crowds because the prices at the cafe will be lower than those at the downtown branches of his delis. All dishes will be freshly made on the premises each morning, he said.

"We have from soups to nuts here which we makeon the premises," Larry Yanoff said.

Though Larry Yanoff said he does not know whatto expect of business at a university, he said hebelieves that his reputation as a food-serviceprovider should draw clients from even off campus.

"I feel the quality of my food and serviceshould be attracting people from all over theUniversity," Larry Yanoff said. "I'd like to getpeople from all over."

He said the Hole'n the Wall deli in Boston is"known for speed" and that he will bring the sameefficiency to the Bio-Labs.

The previous Bio-Labs Cafe shut down because itwas unable to provide quick service and deal withlarge crowds during lunch hours, Larry Yanoffsaid.

Larry Yanoff emphasized that he is not incompetition with other University cafes such asthe Greenhouse in the Science Center, and that hehas not tried to compare prices.

"We are not in comparison with anyone," LarryYanoff said.

Larry Yanoff, whose parents started Hole'n theWall in 1948, has had extensive experience in therestaurant business.

The family's first deli was a 12 by 4 footspace, first opened in an office building in 1948.