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OTTO Pizza
Harvard Square

OTTO Pizza Reopens Harvard Square Location After Minor Fire

OTTO Pizza reopened in Harvard Square this past Friday after a hood-vent fire over the summer forced the restaurant to close temporarily.

Cambridge Galeria
Food and Drink

Veggie Grill Sprouts in Harvard Square

Launched in 2006, Veggie Grill currently has 34 restaurants operating along the West Coast and is seeking to expand onto the East Coast, starting with the opening of its JFK Street location.

Vape Shop Ban Impact

A Pod of Problems for Boston-Area Vape Shops As Ban Goes Into Effect

Harvard Square smoke shops are facing steep commercial consequences following the implementation of a newly announced ban on the sale of vaping products in Massachusetts late last month.

Harvard Square Newsstand
Harvard Square

Out of Town News to Leave Town

Out of Town News has sold newspapers from around the globe to Cambridge residents, students, and celebrities. Famous patrons included poet Robert Frost, celebrity chef Julia Child, and Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates.

Flat Patties
Student Life

Flat Patties Flips Out of Harvard Square

The restaurant has operated in this location since 2014, after migrating from its former locale in the Garage in Harvard Square. Flat Patties’ current retail space is owned by Asana Partners, the North Carolina-based development company that owns several retail storefronts on Brattle St.

Black Ink
Harvard Square

A Dark Blot in Harvard Square: Black Ink to Close

Black Ink’s impending departure —a result of rising rent prices — has set off a wave of criticism against the North Carolina-based development company Asana Partners, which owns the property.

Night Market Closing
Harvard Square

Night Market is No More in Harvard Square

Denise Jillson, the executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association, said that Night Market had trouble drawing patrons in recent months, and cited broader trends in the restaurant industry.

El Jefe's Taqueria
Harvard Square

College Students Launch Debit Card Promising Harvard Square Discounts

Three College students recently launched a debit card capable of making rapid microtransactions and offering discounts to several popular Harvard Square stores in an effort to woo undergraduates.

Cambridge Galeria
Harvard Square

Cambridge Planning Board Postpones Vote on Crimson Galeria Construction Proposal

The Cambridge Planning Board convened Tuesday evening to discuss plans for construction at the Crimson Galeria in Harvard Square, which were ultimately postponed.

LF Closing
Harvard Square

LF Has Left Harvard Square

LF, a fashion retailer based in Los Angeles, Calif., closed its Harvard Square store March 30 after operating at its Church Street location for seven years. The store’s closure comes as other businesses on Church Street have seen decreased foot traffic and shuttered as well.

Salt & Olive in the Garage
Food and Drink

Global Goods Come to the Garage: Salt & Olive to Open Next Month

Salt & Olive Market — which offers speciality foodstuffs characteristic of European cuisines — will open on April 1 and fill the vacancy left by the departure of Starbucks earlier this year. The market will sell olive oil, cheese and charcuterie, fresh pasta and sauces, beer and wine, and organic spices and teas.

Heights Opening
Student Life

Smith Center Dining Climbs to New Heights with Latest Restaurant Opening

Excitement peaked at the Smith Campus Center on Monday afternoon as Harvard affiliates celebrated the grand opening of the Center’s newest restaurant, The Heights. Located on the top floor of the Smith Center, The Heights allows Harvard ID-holder and their guests to dine while admiring sweeping views of Cambridge and Boston.

Garage's Starbucks Closing
Harvard Square

A Grande Loss for the Garage: Another Harvard Square Starbucks to Close

The Starbucks located at the Garage in Harvard Square is set to close this Friday at 9:30 p.m. after more than 20 years in business.

Darwin's Ltd
Food and Drink

Bye-Bye to Petsi Pies: Beloved Putnam Avenue Bakery Closes

Petsi Pies, a bakery beloved by College students and Cantabrigians alike, closed this week after 13 years at its 31 Putnam Ave. location. Darwin’s — a chain sandwich shop based in Cambridge — moved into Petsi’s old building Saturday.

Pizza and Milk Opening
Harvard Square

Lining Up For “Milkquakes” and $5 Pizza, Hundreds Flock to Milk Bar and &pizza Opening

Crowds of students, locals, and tourists braved frosty temperatures for $1 soft serve ice cream and $5 pizza at the grand opening of Milk Bar Bakery and &pizza in Harvard Square Saturday. The new combo store sits at 1-3 Brattle St., filling the long-time vacancy left by the departures of Tory Row and Crimson Corner.