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The Crimson

Fall Semester Brings New Businesses to Harvard Square

Students returning to campus for the fall semester were greeted by a number of new businesses in Harvard Square, with several more preparing to open in the coming weeks.  Tom’s Bao Bao, a restaurant specializing in Chinese buns, opened its doors earlier this month in the former location of Yogurtland, and quickly drew customers. The eatery boasts large open windows that allow customers to see the buns as they are being prepared.

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The Crimson

‘Out of Town News’ Planned Renovations Provoke Local Outcry

The potential removal of iconic local business Out of Town News and plans to renovate the store’s kiosk have sparked outcry among Cambridge residents, even though the structure itself is not slated for demolition.  The City of Cambridge, which currently leases the kiosk to Muckey’s Corporation, is planning to begin a renovation of Harvard Square’s central plaza in 2017.

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The Crimson

Buoy Lee, Founder of the Hong Kong Restaurant, Dies at 90

Mary (Buoy) Lee, the founder and matriarch of the Harvard Square landmark Hong Kong Chinese restaurant, a favorite haunt of students and locals alike for more than six decades, died on Aug. 17 in Cambridge. She was 90.  Lee died of a stroke, according to Paul Lee, her oldest son and the restaurant’s manager. In honor of Lee’s passing, the Kong, as the restaurant is affectionately known among Harvard students, closed on Aug. 25, the day of her burial.

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Boston Globe

Press time for iconic newsstand

Out of Town News, the iconic newsstand in Harvard Square that for decades served as a gathering place for academics, students, residents and reading fans in search of newspapers and publications from around…

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Boston Globe

Where to get your Harry Potter on this weekend

Good news for wizards and muggles alike,  “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a two-part play based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, is set to be released Sunday at midnight and  Boston area businesses are gearing…

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Cambridge Chronicle

Salsa takeover in Brattle

Hirlley Livianu and her husband, Matei, of Salsa Matei Dance Company, lead the crowd through a salsa move on Friday evening, July 22, in Brattle Plaza.  The Harvard Square Business Association held its third annual Salsa Squared event.

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Who painted all the utility boxes in Harvard Square?

The words “utility box” and “canvas” don’t often go together, but in Harvard Square they now do.

This spring, local artists working with the Harvard Square Business Association gave makeovers to 12 utility boxes. The boxes used to come in two shades: black and graffiti’d. Now they’re the colors of the rainbow — and then some. Impressionistic sunflowers, spray-painted sunsets, and abstract splatters are among the designs that decorate the boxes.

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The Crimson

Harvard Square Chained Down

This March, b.good was forced to shutter its Harvard Square restaurant to make way for renovations to Harvard’s Smith Campus Center. After nearly 10 years of operating the locally-sourced burger eatery next door to his alma mater, b.good’s co-founder Anthony S. Ackil ’99 said the neighborhood he left behind is markedly different from the one he remembers as an undergraduate.  “When I was [at Harvard], there was not a lot of national chains and now, all of Harvard Square is a national chain,” Ackil said.