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Cambridgema.gov

Celebrate Spring With Cambridge Plays!

Cambridge Plays is a series of outdoor entertainment events sponsored by the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Office for Tourism, and our community partners. Come out and enjoy live music across the city from April to June across the city! Whether you’re up for jazz in Harvard Square, a funky dance party with lawn games in Toomey Park, Eats & Crafts in Inman Square, or even yoga at Dana Park, Cambridge Plays has something for everyone. 

All events are free and open to the public and fun for people of all ages and abilities. Cambridge Plays is sponsored by the City of Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Arts, the Cambridge Office for Tourism, Central Square Business Improvement District, East Cambridge Business Association, Harvard Square Business Association, Harvard University, Lesley Art + Design, and MIT’s Office of Open Space Programming.

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Wine Industry Advisor

Bonde Fine Wine Shop in Harvard Square Launches Program of In-Person Events and E-Commerce Site for Statewide Delivery

Wine Sommelier Bertil Jean-Chronberg Introduces His Unique Take on the Art of Wine at Harvard Square’s Premier Wine and Accessory Store

Cambridge, Mass. (Arpil 12, 2022) – Bonde Fine Wine Shop, the wine and accessory concept store in Harvard Square by Boston hospitality veteran and internationally recognized sommelier Bertil-Jean Chronberg, has now expanded its offerings to in-person public tasting events, wine classes and private events programs.

As the mastermind behind celebrated projects such as the Beehive and Beat Hotel, Jean-Chronberg brings the same level of cultural and technical expertise to Bonde Fine Wine Shop as he did to his previous projects, but now intends to disrupt the industry further by introducing drinkers to a one-of-a-kind wine shop concept, eco-responsible wine selection, neo-artisanal wine accessories for both wine lovers and professionals alike, books and wines magazines, clothing, and an intimate space for events including winemakers nights, wine tastings, wine education, private events and pop-up happenings such as a live podcast. Also available to the public are private consultations for a personalized wine curation.

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Teh Crimson

Cambridge City Councilors Debate, Delay Vote on Mass. Ave. Bike Lane Proposal

On Monday, the Cambridge City Council discussed a proposal to construct bike lanes on parts of Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard Square and North Cambridge, ultimately delaying a vote until later in the month.

Councilors discussed a report from city staff detailing a proposal and timeline to construct bike lanes on four segments of Mass. Ave. The four segments, referred to collectively as “MassAve4,” share “unique complicating factors,” such as overhead bus wires and concrete medians, that make bike lane construction challenging, per the report.

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Boston Magazine

The Best Bookstores for Used Books Around Boston

In need of a read? From secondhand novels to gently broken-in paperbacks, these seven used bookstores prove that new isn’t always better.

A beautifully filled bookshelf is something to admire—but it takes a lot of work to get there. And for anyone who enjoys owning books rather than checking them out from the library, a visit to a used bookstore can be a way to fill those lovely shelves without spending too much.

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Boston.com

Watching ‘Julia’ on HBO? Check out some of her favorite Boston spots

In celebration of HBO’s new series “Julia,” here are spots the famed chef frequented while she lived and worked in Cambridge for 40 years.

HBO Max recently released “Julia,” an eight-episode dramedy about the life and work of pioneering chef Julia Child.

While she was born in California and studied culinary arts in France, she and her husband Paul moved to Cambridge in 1961 where they lived for 40 years.

The impact Child brought to Cambridge’s community and its culinary scene is still felt today, if only you know where to look.

It was in their home at 103 Irving St. that Child filmed three of her television series—”In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs,” “Baking With Julia,” and “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home.”

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The Crimson

Bosso Ramen Tavern Surfs Into Harvard Square

Bosso Ramen Tavern, a new Japanese restaurant specializing in small plates, sushi, and ramen, held its Harvard Square grand opening on Saturday.

The restaurant, located on 24 Holyoke St., is a modern take on an izakaya — a Japanese bar that serves appetizers, snacks, and drinks. Owner Yasuhiro Sasago designed the menu with his experiences as a surfer and trained ramen chef in mind.

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Cambridge Chronicle

Japanese ramen eatery brings new tastes to Cambridge

Good news for all Japanese-food lovers in Cambridge, WakuWaku Ramen and Sake is bringing its innovative ramen culture to Harvard Square. 

Tucked into a row of shops and eateries on Brattle Street, WakuWaku’s new location will officially open around late April, giving Cambridge students and residents another ramen option, along with the Boston Ramen Company and Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.  

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Boston.com

Kick off patio season with a free bar pizza on a Cambridge roof deck

Brato at The Sinclair is dishing up four nights of fun freebies.

When patio season comes back around after months of Boston’s notorious winter weather, locals don’t have to be enticed with freebies to get back outside. But, hey — we’d never say no to free pizza.

That’s just what’s in store for the much-anticipated relaunch of a Harvard Square restaurant’s roof deck. Brato at The Sinclair, a culinary partnership between The Sinclair music venue and Brighton’s Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, will reopen its roof deck on Wednesday, April 6. To celebrate the long-awaited return of the patio, which hasn’t been open since before the initial COVID-19 shutdown, Brato is dishing up 50 free bar pizzas per night from April 13 through 16.

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Boston Globe

A brasserie comes to the Greenway; Grafton Street returns to Cambridge

Plus all-day brunch and more restaurant news you can use

Openings: There’s a brand-new brasserie on the Greenway: ROSE Town Kitchen & Bar is open at the Canopy by Hilton Boston Downtown (99 Blackstone St.). Chef Andrew Beer comes from the Mandarin Oriental and Boston Park Plaza. Dive into mussels, a steak sandwich, or “thin pies” topped with duck confit and short ribs, paired with a Dirty Water cocktail made with fernet, chartreuse, and lime.

Cambridge mainstay Grafton Street — which has been around since 1996, a lifetime in restaurant years — has reopened in Harvard Square’s former Park space (59 JFK St.) after a pandemic hiatus.

Longtime bartender Paul Barry makes the drinks; executive chef Tom Borgia (Russell House TavernState Street Provisions) serves a comforting menu of steamed mussels, grilled strip loin, fish and chips, and French onion soup.

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Boston Restaurants

Beat Brew Hall in Cambridge’s Harvard Square Is Reopening as Beat Hall

A Cambridge beer hall is being reborn with a slightly different name and what appears to be a slightly different concept.

According to a source, Beat Brew Hall in Harvard Square is planning to reopen as Beat Hall, with a note on its website saying “BEAT HALL IS (RE)OPENING SOON! All New & Better Than Ever!” The website also mentions that it will be a “tequila, bourbon & beer-focused, taco, rib & burger-slinging honky-tonk in the heart of Harvard Square” and it will focus on American, Southwest, and Mexican street food” while also featuring live music within the space.