Other Side Cafe set to move camp in December
Their breakfast burrito often made me weep with hungover
gratitude. As a freshman in college, their brie-and-apple sandwich expanded my
culinary horizons, and their vegetarian-friendly menu made me feel cool (before
I threw in the towel and happily cut into a steak a year later). Their
bathrooms make me a little dizzy, it's usually louder than necessary, and I
like that my head almost touches the ceiling on the second floor. These
cherished tidbits are about to become nostalgic memories: word on the street is
that Newbury Street's well-loved OTHER SIDE CAFÉ is set to close in late
December, along with Malaysian grub go-to Island Hopper.
But why? What on earth would fit that strange little space
better than an indie hole-in-the-wall restaurant with bikes lining its
wrought-iron patio fence? Well, my friends, a Minnesotan furniture chain store,
According to the Boston Globe, popular home furnishings
store Room & Board has been in negotiations to take over 40,000 square feet
of retail space currently occupied by the two restaurants (along with mattress
store Sleep-a-rama) since early November. Hubway recently confirmed the news on
its Twitter feed, mourning the biking community's loss.
Never fear: Other Side manager Reiley Markey reassures that this doesn't mean the end. A move is
indeed in the works, but he couldn't say when a potential re-opening would be
at this point.
"Customers have started to figure it out," Markey says. "The
rumors are true, but we will be looking at new spaces soon, hopefully somewhere