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Franklin R. Civantos

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&pizza X Milk Bar
Harvard Square

Construction Is Underway, But Still No Opening Date for &pizza and Milk Bar

According to Harvard Square Business Association director Denise Jillson, the pizza chain and dessert dive hope to open sometime this fall.

Harvard Square

Square’s Andover Shop Up for Sale

The Andover Shop has been a Harvard Square staple since 1953 and a go-to formal wear shop for generations of Harvard students and Cantabrigians.

Long Line for Pokeworks Grand Opening
Harvard Square

Customers Flock to Pokeworks for Grand Opening

A line of customers stretched out the door of Pokeworks on Saturday for the Irvine, Calif.-based chain’s “grand opening” in Harvard Square.

Wholesome Fresh
Harvard Square

Wholesome Fresh Opens in the Square, Replacing Seized Market

​Wholesome Fresh, a casual restaurant-convenience store hybrid that started in Rhode Island, opened its doors to Harvard Square Thursday morning in the property formerly occupied by Market in the Square.

Poke Debuts in Harvard Square
Harvard Square

Amid Snowstorm, Pokéworks Opens in Harvard Square

​Pokéworks, a poke fast-food chain, opened its doors in Harvard Square last week on a stormy day when many stores closed in preparation for a nor’easter.

Harvard Square

Healthy Pharms Sales Suspended, Store Closed After Pesticides Found in Marijuana

Healthy Pharms has closed both its Harvard Square and Georgetown locations until further notice, according to a statement posted on its website.​

Hair Cuttery Closing
Harvard Square

Mt. Auburn Hair Cuttery to Close

Hair Cuttery’s Harvard Square storefront will be snipped from its Mt. Auburn location on March 17 following an unexpected rent increase.

Harvard Square Vacancies
Food and Drink

Vacancies in Square Stir Debate About Future Developments

National chain &pizza has sought to secure the necessary approvals to open in one of several currently empty properties in the Square.

Blue Bottle Coffee
Harvard Square

Blue Bottle Coffee Opens With Crowds, Free Caffeine

Students who stopped by said they were impressed by the store’s open decor and tasty coffee.

Year in Review - Diversity: Urban Outfitters
City Politics

Planning Board Asks Developer to Modify Plans for Harvard Sq. Mall

The Cambridge Planning Board asked Regency Centers Corporation to re-submit its proposal for a Harvard Sq. mall.

Cambridge City Council
City Politics

Committee Delays Recommendation on Harvard Square Restrictions

In a meeting that ultimately ended without an official recommendation, Cambridge City officials and residents debated the merits of a controversial zoning petition.

Harvard Square

Cardullo’s Plans Boston Expansion

Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe, a Harvard Square icon since 1950, is planning to open a second location of its specialty food store in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood.

Harvard Square

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Joint in Harvard Square

Healthy Pharms Inc., a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary, opened for business within The Red House restaurant at 98 Winthrop St. Saturday.

Gourmet Shoppe
Harvard Square

Properties Housing Felipe's, Crema, and Cardullo's Sold for More than $100 Million

After three months on the market, Harvard Square properties housing businesses including Felipe’s Taqueria have been sold to Asana Partners for $108 million.

Fenway Park

Harvard-Yale Venue Change Concerns Some Students

While some students say they’re excited by the move to Fenway Park, others expressed concern about transportation, tailgating venues, and potentially lower student attendance.