Category Archives: Restaurant

4th Annual Festival of Dumplings

Thousands of hungry dumpling lovers descended on the square on Sunday, October 11th to and eat their way through multi-cultural variations of the bite-sized stuffed dough staple. The festival, which honors local chef and restaurant owner Joyce Chen and featured 6 restaurants, saw record crowds and record sales this year. One venue sold 1800 dumplings in just 3 hours! Stay tuned for more Street Food Sunday Events. Meatballs, Soups, or Hot Chocolate may be next up!


Record crowds came to the square for delicious dumplings.

Record crowds gathered in the square for delicious dumplings.

Exciting new event in C2: VivaLatino Cambridge 9/26/15

The Central Square Business Association is pleased to present the first VivaLatino Cambridge: A celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the Central Square Cultural District! 

 Enjoy a day long celebration of art, music, futbolito games, salsa dancing, food and drinks in the magnificent green sculpture gardens of University Park at MIT.

Family friendly FREE event
for all to enjoy!

*Main Stage featuring
the Largest Salsa Lesson in New England!


5 Live Bands & Dance Performances
on Main Stage

Radio Volta


Awards to be presented for best Hispanic Employer, Staff, Entertainer, Sports Teams, Dance Event, Retailer, 

and Restaurant of the Year!

Family event

*VIP VivaLatino Restaurant Week area featuring food and drink presentations from local restaurants. 
Must be 21+ to enter – $21 admission fee. 
*Event is a benefit for local 
Cambridge Youth Programs.



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We hope you can make it!

The Central Square Business Association (CSBA)


The 3rd Annual Festival of Dumplings just in time for Joyce Chen "Stamp" of approval!

Sometimes a Peking-Ravioli is more than a dumpling!
In Central Square we celebrate dumplings, the genius of Joyce Chen, and the community she inspired!

The Third Annual Festival of Dumplings in Central Square
to honor Joyce Chen
Sunday, September 28, 2014
From 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The Third Annual Festival of Dumplings in Central Square in honor Joyce Chen this Sunday, September 28th from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Please join us for an exciting multi-cultural celebration of dumplings, cuisine and community.  Learn the inspiring story of Joyce Chen, Central Square’s very own Chef & Restaurant Owner, Entrepreneur, and Food Culture Pioneer.

Enjoy $1 dumplings in front of Central Square restaurants from1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and enter to win the “Central Square Peking Ravioli Gift Certificate” package!

Buy the new Joyce Chen Stamps just unveiled this weekend.

Current Participants:
  • 1369, 757 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Avenue
  • The Middle East & ZuZu’s 472 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Yoki, 485 Massachusetts Ave
  • Thelonious Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Dosa Factory, 571 Massachusetts Ave
  • Patty Chen’s Dumpling Room – 907 Main Street
For more info about Joyce Chen’s Legacy

Joyce Chen Stamp

The 3rd Annual Festival of Dumplings in Central Square
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: Noon until 3:00 p.m.

"Clover's Newest Cambridge Location Will Be Open 24 Hours a Day" from BostInno

Hilary Milnes – Staff Writer,
BostInno 07/23/14 @1:25pm in Food & Drink

It’s no secret that Boston is sorely lacking in round-the-clock dining options. The city’s entire after-hours existence, in fact, is a current hot topic of conversation, from extended transportation hours and permission for bars to stay open past 2 a.m. Late-night dining belongs in that conversation, as it services not only those with the drunk munchies, but also entrepreneurs who work round-the-clock, students studying late into the night, and those traveling during odd hours.

This is the case that Clover made to the License Commission this week when the company applied for a license to operate its newest Cambridge location 24 hours a day. The new Clover will open in Central Square in late fall at 496 Massachusetts Ave. – where the former Hi-Fi Pizza used to operate until 3 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.

Cambridge Day reports that while the proposal was approved by the License Commission, it was a split vote. Two members were in favor of the new 24-hour eatery, while Police Commissioner Robert Haas turned down the proposal. According to Cambridge Day, Haas is concerned that the late-night atmosphere might get out of control, and a 24-hour eatery could attract the rowdiness and violence from the surrounding area. He warned the Clover team:

We’ve had issues because of two places operating in the area [where crowds] have gotten out of control. I’d hate to see you falling into that mix. You’ve established a pretty good reputation for your business, and it only takes one bad incident there and it could change the nature of your business in that area,
For now, though, Clover will operate 24 hours a day at its new Central Square location once it opens this year, but three months into its opening, the team will have to go in front of the board again so the commission can determine if they can keep running 24 hours.

Let’s hope all goes well in those first three months for the new Clover outpost. After Gourmet Express Deli in Porter Square shuttered after 16 years of 24-hour operation, the city of Cambridge has been void of a round-the-clock dining destination (unless you count the Porter Square Star Market, which we decidedly do not).

Image via Clover/Facebook

Eater Cambridge News

THE SHUTTER: Au Revoir to Rendezvous

Rendezvous served its last meal earlier this week. Chef/owner Steve Johnson is looking forward to “more sunshine, fresh air and salt water” as he spends more time at his second home in Westport and opens a new restaurant in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Rendezvous became a Central Square staple over its nine-year span, and the space will be taken over by two owners who have also spent ample time in the neighborhood — Greg Reeves and Mark Young, both alums of the nearby Green Street. Reeves and Young will open a new restaurant called Viale in Rendezvous’ place, serving “Italian food with Mediterranean nuances.” It could open in late summer or early fall.