Restaurateur Ayr Muir is set to open a 24-hour Clover restaurant in Cambridge’s Central Square at the old Hi-Fi pizza space (496 Massachusetts Ave. at Brookline Street) near the Middle East nightclub on April 22. He’ll serve a mash-up of pre-work and post-swilling snacks, including Grillo’s pickles, apple fritters, breakfast sandwiches, and his signature chickpea fritters. There are 49 seats inside, plus a small patio. Most Clovers are known for their sparse design, but Muir says he’ll outfit this space with pinball machines as an homage to the neighborhood’s ambience. “I’ve loved Central Square ever since I was at MIT,” he says — and he probably wishes he’d had a 24-hour snacking spot back then. The restaurant serves from 11 a.m. on opening day.
The Boston Harbor Hotel’s Meritage (70 Rowes Wharf near Atlantic Avenue), known for its focus on wine, is slated to reopen on April 21 after a three-month makeover. A new menu is split into two sections with dishes suitable for red or white wine pairings. There’s also an expanded wine bar that will host tastings from visiting experts and two new private dining rooms. Chef Daniel Bruce, founder of the Boston Wine Festival, stays in the kitchen.
Will Gilson’s Inman Square hangout, Puritan & Company (1166 Cambridge St. at Tremont Street) is now home to a pop-up meat market adjacent to the restaurant. Every Saturday from noon until 2 p.m., he’ll sell grinders with pickled peppers and cured meats; meatball and sausage subs; and corned beef sandwiches.
Freshii has opened its third Boston shop (185 Dartmouth St. at St. James Avenue) for the health-minded breakfast and lunch crowd. Salads, bowls, and burritos come with virtuous fillings such as kale, brown rice, quinoa, and tofu; there are also detoxifying juices, frozen yogurt, and smoothies.