The stars no longer align for Harvard Square's much-loved Veggie Planet (47 Palmer St. at Church Street). Owner Adam Penn says he'll close Club Passim's house restaurant by the end of August. "I'd like to do some sort of celebration, but it's also so sad that I'm afraid I'll cry the whole time," he says. Penn will focus his efforts on sister restaurant Veggie Galaxy in Central Square (450 Massachusetts Ave. at Brookline Street). "If somebody else wants to take the Veggie Planet concept and run with it, I'd be happy to see it live on," he says. Stay tuned for Passim's restaurant plans, which Penn hopes to help figure out by June 30.
Cozy Jamaica Plain tapas parlor-bookstore-record shop Tres Gatos (470 Centre St. at Roseway Street) has a new chef with big credentials: Nevin Taylor has cooked at Coppa, L'Espalier, Toro, and recently did time as sous chef at the Back Bay's innovative Asta. In addition to some menu tweaks, he'll curate a cookbook collection, available for purchase starting June 22. Meanwhile, Tres Gatos owner David Doyle will purchase and revamp the nearby Centre Street Cafe this fall.
Ellen Fitzgerald and Laura Baldini will turn their Mother Juice food truck into a brick-and-mortar restaurant in late July. The Kendall Square shop (625 W. Kendall St. at Athenaeum Street) will specialize in fresh, cold-pressed juices and raw vegan snacks. They'll also offer juice delivery, custom cleanses, and cocktail pop-ups incorporating fresh-pressed juices.
The South End's Snap Top Market (303 Columbus Ave. at Dartmouth Street) now has a carryout menu. Owner Steve Napoli, whose family runs Acton's Idylwilde Farms, dabbles in virtuous takeout fare like collard green wraps, raw vegetable pastas topped with cashew alfredo sauce, kale salad, and acai bowls.