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    At Parsnip, a bright remnant of UpStairs on the Square

    Where Parsnip

    What A stripe of magenta paint with silver dots — which represent champagne, of course — in the Harvard Square restaurant’s upstairs lounge, a holdover from the Soiree Room atUpStairs on the Square.

    Whose IdeaIf UpStairs on the Square was your wacky auntie who loved bubbly, Parsnip is your sophisticated older cousin who sips rare wine —until she has a few drinks, that is. “The magenta stripe was left there intentionally to pay homage to UpStairs on the Square’s Deborah Hughes. The restaurant looked like the interior of her house. The Soiree Room had such life to it, and we didn’t want to walk away from it,” says Parsnip servicecoordinator Ky Ly. Longtime UpStairs patrons are delighted to spot the old paint at the new restaurant. “People are happy to see it, and we’re proud to let people know it’s there. It’s a very well-lit, bright patch, and it just draws people’s eyes right away,” Ly says.


    91 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-714-3206,

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