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Crema Café to close, but the news isn’t all bad: Revival expands and Bluestone Lane moves in

Silver Linings: Harvard Square’s much-loved Crema Café (27 Brattle St. at Palmer Street) closes on or about Dec. 17, according to co-owner Liza Shirazi. Australian coffee company Bluestone Lane Coffee is slated to move into the space, according to marketing director Andy Stone. Bluestone Lane operates cafes and coffee shops from Los Angeles to New York City.

Happily, Shirazi and Steve “Nookie” Postal will open a second branch of their Revival Café in Davis Square (197 Elm St. at Windom Street) later in December. This branch will be similar to but smaller than their Alewife counterpart, complete with a walk-up window for caffeine fiends on the go. Longtime Somervillians might recall the space as the original Bertucci’s.


Coming soon: Revere will get a new waterfront restaurant next year. Restaurateurs John and Michael Aldi will open a 5,000-square-foot concept at 500 Ocean Ave., located within a 305-unit, mixed-use building from Gate Residential. The beachfront restaurant will have outdoor dining, of course. The team runs East Boston’s Reel House, Charlestown’s Pier 6, and Faneuil Hall’s Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar.

Meanwhile, Logan Airport has announced a fresh spate of restaurants touching down next year, including Monica’s Mercato, Otto Pizza, Tasty Burger, Temazcal Tequila Cantina, and Wow Bao. The restaurants join new and impending arrivals including Shojo and Kelly’s Roast Beef.

Temporary Closings: Brookline’s Best Burger Bar (195 Washington St. at Station Street) is temporarily closed for management changes, according to a rep for concept developer John Mascia. It opened in 2017, making a splash with a cocktail list developed by mixology legend Brother Cleve. It should return within the next couple of weeks.

Rebrands: Noon Mediterranean (95 Summer St. at Kingston Street) will become Daphne’s Mediterranean, with a mixture of Noon’s assembly-line grab-and-go meals and plated entrees (gyros, grilled seafood, falafel), for those who want to linger. The switch will happen in April.


Updates: Copley Place’s Tender Greens (100 Huntington Ave.) will now open on Dec. 12, a slight delay from its original Dec. 6 target. Wait a few more days for locally sourced salads, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes.