Earlier this week, Eater Boston reported that the Pu Pu Hot Pot, a Chinese restaurant that has served meals in Cambridge’s Central Square for two decades will now become a new restaurant called The Dumpling Room.
Rumors are swirling that the popular fetish / gay bar will re-open this summer not far from its original home in Cambridge. Cambridge Day reported the rumors earlier this week and the news was quickly picked up by Boston Restaurant Talk and the Boston Hospitality blog.
Cambridge Day reports in their post on January 8th, “Man Ray owner Don Holland never stopped trying to resurrect the famed Central Square nightclub. Under threat of losing his restaurant and alcohol license, he said Tuesday that he believed he’s succeeded. The location: Central Square’s former Blockbuster video, a 5,000-square-foot space at 541 Massachusetts Ave.“
I met my partner on one of the gay nights at ManRay (a fetish bar), which was called “Campus” on Thursdays and Saturdays when the crowd was mostly gay. I loved the whole layout with the lounge that had pool tables, the backroom dance floor which would play music from bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees, Depeche Mode and XTC and the main dance floor in the front where DJs would mix the latest pop and dance hits. I was so sad when I heard the bar closed because the landlord sold the property to be made into condos.
I’ll be keeping tabs on the nightclub’s website, www.manrayclub.com.
Earlier this week I wrote about the Head of the Charles Regatta which starts tomorrow. If you are around town on Saturday or Sunday, come down and check it out; races start at 8AM and run until 5PM each day.
Head of the Charles Regatta race course
This weekend The Charles River, which divides Boston from Cambridge will host the 48th Head of the Charles (the largest regatta in the world).
The sporting event attracts 9,000+ athletes from all over the world, competing in more than 50 races over two days; 300,000 spectators are expected to descend upon Boston / Cambridge (many of them college students proudly and somewhat drunkenly cheering on their school).
Regatta is Saturday & Sunday from 8AM – 5PM
This event is uniquely Boston’s (and Cambridge’s too). Like the Boston marathon, its an athletic event that falls far outside the purview of mainstream sports, but is a tradition many here support and enjoy. If you are new to Boston or rediscovering the city, I would encourage you to come down and watch the Regatta. Harvard Square pubs and streets are overflowing with people and the city is abuzz with rowers who have come from all over to compete so leave your cars at home and use public transportation or bike to get close to the river.
Roller Disco The Musical opens tonight at the Oberon Theater
OMG, This show will play Wednesday and Thursday nights through August 30th. Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:00pm. Want to know more? Visit, www.rollerdiscothemusical.com.
Over marathon weekend last April I first wrote about two local DJs who were hosting fun dance nights in Cambridge on Sundays. The two DJs, James Cerne and Nathaniel Bluhm played a collection of mostly funky music and mixes from the 80s and 90s with an occasional nod to more contemporary hits.
No Cover or Attitude at Middlesex Lounge 10pm – 2am
At the start of this year James left Boston but Nathaniel has persevered and transformed FOXY which is now at the Middlesex Lounge at 315 Massachusetts Avenue. Are you one of the many who will have tomorrow, Patriot’s Day, off? Check out tonight’s party, which runs from 10pm – 2am in Central Square.
Nathanael Bluhm, Boston-area DJ and host of FOXY night will be spinning his magic on Sunday night at Middlesex Lounge in Central Square.
This week’s theme – Junk.
With Monday a holiday for all the universities and many businesses here closed to observe President’s Day there is no excuse for heading out to enjoy great music and videos from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.
No Cover – Doors open at 10PM
Across the Charles River in the heart of Harvard Square is Tory Row. The restaurant which opened in 2009 is the brain child of Matthew Curtis and Christopher Lutes. These are the men behind other popular establishments like Miracle of Science, Cambridge 1, Middlesex Lounge, and Audubon Circle.Diners can have a front row seat to all the people watching one could hope for in bustling Harvard Square. In good weather, the large window pane slides open, creating a fantastic opportunity to dine al fresco. Aside from the sleek interior design, the brunch, lunch and dinner menus are creative and very approachable.
I’m partial to Tory Row’s brunch and lunch menu which includes temptations like Steak & Egg Tacos with hash browns for $9 or their english muffin breakfast sandwich for $7. The dinner menu has a slightly higher price point ranging from $11 for salads and flat breads to $10-$19 for sandwiches and main plates. If you want to get your drink on, note that Tory Row only serves beer and wine.
I could talk about several items on their menu, but today is all about their best selling sandwich, the grilled marinated chicken breast for $11. The bread which comes from the Nashoba Brook Bakery is soft and absorbs the flavors of the grilled chicken which is always cooked perfectly. The plate is nicely paired with roasted potatoes and salad, making for a filling meal that is relatively healthy and very satisfying.Note that this popular eatery which has a location second to none in the square does not take reservations – first come; first served. Want to find out more about Tory Row? Check out their website, ToryRow.us.
More photos of the restaurant are available on their website. I’ve used their pictures which are superior to mine to show off the restaurant, but the picture of the meal above was taken from your’s truly with a shaky hand and an old camera sorely in need of replacing.
Recession? What recession?
The Boston Globe is reporting that the $600 million laboratory and office complex for Novartis designed by noted architect, Maya Lin, in Cambridge’s Central Square has been approved and is expected to be completed in 2015. Architect buffs will recall Lin’s work was first recognized in the US after designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982.
This news comes on the heels of two other unrelated articles in The Boston Globe that addressed new projects underway across the river. First was the announcement in late October that a $500 million development to build a 1.7 million square foot science and technology campus for Biogen was proposed. That news was followed by M.I.T.’s announcement last week that it was preparing to spend $700 million to redevelop eight of its properties in Kendall Square in Cambridge.
For those not familiar with the area, Cambridge neighbors Boston and can be seen from across the Charles River. Central and Kendall Square are two prominent neighborhoods in Cambridge separated by just a few blocks.