Wursthaus

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years  1917 – 1996 Locations 4 JFK St., Harvard Square (Formerly Boylston St.) 11 Prospect Street, Central Square   History Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the Wursthaus was a popular gathering spot. In 1927, it advertised “palate ticklers,” such as “fancy stuffed fruit, imported German gingerbread, fancy imported…

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The Tasty Sandwich Shop

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1916 – 1997 Location 2a JFK St., Harvard Square History The 24-hour/day Tasty Sandwich Shop, a beloved character in the heart of Harvard Square, was located in the demolished Read Block building, former site of Colonial poet Anne Bradstreet’s home. The Tasty was a no-frills, 300 square foot, 12-seat…

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Cardullo’s Gourmet Shop

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1950-present Location 6 Brattle St., Harvard Square Website: https://cardullos.com/ History On April 1st, 1950, Frank Natali Cardullo set out to fill a niche supplying quality foods for the neighborhood’s international community. Cardullo was born in Messina, Italy in 1915 and came to Boston in 1929, originally to become a…

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The Window Shop

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1939 – 1972 Locations 37 Church St. (May 2, 1939-Nov. 1939) 102 Mt. Auburn St. (Nov. 1939-1947) 56 Brattle St. (1947-1972) History A small group of philanthropic-minded Cambridge women opened The Window Shop on the second floor of 37 Church St. in Harvard Square in 1939. One of these women…

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S & S Restaurant

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1919 – present Location Current Location 1334 Cambridge St., 1935- Previous Locations 1919- 1932- 1298 Cambridge St.,   1932- 1935-  1307 Cambridge St.  Website: http://www.sandsrestaurant.com/ 1334 Cambridge St. Inman Square History In the decade preceding Cambridge Electric Light Company’s illumination of Cambridge Street, and when trolley tracks ran from here…

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Frank’s Steak House

Street level view of a brick building with arched second floor that reads "Frank's Steakhouse"

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022. Above photo by Marion Severynse, 2023. Years 1938 – present Location 2310 Mass Ave., North Cambridge Website: http://www.frankssteakhouse.com/ History Frank’s is Boston’s oldest established steak house. In 1938, it operated across the street, then put down roots in 1940 in its current spot. What’s amusing is that no one’s really…

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Courthouse Seafood (Restaurant & Fish Market)

Years 1912 – 2024 (market); 1987-present (restaurant) Location 498 Cambridge St., East Cambridge Website: https://www.courthouseseafood.com/ History Just a gavel’s throw from the Cambridge Court House used to stand Cambridge’s oldest operating fish market. In the equally-inconspicuous storefront next door, is the restaurant, which opened in 1987 and continues to serve up everything from fish chowder to…

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Self-Guided Tour: The Work of Revolution in Cambridge

Laundresses at a Revolutionary Army camp, circa 1780.

Introduction For many, the first image that comes to mind when thinking of Cambridge during the Revolutionary Era is that of General George Washington taking command of the Continental Army on Cambridge Common in July of 1775, under what would come to be known as the Washington Elm. Although we now know that this tale…

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