Chez Henri, the restaurant that has been serving up a blend of French and Cuban cuisine between Harvard and Porter Square for nearly two decades, will close this Sunday, according to a post on Facebook. Earlier this year, owner Paul O'Connell had said that a sale was in the works to a previous employee, Dylan Black, who owns Green Street — and that the then-executive chef of Green Street, Greg Reeves, would come on board and "keep the Latin emphasis... with a stronger focus on steak." But apparently the sale wasn't completed, and the Facebook post makes no mention of reopening with new ownership. (And Reeves is now at Pier 6 in Charlestown.)
"The restaurant remained a culinary gem a decade in," notes Cambridge Day with news of the closure, "revered for its coziness and the breadth of a menu that ranged from a Cubano sandwich to foie gras with truffled potatoes without forgetting the needs of vegetarian diners." That Cuban sandwich? Totally one of Boston's most iconic sandwiches.
"After 19 amazing years, it is with a heavy heart and bright eyes to the future, that we announce Chez Henri will be closing its doors on November 17, 2013. We invite all of our guests, family, friends, past and present employees in over the next days to celebrate the fond memories and say your good byes to this legendary neighborhood favorite.The post prompted an outpouring of memories from long-time fans of the restaurant, from those who were proposed to there to some who remember the previous incarnation, Chez Jean, before O'Connell came in. No word yet on what O'Connell's "bright eyes to the future" may hold, but if you want one last Cuban and mojito at Chez Henri, you've got four days.
so it's time folks!! all the shift drinks, all the rounds bought and late night snacks- it's time to pay it forward! come celebrate with us this weekend and throw some loot to the last standing of chez to the Henri!"
· Chez Henri [FB]
· Chez Henri owner announces closing date after 19 years [Cambridge Day]
· All coverage of Chez Henri on Eater [~EBOS~]