Sherman Cafe is closing by the end of this week, reports Boston Restaurant Talk, citing a Facebook post from the Somerville cafe. "Sherman's 10 years old, almost 11: that's a long time in cafe years (which are longer than dog years, did you know?)" writes the cafe on Facebook. "Although we tried to punch it up with owls and stuff, the place needs to be redone; for that, money needs to be raised, and that in turn begs a bunch of questions, like, what kind of business should we be running, anyway? Not that we're complaining. For a place opened on a shoestring, Sherman has lasted a long time, but there's only so much mileage we were ever going to get out of that bathroom."
The changing neighborhood also plays a role in the closure: "You're coming in for breakfast and weekends are as busy as any cafe owner could wish, but the writing on the wall in Union Square is: brunch, bistros and booze. That's cool, those are some of our favorite activities, but it's not Sherman. So rather than lament the past, we're going to just have a fond goodbye and let the place become another thing entirely."
But when one door closes, another door around the corner sometimes opens. Sherman owner Ben Dryer and Eat Boston founder Aaron Cohen are opening Gracie's Ice Cream very soon in the former Sherman Market space, just a few doors down from the cafe.
· Sherman Cafe in Somerville's Union Square is closing [BRT]
· Sherman Cafe [FB]
· All coverage of Sherman Cafe on Eater [~EBOS~]