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Caffe Nero to Continue Its Boston Takeover With South End Location

The international coffee shop chain appears to be poised to open in the former Francesca's Cafe space.

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Caffe Nero, Downtown Crossing
Caffe Nero, Downtown Crossing

Caffe Nero, a London-based, Italian-style coffee shop chain that kicked off its United States entry with a Downtown Crossing location here in Boston, isn't wasting any time putting down more local roots. A Jamaica Plain location is also in the works, and now the South End is getting one too, according to blogger BosGuy, who reports that it will take over the former Francesca's Cafe space (564 Tremont Street). Francesca's closed in August 2013 after being open for nearly two decades.

Caffe Nero serves espresso and other coffee-related drinks, as well as salads, sandwiches, and a variety of baked goods. The Downtown Crossing location has been generally well-received since its opening in May 2014, at least according to Yelp, where it averages four-and-a-half out of five stars over more than 100 reviews. The "cozy" and "inviting" ambiance is particularly crowd-pleasing; one Yelper describes it as "like the Beauty and the Beast library with a contemporary Instagram filter."

Caffe Nero (DTX - Washington Street)

560 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111 (617) 936-3432 Visit Website

Caffe Nero (South End)

564 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118 Visit Website

Caffe Nero (Jamaica Plain)

733 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130 617-477-3466 Visit Website