East by Northeast, a staple of the Eater 38, closed last month after a well-loved five-year run in Inman Square. Now, it appears that the duo behind the Woburn outpost of local chain Lisa's Family Pizzeria is taking over the space, although it isn't yet clear whether it will be a new Lisa's location or something different. [See update at the bottom of this piece.] The chain currently has other locations in Dracut, Medford, Melrose, Tewksbury, and Wakefield, and each is individually owned and operated, according to the main website.
On April 14, the team will go in front of the Cambridge License Commission to seek a full liquor license and the ability to operate from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. There will be 25 seats. The project is named DK & Co. on the agenda, but that may just be the working name to kick off the permitting process. (The two people behind it are Deepak Diwan and Kalyan (misspelled on the agenda) Gullapalli, so the "DK" is perhaps a reference to their first initials.)
The Woburn Lisa's appears to be a delivery and takeout-oriented business featuring pizza, subs, and the like, and there's no liquor license, so it's possible Diwan and Gullapalli have something else in mind for the new space.
Meanwhile, East by Northeast chef/owner Phillip Tang is embarking on a new project with The Gallows team in the South End. They'll be opening a restaurant called Banyan in the former Hamersley's Bistro space.
UPDATE: Not pizza. A nearly blank Facebook page for DK & Co. at that address, 1128 Cambridge St., is categorized under "burger restaurant," "Belgian restaurant," and "sandwich shop." The bio promises "a mussel and burger bar with a full bar." Gullapalli tells Eater they're aiming for a late summer opening.
UPDATE 2: Diwan has shared a few more details of the project with Eater:
"DK & Co. will be a mussel and burger bar that will offer customers a variety of mussel preparations, Belgian style fries, house ground burgers, and specialty sandwiches. We will also offer light starters and desserts as well as a full bar.Our vision is based on what we feel are very very enjoyable experiences that we have when breaking bread with friends, family, and colleagues. To us, that means sharing a pot of steamed mussels and a Belgian Ale, or burgers and cocktails with friends, or maybe a seasonal salad and a glass of wine at lunch. We will also feature vegetarian and vegan friendly starters, burgers, and sandwiches.We are working with our design team to give DK & Co. a fresh and new look and feel."
UPDATE 3: Not mussels. Turns out that this will be a second location of WuBurger, the duo's Woburn burger restaurant.