A new cafe called Nine Bar Espresso is in the works for 11 Holland St. in Somerville's Davis Square, according to the agenda for tonight's licensing commission meeting (and a fledgling Facebook page). The agenda item includes the name Simon Yu and S&H Coffee Company Inc., the person and incorporation behind Simon's Coffee Shop near Porter Square and its recently closed sibling, Simon's Too. Yu is seeking a common victualler's license for the new spot.
11 Holland St. was briefly home to Kindred Tea & Tonic, which closed in late March after opening in December. At the time, a message on Kindred's website noted that the closure was "until further notice," and there was a hope of finding "investors and support to continue our mission." The message is still posted on the website. Last month, the shop reopened for a few days to sell off retail items at a discount.
If the common victualler's license is approved, and if Nine Bar Espresso is anything like big sibling Simon's, perhaps there will be a small selection of sandwiches, soups, and bagels to go along with espresso and other coffee-related beverages.