Bon Me lovers in North Cambridge and folks who seek sustenance on Route 2 can look forward to Wednesday, Sept. 9. The Boston Globe reports that that's the target date for the debut of the local, Vietnamese-inspired chain's fourth permanent location at 201 Alewife Brook Parkway.
The Fresh Pond Bon Me joins a fleet of food trucks, which owners Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong launched in 2011, as well as brick-and-mortar outposts in Kendall Square, Fort Point, and inside the new Boston Public Market. The restaurant group also has a Chestnut Hill location in the works, potentially landing late this fall.
First reported in April, the Alewife Bon Me is taking over the Cheddar's Pizzeria space in an area surrounded by offices and other commercial properties. It will have an expanded menu and, potentially, increased hours, Boston Magazine previously reported. The City of Cambridge License Commission granted approval for it to open until midnight, but Bon Me reps have indicated it will likely close earlier than that.
The menu will include Bon Me favorites such as sandwiches, rice bowls, noodle salads, and greens with spice-rubbed chicken, Chinese barbecue pork, roasted soy and paprika tofu, and miso-braised pulled pork as add-on options. It will also offer a "deluxe" version of the restaurant group's pork ramen, a special dish that isn't on the regular menu at its existing outlets, as well as Asian-style fried chicken and sweet potato fries with Sichuan pepper salt, the Globe notes.
Construction is well underway at 201 Alewife Brook Parkway as the restaurant transforms into Bon Me.