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Root in Allston Is Apparently Closed

One of Union Square's vegetarian eateries is currently out of commission.

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Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Root, a vegetarian diner on Cambridge Street in Allston, is currently closed, and it isn't clear whether it is permanently shuttered.

Driving by 487 Cambridge St., Root's storefront appears to be fully papered over, and there are no signs posted explaining if the restaurant is undergoing renovations. The diner's website is down, and its Facebook page has also been removed.

@RootBoston is still live on Twitter, and the account shared new specials just last week. Root has been reviewed on Yelp recently, too, with a guest sharing her positive experience at this "glorious enterprise" just two days ago.

Phone calls made to Root went unanswered this afternoon, after the diner was scheduled to open for the day. The voicemail box is full and cannot accept new messages.

Root opened two years ago, taking over a space that formerly house a vegan pizzeria. Co-owner Deena Jalal is also a co-owner of FoMu, a vegan ice cream company with a location a couple doors down on Cambridge Street. Jalal wasn't available at the Allston or Jamaica Plain ice cream shops this afternoon.

Root's menu is heavy on plant-based comfort food, including a fried cauliflower po'boy, jalapeno corn hush puppies, quinoa salads, and decadent pancakes at brunch.

Eater has reached out to the Root team and will update this article with any new information. Do you know what's going on with Root? Drop us a note.

UPDATE, 8/18/15: James DiSabatino (Roxy's Grilled Cheese) and Rebecca Arnold (Alden & Harlow, Sarma) have taken over the space and will reopen it as a veggie-focused, fast-casual restaurant called Whole Heart Provisions in September 2015.


487 Cambridge Street, Allston, Ma 02134 617-208-6091 Visit Website