Two local food favorites are teaming up to bring a restaurant/bar/arcade setup to Cambridge, and there's now an estimated opening — it could happen this summer. The partnership of Area Four and Roxy's Grilled Cheese was announced last fall under the tentative name of Roxy's A4cade, and the result will be a fun-filled space at 300 Massachusetts Ave. near MIT, as previously reported. The name has acquired a slash: Roxy's/A4cade.
The partnership came about as pure coincidence, according to Boston Magazine, when Roxy's owner James DiSabatino and Area Four's Michael Krupp found out they had their sights set on the same space and decided to share. This new location will offer an enlarged Roxy's menu of burgers and grilled cheese, as Boston Magazine reported, while incorporating a cocktail program from Krupp's team. (So don't expect to find Area Four pizza at this venue — just walk four-tenths of a mile.)
Additionally, the space will incorporate 20 assorted games, including Skee-Ball, foosball, shuffleboard, and pool, as well as other video or pinball games. DiSabatino confirmed to Eater via email that he's also still working on opening a new location of Roxy's in Lynnfield, slated for this summer, and then he'll move onto the Cambridge project.
In other restaurant/bar/arcade news, Bit Bar Salem is in the works in an old Salem jail, heading towards a June opening.