A veteran of Boston's restaurant world is making progress on her new place in Cambridge. Tracy Chang, an alumna of Tim and Nancy Cushman's O Ya, is working to open PAGU at 310 Massachusetts Ave. between Central Square and MIT, and the restaurant is now hiring employees.
PAGU, the Japanese word for pug, will focus on seafood, melding Spanish and Japanese cuisine across breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant will embrace local ingredients and draw inspiration from Chang's background in Spanish cooking.
Chang is currently on the hunt for a general manager for PAGU who will be able to coordinate the flow of the restaurant, take charge of the team, and oversee guest relations, among other duties. PAGU could seat around 172 people inside with additional seats on a seasonal patio, as previously reported, and it may stay open until 1 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends.
Expect to see PAGU up and running sometime before the end of the summer.