A new development under construction in Somerville will include a fast-casual eatery and juice bar called Nu Café, which has an existing location in Worcester. This will be its second location, and it will be in the base of 197 Washington St., bringing with it a menu filled with smoothies, coffee, baked goods, salads, and more.
According to owner Josh Van Dyke, Nu Café is aiming for a late September or early October opening, depending on how the development process pans out over the next few months. The restaurant is currently in the buildout stage, with plumbing and electric getting set this week, Van Dyke told Eater.
The cafe will seat 60, with 12 counter seats along the window, which "will be ideal for getting work done or having meetings," Van Dyke said. There will be room for casual dining, meet-ups, and more, and Nu Café will offer to-go and online ordering for easy pick up.
The menu will be much of the same as what Nu Café offers in Worcester, with a few changes, Van Dyke said. The lineup of options includes smoothies and fresh juices; a selection of organic coffees, espresso beverages, and nitro cold brew on tap; breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and baked goods; plus salads, grain bowls, and wraps. Nu Café has a full liquor license as well.
"We are looking forward to having the local Somerville and Boston-area beers and cider on tap," Van Dyke said. He also said there are plans to roll out a fresh cocktail menu: "Being a juice and smoothie shop we have the equipment and product to create some really cool stuff."
Van Dyke lives about a mile from Union Square and said he was "excited to become tight-knit with the community and work with other business owners in the area to continue to develop the growing dining scene."