A locally built cafe is getting ready to open its newest and largest location in Harvard Square. Tatte Bakery and Cafe has been renovating the former Panera Bread space at 1288 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge and will welcome customers inside on October 4, according to the bakery’s owner, Tzurit Or.
Shortly after Panera Bread acquired a stake in Tatte, Or confirmed the news that Tatte would take over the storefront and build out both a cafe and a space for baking and cooking classes, as well as bread production, as previously reported.
The new Tatte has two floors and the classic white-walled accents seen at other locations around the city. The design is industrial, resembling an old train station, Or told Eater, and she brought in a clock from a old train station in France, as well as other design pieces from around the world.
The kitchen on the first floor will be wide open and will accommodate the trimmings and trappings of the bread department, including a new Bongard oven. There will be communal seating, a banquette, and a lounge area, Or said.
On the second level, customers will find the coffee bar and space for events, plus baking and cooking classes, which will happen four to six times a month. Or said Tatte will also host coffee classes, guest chefs, and holiday baking classes for kids. Tatte will serve draft cold brew and pour over coffee using Stumptown beans.
Or has documented construction progress at the new store on Instagram, sharing videos of the wood floor installation and its white paint treatment, the laying of the tiles for the stairs, and some equipment maneuvering. Tatte Harvard Square will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting October 4.