Boston Burger Company is inching closer to opening in Kendall Square, an expansion that first came to light in late July. The new restaurant could debut early next year.
Co-founder and owner Chuck Sillari confirmed to Eater that Boston Burger Company’s application for a Common Victualler license has been approved by the City of Cambridge; he is currently waiting for the city to issue a building permit. Sillari said via email that once it’s issued, he anticipates construction to take about three months, and he hopes to open the new restaurant by February 2018. This will be the fourth location for the restaurant group known for its absurdly topped burgers and “freak frappes”; the others are in Davis Square, Somerville; Harvard Square, Cambridge; and Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.
“We’re really excited to open in the Kendall neighborhood,” said Sillari. “We hope to make the 610 Main St. block a fun dining destination. We’re confident our concept will be a great addition to the other great restaurants that have recently moved into the building.” Central Square’s Cafe Luna, for one, recently relocated there.
A new Boston Burger Company isn’t the restaurant group’s only plan. A rumor that has been floating around the Davis Square neighborhood for a few months is true: Sillari and his team also have designs on the old Deli-icious space at 20 College Ave. Sillari said that the new spot will be called Mortadella Head, and it will be an Italian quick-serve restaurant focusing on sandwiches and pizza.
“We have travelled to Italy several times developing this concept,” said Sillari. “Our goal is to combine the best of what we are already doing here in Boston with some great things we have seen in Rome and Sicily.”
Chris Alberti — whose experience ranges from head chef at Peasant in Waitsfield, Vermont, to saffron farmer in France — will run the show at Mortadella Head. Sillari didn’t give a timeline for the opening of the restaurant, but stay tuned for updates and keep an eye on the forthcoming restaurant’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.