Cambridge red tape did not make this an easy process, but D.C.’s &pizza and New York’s Milk Bar are officially moving forward with plans to open a combined pizzeria and bakery at 1394 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, formerly the Tory Row and Crimson Corner spaces.
The Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeal approved the companies’ special permit yesterday, according to a rep for &pizza, who shared the following statement:
We’re pleased with the outcome of last night's hearing and are excited to bring the first &pizza x Milk Bar concept to Harvard Square. We will continue to be conscientious in our approach to what we can offer the square to add to its rich cultural identity.
The pizza shop meets bakery concept has aspirations to not only increase the variety of our offerings and enhance our experience, but also to provide a concept that caters to what the community needs — a positive, inclusive gathering place for all citizens.
&pizza is a growing chain based in Washington, D.C. that describes itself as an “anti-establishment establishment” with a “tribe” of employees who are paid a living wage; some of them even get tattooed with the brand’s ampersand logo.
Milk Bar is the sugary dream of Christina Tosi. It began under the Momofuku umbrella in New York City and has expanded to D.C., Vegas, and Toronto, serving up cereal-infused milks, cake shakes, and other treats.
The companies aren’t sharing an opening timeline for their dual Cambridge venue yet; stay tuned for more.