Whole Heart Provisions extends its vegetarian reach this weekend with the opening of its third location; this one is in Cambridge’s Harvard Square (1350 Massachusetts Ave.). On Sunday, October 14, at 10:30 a.m., Whole Heart joins a number of other food and beverage purveyors at Harvard University’s newly renovated Smith Campus Center, and the restaurant is celebrating the occasion with a free t-shirt giveaway for the first 20 people in line.
Whole Heart first opened in Allston (487 Cambridge St., Boston) in September 2015. Founders Rebecca Arnold (Alden & Harlow, Sarma) and James DiSabatino (founder of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese) began the restaurant with a mission of showcasing a hearty produce-filled (and meat-free) menu, and after two and a half years churning out grain and salad bowls, Old Bay Brussels sprouts, and falafel dogs, Whole Heart added a second location in Cambridge near Central Square in spring 2018.
Now, Arnold and DiSabatino are taking that fully vegetarian and vegan, mostly gluten-free menu to Harvard’s new food-filled campus center. Whole Heart diners are able to choose from several pre-set bowl options that feature ingredients like falafel, bulgogi-style beets, pickled cauliflower, and roasted broccoli.
There are customizable options as well, all built on a base of various grains or greens, with a choice of veggies, toppings, and dressings. For sides, Whole Heart serves dishes such as street corn with Korean chili flakes, seared avocado, and the aforementioned falafel dog, which is topped with Grillo’s pickles, tahini, and mustard. For beverages, the restaurant serves juices, lemonade, and kombucha.
Whole Heart adds to an already stacked lineup of vendors at the Smith Campus Center. Visitors will also find a flagship location of Saloniki, plus Blackbird Doughnuts, Pavement Coffeehouse, Swissbakers, and Bon Me.
Update, 10/12/18: This piece has been updated to reflect that the opening has been pushed from October 13 to 14 due to utility work in the building.