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Cute Pop-up Tea Shop Expands to Harvard Square for the Summer

Plus, an investigation into whether the state dessert is a “spongy fraud,” and more news

The Godfather at Abide
The Godfather at Abide
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Seasonal Pop-ups

Abide, a charming tea shop that has been popping up indefinitely inside Middlesex Lounge (315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) in Central Square for a while now, has added a Harvard Square location for the summer — on the Parsnip patio (91 Winthrop St.). With an abbreviated menu featuring the Godfather (strawberry, matcha, milk), a cold brew coffee with sea salt cream, and a couple other options, $6 each, Abide is at Parsnip from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. And it’s still at Middlesex, too; check Instagram for updates on hours and specials.

In other pop-up news, Field & Vine in Union Square (9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville) — which is typically only open for dinner — is opening its doors on Saturday mornings during the Union Square Farmers Market, hosting a pastry pop-up called Plum Delicious until 1 p.m. Take a gander at some of the options.

And another new pop-up to add to the collection: Commonwealth Kitchen, a Dorchester-based non-profit kitchen that serves as an incubator for numerous local food businesses, has taken over a kiosk in Kendall Square (300B Athenaeum St., Cambridge — near the ice rink) for at least the next three years to give companies the chance to run a temporary takeout restaurant in the space for four to six months at a time. (As a bonus, each featured business will also sell several products from other Commonwealth Kitchen businesses.) First up, the Dining Car food truck will take over the space, serving sandwiches and more. Catch it on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Note: This kiosk is located fairly close to Commonwealth, a restaurant and market, but Commonwealth and Commonwealth Kitchen are not related.)

The Shutter

Diane’s Bakery (9 Poplar St., Roslindale, Boston) will close on June 7 after an impressive half-century run. As Universal Hub notes, this is one of several bakery closures in Roslindale over the past decade, leaving only Fornax, which focuses specifically on bread.

“An Attack on the Official State Dessert of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

Spurred on by an email from a reader angry about multiple restaurants taking liberties with the name “Boston cream pie,” the Boston Globe’s Kara Baskin investigates the situation: What passes for a Boston cream pie these days, and how does that compare to the classic version — which, to be fair, was sort of a “fuzzy concept” to begin with? “Was our state dessert nothing but a spongy fraud?” she asks.

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91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA 02138 617-714-3206 Visit Website

Field & Vine

9 Sanborn Court, , MA 02143 (617) 718-2333 Visit Website


315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 Visit Website