A new Taiwanese restaurant looks about ready to open on Harvard Avenue in Allston, and it will be joining bubble tea shop Gong Cha in the old Hot Spot space (154 Harvard Ave., Boston). Cheers Cut Taiwanese Grilled and Fried, which has locations in Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania, has hung its sign next to Gong Cha’s, and though it’s unclear at the moment if the two restaurants are engaged in a partnership, it appears as though they will share the space.
According to its website, Cheers Cut specializes in Taiwanese-inspired food. The restaurant’s signature dish is crispy fried chicken. A peek inside the restaurant suggests it’s nearly ready to welcome patrons.
Last winter, the Hot Spot — which specialized in Cantonese dishes like braised beef brisket and shrimp wonton noodle soup — posted a sign that said it was “closed for vacation.” It never reopened, leaving the space vacant for several months.
Update, July 12: Cheers Cut opened earlier this month, serving Taiwanese fried chicken (with a variety of sauces), fried squid, and more, and the Gong Cha counter is indeed in the same space.