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Fire Temporarily Shutters Somerville’s Classic Cream of Wheat Purveyor

Plus, people are mad that Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t offering a post-Patriots win discount anymore, and more news

Cream of wheat at Neighborhood in Somerville
Cream of wheat at Neighborhood in Somerville
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Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Temporary Shutter

Somerville brunch icon Neighborhood Restaurant (25 Bow St., Union Square) is temporarily closed following a small electrical fire that took place on Saturday, September 8; no one was hurt. In a Facebook comment posted on Monday, September 10, owner Sheila Borges-Foley noted that the electrical panel caught on fire while the restaurant was open Saturday morning, and it will need to be updated.

“Remember, we opened in 1980 when codes were very different, so even though we are grandfathered, we all need to be safe,” she wrote. “The building needs to be safe. Our awesome electrician aka super hero is working hard to get all things corrected so we can serve you all our crowd pleaser cream of wheat!!!! Also, the inspector told us had this been a night time fire we may not have made it out and the building would have been burnt to the ground!” Keep an eye on Facebook for updates regarding a reopening timeline.

The Shutter

Porter Square has lost its longtime Bruegger’s Bagels location (1876 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) — and the Kenmore Square one shuttered (644 Beacon St., Boston) just a few weeks earlier, too. Fortunately Porter Square has another bagel source: Bagelsaurus (1796 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge).

Sports Updates

In football news, Dunkin’ Donuts (aka Dunkin’) is no longer offering discounted coffee the day after Patriots wins, and people are mad. In baseball news, former Yankees player and current ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez lost a bet to actor and burger slinger Mark Wahlberg and had to work a shift at Wahlburgers.

Skybar Could Survive

In the wake of the abrupt closure of the Necco factory, the new owners are auctioning off several of the company’s candy brands (and corresponding equipment) later this month, including Sky Bar, which might be a better candy than the eponymous Necco Wafers anyway. (The Necco Wafers brand is not up for auction at this time.)

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Neighborhood Restaurant

25 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143 (617) 623-9710 Visit Website