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A Toppling of Harvard Square Mainstays Continues With Closure of Sweet Bakery

The cupcake shop shut down over the weekend

Sweet Bakery cupcakes
Sweet Bakery cupcakes
Sweet Bakery/Facebook

Weeks after two longtime cafes shut down in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, another closure has come to pass: Sweet Bakery, a local cupcake cafe with two remaining locations in downtown Boston and Chestnut Hill, ended operations at 0 Brattle St. on Sunday, January 6.

“We are sorry to inform you that our Harvard Square location closed due to building renovations,” a note on the bakery’s website read. “We hope to be back soon.”

Other tenants in the Brattle Street building will also move out in turn, including the iconic Curious George store, which will relocate before securing a space in the renovated building. Another Zero Brattle tenant, Tealuxe, closed on December 23 after 22 years operating in the neighborhood.

Sweet Bakery owner Katia Pekar told Eater she hopes to return to the square, noting that the building owners may negotiate to bring back other previous tenants. The lease terms will start from scratch, however.

“We probably will in the short term look to partner with another shop,” Pekar said, for an arrangement that would allow Sweet to prepare its treats at another location and deliver them to a shop for customer pick-ups.

Sweet opened its Harvard bakery about 10 years ago. Since then, the bakery has grown to offer a daily menu of cupcake flavors, in addition to its season specialties, holiday cupcakes, and catering services for cakes and cupcakes.

Along with Sweet and Tealuxe, Brattle Street neighbor Crema Cafe also closed in recent weeks as it came to the end of its lease in the building; a New York-based coffee company called Bluestone Lane will take its place.

Sweet Bakery in Cambridge’s Harvard Square Has Closed [BRT]
Sweet Bakery [Official Site]

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