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D.C.-Based Falafel Chain Will Close Last Boston-Area Location After Seven Years

The Davis Square restaurant — the first to open locally, and the last to remain — will close at the end of the month

A pita full of falafel at Amsterdam Falafelshop
A pita full of falafel at Amsterdam Falafelshop
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The last remaining Amsterdam Falafelshop (248 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville) in the Boston area — and the first to open here — will close on Saturday, March 30, the restaurant announced Friday on Facebook. In the message, owner Matt D’Alessio thanked the staff and community for support over seven years running the restaurant in that neighborhood.

“It has been a privilege to provide the best falafel and fries to you over the years and welcome events like HONK Fest, ArtBeat, PorchFest, and countless road races, student groups, and fans local and abroad,” he wrote. “We are off to new ventures with family and business and will never forget our time in Davis Square.”

Amsterdam Falafelshop is a casual Washington, D.C.-based chain that first opened in Davis Square in 2013. It was later joined by another location in Boston’s Kenmore Square; that restaurant closed in early 2017 after about two years in business.

True to its name, Amsterdam Falafelshop specializes in falafel served in either a bowl or crushed and stuffed into a pita. At the counter-service restaurant, diners can choose a wide range of toppings to go with the falafel, including vegetables, pickled items, sauces, and garnishes, plus french fries.

Davis Square’s Amsterdam Falafelshop will close on Saturday, March 30. In the meantime, it will operate with reduced hours, per signage posted on the restaurant’s door, pulling back from its longtime late-night schedule: Stop by between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

With this closure, Amsterdam Falafelshop vacates Greater Boston but maintains locations in Washington, D.C., and Miami, Florida.

Amsterdam Falafelshop in Somerville’s Davis Square Is Closing [BRT]
Amsterdam Falafelshop Coverage on Eater [EBOS]

Amsterdam Falafel

248 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (617) 764-3334 Visit Website