The dosa enthusiasts behind the Seaport’s fast-casual spot Madras Dosa Co. are headed to Harvard. The team has signed a lease on a new location in Harvard Square at 22 Eliot Street, near John F. Kennedy Street, and is aiming to open either by the end of December or in January, the company confirmed in an email.
Similar to the Seaport shop, diners at the new location can expect a menu chock full of dosas, the South Indian staple of thin lentil crepes, and can choose their own fillings from a lineup that includes lamb, chicken, green chiles, and masala-flavored Lay’s potato chips. The campus outpost is aiming to cater to a late-night crowd and stay open seven days per week, 11 to 3 a.m., according to information listed on a Cambridge licensing application.
“We just felt Harvard was the right location because it’s always bustling like Seaport with students and tourists,” the company said in a statement. “Also, when we were in college, dosa was a staple for most South Indians. So we thought, ‘Why not at Harvard?’”
Madras Dosa Co. is owned by the same Woburn-born restaurant group that is also behind other local South Indian restaurants like downtown Boston’s freewheeling spot Vaanga and 1947 in Norwood. The team eventually hopes to expand Madras at a national level, co-owner Babu Koganti told the Boston Globe last fall, bringing the dosa chain into airports and other U.S. city centers.