>> Saturday, March 31, 2012
This is the first restaurant post in the new series, Welcome to My New Hood
- UPDATE - CLOSED
How do you respond to heartbroken customers when you take over a space that had been occupied since the 1930's by the same restaurant?
Many people mourned the closing of the Forest Cafe (in all its gritty and inexpensive glory) when it finally shuttered its doors in 2009. The question remained for quite some time, "who would take over the space"?
Last year, the same folks who run Clear Conscious Cafe in Central Square (that coffee shop at the entrance of Harvest Coop), decided to open up a restaurant that focused on fresh, local ingredients with an aim to offer really good, vegetarian friendly dishes.
It's been over a year now since Rafiki Bistro first opened. The menu has changed a few times. The brunch is no longer available. It's moved a bit more towards French bistro and a little less vegetarian-focused.
After we moved to this stretch between Harvard and Porter, we resolved to try every single restaurant "in the hood." Here are our thoughts after our first visit.