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New Restaurant Options to Open Spring 2020 at the Little Building

Dear members of the Emerson community,

The College is pleased to inform you that it has signed two new leases for the five available Little Building retail spaces on Boylston and Tremont Streets that will bring exceptional and creative dining options to the campus for both the Emerson community and those who work, live and visit the downtown corridor. Two additional restaurant leases are also expected to be signed in the coming weeks. The restaurants are expected to open this spring and all will accept EC Cash.

El Jefe’s Taqueria, with current locations in Harvard Square and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will move into a retail space at 80A Boylston Street. El Jefe’s Taqueria features a Mexican menu with tacos, burritos, and other regional dishes and is expected to serve beer and wine.

Tatte Bakery and Café, a woman-founded business with several locations in the Boston area, will move into 80B Boylston Street, which combines two spaces at the Little Building: one facing Boylston Street and the second facing Tremont Street. Tatte’s origins are local – in 2007, founder Tzurit Or began baking in her Brookline kitchen and selling her creations at local farmers markets. She opened her first Tatte shop in Brookline two years later and now, partnering with the former CEO of Panera, has opened several locations in the Boston area with plans for a Washington DC location.

Two additional restaurants are expected to sign leases soon that, once finalized, will bring an Asian noodle bar and a juice bar to the Little Building location on Tremont Street.

In addition, two more restaurant offerings will open on the Emerson campus this spring: Garbanzo, a Mediterranean grill, will open in the former location of Griddlers restaurant at 134 Boylston Street in March and French Quarter, a New Orleans-style French restaurant will open in April at the Paramount Center in the former Salvatore’s location at 545 Washington Street. Both will also accept EC Cash.

Once the restaurants have opened and the new sidewalk along Boylston is completed, our community will experience an extraordinary transformation of our streetscape, which will become a destination for Bostonians and visitors from around the world.

These changes, as well as the restoration of the Little Building, the re-opening of the Emerson Colonial Theatre, the opening of the new dining hall, the renovation of the Boylston Place alley, and 2 Boylston Place, have made that transformation possible.

I hope you are as excited as I am to see our vision come to life, and to experience the renewal of this corner of the city and of our campus.



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