CAMBRIDGE — Harvard Square, not known in recent years for its vibrant night life, is getting its groove back.
Just opened on Brattle Street is Beat Hotel, a subterranean restaurant-bar-nightclub run by the owners of the Beehive, the hip South End brasserie and club. The Sinclair, a 500-seat concert venue and restaurant on Church Street, has been booking hot musical acts like the 1975 and Earl Sweatshirt since December. Over on JFK Street, Tasty Burger feeds hungry students and clubgoers until 4 a.m.
And there are other buzzy openings on the horizon: Shake Shack, coming in December, will have a full liquor license and serve customers until 1 a.m., while chef-owner Michael Scelfo will unveil his new restaurant Alden & Harlow this fall, downstairs from the Brattle Theatre.
What’s happening is the fruition of a long-term effort to address two widely held perceptions about Harvard Square: that it was lacking in night life options, and that to some degree it had become a sprawling, ivy-accented mall, dominated by chain stores and banks. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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