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The stretch of Boston Avenue in Medford that runs behind the Tufts University campus has long been known for the most classic of college cuisine: greasy, gooey pizza. So when the new cafe Tamper opened in October, throwing around buzzwords like “organic,” “sustainable,” and “humanely-raised,” it caught attention in the neighborhood.
Tamper, named for the instrument to make espresso, serves breakfast and lunch daily, brunch on weekends. Liebman and business partner Jason Hutchinson cofounded Boloco with one of Liebman’s Boston University pals in 1997, serving healthy burritos. After leaving the company four years ago, Liebman was tipped off that the chain would be closing its Tufts area branch. He was offered the space for a new venture.