Beat Hotel is a Harvard Square restaurant that claims as its inspiration the hippie and beat movements. With bohemian decor, live music, and an eclectic menu, it is named for a now-defunct, then-fleabag Parisian hotel frequented by Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. If anyone had asked me about the concept, prior to opening, I might have gently told them to come up with something else. It sounds like a cheesy theme park, I might have said, reframing an era of peace and love for profit. Just pound another nail in the coffin of the old, genuinely bohemian Harvard Square, why dontcha. Then I would have taken small, bitter sips of my coffee at the Algiers, inhaling from my imaginary clove cigarette. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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