As with so many things, it all comes down to booze and rodents: Cambridge's License Commission voted 2-0 against allowing Tasty Burger to move into the old Lyndell's Bakery space at 74 Prospect St., because a place serving late-night booze could disrupt the residential character of the neighborhood. Cambridge Day says "neighbors were concerned about trash, rodents, noise and the alcohol license."
Tasty had wanted to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. (Their Harvard Square location is open until 4 a.m.) Tasty owner Dave Dubois (sensibly) felt that booze was a deal-breaker, and so the space remains vacant ... for now. Residents hope another restaurant will eventually take over the bakery's space, but in the meantime they fear that the "cheap, savory food would be an irresistible 'last call'" for rowdy burger-seekers. This is Central Square we're talking about, right?