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UpStairs on the Square to close

Posted by Kara Baskin  October 18, 2013 03:00 PM

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Harvard Square's landmark restaurant UpStairs on the Square, known for its zebra-print dining room and afternoon tea, will close on New Year's Eve after 31 years, we've learned via an e-mail from owners Mary-Catherine Deibel and Deborah Hughes. "The current landlord has decided to sell the iconic Harvard Square landmark building at 91 Winthrop Street," they write.

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“We founded our first restaurant UpStairs at the Pudding in 1982 because we loved giving dinner parties, and we’ve never stopped thinking of our restaurant as an excuse to host a wonderful soirée every night. Our hospitality—dispensed liberally and happily—is meant to foster a sense of gaiety, of festivity, of well-being—for guest and staff alike. You know—just like at a fabulous dinner party!” says the e-mail.

In keeping with this hedonistic tradition, Deibel and Hughes plan a series of farewell events leading up to the final meal. They'll host a special dinner on November 17 for couples who got married at the restaurant, called "I Do Two/I Do Too!" complete with a menu of signature dishes and coconut wedding cake, and they'll throw a "Grand Finale New Year’s Eve Fete" with dancing and champagne on December 31.

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