(Photo courtesy MBTA)
The MBTA has approved a new cafe to open near one of its Back Bay stations, offering breakfast and lunch to commuters and shoppers and bringing much-needed revenue to the T.
Popular food truck operator Clover Foods is set to open the cafe on a piece of land on Newbury Street owned by the MBTA this spring. The space, just outside the Hynes Station exit, is adjacent to a Starbucks and currently empty.
The cafe will include at least one open-air table, based on a rendering provided by the T.
Clover Foods has agreed to a one-year licence for $12,000, or $1,000 per month, and will pay its own utilities, according to a T spokesman.
The MBTA has been looking for ways to reduce its $5.2 billion in debt and a projected $161 million budget gap, most notably through fare increases and service cuts.
Clover Foods operates food trucks in eight locations throughout Boston and Cambridge. The vendor serves a variety of vegetarian fare on its frequently changing menu, including soy BLTs, chickpea fritters, soups, salads, and hot and cold drinks.
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