East Coast Grill is coming back, thanks to Highland Kitchen’s owner

Mark Romano is reinvigorating the "Hell Night" eatery.

East Coast Grill & Raw Bar: While not exclusively a BBQ joint, this restaurant has an impressive roster of BBQ, ribs, and sides. Keep an eye out for their Hell Nights, which feature specially crafted menus geared toward fans of chile pepper heat and are announced two months in advance. Address: 1271 Cambridge St., Cambridge
East Coast Grill & Raw Bar –Amy Newman / The Boston Globe

The shuttered East Coast Grill in Cambridge will be making a comeback with new ownership, according to License Commission documents unearthed by Boston Restaurant Talk.

The beloved eatery, known for its 30 years of service in Inman Square and its popular “Hell Night” events, closed this past January.

Mark Romano, who owns Somerville’s Highland Kitchen, has applied to transfer the former restaurant’s alcohol license to his own company, keeping the name as East Coast Grill.

Romano previously worked with Chef Chris Schlesinger, who opened East Coast Grill in 1985, at The Blue Room in Kendall Square, and aims to restore East Coast Grill to its original reputation, Romano told The Boston Globe.


“We’re going to bring it back from the dead and take it back to the 1980s, 1990s,” he told the Globe. “It’ll have the same name, same feel, a lot of the same dishes, but some spiff and shine.”

The License Commission Hearing data from the City of Cambridge site also shows that Romano applied for proposed operation hours of 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week.

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