Dueling Somerville brunch spots are still feuding after nearly a decade

Sound Bites and Ball Square Cafe
–Aram Boghosian / The Boston Globe

Two neighboring brunch restaurants in Somerville are at it again, according to a new magazine article.

The owners of Sound Bites and Ball Square Café have been squaring off for the better part of the past decade, Boston magazine reported in its May issue. Their simmering feud became public in 2010, when Sound Bite’s owner Yasser Mirza spit in the face of Ball Square Café owner Mike Moccia, leading Moccia to retaliate with two punches to Mirza’s face.

Since that incident, the conflict between the two restaurant owners has become more subtle, but arguably no less hostile. Their alleged tactics now include conveniently timed car alarms, unexpected health inspections, and negative Yelp reviews, according to the Boston magazine story.


Despite all of the headaches, neither is willing to even consider moving locations.

The full Boston magazine story is chock full of anecdotes, so read it here.

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