Oz-Mex comes to Harvard Square Tuesday and, with it, free burritos.
Australian-owned, Mexican casual restaurant chain Zambrero will celebrate its grand opening in Harvard Square Tuesday with a burrito giveaway for the first 1,000 customers, beginning at 11 a.m.
Free food is one thing, but given the plethora of fast-casual restaurants in the historic square, including many Mexican-themed ones — Qdoba, Felipe’s, and Chipotle Mexican Grill — should Cantabrigians care about this new spot?
Well, it seems Zambrero cares. The restaurant company — whose tagline is “Mexican with a mission” — partners with the U.S.-based international hunger relief agency Rise Against Hunger for a Plate 4 Plate initiative. For every burrito or bowl purchased, a meal is donated to someone in need. According to a press release, Zambrero has provided more than 20 million meals to disadvantaged communities across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Its stated goal is to reach a donation of one billion meals through Plate 4 Plate by 2025.
Founded in Australia in 2005 by Scottish-born entrepreneur and medical doctor Dr. Sam Prince, the Harvard Square store is taking over Boston-bred burrito chain Boloco’s spot on Mount Auburn Street. Another Zambrero branch is opening simultaneously in Warwick, Rhode Island — the two locations are currently the company’s only spots in the U.S.
Zambrero’s menu sticks with familiar items like burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and nachos, using U.S.-sourced meats, all slow-cooked for up to 18 hours for tenderness and taste. Guacamole and the Zambrero’s signature “IQ Salsa” are made in-house. Like Zambrero’s PowerBowl, a plant protein, superfood-packed, whole grain salad bowl, the IQ Salsa includes nutrient-dense amaranth and spiralina.
Zambrero, 71 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge; zambrero.com