A restaurant, all-day cafe, and rooftop bar are coming to East Cambridge

Puritan & Co. chef and owner Will Gilson is behind the projects.

A rendering of Will Gilson's new restaurants at CX
A rendering of Will Gilson's new restaurants at CX. –Steelblue, Courtesy of DivcoWest

It’s been a busy spring for Will Gilson.

In early May, the Puritan & Co. chef and owner opened Café Beatrice, an all-day, six-month pop-up located in the former Rabottini’s Pizza space in Allston. Concentrating on breakfast sandwiches, open-faced toasts, and grain bowls, the cafe employs a more casual vibe compared to Puritan & Co.’s modern, refined atmosphere in Cambridge.

Now it’s been announced that Gilson will head up three new concepts: a restaurant, an all-day cafe, and a rooftop cocktail bar located at Cambridge Crossing (CX), a 43-acre, mixed-used development under construction in East Cambridge.

While the new projects won’t be opening until next year, according to a press release, a handful of details about the as-of-yet-unnamed concepts are already available. Much like Café Beatrice, the all-day cafe will serve baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and a number of healthy options, as well as grab-and-go items. The 60-seat, full-service restaurant will offer larger entrées and an outdoor seating area, while the rooftop bar will serve craft cocktails and a curated food menu on the second floor with a view overlooking a nearby park.


“We are proud to introduce the first dining experience to CX, which is designed to be not just a restaurant but rather a destination within a growing and inclusive community,” Gilson said in the release. “We want to build a place that accommodates everyone from morning commuters grabbing a coffee, to residents and tenants in need of a quick bite, to friends enjoying a night out.”

Gilson’s concepts will be located in Cambridge Crossing’s The Shed, a retail building surrounded by a picnic grove, park, waterway, and space for outdoor games like bocce ball. Both CX and The Shed are currently under construction, and Gilson’s concepts are scheduled to open in early 2020. In the meantime, CX has started to host public events on its grounds, including a summer fitness series and movie nights. Once complete, the development will offer 2.1 million square feet of science and technology space, 2.4 million square feet of residential space, and 100,000 square feet of retail space.