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Cambridge’s globally inspired Cuchi Cuchi restaurant has permanently closed

"Watching a horror movie is more soothing than having to announce that Cuchi Cuchi will no longer exist," the restaurant's closing announcement said.

Drink at Cuchi Cuchi
A cocktail at Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge. Liza Weisstuch

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the local restaurant scene as Cuchi Cuchi, a globally inspired restaurant in Cambridge, announced it has shuttered.

The eclectic eatery said goodbye to its fans in a self-described obituary Monday morning on Facebook.

“Watching a horror movie is more soothing than having to announce that Cuchi Cuchi will no longer exist,” the post said. “The fundamental purpose of socializing [with] food/wine/good company has been obliterated overnight by an unlucky fluke of nature which gives new meaning to ‘survival of the fittest.’ On the bright side, perhaps humans will now be more nurturing towards each other and the planet and less prone to feeling unabashedly special/invincible.”

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The restaurant went on to thank the employees, guests, and friends who helped define Cuchi Cuchi’s 19-year run, and acknowledged that “when we can no longer live up to our maxim of ‘2 kisses and a hug,’ it’s time to say goodnight.”

The post ended with a glimpse into a future project: “Stay tuned for a self-published photo book of Cuchi reflections on beauty as soon as the next creative spurt hits.”

Tamara Bourso and Fernanda da Silva opened Cuchi Cuchi at 795 Main St. in Cambridge in 2001. The restaurant focused on small, internationally inspired plates, while the ambiance was a playful homage to retro Hollywood glamour.

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The restaurant joins a growing list of establishments that have recently closed amid the COVID-19 crisis, including Dante, Morano Gelato, Stella, and The Table at Season to Taste.

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