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Published on November 24, 2023
Harvard Square Gets Fired Up as The Painted Burro Delivers Sizzling Latin Flavors in the Former Border Cafe LocationSource: Google Street View

Harvard Square just got a little more colorful and a lot more flavorful. The Painted Burro, a vibrant spot serving up modern interpretations of Latin American cuisine, has eagerly thrown open its doors in the bustling heart of Cambridge. As of Monday, diners have been flocking to the newcomer that has settled snugly into the old Border Cafe space on Church Street according to a report from The Boston Globe.

Bringing with it a reputation for a seasonal menu that tantalizes taste buds with diverse flavors from Latin America, The Painted Burro has been a culinary staple in Somerville's Davis Square since 2012. Despite the closure of an outlet in Bedford last spring, the Harvard Square addition is said to be just the beginning for the growing brand. As reported by the restaurant's official website, boasting over 100 craft tequilas, the goal at The Painted Burro is to "impart our local chef-driven styles into modern interpretations of Latin American cuisine with a strong respect for tradition."

Owned by The Alpine Restaurant Group, which is also behind Somerville’s Posto and the Burro Bars in Brookline and Boston's South End, The Painted Burro’s expansion into Harvard Square signifies the group's confidence in their unique culinary offerings. The former Border Cafe space, having once been known for its own Tex-Mex flair, is now reimagined with the Burro's signature styled moles and grilled meats and fish that the public has been devouring eagerly at other locations. The space on 32 Church Street breathes new life into the square's dining scene a statement obtained by The Boston Globe confirms.

The addition of The Painted Burro to Harvard Square is not just about expanding its geographical footprint; it's about sharing a philosophy of high-quality, creatively curated cuisine with new audiences. Patrons can sip on imaginative margaritas, sample local beers, or delve into select wines, all chosen to complement the rich flavors served. This latest outpost at 32 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, ensures that no matter where locals and visitors find themselves in the greater Boston area, a unique dining experience awaits, just as the restaurant's founders intended as it charmed into Somerville's Davis Square in 2012 as per the insights from the restaurant's official website.