Articles by Abbie Gruskin

What’s New: City Beat

City Council Approves FY20 Budget  The City Council signed off on the FY20 budget at the end of June. The greatest chunk of funding—30 percent in the proposed FY20 budget summary, which equals over $76 million—was allotted to the school department, while 18 percent went toward public safety. The budget also devoted $771,670 to improving […]



What’s New: Business Briefing

All She Wrote Books Highlights Diverse Narratives Look no further for a good feminist read—All She Wrote Books has it covered. Searching for better representation in literature, local Christina Ciampa launched the pop-up bookstore to celebrate the voices of female, queer, and trans authors. “We are in 2019. There’s no reason why we can’t make […]


What’s New: Evolving Eats

East SomervilleRecino’s Café Recino’s Café has it all, from Mexican- and Salvadoran-style plates of burritos, pupusas, and tamales to rich American pastries like New York cheesecake. The cafe, which opened in late May, is owners Jose Recino and Joseph Garcia’s first restaurant in the city.  Ball SquareAvenue Kitchen and Bar Out with the longtime Italian […]



Something Ventured: VilleSide Customs

VilleSide’s owners have served the city for seven years from their storefront in Magoun Square, which started as a retail-only shop selling clothing, hats, and accessories from favorite brands including Silly Wabbit, Pretty Authentic People, and Villen.  Now, alongside their selection of local Somerville and Boston brands—including a house brand named after the business—VilleSide offers […]


Something Ventured: Himalayan Kitchen

Brother and sister meld Nepalese cooking with friendly service Brother-and-sister duo Rabina Lockett and Uttam Shrestha work side-by-side at Himalayan Kitchen to introduce Somerville locals to the authentic Nepalese cuisine of their home country. The siblings’ close relationship has helped their business thrive, they say.  “My brother has literally been my best friend, my brother, my […]


Something Ventured: La Posada

Posada siblings dish up a childhood love for Latin American cooking The siblings behind La Posada discovered a love of food at a young age in their home country of El Salvador. “I grew up around food,” Joe Posada says. “Living at home was like living at a restaurant, there was so much food, so […]


Decade-long Photography Project Captures Lasting Evidence of WWI

Local artist Bonnell Robinson has spent the last 10 years documenting European sites associated with the conflict of WWI through vivid, black-and-white film images. Her connection to the work is deeply personal, spurred by a desire to learn more about her grandfather’s involvement in the war. “Quite by chance, I came across a journal kept […]



Spoke Wine Bar Teams Up with Momi Nonmi for Pop-Up Dinner

Spoke Wine Bar will infuse its light, farm-to-table approach to food and wine with Hawaiian and Japanese flair on Monday in a pop-up collaboration with Cambridge restaurant Momi Nonmi. The prix fixe four-course menu ($49, with an optional wine and sake pairing for $35) will include local seafood, Japanese ingredients, and grilled dishes that both […]