Café Bartlett Square opens

August 2, 2013
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BROOKSIDE—Café Bartlett Square, the newest addition to the Bartlett Square development at 154 Green St., opened its doors last month.

The 50-seat café, located across the street from the Green Street MBTA station, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is offering pastries, sandwiches, salads, coffees and teas in addition to ice cream and breakfast sandwiches.

All the pastries are made in-house, but the breads are from Cambridge-based Iggy’s Bread of the World, JP resident and Executive Pastry Chef Tania Peterson told the Gazette. Peterson is also married to Phil Peterson, the café’s general manager.

Their coffee is from Arlington-based Barismo, a direct trade company.

“That means they deal directly with the farmers. It’s even more sustainable than working with larger conglomerates” that operate fair-trade labels, Peterson said.

“We did a blind taste test to select our supplier and Barismo won out. Their coffee is pretty unique,” she added.

Ice cream and quick drink orders are placed at a separate counter from food orders to expedite delivery. During a recent Gazette visit, there was also a drinks cart set up in their patio, though there was no one staffing it.

And while their license allows for live music, there are no plans for any performances right now, Peterson said.

“We’re located right under apartments. It’s just an option we’d like to have, but we have no specific plans for anything right now,” she said.

The café is sparsely decorated, though with an industrial bent evident in its welded metal chairs. About half the café’s seats are located on the outdoor patio, nearly doubling its capacity.

Café Bartlett Square can be reached at cafebartlettsq.com or 617-524-5373.

Café Bartlett Square during a recent Gazette lunchtime visit. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)

Café Bartlett Square during a recent Gazette lunchtime visit. (Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira)