"You've come a long way baby..."
The restaurant industry is a fickle animal -- new establishments pop up everyday only to shutter a year or two later -- like most Hollywood marriages, longevity is rare. That's why when I got a dinner invite to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grendel's Den, the beloved Harvard Square institution known for its affordable hearty dishes and "Cheers"-like atmosphere, well -- of course I had to attend! There's something to be said for any business that can last 40 years -- and even though this was my 1st time visiting (sorry, but it's a trek getting to Harvard Square from where I live), I was excited to help them celebrate.
When I arrived, the party was already in full swing. Most of the crowd looked to be my parent's age (was later told many of the attendees that night were long, and I mean LONG, time patrons of Grendel's), but luckily I was seated at "The Playwrights/Thespians/People with Fascinating Non-Finance Jobs Table (aka the younger folks)". It had been a long day at work, so I immediately ordered a drink called The English Major (egg white, blood orange, gin, some other fruity juice I can't recall anymore), which seemed uber appropriate, given that the late founder and her daughter were both English majors in college.
89 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4929