I too live in the neighborhood and have been painfully waiting for YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
The card shop just sat there as we debated what would fill the void when it closed down. Pub - no, Meffah is dry. Drug Store - god forbid, we don't want a chain here. How about a pizza please - oh lord, there are already five in a one block area (fine supporters of our annual pizza tasting contest, Pasta Pisa wins hands down every year, Expresso looses every single year).
I cant begin to tell you how happy I am that the doors have final opened.
The amazing part is that the place works. I went in for the first time for lunch.
Bright, Sophisticated wood and contemporary interior design. At least twelve different kinds of freshly baked bread along with morning, afternoon and evening pastries of various sorts. If you like marzipan, youll be in heaven. A gourmet ice cream counter and bar. Hand made chocolates and packaged imported fancy and comfort Danish candy. Coffee, espresso and various hot chocolates, including Danish hot chocolate for a whopping $4 (take that Starbucks!). There are tables to eat, read and mingle. The view is still wonderfully the same, cozy corner spot watching the 96 or 80, or if youre lucky enough the good old neighborhood 94, speed by. This establishment, Danish Pastry House, is the perfect addition to a block dearly supplied with pizza, convenience store and hardware options.
As Ive always said, if Somerville is the Paris of Massachusetts (Utne Reader, 1998) then Medford is the new Cambridge (Boston Globe, 2001)!
This opening supports my view!