I apologize in advance for the semi-political message but it has to do with preserving space for independent and interesting restaurants and cafes.
As J Bert noted in a post below, chain restaurants are starting to edge into Davis square. Diesel cafe is apparently fighting for its lease with, according to the very helpful counter folk, a national chain restaurant with a location in Harvard square. They told us that we "wouldn't be happy about" the quality of the chain restaurant but were unwilling to say which one, yet. If anyone knows, please enlighten us!
In addition, I just found out that the former Bertucci's location on Elm street is being opened as a Subway :-(. I'm sure the landlord would disagree, but I'd frankly rather see it stay vacant!
One of the charms of Davis for me is the relative lack of big chains (Starbucks, Dominos, Dunkin', McDonalds, that's about it). I'd hate to see it turn into a Harvard square clone where the independent businesses get shunted to the margins while the center is dominated by restaurants and stores which you could just as easily find in Newark or Peoria or Los Angeles.
If you're concerned, please come raise the issue at a city council meeting or at tonight's (19 July) meeting of the Davis Square Task Force at 7 in the Senior Center/Tufts building on Holland St.
Help keep Davis square safe for hounds.