Then & Now

You hear a lot of talk these days about terroir – a sense of place.

As you know, at Craigie On Main, we are all about terroir. Food that is locally sourced, from purveyors we know personally. Wines that just taste like they have a story to tell.

So we were pretty psyched when we had the opportunity to move from our old location on Craigie Street to bigger digs at 853 Main St.

Sure, it would be a bit weird to keep the “Craigie” name, but this was just our kind of place. It’s a weirdly shaped, funky old Cambridge building. And it has always housed small family businesses, from a drugstore to the legendary La Groceria Italian restaurant… to us.

While building Craigie On Main, Chef/Proprietor, Tony Maws aimed to preserve the “great bones” of the iconic Cambridge building, to retain all of the coziness of Craigie Street Bistrot, and to make the new space totally “kitchen-centric.” As a cook used to a Lilliputian kitchen at Craigie Street, Tony finally realized his dream with a Molteni cooking suite, a 12-foot long, six-foot wide stainless steel sparkler made in France. Molteni (the Mercedes of custom ranges) builds each unit by hand upon consultation with the chef. The result: an island suite  nerve-center for the kitchen, complete with hot top, flat top burners, charbroiler, plancha grill, and enough space for his team to work together to create each dish.

We are honored to be the keepers of this tradition, and we hope you’ll enjoy the “updates” we’ve made to the space, while also appreciating the sense of history that it retains.