Reinventing the wheel: Spoke Wine Bar returning under new management

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal

After almost five months, Spoke Wine Bar will reopen its doors on Holland Street.

Owner and operator Felicia “Flea” Foster first opened the cozy neighborhood destination bar three years ago, with David Jick, owner of Dave’s Fresh Pasta. The restaurant specialized in small production wine, craft cocktails, and small food plates from executive chef John daSilva.

Now, new owner Mary Kurth and new executive chef Eric Frier are ready to take the restaurant to a new level, complete with an improved menu and homey aesthetic, while simultaneously honoring Spoke’s legacy.

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A brief history of redevelopment in Davis Square

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal

For the past few years, Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) have been working on plans to redevelop Union Square and Davis Square, both popular destinations in the city.

But Davis Square is no stranger to redevelopment efforts. Since the 1900s, Davis Square has undergone major transformations, especially with the Red Line Extension in the 1980s.

The OSPCD held the first of a series of meetings on Feb. 13 to discuss past redevelopment efforts and to survey a group of community members. Melissa Woods from the OSPCD said the surveys would help the team gather feedback in regards to what community members discuss from the city planning.

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