24-hour store in Porter Square now a 0-hour store

Ron Newman reports Gourmet Express on Mass. Ave. ceased to be early this morning.

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KEEP PORTER SQUARE MEDIOCRE!

Nooooo! My beloved Gourmet Express. My now-fiancee (a Lesley student) and I grabbed many a lunch there. The Italian sub was great, I must say. And the owner was hilarious. I overheard him a year ago, maybe more than year, that he was planning renovations. I guess those renovations went a little beyond his expectations.

It's good to see Porter Square growing up -- it is about time. I'm just sad to see Gourmet leave. :'(

Now if only Lesley would speed up development of the two parking lots next-door.

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Moved on up

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When I lived in porter this still was a White Hen Pantry.. and that wasn't that long ago..

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Seriously

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Bummer for the business, but a high-density housing use for that spot is pretty clearly what ought to happen there. And those two parking lots - ugh. Why are they not also a floor of retail topped with three floors of housing? It's right next to the train and bus and commuter rail!

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Think bigger

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That lot, directly across the street from a subway and commuter rail stop, ought to be able to support an even taller building. If you built a 10-story residential building there, the units would get snapped up in a heartbeat.

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Are you joking?

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It'll be luxury apartments. Duh.

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Which makes for a better

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Which makes for a better walkable neighborhood?

26 units of housing are nice for 26 families.

A 24-hour store that serves hot food is nice for the thousands of people who live within walking distance.

Both, duh.

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A 26-unit building with retail on the first floor.

Agreed

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Their breakfasts were pretty great, and reasonably priced, and featured puns on the menu (e.g., "The Eggstravaganza"). It will be missed.

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gotmunchies?

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White Hen reinvented Gourmet was the best hands down.
Best service, loveable employees, if you're lucky they'd give you free gum or an extra scratch ticket if you promised to split with them.

tears

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No wonder

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That store was terrible, no wonder they closed. They didn't have anything useful.