Boston Restaurant Talk reports that La Hacienda on Medford Street has closed for good.
I guess I'll never know why an Italian spot was named La Hacienda.
Because "The Chateau" was already taken.
And this is anecdotal, but I have a friend who knows someone related to family that owns it, and according to this person, the name had been inspired after a trip to Mexico. Like I said, anecdotal, so I could be completely off on that, but I thought I'd share either way.
edit: I see further down in the comments now that someone else posted about the reason for its name.
La Hacienda and The Chateau are where I learned to beware of restaurants the ethnicity of whose name didn't match that of the cuisine. Or maybe it's just Italian restaurants whose name means "The Mansion" in a different Romance language.
Maybe it went out of business because people went there expecting to eat Mexican food or dance to acid house.
Most left deeply disappointed.
"La Hacienda is a family restaurant established in 1939 by John DiCecca.
Known originally as DiCecca's Market, after prohibition ended, a liquor license was granted
and a vacation to Mexico to celebrate followed.
Upon their return, John and his brother Vincent created La Hacienda Italian Restaurant."
So... there ya go.
which was 6 years before this restaurant opened.
They had wicked good linguiça pizza.
RIP indeed JB. Despite its dark interior they've been a warm respite for my daughters and I on many cold days for lunch. They staff was fantastic and the food was one of the best values in ever-pricy East Cambridge/Somerville.
Looks like its East Side Grille or bust for local italian in East Cambridge.
What's next at the location?...
Considering the location next to the planned improvements in Union Square.
Well, at least I unknowingly got to make a last visit. I was there a few weeks ago after about a 30 year hiatus. It hadn’t changed at all. It was as dark and dingy as ever. I was thinking I would like to go back before it was discovered by hipsters.
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