Well folks, we have some big news and it’s bittersweet: we announce that Longfellows will close after service on Sunday, June 2nd. Alisha and Jesse (and Skylar and Pepper) are relocating this summer as Jesse accepts a position as a professor at Princeton University.
When we opened our doors with Lamplighter 2.5 years ago, we had four items on the cafe menu: coffee, espresso, donuts, and waffles. Alisha thought she'd run a small shop with maybe three employees.
With your support, we have grown into a vibrant coffee shop and community hub. Today, we have over 10 staff, are open 7 days a week (remember when we were CLOSED on Sundays?!), and are proud to say that we're a favorite community destination for so many folks. It has been an absolute honor and a joy to be a part of the food and female-owned business community in Cambridge and beyond.
When we close, you don’t have to worry about finding good coffee elsewhere, because our friends at Lamplighter are opening a NEW cafe concept on Monday, June 10th! Check out @pepitacoffeeco on Instagram You can look forward to a delicious spot to grab your coffee and breakfast, and you’ll notice some familiar Longfellows faces, too.
Over the next three weeks, we're celebrating Longfellows with a series of community events – starting today! Events include: Longfellows Marketplace, Barista OFF MENU Specials, Cafe Yoga & more. The full details are listed below and online here, and we'll send out a separate email with the full scoop too.
Dear community: we thank you so much for your steadfast support, and we hope to see you a LOT over the next three weeks. We’ll miss you SO MUCH. Cayla, AC, and the entire Lamplighter crew: thank you for being the best brewery and partner we could have asked for. You've been so supportive and incredibly fun to work with. Thank you for everything.
XO – Alisha & the entire Longfellows crew
Longfellows is an independent community-driven coffee shop in the heart of Cambridge, MA offering locally-roasted coffee, espresso, and breakfast goods to our awesome neighbors. Come say hello! We're at 284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA and open 7 days per week – nestled inside of Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Monday – Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am-3:00pm
We have five different kinds of coffees and teas on-tap, including our signature Cold Brew, Cold Brew on Nitro, Single Origin Cold Brew, Tea Sparkler, and more! We also have a full range of espresso drinks and hot drip coffee and tea.
Our food menu is available from open to 2:30pm daily and includes staples like our Breakfast Sandwich, Avocado Toast, Croissants, Donuts, and Smoothies. View our full Menu online.
As a locally-run business housed inside of another local business (double local OMG), Longfellows is thrilled to partner with producers and purveyors from across Massachusetts. We source freshly roasted coffee from Barrington Coffee in Western, MA, baked goods from Iggy’s, meats from Formaggio Kitchen, bagels on Fridays from Bagelsaurus, donuts from Somerville's beloved Union Square Donuts, tea from Watertown's MEM Tea, and delicious milk from High Lawn Farm.
Our name Longfellows is inspired by the Longfellow Bridge, less than one mile away, and Henry Longfellow, for whom the bridge is named. The Longfellow Bridge connects our Cambridge neighborhood to Boston and we see ourselves as a connection point in our rapidly growing and changing community. What's more, there's a good story involving the bridge, the poet, romance, tragedy, and coffee.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used to walk our very streets and crossed the bridge from Cambridge to Boston to court Francis Appleton in Beacon Hill. After seven years of romance and a healthy dose of poetry, they married. Sadly, he lost his beloved Fanny in a tragic dress fire accident. Apparently, she requested a cup of coffee shortly before she died. We'd like to think if we'd been there to deliver, the story could have ended differently.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Mon – Fri, 7:30am – 3:00pm
Sat & Sun, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm