This nice man hanging up signs at the former Au Bon Pain location on Thayer Street today explained that vegan chef and “Cupcake Wars” winner Chloe Coscarelli will be opening a restaurant called by CHLOE. Another bakery, when I’m already looking forward to the opening of Insomnia Cookies down the street?
Nope: this place, already popular in NYC and with two Boston locations – and now one Thayer Street location – soon to open, promises vegan burgers, fries, salads, and other fare from local sources. I join the ranks of those worried about how once-unique Thayer Street, with its few hip holdouts like What Cheer Records + Vintage, is becoming a chain-restaurant strip. Let’s hope by CHLOE makes good use of Rhode Island farms and businesses like Yacht Club Soda in their efforts to locally source.