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Herrell's in Harvard Square Is Closing

hiddenboston Sep 17, 2009 12:59 PM

A combination of competition and cost increases has done them in. They will probably be gone sometime in November.

Looks like the owner will open a restaurant and bar in an expanded spot where Herrell's is now....

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    winedude Feb 4, 2010 03:18 PM

    Anyone know if the new place that was supposed to open in Herrell's location is open? And does it really sell ice cream?

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    1. re: winedude
      zach272 Feb 4, 2010 08:09 PM

      Nope, it's not open yet...there's still brown paper on the windows, and not much going on within (or so it seems from the street).

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      y2000k Oct 31, 2009 08:24 PM

      Is today the last day, or does anyone know when the closing date is? I'd love to get one more taste of vanilla malt & chocolate malt ice cream before it's gone!

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      1. re: y2000k
        hckybg Oct 31, 2009 09:21 PM

        I believe the sign in their window said that November 1st was their last day, but you may want to call and double check.

        1. re: hckybg
          cambridgedoctpr Nov 1, 2009 01:29 PM

          i went to Herrel's and was told that the successor restaurant would continue to make ice cream using the same technique and machine though not using the recipes that they got from herrel's.

          And, I thought that it was expensive but the best in Boston.

          And how often should you allow yourself ice cream in any case?

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr
            yumyum Nov 1, 2009 06:33 PM

            it's not my bag baby, but apparently it's everyone else's...

            "New Englanders [...] consume more ice cream per capita than people in any other region in the country: 22 pints a year, according to Bob Bryson, executive director of the New England Ice Cream Restaurant Association in Merrimack, N.H."--Jane Roy Brown and Bill Regan, Boston Globe August 28, 2005

            "Residents of Portland, Ore., eat more ice cream than those of any other US city."--Elizabeth Lund, The Christian Science Monitor, June 29, 2005

            1. re: yumyum
              BobB Nov 2, 2009 09:40 AM

              Yeah, that's an apocryphal claim. A lot of places say they have the highest percentage of ice cream eaters in the country, and the most credible studies I've seen show that Boston is not at the top.

            2. re: cambridgedoctpr
              y2000k Nov 1, 2009 06:52 PM

              We didn't manage to go there today. I suppose the place is going to close down for a while for remodeling before it reopens as a restaurant?

        2. yumyum Sep 18, 2009 09:18 AM

          There is a nice piece about Herrell's on Toscanini's blog. It all started in Somerville.


          1. StriperGuy Sep 18, 2009 07:16 AM

            In my book not a huge loss. It was almost $4 for a minuscule small cone.

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              jgarnache Sep 17, 2009 03:11 PM

              That's really strange. I swear they have been remodeling for about a month.

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                dsmoxie Sep 17, 2009 01:37 PM

                The replacement (indirectly, to be sure) of Tosci's and Herrell's with JP Lick's and Lizzy's has substantially worsened the quality of ice cream in the Square. I'll have to have a final brownie sundae before Herrell's packs up scoops.

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                1. re: dsmoxie
                  rlh Sep 17, 2009 03:09 PM

                  Kind of the inevitable evolution, like no more Wursthaus and Tasty, but a big bank and empty former jewelry store instead, huh? It must just be a response to what the new market there wants - I actually think Ben and Jerry's is now the top pick in the square for ice cream - sad. How much longer can the Hong Kong last?

                2. rlh Sep 17, 2009 01:37 PM

                  So who has the next best malted vanilla, pumpkin, and cocoa pudding flavors - ideally on a permanent basis?

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                  1. re: rlh
                    nsenada Sep 18, 2009 06:22 AM

                    Second that request - the cocoa pudding flavor is one of my favorites, and I will be seriously perturbed if I can't get a close approximation somewhere.

                    1. re: nsenada
                      heypielady Sep 18, 2009 12:52 PM

                      I haven't gone to Herrell's in a long while but my favorite ice cream ever was their chocolate malt. It stopped being a regular flavor though.

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                    y2000k Sep 17, 2009 01:27 PM

                    NO! This is so sad...

                    1. Allstonian Sep 17, 2009 01:12 PM

                      Also reported here:

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                      1. re: Allstonian
                        hiddenboston Sep 17, 2009 01:36 PM

                        Doh! I must have a blind spot in my vision! Didn't see any posts when I checked earlier.

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