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Feb 2, 2010 04:24 AM

New vegan rest. Davis Sq opens 2/2

Below is the email announcement about it:

Finally, like proud parents, we announce the opening of our new cafe, The Pulse Cafe, located at 195 Elm Street in Davis Square, Somerville!

Our Grand Opening will be Tuesday, February 2, 2010. We will be open serving dinner from 5 pm until 9 pm.
Our hours, to begin will be as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 5 pm until 9 pm.
Friday and Saturday 5 pm until 10 pm.

We will bring back Sunday Brunch, beginning February 21st. Lunches will be added mid-March and perhaps breakfast in the future, but as this location is more than double the size of our former location, and we now have a full staff, we want to make sure we don't try to begin it all at once!

We look forward to serving you and introducing you to our new staff. We feel the people now working at the Pulse Cafe will continue the work that we began one and a half years ago, as we would ourselves.

Bob will still be the head chef and oversee all food production, but he will now have some much deserved assistance. We have also increased the number of servers working at busy times, to better expedite service. We think you will be pleased at what you find!

Our new web address is and our new phone number is 617-625-1730. The Pulse Cafe has its own Facebook page, so if you would like to receive future contacts from us that way, we urge you to join as a Fan of The Pulse Cafe. You will then receive information, much as you have in the past in these e-mails.

If you are not on Facebook and wish to continue receiving e-mails from us regarding changes or events, please respond to this e-mail with a message that says "Please keep me on your mailing list for The Pulse Cafe." This response should be sent to our new e-mail address, If we don't receive such an e-mail, we will assume that you don't wish to be on this mailing list.

As Tuesday will be our first day of regular operations, please understand we will all be acclimating to our new surroundings and our staff to their new positions.

So come in out of the cold and let us warm you from the inside out!

Be sure to check out our new website, for our new menu, and information on our upcoming Valentine's Day Dinner, for which we are currently accepting reservations.

And on Monday nights, we have learned that 2 of our favorite customers are hosting a vegan radio program. You can learn more about their program and the spot that Lisa will be doing for them at

Lisa and Bob Bouley

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  1. Just got an udpate that the opening has been rescheduled for tomorrow.
    We are delaying our opening until Wednesday, February 3rd because we have found that there are a few things that need to be corrected, so as to assure all is ready. We look forward to serving you.

    This is the last e-mail th'at will come to our previous Vej Naturals e-mail contact list. If you wish to remain on our new e-mail list and have not yet contacted us, please remember to reply to this with a message titled 'Keep me on your e-mail list." if you prefer to read updates on Facebook, join as a Fan of The Pulse Cafe.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Lisa and Bob Bouley'

    1. Just a quick update: Opening day has been pushed back a day. They will be opening tomorrow instead.

      1. Starting with dinner only seems like kind of an odd choice. In my experience with the (many) establishments in that space, they're always been more full at lunch. Maybe they're afraid of a huge rush of folks to the outskirts of Davis at lunch?

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        1. re: Parsnipity

          Their old place in Malden (under the name Vej Naturals) was dinner only. But then again, that was in Malden.

          Can't wait to try out their new place!

        2. Visited tonight!!

          Aside from typical "just opened" issues (credit card machine was down, flustered servers, missing napkins, silverware, etc.) it was pretty good. My "maple glazed" tempeh reuben was delicious, although there was barely any tempeh in the sandwich. My roasted sweet potato bites were cooler than room temperature, which was very bizarre. My friend got the Jamaican jerk chicken tempeh entree; tempeh itself was fabulous, although the quinoa and (pureed) sweet potatoes it came with were mediocre and also cold.

          Presentation of the food is beautiful and portions are generous. I am a big fan of vegetarian and vegan food (although I am neither) so I will certainly be back to sample their other offerings. I love how convenient it is to the MBTA.

          Smaller menu and a little more low key than Red Lentil.

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          1. re: SaraASR

            More low key than Red Lentil? How do you mean? RL seems sooo laid back.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Their old place was rather laid back. It was in the front half of a first floor of a house converted into commercial space and had seats for about 10 or so. Perhaps the scale-up in size (I assume the new place must be bigger) is something they haven't adjusted to yet.

              We're going on Valentine's Day (they're having a fixed price dinner). Must be popular since when I called yesterday, I had a choice between 5pm and 8pm reservations -- can't wait to try them again!

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                Food plating, quality, or preparation isn't as professional. Wobbly tables. Space is more worn-in. Perhaps low key isn't the correct phrase. Maybe "fresh"? Just not as clean and new.

                1. re: SaraASR

                  Thanks for the clarifications...totally understand now.

              1. re: yarm

                "Latin American Seitan balls" - I....don't think I am going to order those...tee hee

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  Hahahaha... they seemed to be very popular last night, although I didn't order any!