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Light reception for 100, near Mt. Auburn

Hello all,
I am helping to plan a reception after a memorial service for around 100 people. The service is at Mr. Auburn Cemetary. I have talked to some caterers, and a few venues; @ mt. auburn (expensive to rent) and the new VFW in Cambridge (unfortunately booked).
We are open to restaurants, halls or other ideas. We would like to stay around $2000 if possible for a light luncheon (sandwiches, salad, cookies and non-alcoholic drinks).
Any ideas would be wonderful.
Thanks so much!

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  1. Not much that big around there. Conley's Pub. Donohue's pub also. Stellina.

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    Stellina Restaurant
    47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

    Conley's Pub
    164 Belmont St, Watertown, MA 02472

    1. maybe try the MIT faculty club. nice views of the river and Boston, depending on the date/time, might be easy to park along memorial dirve

      1. What about the Commander's Mansion at the Arsenal in Watertown?

        1. Cambridge Boat Club might be an option. I don't know their fees, but the view is stellar.

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          1. re: tartandfit

            don't know about lunches, but dinner events start at $3,500 there

          2. Your day of week and time of day are critical needed info to help you best! Most rental places do not have tables and are expensive but Habitat in Belmont is a lovely spot and may be affordable for just this short type of event. They have a list of caterers but might also be willing to allow drop off of sandwiches w/ minimum staff. maybe. worth calling them.

            otherwise, call a good sandwich place like dave's pasta in somerville or strip T's in watertown; they may know of a city park nearby w/ picnic tables and chairs.

            some less expensive spots for catering: the National Heritage Museum in Lexington has tables and chairs and AC; The Griffin Museum in winchester is v. nice and fairly cheap (but has no tables).Another cheap one, The Concord Scout House, is in concord.The Camb. Boat House is also nearby. Sometimes Unitarian churches are possible (center of Harv Sq; watertown square)

            Lastly, if it's a day or time of day when the right size restnt is normally closed, maybe that could work out.

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            1. re: opinionatedchef

              We are having the service Saturday around 11. So the reception would be around 12:30ish. I have talked to a few restaurants that are willing to open up for us.
              Thank you for so many different suggestions. I now will be making a few more calls!

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                If I remember correctly, Habitat has a $2,500 rental fee.

                1. re: Taralli

                  plse know that hab rents for diff rates for diff times of day and days.yes, lovely spot.

              2. You could try the Friends Meeting House in Longfellow Park, Cambridge. They rent their space, have a kitchen, and are completely open to all sorts of catering.

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                1. re: Parsnipity

                  I attended a memorial service there, & it was lovely.

                  1. re: Parsnipity

                    I had friends who investigated it for their wedding and they said that for non-members of the congregation it was pricy. (they were quakers, but affiliated with a different meeting).

                    It might be cheaper just to rent the fellowship space.

                  2. Thanks to all who have posted. I truly appreciate the thoughts and suggestions.

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                    1. re: bbkatiebb

                      bb, do let us know where you end up so we can help others like you in the future.