Monthly Archives: June 2009

Two restaurant closings

Today was quite a sad day. A and I hadn’t been to Shilla in Harvard Square for a while, so we swung by for lunch. It was only after we’d sat down and ordered that we noticed the sign on the wall … and found out that after 23 years it’s closing its doors tomorrow due to having to give up their lease. In a previous post I’d mentioned that we were regulars there, and so of course this was incredibly disappointing news. The sign mentions that the restaurant directly up two flights of stairs, the relatively new Shabu-Ya, is owned by the same people and will feature some Korean items on their menu. I don’t hold out much hope that it’ll be much of a consolation, but we’ll definitely be checking it out.

In other restaurant closing news, Great Bay also closed, just a couple of weeks or so ago. It was sad to see it go, although we had observed its steady decline. One can only hope that new restaurants will help fill the void.

A lifelong dream realized: A trip to the Cape Cod Chip Factory

A couple of months ago I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams: to visit the Cape Cod Chip Factory. I’ve been a fan of the chips ever since I first came to Boston (although I was heartbroken when they substituted their spicy barbeque flavor for a milder one), and I’d been intrigued by the promise of factory tours printed on the back of every bag. Although I’ve been to the Cape several times I’d never managed to fit the tour in, partly I suppose because they only run them during normal business hours (i.e. M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), closed on weekends and holidays. But I finally made it, and now my life is complete. 😉

Alas, poor reader, they don’t allow pictures of the factory itself. The pictures above are from the parking lot which has signs every few feet to lead potato chip pilgrims to the entrance. The tour is self-guided and pretty minimal: just a handful of signs with diagrams and explanations in front of the glassed-off area where the machinery is working. There are also various letters and photos framed from fans. It would take you a minimum of five minutes to get through it all, and even if you’re a chip aficionado like myself and want to soak in the atmosphere you’d be hard-pressed to stretch the tour out to much beyond 15 minutes. So it’s not really worth a special trip for the general tourist, although it’s certainly easy to get there on the way to/from the rest of the Cape.

You’ll also be able to milk a few more minutes out of the experience by perusing the gift shop (which we were allowed to take pictures of). Apparently the company runs an annual competition for local schools where the kids make dinosaurs out of chips:

Alsome. Anyway, if you’re looking for more info, check out their website. Also, I was somewhat surprised to find out they’re doing popcorn now as well. I bought a bag and quite enjoyed it, but I haven’t found anywhere nearby that carries them (if anyone has encountered them, please let me know!), although the Harvest Co-op in Central Square carries a wide selection of their chips. Mmmmmm. Time to go to the grocery store. 😉