Tatte and three other restaurants coming to campus in 2020

By Dana Gerber, News Editor

The college announced four new restaurants coming to campus in 2020 and said they expected to finalize leases for two more in coming weeks, in an email to the community Friday. 

Tatte Bakery and Café and El Jefe’s Taqueria will both be located in Little Building. Garbanzo, a Mediterranean grill, will replace Griddlers at 134 Boylston in March and French Quarter, a New Orleans-style French restaurant is expected to open at the Paramount Center in April. 

The email from President M. Lee Pelton also announced that two more leases are expected to be signed in the coming weeks. One is for an Asian noodle bar, and the other for a juice bar. This leaves only one available retail space in the Little Building with no announced plans. All locations will accept EC Cash, but not meal swipes or Board Bucks. 

Tatte is a locally-owned bakery and cafe with twelve locations in the Boston area. El Jefe’s Taqueria, an authentic Mexican restaurant, only has two other locations in Cambridge and Bethlehem, PA. 

El Jefe’s Taqueria is set to open in Little Building facing Boylston Street, while Tatte will occupy two spaces in the building and will face both Boylston and Tremont streets. 

“Once the restaurants have opened and the new sidewalk along Boylston is completed, our community will experience an extraordinary transformation of our streetscape, which will become a destination for Bostonians and visitors from around the world,” Pelton wrote in the email.

A spokesperson for the college said one goal when searching for clients to fill the retail spaces was the appeal to both students and the surrounding community.

“Emerson is proud to breathe new life into our corner of Boston with an array of dining options for our campus community and beyond,” a statement from the college to The Beacon read.

Updated 1/11/2020: This article was updated to include a statement from Emerson College.