Everyone here at Chowder was dismayed (devastated?) to learn via Bostonist that beloved Cambridge ice cream parlor Toscanini’s had been shuttered this morning—seized by the Commonwealth for nonpayment of taxes. It was bad enough to lose the Harvard Square location in 2006. Could this be the end of the micro-sundae?
We’re (cautiously) happy to report that there may be reason for hope: Owner Gus Rancantore tells us that he’s hoping to have this matter sorted out very quickly, possibly within days. Though he didn’t get into details, he indicated that he’s spent the day running around, sorting through red tape.
Meanwhile, the Cambridge Chronicle is reporting that Rancantore owes the state $167,000 in back taxes.
Our fingers are crossed…