Roxy’s A4cade Lands in December With Saucy Grilled Cheese and a Speakeasy Bar

The junk food titans are expanding their own brands this fall, too.


PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM BRUECKNER for “Roxy’s/A4cade to Open Summer 2016

We’ve been saving our quarters since last fall, when Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Area Four announced they are teaming up to open an arcade bar in Cambridge. Today, the team shares a few more details.

Roxy’s A4cade is now on track to open in December. The partnership came about when Area Four’s Michael Krupp and James DiSabatino of Roxy’s found out they were eyeing the same piece of real estate, in MIT’s new University Park development.

Their “hybrid destination” will have an amped up Roxy’s in front, with favorites like the Green Muenster, the mushroom burger, and hand cut truffle fries, with add-ons like house-made pizza sauces, mozzarella cheese, and cured meats from the masterminds behind Boston’s favorite pizza joint.

Through a speakeasy-style door is a hidden arcade, packed with shuffleboard, foosball, vintage 8-bit games and pinball machines. The Area Four team is developing “a quirky and creative selection of cocktails, beers and wines,” according to a rep.

No other details on the A4cade bar program just yet, but the beverage department has fresh new flavors in the works for another new venture, Area Four Boston, headed for the South End Ink Block next month. The team is sharing a taste of what’s to come (with pizza, of course!) at State Park this Monday, September 12, from 3-7 p.m.

The South End location will be an elevated version of the chill, cafe-pizzeria in Kendall Square (RIP, A4 Somerville). There won’t be a cafe, and there will be “more of a late-night bar scene,” according to a rep. Food and drink menus are still in the works, but they will be larger than Cambridge’s, with more of a cocktail focus on the beverage side. You can still expect Area Four’s signature, Neapolitan-American-style pies and seasonal meats, seafood, and vegetables roasted on a custom Maine Wood Heat oven.

In November, Roxy’s will also debut a second restaurant, in Lynnfield.

Roxy’s A4Cade, opening December 2016, 300 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge,,