Our Story

In October of 2004 something amazing happened in Boston that would change our city forever. The Red Sox won the World Series. That same year, the first Tavern in the Square opened its doors.

Tavern in the Square began when a group of friends, with various backgrounds in the restaurant industry came together and decided that Boston needed more than a “typical” sports bar. Joey Arcari, an Irish immigrant, came to Boston after gaining work experience in various bars throughout New York City. Renato Valentin began his restaurant work experience as a dishwasher and worked his way up to a chef, and then manager, before joining the partnership. Mark Morris began his restaurant career after many years of being the lead singer of the “Catunes”, one of New England’s most popular bands. Finally, Somerville native, Stephen DeSousa, who found his passion for the industry at age 18 and worked in various restaurants throughout Boston, rounded out the team that created Tavern in the Square.

We wanted to open a place that was not only a great spot to watch a game, but one that had a fun neighborhood vibe with friendly staff and high quality food and drinks. Therefore, when deciding on a name, we joined this concept with the location, Central Square in Cambridge, and Tavern in the Square was born. As the years have passed, Tavern in the Square has evolved from a sports bar into full-service restaurants which feature sizeable bars and patios. Each location continually adapts to fit the community in which it is located, creating a fun and casual atmosphere that is enjoyable for all ages.