This news got lost in the Thanksgiving shuffle: ONCE Somerville and the adjacent Cuisine En Locale will remain closed post-pandemic.
Vanyaland had the story on the day before Thanksgiving. “Cuisine En Locale is going out of business, and the space we call the ONCE Lounge and Ballroom will not re-open,” stated ONCE founder JJ Gonson. So we can add ONCE to the ever-growing list of Boston-area venues like Great Scott that have been forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will stay shuttered.
But like Great Scott, ONCE is attempting to stay alive. They’ll continue to exist as a virtual venue as the pandemic plays out, and will hopefully find a new physical space when the time comes. Click here for for a few ways you can support ONCE. It’s almost Giving Tuesday, after all.