Here is a directory of the Black-Owned businesses we love in Central Square.

Coast Cafe

233 River Street

The Coast Cafe is home to the best fried chicken in the square. Take a walk down River St and find out why it's been a Coast staple since 1997.

Currently, Coast Cafe is only open for take-out & delivery. Their hours are Wednesday - Friday 3PM - 8PM and Saturday 1PM - 5PM. Give them a call at (617) 354-7644

Menu - Website - Facebook

Ms. Bonafide Creations

Ms. Bonafide Creations crafts handmade jewelry, accessories, and candles. She also offers group classes and private instruction in healing Vinyasa Yoga, meditation, and Pranayama (breath work).

Website - Facebook - Instagram - E-Mail

Nu Image Barbershop

98 River St

Nu Image Barbershop has been in Central for over 40 years. They're a staple of the Square, and we look forward to seeing them open back up soon!

Message from Nu Image Barbershop about Re-Opening
Dear valued customers: After careful consideration, Nu Image will not be reopening until June 16th due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and the utmost safety of our customers. We will be praying for more positive medical data and will update you on June 15th. We apologize for any inconveniences, please stay healthy and safe! Thank you, Nu Image Barbershop

Website - Book an Appointment

Simply Erinn's Unisex Hair Salon

268 Brookline St

Simply Erinn’s Unisex Hair Salon offers a wide range of services to keep you looking good long after you're in the chair.

Services include:
Creative Hair Designs
Children's Hair Care
Customized Creative Coloring
Cuts & Trims
Salon-to-Home Hair Care
Hair & Scalp Rebuilders
Multi-Textured Natural Hair
Natural Styling
And more...

Give them a call at (617) 547-8098

Website - Facebook - Instagram

The Pull-Up LLC

The Pull-Up LLC is latin soul food on the go. This food truck is a favorite of Central Square and can be typically found at 1 Oxford Street. Be sure to follow on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates to where they're pullin' up next!

Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Sly's Barbershop

321 Western Ave

Sly's Barbershop has the best prices in the city. The dynamic duo of Sly and his assistant Michael have been cutting hair for over 20 years combined. Give them a call at (617) 491-3940 to make an appointment, or just stop by the shop.


La Fabrica

450 Mass Ave

La Fábrica Central Restaurant is inspired by Caribbean cuisine. They serve Chef Giovanna Huyke's interpretation of the best dishes of Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican Republic. Always great vibes at La Fabrica.

Update from La Fabrica on re-opening:
We have been living through challenging times in the past few months but after much struggle and with your support we are pleased to announce the soft opening of our outdoor patios on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 5pm to midnight, Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 5pm to midnight and Sunday from 12pm to 8:00pm with a limited menu for patio dining and take out with your favorite La Fabrica cocktails. Our regular hours of operation will be Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm to Midnight, Sundays from 12-8pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For reservations please send an email to or call (857) 706-1125. We will accommodate a limited number of walk-ins depending on availability. Stay tuned for more information as we get settled. Thank you for your support

Website - Facebook - Instagram

Great Eastern Trading Co

49 River St

From Great Eastern Trading Co
Great Eastern Trading Co specializes in vintage and unique clothing and costumes for men, women, and non-binary identifying people. The store was founded in 1969 and has remained a fashion institution in the Cambridge area. They carry what they love: cowboy boots, 70's shirts, Hawaiian shirts, belly dance costumes and accessories, 80's party dresses, sequined clothing of every description, ethnic pieces, scarves, vintage and new jewelry, 50's party dresses, pirate costumes, flapper dresses, wigs, and more!

Facebook - Instagram

The Kush Groove Shop

541 Mass Ave

The Kush Groove Shop is a high-end one-stop shop for stoner street wear and cannabis accessories in Central Square. Started by Rindge alum, Kush Groove has shops in Cambridge and Boston. In addition to blunts, e-juice, glass pipes, bongs, rolling papers, and more, they carry their own line of Kush Groove apparel, designed by their team.

Website - Facebook - Instagram


739 Mass Ave

Asmara Restaurant named after the Capital city of Eritrea has been a square staple since 1986. With their specialty Injera bread, they invite guests to eat with their hands and experience true Eritrean culture.

Currently, Asmara is offering take-out only and they're open from 5pm-8pm. To place an order, please call (617) 864-7447

Website - Menu

Denise Simmons: Allstate Insurance

195 Brookline St

Denise Simmons helps local families find the right insurance plans for them. They offer insurance plans on auto, home, condo, renters, motorcycle, business, life, and atv.