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Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA, 02144
(617) 623-2233

Created by Jennifer500

Restaurant Details
Cuisine
$ ($0 - $14)
Price
Not Required
Reservations
Non-smoking
Features
Hours
Open daily
6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Payment
Mastercard, Discover, Visa, American Express
Reviews & Comments
CRITICS REVIEWS
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(no rating) November 15, 2009 - Boston.com - Steve Bradt

I have one gripe with Ball Square Café in Somerville: It’s too far from my home.

This is the sort of place I’d visit almost every weekend if it were in my neighborhood. It’s pleasant and comfortable, the staff is warm and welcoming, and everything I managed to sample was breakfast fare at its best.

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3 reviews
Jul 09, 2009 - dnbuttn
Best Breakfast ever

Whenever I travel away from the Boston area, I am always on the lookout for a great breakfast. Unfortunately, everything else pales by comparison to the great standard that Mike and Omar have set with the Ball Square Cafe. You absolutely cannot make a bad choice here....everything is delicious. And it's not just about the food. While Omar is busy making his tasty treats, Mike is busy making sure everyone who sets foot in the door is warmly greeted (usually by name after your first visit) and made to feel at home. And it's not just Mike. Every single member of the wait staff has a smile on their faces and is always pleasant and friendly. This place is a jewel, and a model for how to run a small restaurant.

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Apr 02, 2008 - Jay_Conne
Defusing a feud?

This is a follow-up to my postings of March 5th & 6th...

Wed. 4/2 posting:
In the last month, I was invited to build a website for BSC that you can find at BallSquareCafe.com.

As part of that effort, Mike and Omar had me create a page to promote the entire Ball Square Community of some two dozen businesses (all but Sound Bites have accepted the invitation). This page seems to be a catalyst for some community collaboration that could match Davis Square some day.

Also, Mike has written a public letter of apology to Yasser, Mayor Curtatone and the Ball Square Community for participating in the feud with Yasser. In that letter he promised to not respond to the provocations of Yasser or their history. Yasser was invited to act in kind but has explicitly refused. He continues to try to justify his describing Omar as his dishwasher - the injustice of which is what got me involved in the first place.

Recently, he called a city inspector to complain that BSC had more than the 24 seats currently allowed by law. Note that this is where he had 50 customers on weekends before moving to a larger space. But this is how he competes, not on better food and service, but by calling in any coercive forces he can find to abuse his competition. Similarly, he has complained if parking enforcement officers warn people that their parking meters need more money - so they are afraid to offer that basic courtesy for fear of losing their jobs. We need the city to be more supportive of business than that.

In my opinion, his deep disrespect and fear of people leading to a pattern of deceit and hostility is unlikely to change in his lifetime. What a waste.

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Mar 05, 2008 - JConne
Great to have Omar Djebbouri back

This was written Wed. 3/5/08 and added to on Thurs. 3/6/08.

Wednesday posting:

I have known Omar's great food and good humor since he joined Julia Sati in creating Sound Bites over a decade ago. Now he is an owner and gets the respect he deserves as a partner to Mike Moccia in Ball Square Cafe. Bravo!

Regarding the feud with Yasser Mirza, current owner of Sound Bites... he took over from Julia and kept Omar and Julia's menu. That is the menu he is claiming Ball Square Cafe stole. He doesn't quite get the concept. And to add insult to insult, Yasser said to me that Mike stole his dishwasher and is calling him a cook. Draw your own conclusion.

Welcome back Omar - wishing you and Mike great success.

Jay Conne
Somerville, MA

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Thursday Posting:

This morning, as I was walking to Ball Square Cafe, I was accosted on the Street by Yasser Mirza, current owner of Sound Bites, making a public scene that attracted a small crowd. He was clearly unhappy with what I wrote yesterday and launched into a verbal attack on me, Mike and Omar. Yasser made accusations about Omar and Mike including claiming that Mike engages in criminal behavior. I made clear to him that false accusations of that kind are prosecutable criminal behavior. He ended up walking away screaming and swearing at me, making a public disturbance. This, unfortunately, is consistent with the way I have seen him treat some customers too. Such behavior has natural consequences.

Let me be clear about why I'm writing these reviews. I believe that our society benefits from competition as it brings out the best potential in people. Also, I believe that everyone should be encouraged to better their situation as Omar is doing in becoming an owner of his own business.

For years now, I have admired Yasser for his hard work as he expanded his business from one to two, taking over one across the street, and then moving Sound Bites to a space more than twice the size of Julia's original. He has kept Sound Bites successful now for a decade with consistently good food and prices. In that respect he has earned his success. It's a shame that he undermines that with this kind of behavior.

Ball Square has become a great little community for good food including the outstanding True Grounds across the street. There is more than enough business for all competitors - limited only by the parking. That should lead to respectful, friendly competition and not uncivilized feuding.

I hope these postings will shine a bright light on the facts and lead to a better situation. It's all up to the character and judgment of the individuals.

Jay

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