Cambodia restaurant The Floating Rock at 485 Massachusetts Ave has closed .
Recently Councillor Simmons asked for support through this resolution.
Policy Order Resolution
O-8?IN CITY COUNCIL?February 13, 2012?COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
WHEREAS: Since the Floating Rock Restaurant has opened for business in Central Square in the past year, it has quickly worked to become a valued and conscientious member of the Cambridge community; and
WHEREAS: The Floating Rock has proven itself thus by supporting the Red Ribbon Committee, Room to Read, and by joining the Central Square Business Association; and
WHEREAS: The Floating Rock has also contributed to the valued diversity that exists within Central Square; and
WHEREAS: The Commonwealth has weathered the recent recession better than many other areas, yet the economy has nevertheless been a factor in the Floating Rock’s difficulty in establishing itself on firm economic footing, and this has necessitated their looking to partner with Yoki Japanese Cuisine and Sushi, to bolster their business; and
WHEREAS: Just Mass LLC, the landlord for the Floating Rock, had initially been notified of this proposed merger between the Floating Rock and Yoki Japanese Cuisine and Sushi, and had expressed support for this merger. The intended merger would be helpful to both businesses, and would hopefully enable the Floating Rock to stabilize their finances and become a reliably profitable tenant for Just Mass LLC; and
Just Mass LLC has subsequently withdrawn their support for this merger, and has now stated they would prefer to evict the Floating Rock and rent the space to a chain restaurant instead. Such a move would go against the community’s preference for supporting local small business owners and greater diversity in our local offerings; now therefore be it
That the City Council urges the Community Development Department to work with the Floating Rock and their landlord Just Mass LLC toward finding an equitable compromise that would be fair to both parties, and that would allow the Floating Rock to remain in operation in Central Square.