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True Grounds
It's no lie: A hip new joint comes to Ball Square
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If you’ve been to Davis Square lately, you’ve probably realized that despite the recent proliferation of trendy joints where you can have lattes and lunch surrounded by local artists’ work, it’s hard to find an empty table at any of them. But there comes a tipping point when supply must correspond with demand. So it appears the clutches of cool have reached up the street to Ball Square, where Rhett Richard and Amy Thibeault have opened True Grounds, a spacious joint with giant windows that scores points for its inviting bucket-seat leather couches and might even take the prize for funkiest décor. We can only imagine the field day the owners and friends had as they smashed the dishware they bought at the neighboring Salvation Army to make the collage of ceramic shards that edges the front room, a former ice-cream shop.

No sundaes at True Grounds, but you can enjoy a small assortment of Sunday-brunch-style fare, like scrambled eggs and cheese smooshed between a Zeppy’s bagel ($2.40). Then, as the hours tick away and lunch rolls around, duck in for a sandwich to suppress the midday rumbles of hunger. The choices are typical — like turkey and Swiss ($5.95) and tuna melt ($5.50) — but the designations aren’t: each is named after a Ball Square–area street. If nothing else, the founders are out to show that they’re thrilled about being the new kids on a block they know well. At worst, they just want a clever gimmick. Let’s just hope they don’t open a franchise on Route 128.

True Grounds, located at 717 Broadway, in Somerville, is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (617) 591-9559.

Issue Date: May 21 - 27, 2004
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