Moody’s Delicatessen to Open in Rebecca’s Cafe Space in the Back Bay of Boston

An award-winning deli is on its way to Boston's Back Bay, and it will be replacing a soon-to-close cafe near Copley Square.

According to a source, Moody's Delicatessen is opening on Boylston Street in the space where a location of Rebecca's Cafe currently resides. It appears that Rebecca's will close for good on September 8, clearing the way for construction on the space to commence, possibly in the next month or so. This will be the second location of Moody's Deli, with the original being on Moody Street in Waltham; owner Joshua Smith also runs New England Charcuterie, a meat-processing plant near the Waltham/Belmont line, and he will also be opening an oyster/ceviche bar and a taco and BBQ spot next to the Waltham location of Moody's.

An earlier Boston Magazine article had mentioned that Moody's was planning to come to the Back Bay, but no address had been given at the time.


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Other locations of Rebecca's Cafe can be found in Boston, Cambridge, Burlington, Newton, and Waltham; the Back Bay outlet had been in business for nearly 20 years.

The address for the upcoming Moody's Delicatessen (and the soon-to-close Rebecca's Cafe) is 500 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for Moody's is at while the website for Rebecca's is at

August 25 update: Zagat states that the new Moody's Delicatessen plans to open in late September.

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