Somerville’s Arts at the Armory Clarifies Lease Relationship with Owner[s] of Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub August 31, 2018

Somerville, MA — In the wake of recent press coverage of Joseph Sater, one of the owners of the Middle East Restaurant in Cambridge, MA, the Somerville-based Center for Arts at the Armory has received several inquiries about its relationship with the Sater family and

The Middle East.

In response, Arts at the Armory Executive Director Lea Ruscio today issued the following statement:

“The Center for Arts at the Armory, commonly referred to as Arts at the Armory, is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit community arts and cultural center. Arts at the Armory is the anchor tenant at 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville, MA, a privately-owned building that also houses 12 other rental tenants.

“The building’s owner, Highland Armory Realty Trust, is a private firm whose principals include members of the Sater family. Neither Highland Armory Realty Trust nor any of its principals have any involvement in the operation or control of the Arts at the Armory organization. The Trust is our landlord; the Center is its tenant.

“As Executive Director of Arts at the Armory, and on behalf of our entire organization and its volunteer advisory committee, I want to reiterate in the strongest possible terms that Arts at the Armory has been and remains committed to providing a safe and welcoming venue for all performers, artists, audiences, staff, and community members. Our organization maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind — and will continue to do so.”

For more information about Arts at the Armory, contact Lea Ruscio at 617-718-2191 or

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