For 65 years, the Foxes and the Tishmans were the proprietors of the F & T Restaurant in Kendall Square, where MIT's elite met to eat, brainstorm, gossip and bleat.
The restaurant, shut down and demolished more than 16 years ago to make way for the MBTA's new inbound station, was an extension of the MIT campus and an integral part of the community. The unpretentious neighborhood hangout's clientele included truck drivers and merchants as well as academics. Everybody got along.
A plaque commemorating the restaurant will be dedicated on the site on Thursday, June 5 at 11 a.m. Former MIT President Paul Gray will preside at the ceremony. Professor emeritus Jay Keyser and the New Liberty Jazz Band will arrive in a vintage fire truck and provide the soundtrack for the festivities. F & T regulars will get a chance to visit and reminisce with the owners, Marvin Fox (for F) and Maynard Tishman (for T), who inherited the business from their fathers, Isaac and Robert.