Table Talk

By Donna Garlough | Boston Magazine |

Starting Fresh   One of the city’s most venerable restaurants is sporting a polished new look. After a winter closure, Locke-Ober reopened in April with gleaming woodwork, new lighting, and a freshened-up exterior. And while the menu was also updated with a few new entrées, traditionalists needn’t worry: It’s still anchored by old-school classics like lobster Savannah and Dover sole meunière.

Reopening   Looks like chef Chris Parsons, who transformed his Winchester seafood spot, Catch, into Parsons Table in 2010, is about to relaunch the bygone restaurant downtown. He’s close to finalizing a location, and hopes to open his doors in late summer or early fall. Will his salt-roasted clams make a reappearance on the menu? We’re holding out hope.

On the Horizon   Having spent the past 17 years focused solely on Rialto, her restaurant in Harvard Square, chef Jody Adams is launching a second venture. She plans to open Trade, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery, on Atlantic Wharf this fall.

New this Summer   Chef Jason Santos, previously of Gargoyles, is indulging his mad-scientist tendencies at Blue Inc., which was set to open last month by the Greenway. The menu features wacky inventions like a liquid-nitrogen-frozen salsa, a butterscotch–black truffle milkshake, and foamy cocktails. Prefer comfort food? Head instead to the Salty Pig in the Back Bay, new from the owners of Coda and Common Ground. Expect house-cured meats, flatbread pizzas, and hearty Reubens. Meanwhile, former Coda chef Charlie Redd has launched a solo venture in Roslindale Village, Redd’s in Rozzie. The casual place melds bistro fare (local oysters with lemon granita; roast chicken with asparagus and morels) with down-home cooking (pulled-pork sandwiches; grilled arctic char with dirty rice).  


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