Restaurant Preview: Upcoming Openings in Greater Boston
This season is shaping up to be an important one for big-deal restaurant openings.
11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge.
OpeningÂ â€ş Late September/early October.
The ConceptÂ â€ş Nookie Postal, formerly the executive chef at Fenway Park, is going big for his first solo projectâ€”quite literally, with a 6,500-square-foot restaurant-market hybrid. â€śThis is the kind of place where you can bring anybody,â€ť Postal says. â€śItâ€™s really kid-friendly, itâ€™s family-style.â€ť
The MenuÂ â€ş Look for wood-oven-roasted chicken and fish, plus a raw bar featuring local shellfish. The market, meanwhile, will offer a selection of goods from local purveyors, and serve up sandwiches, coffee, and pastries.
ALDEN & HARLOW
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, aldenandharlow.com.
Opening â€ş Early fall.
The ConceptÂ â€ş â€śReally, it is just wanting to treat people the way I do when they come to my home for dinner,â€ť says chef-owner Michael Scelfo, who previously ran the kitchen at Russell House Tavern. â€śA really relaxed atmosphere, simple, honest food, good drinks, and great service.â€ť
The MenuÂ â€ş Expect seasonal, locally driven plates designed for sharingâ€”crispy Brambly Farms pork belly with cold-smoked grits, for instance, and Moosabec mussels cooked in an in-house smoker.
24 Walden St., Concord.
OpeningÂ â€ş October.
The ConceptÂ â€ş Chef Jason Bond takes his locally driven cuisine to the â€™burbs with a new 2,800-square-foot spot in Concord that celebrates the areaâ€™s rich agricultural history.
The MenuÂ â€ş An ever-evolving parade of dishesâ€”think North Shore cusk brandade with stewed littleneck clams, kohlrabi, and pickled spring onionsâ€”plus a classic cocktail menu with a twist (an Old Fashioned with a drop of sour-cherry vinegar, dried orange, and green almond essence, for instance).
249 Pearl St., Somerville.
OpeningÂ â€ş Late summer.
The ConceptÂ â€ş Fans of the small plates at Oleana, take heed: Ana Sortun, Cassie Piuma (the chef de cuisine at Oleana), and team will soon be rolling out aÂ mezeÂ bar in the old Paddock space, with Piuma running the kitchen.
The MenuÂ â€ş Here, itâ€™s all about eastern Mediterranean small plates served family-style. Cocktails, craft beer, and a small wine list will also be offered.
THE KIRKLAND TAP & TROTTER
425 Washington St., Somerville.
OpeningÂ â€ş August.
The ConceptÂ â€ş Chef-owner Tony Maws (of Craigie on Main fame) took inspiration from some of his favorite casual spotsâ€”the old B Side Lounge, in Cambridge; Marlow & Sons, in Brooklynâ€”for his second restaurant. Here, itâ€™s all about straightforward fare in a comfortable atmosphere. â€śThere are no dots on the plate, no little swooshes,â€ť Maws says. â€śThis isnâ€™t a white-tablecloth establishmentâ€”whatever that means, this ainâ€™t it.â€ť
The MenuÂ â€ş Meat and fish will be prepared simply on a wood grill.
One Kendall Sq., Cambridge.
OpeningÂ â€ş October.
The ConceptÂ â€ş The team behind the upscale southern spot Hungry Mother brings more rib-sticking fare to Cambridge, this time in the form of a bar offering pinball, pool, shuffleboard, and a jukebox. â€śWe want the place to have no pretension whatsoever,â€ť says co-owner Alon Munzer.
The MenuÂ â€ş Booze-friendly dishes like pulled-pork sandwiches, fried chicken, and pickled eggs will mingle with cocktail pitchers, upscale takes on the â€śshot and a beer,â€ť and an all-magnum wine list.
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