Matt and Kate Jennings of Farmstead, Inc. Return to Boston

Their new restaurant Townsman will open in the new Radian building later this year.

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Providence chef Matt Jennings is opening a new restaurant, Townsman, in downtown Boston. Photo courtesy of Farmstead, Inc./Facebook.

Chef and owners Matt and Kate Jennings have decided to close their much-heralded restaurant, Farmstead, Inc., in Providence, Rhode Island, and return to their hometown of Boston. Farmstead, Inc. will be closing its doors on June 1 so the duo can concentrate on opening a new concept in the Radian building at 120 Kingston Street. The Jennings’ new restaurant already has a name, Townsman, which they hope to open sometime in late 2014.

“When Kate and I moved to Rhode Island and opened Farmstead, we knew that we would one day return home to raise our children near our family and friends in Boston,” Matt Jennings says via a press release. “We are forever indebted to all of our loyal guests who helped us build Farmstead into the beloved destination it has become for so many. Based on how deeply involved we have been at Farmstead from the very beginning, we knew that keeping our Providence spot open and spreading ourselves across two states would never work for us, our staff and most importantly our guests. We will certainly cherish the memories at Wayland Square and hope that our many Farmstead friends will visit us often at Townsman.”

Matt Jennings has been recognized numerous times by the James Beard Foundation and was awarded a Star Chefs “Rising Star” award in 2014. Jennings has seen been deemed the “Prince of Pork,” for his three consecutive wins at the nose-to-tail culinary competition Cochon 555, for which he currently serves as the program’s Ambassador. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, Rhode Island Monthly and was showcased on PBS’ “A Moveable Feast” and Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.”

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  • Maureen Fox

    Any word on when Townsman will open, and if they’ll be offering lunch?