For several months now, Steve "Nookie" Postal, former Fenway Park executive chef, has been sending Eater weekly dispatches from the trenches of opening his new restaurant, Commonwealth. It's been a wild ride, from the choosing of the paint color for urinal dividers to hiring a dream team to scouring antique markets for "previously loved" equipment. There was a successful Kickstarter campaign and good karma mixed with budget worries and cost-cutting.
Now, today, Nookie finally opens Commonwealth to the public. It's not just a restaurant — there's a market, too — and both feature seasonal, local ingredients. "Just good solid honest food," Nookie promised in the Kickstarter campaign. "Our philosophy is to create a place where both foodies and grandparents can co-exist and receive the same fine dining experience. Our guests will feel just as comfortable eating a Brambly Farms pig head roulade as an old-fashioned roast chicken with whipped potatoes. Polish...without the formality." Here's a peek inside the sunny Kendall Square space.
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