Craigie on Main chef-owner Tony Maws has a name for his upcoming Somerville restaurant: The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. A representative for the restaurant shares that news after patrons of Craigie on Main were given the chance to vote between two final name selections during dinner at the restaurant earlier this week. The new restaurant is headed for the former Kirkland Cafe space on Washington Street. Stay tuned for further details and share any of your own via the tipline.
Update: Chowder shares additional details about The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, which might end up being The Kirkland Tap and Trotter. Expect wine on tap and a wood-fired grill but it "will not be an extension of Craigie."[Chowder]
Update: Since the time of this posting, the restaurant has shared an email with its newsletter subscribers. See below for highlights.
Number of seats: 115
Sources of inspiration: The Eagle and St. John (London), the former B-Side (Cambridge), Chez Michel (Paris), Marlow and Sons (Brooklyn).
Source of inspiration for the location: "It is right around the corner from the late Julia Childs' home. Knowing that the spirit of one of my food idols is so close gave me the last push I needed to decide to close the deal."
The space: "simple, funky, cozy, and nostalgic like the most enduring gastropubs (a little noisy too)." A 12 seat bar plus high top tables.
The menu: "Entrees in the mid $20s, appetizers in mid teens, $11 desserts.... many funky and ever-changing variations on the burger (along with sons, daughters and cousins of the Craigie Burger.)"
Possible dishes: slow-roasted lamb shoulder with spiced turnips, rutabagas and braised greens; fire-roasted whole chicken with sweet potato-miso puree and rapini. A possible "signature hot dog."
Wine: "will tilt toward terroir and funky."
Hours: dinner seven days a week, brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Timeline: planning for a summer opening.