Chef Steve "Nookie" Postal tells Eater that he will be opening a location of his new Jewish-barbecue restaurant Steinbones right in Central Square. Originally, Steinbones was planned for New York only, but as soon as he told Bostonians that, they all started complaining that they wanted one, too. Nookie gave a pop-up preview of Steinbones at Crema in Harvard Square last December and suggested that he was interested in opening more than one location. "If people are freaking out about it, we might do it" he said of a possible Boston-area Steinbones. Well, people freaked out. Nookie plans to use hormone and antibiotic-free meat in dishes like chopped short rib pastrami on a challah roll with "everything" bagel seasonings. Fried matzoh balls - the Jewish-barbecue answer to hush puppies - and sauces including a riff on the classic deli soda Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray are also expected.
Nookie is also working on another Cambridge restaurant called Commonwealth and was until recently the executive chef of Fenway Park. He was also a finalist on the Bravo show Around The World in 80 Plates. Stay tuned for more details about Steinbones and Commonwealth and feel free to share any reactions in the comments.
Update: Nookie says the Central Square deal has fallen through.