The last Boylston St. restaurant to stay closed in the wake of the Marathon bombings, Forum will finally reopen with a grand celebration tomorrow night, August 15th, raising funds for cancer research through the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, whose members and supporters were at the restaurant on Marathon Monday. Andruzzi himself, a former Patriots player, was present and photographed carrying an injured woman to safety that day.
With this reopening, Forum also unveils a new look, new chef, and new menu. The renovations include a brand new bar, an overhaul of the decor, an updated exterior, and much more. Finishing touches were still being put on the downstairs when our photographer arrived, but these images show the completed upstairs as well as a rendering of what the downstairs is intended to look like by tomorrow night. Regular dinner service begins Friday night.
Dan Schroeder will helm the kitchen; a New England Culinary Institute grad, he has worked at a number of New England country clubs as well as West Coast resorts. Schroeder intends to focus on featuring local, seasonal ingredients in his dishes, and there will be a wide range of gluten-free options. Some highlights of the new menu:
· Soy sesame-marinated, roasted quail
· Forum's signature fish tacos with fresh halibut, pickled radish, and cilantro vinaigrette
· Maine lobster chowder with shrimp and crab galette
· Pan-roasted duck breast with sweet corn and pickled cherries
Forum's new beverage program comes from a collaboration between bar manager Pete Polselli and Troy Clarke, a mixology and spirits educator. A few of the selections:
· Bacon and Fig Old Fashioned: bacon and fig-infused bourbon, maple syrup, angostura bitters
· Serenity: Altar Bliss, freshly squeezed lemonade, Ketel One, Dimmi Liquore
· Non-alcoholic options: a seasonal house-made soda and a classic chocolate egg cream
While dinner resumes Friday night, lunch and brunch will be added soon.
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