Steve "Nookie" Postal, former Fenway Park executive chef, has been working on opening up a new farm-to-table restaurant and market called Commonwealth in Kendall Square — and he has been regaling Eater Boston readers with a weekly series of blog posts detailing the trials and tribulations of opening a restaurant, from visiting the restaurant grim reaper for bargains on equipment to choosing the color of urinal dividers.
Construction is underway, and a fall finish line is within reach, but Postal is running a Kickstarter campaign to get a final boost. There are glasses and plates to buy, kitchen equipment to install, and other finishing touches. Postal has a month to earn $50,000, and donors will get a variety of rewards, from jars of homemade jam to cooking classes to picnics, not to mention the satisfaction that comes from supporting a cool project.
Postal's been telling you all about opening Commonwealth for months now, but when reading the day-to-day details, it's easy to forget the bigger picture. What is Commonwealth, exactly? From the Kickstarter description:
"Our goal at Commonwealth will be to work with our favorite local farmers, cheesemongers and fishermen to bring the freshest tastes possible, right now. Sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest to execute, so doing it right is all in the technique. Amazing food should not be trapped in the confines of the white tablecloth elite. 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. No pretentiousness here. Just good solid honest food."