Fairsted Kitchen will be bringing "supper, libations, and late night" to Brookline's Washington Square at some point this fall — the restaurant declined to share a more exact opening estimate with Eater — and Patrick Gaggiano of Trina's Starlite Lounge and Parlor Sports is now onboard to helm the aforementioned libations program. Cocktail Virgin quotes Fairsted co-owner Steve Bowman as saying that the drink program will include "classic cocktails, both traditionally executed and updated with tongue in cheek riffs." And this is really cool: there will be bottled and carbonated cocktails, plus cocktails on draft. Cocktail Virgin additionally reports that Alex Homans (most recently at backbar) will also be involved.
Co-owner Andrew Foster tells Eater that while Gaggiano will "guide" the beverage program in collaboration with Foster and Bowman, it "will come from the creativity of all our bartenders." As such, Gaggiano is being referred to as the fun and all-inclusive "Master of Ceremonies" rather than something like "bar manager," and he'll also be involved in a variety of other parts of the restaurant. The team aspect is a big part of the Fairsted Kitchen vision.
"As with our style of dining, the focus at Fairsted is community and hospitality," says Foster. "We don't believe in feudal hierarchies as much as communal education and growth; everyone has a voice at Fairsted. 'Bar' and 'Dining Room' are components of much larger and important goal, 'Hospitality.' On the floor or on the bar, our staff will heavily impact our decisions. We will open with a small team that will work closely together to create an environment that ties us to the neighborhood and to each other."As for the food, chef Scott Osif (of Galley Beach in Nantucket) will focus on "classic Americana with a few subtle influences of Eastern European and classic Israeli and North African spices."
The restaurant is located in the former Umami space next to Barcelona Wine Bar and not far from the recently opened Ribelle. The name is an homage to noted late landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who built a Brookline home and office in 1883 that he named Fairsted. Accordingly, the restaurant will feature some nice salvaged pieces from that era, such as an electric and gas chandelier from a South End row house from around 1890, according to a photo album posted on Facebook by Restoration Resources.
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