A 215-seat art gallery/Lithuanian restaurant called Liquid Art House, first reported way back in spring 2012, is getting closer to becoming a reality, according to the Boston Business Journal. Developer Dean Stratouly is working on a 128-unit "luxury apartment" building at 100 Arlington St., which will possible be completed in January, and the 8,800-square-foot restaurant will be on the ground floor. Liquid Art House is owned by Ruta Laukien, a former investment banker with no previous restaurant experience. Stratouly was set to go before the licensing board yesterday for approval for a 1am closing time on weekends, which some neighbors are against.
Back in April 2012, Laukien had reportedly brought 51 Lincoln chef/owner Jeff Fournier on board as chef and partner of Liquid Art House, but it's not immediately clear whether he is still involved. The menu will focus on a "mix of different cuisines," including Laukien's native Lithuania. Currently, the South Boston Lithuanian Club is one of the only places in the area to find Lithuanian food.
Here's a video from 2011 of Laukien discussing her plans for the project.
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· All coverage of Liquid Art House on Eater [~EBOS~]