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Washington Square Tavern Alum Chris Cronin to Open Project 202 in Brookline

It'll be a restaurant and provisions shop with a focus on whole animals and sustainability.

A new restaurant has just popped up on Twitter: Project 202, located at 202 Washington Street in Brookline Village, describing itself as a "neighborhood restaurant and provisions shop, committed to sustainability and traceability." Additionally, the restaurant's Twitter bio implores you to "take only what you need and waste nothing." (At one point, a restaurant called Alere was supposed to open at that address.)

Over on Instagram, Project 202 is described as a "whole animal restaurant" (and it's "coming soon.") A photo "from the test kitchen" shows house-made bockwurst with caraway spaetzle and turnip greens.

The internet trail leads to Chris Cronin, the recently departed chef (and charcuterie master) of Washington Square Tavern in Brookline, whose LinkedIn bio currently lists him as "executive chef at an upcoming new project...let's call it Project 202." Describing the restaurant on LinkedIn, he writes: "Exciting whole animal restaurant/provisions shop. Focused on sustainability and traceability. Closing the gap between people and their food."

During the Five Days of Meat this past summer, Mei Mei's Irene Li spoke about the responsible sourcing of meat, and when asked who else in Boston took a similar approach to hers, she specifically praised Cronin, also noting that he was doing "a ton of crazy stuff, like insane periods of dry-aging and lots of other things that are kind of unusual."

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