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Townsman Will Be a 'New England-Style Brasserie'

Prepare for shellfish towers and charcuterie.


Townsman, which is headed for a winter 2015 opening, "will follow a New England-style brasserie concept," according to a Boston Magazine article discussing Matt and Kate Jennings' decision to leave Providence behind, closing their well-loved Farmstead, to come home to Boston and open a new place. (It'll be "lively, New England farmhouse dining," according to the restaurant's Instagram account.)

Aside from the Jennings' previously demonstrated commitment to local sourcing, artisanal foods, and the like, not many details have yet been announced about their forthcoming restaurant, but Boston Magazine reveals a couple new points: there will be a 12-seat raw bar (think "shellfish towers" and "inventive crudos") and house-made charcuterie. (Matt Jennings is an expert when it comes to pork, having taken home the Cochon 555 award multiple times.) The restaurant will seat 100.

As previously reported, Post 390 alum Brian Young is involved with the project; Boston Magazine names him a sous chef. Filling out the rest of the very respectable team: Matt Leddy (from Farmstead) as another sous chef, Steel & Rye alum Meghan Thompson as pastry chef, Citizen Public House alum Sean Frederick as bar manager, and Menton alum Meredith Gallagher as general manager.

Townsman will be located in the new Radian building overlooking the Greenway (120 Kingston Street). Sneak a peek at the construction and some recipe testing over on Instagram.