With Franklin Southie's end-of-the-year closure looming, Boston Magazine reveals a few more details on the restaurant that will replace it, Moonshine 152. As previously reported, Asia Mei, a Franklin Southie alum who was most recently at Sam's at Louis, owns the new venture. According to Boston Magazine, she plans to open it as soon as next month, and it will be "a fresh take on street-inspired food." (Mei also spent time at Hamersley's Bistro and Whole Foods, and there are hints of French influence and plenty of local ingredients in some of the dishes she discusses with the magazine.)
A "major focus" will be late-night offerings, according to the article, where Mei will "fully explore the Asian and Latin American flavors she grew to love in her Silicon Valley childhood." One dish that will definitely be on the late-night menu: dirty fried rice with crispy chicken, Chinese sausage, pickles, duck liver, and a fried egg.
Also on the docket: weekend brunch as well as a rare unicorn, Monday industry brunch (see also: Trina's Starlite Lounge.)
A couple of chef shuffles are taking place in Mei's wake. Jason Cheek has already taken over at Sam's at Louis; most recently at Merrill & Co., he's also an alum of Toro and the defunct KO Prime. And replacing him at Merrill & Co. is Chris Bauers, who will simultaneously remain executive chef at sister restaurant jm Curley.