Posto and The Painted Burro owner Joe Cassinelli appears to be on track to be the restaurant king of Davis Square. Right between his two existing restaurants, he is now opening up a new concept in the shuttered Rosebud space. (This is the mystery project reported last month.)
Details are scarce, but a rep tells Eater it'll be a "roadhouse" type of concept with pan-American food, and the name and landmark exterior will be preserved. Live music could make a comeback as well. Meanwhile, the interior has been completely gutted, and Cassinelli is shooting for a May opening. After the Rosebud closed in 2013, Vinny T's owner Marty Bloom reportedly bought it; it's unclear if Cassinelli purchased it from him or if he is leasing the space.
Cassinelli is also busy on his Painted Burro expansion to Downtown Crossing, which could be the first of multiple expansions to various neighborhoods. Located in the former Windsor Button space (and the floor below), the new Painted Burro will be two stories, with the main dining room at ground level and private dining space with an additional bar below. The menu will be a little more "upscale" than the Davis location, according to a rep. It'll be open for lunch, and that's when the focus will be on tacos and tortas, but dinner will feature less tacos and more entrees. The beverage program will also have an added emphasis on craft cocktails. The opening could come as early as April.
· All coverage of The Painted Burro on Eater [~EBOS~]
· All coverage of The Rosebud on Eater [~EBOS~]