Homage Bistro, previously reported to be opening in a mystery location in Cambridge with evidence pointing to Ten Tables, is indeed opening in the Cambridge Ten Tables space, according to executive chef Benjamin Lacy.
Lacy has been at Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro in Foxborough for the past several years, where he has "worked closely with local farms to develop a more sincere form of farm to table cuisine," he writes in a statement. "I look at this new opportunity as a chance to truly push the boundaries of a local and sustainable dining experience. I plan to take the relationships I've built and expand on them; sourcing almost everything from grain to whole animal proteins through local farms. At Homage we plan on focusing on the tradition of food; where food comes from. The focus will be seeing local food through the lens of the development of civilization based in cultures thriving around the Mediterranean. We will take the food cultures of Spain, Southern France, Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Northern Africa to pay homage to the roots of our current food culture."
Also involved: co-owner Ian Rose, who has been general manager of Ten Tables for the last five years, and Rose's wife Lyndsay, co-owner; she has a background in urban gardening and sustainability, according to Lacy. "Using her resources we plan on developing a way to grow vegetables, herbs, and baby greens for the restaurant. Our plan is to show the community that our commitment to sustainable farming practices, and local organic cuisine is real."
While the dates are still up in the air at this point, Ten Tables could close as soon as late April, with Homage Bistro possibly opening in May. The 50-seat space is nestled on the garden level of a building in quiet, residential neighborhood of Cambridge.
UPDATE: According to a post on Sunday, March 16 from the Ten Tables Twitter account, Ten Tables owner Krista Kranyak "has not yet sold her restaurant to GM Ian Rose. The deal has not been finalized." A rep tells Eater that Kranyak is in the process of selling the Cambridge location and has sold the Provincetown location "so that she can focus more of her energy on her flagship" in Jamaica Plain. The Provincetown location has been sold to Kranyak's former captain waiter Kevin Fessler and his business partner Rassa Ruptye; the restaurant will be called Backstreet. Additionally, Kranyak plans to open more locations of Grass Fed.
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