Earls Kitchen + Bar, which just opened at the end of last week, is a sizable addition to the ever-growing Assembly Row in Somerville. Sleek white walls give this large space an airy and open feel. In certain parts, glossy and artfully cracked subway tile lines the walls. The most impressive display, however, is the seemingly abstract metallic mural that massively spans the length of one wall. Upon closer examination, it is revealed that the mural is actually a map of Boston that shows the city's major intersections and marks them with their coordinates. Off to one corner sits a gleaming bar that is illuminated by large globe lights and more cracked subway tile. To the far corner, there's a floor-to-ceiling window wall, allowing diners to feel like they are outside without actually setting foot outdoors. Plants that rest atop banquettes further that feeling of the outdoors, which will feel welcoming in colder months.
On the opposite wall, and very hard to miss, is a spacious and open kitchen. Just beyond the kitchen and past the doors, outdoor patio seating runs the length of one of the sides of the building with views of the Mystic River. Sleek service stations are peppered throughout the restaurant and are marked by tall wine glass shelves that are built into the walls. A large glass wine refrigerator is off to the corner, next to giant mirrors. The seating varies vastly from one area to the next, with circular and tweed-covered banquettes in front of the small bar. Leather circular banquettes run along the back wall, giving diners a view of the entire restaurant. In the center, a large bar is surrounded by big-screen televisions and ample leather seats. Park bench-style tables run along the center of the restaurant and right in front of the mural. Along the other side of the bar, long tables allow for community dining and drinking as well as opportunities for larger parties.
The restaurant was designed by e+ design & construction — which is a branch of the family business behind Earls. Each location of the Canadian chain is meant to be unique, and the company attempts to mitigate its carbon footprint in various ways, like using repurposed materials.
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