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Prepare Your Eyes for the New, Totally Different Rosebud

The Rosebud Diner has been reborn, and it's full of pie, barbecue, and whiskey.

The longtime Rosebud Diner shuttered last May and has just reopened as Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, now under the ownership of Joe Cassinelli's Alpine Restaurant Group, which also includes nearby Posto and The Painted Burro.

Greeting guests, there's a chalkboard welcome sign that hangs above a refrigerated counter filled with pies. Past the pie stand, there are plush, neon yellow leather chairs lining a bar that spans across most of the dining room. Along the walls around the bar, tall, black leather booths sit behind tables and dark wooden chairs. Rustic warehouse-style lights hang from the ceiling and softly illuminate the room. On the far wall opposite the entry, varying pieces of punched-out wood gives the wall texture as they surround large steel-framed mirrors.

Past the bar, a smaller room houses a few tables, and several circular mirrors hang from an exposed brick wall. Beyond that is the front room, the part that is actually the dining car, which is lined with ruby red leather booths and chairs, giving the whole room a vintage feel. The tables maintain that diner look with rounded, silver edges. Green glasses sit at every table, waiting for guests. The walls are black, which makes the dining car feel intimate, and fluorescent yellow lights illuminate the ceiling, adding a nice pop of color. Vintage sconces echo that same industrial feel that can be found throughout the other rooms.

Between the dining car and the second, smaller dining room, large, square cut-outs in the wall house dramatic green glass jugs and also allow guests to see from one room to the other. Mirrors line the cut-outs and add more character.

Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

381 Summer Street, , MA 02144 (617) 629-9500 Visit Website

The Painted Burro

219 Elm Street, , MA 02144 (617) 776-0005 Visit Website

Posto (Somerville)

187 Elm St., Somerville, MA 02140 Visit Website

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