After building a Harvard Square empire (Russell House Tavern, Park, Grafton Street, Temple Bar), the Grafton Group debuts its first Boston proper location tonight: State Street Provisions opens at 5 p.m. in the former City Landing space at 255 State St.
"We really wanted to tie the name into the history of that area," owner Patrick Lee previously told Eater. "State Street had a lot of significance in our colonial history as the throughway from the busy Long Wharf trade center up to the Old State House, and obviously provisions has a strong food connotation while also tying into the mercantile history of Long Wharf. We’re excited to be down in that area."
"Harvard Square will always be home, but we couldn’t be happier to have opened our first property in Boston," he said today, via press release.
Tom Borgia has moved over from Russell House to be executive chef at the new venture, and his menu focuses on New England ingredients, from oysters to cured meats. A variety of sausages and preserves are made in-house, and the menu also includes pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. Entrees range from $13 to $35.
State Street Provisions will add to Boston's extensive $1 oyster landscape after 11 p.m., and there will also be an abbreviated menu of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and more available at that time of night.
The beverage selection includes some wines and Amaro Lucano all on tap; cocktails served in vintage glassware with ingredients that pay homage to old Boston (molasses, tea, etc.); and New England beers.
The previously bright ambiance from the space's brief life as City Landing is now full of glossy wood, tan leather banquettes, and other historically inspired features, including a mural of Long Wharf in the early 19th century. Architect Peter Niemitz designed the space; he also worked on the Grafton Group's Park (as well as Clio, Aquitaine, and lots of other restaurants).
State Street Provisions is open seven nights a week; dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the bar is open until 2 a.m.