Tasting Counter, a fine-dining experience by chef Peter Ungár, officially began construction earlier this month at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville.
The 20-seat counter will face an open kitchen so guests can watch the creation of the high-end tasting menus, as previously reported. Instead of reservations, customers will buy tickets for three-course lunches and nine-course dinners, which Zagat recently reported will range in price from $150 - $180, including tax, gratuity, and beverages. In addition to Aeronaut brews, Tasting Counter will serve natural wines. When it opens, the restaurant will be decorated with container gardens, an effort toward Tasting Counter's plan to source 50% of ingredients from Massachusetts.
An alum of defunct Aujourd'hui and Truly Jörg's Pâtisserie, as well as The Bristol Lounge, Ungár has operated a similar intimate, tasting concept for the past decade called The Dining Alternative, a catering project. His restaurant version will join Somerville Chocolate CSA, Something GUD, barismo, and others in the "food hub" located within Aeronaut's cavernous space. Tasting Counter is looking toward an April opening, according to Zagat.