Thelonious Monkfish, a Central Square restaurant featuring musically-named sushi and other pan-Asian-inspired dishes, is now four years old, and the long, narrow space has been perpetually busy since opening. According to the agenda for a license commission hearing taking place tomorrow, the restaurant would now like to expand into an adjacent space. The agenda doesn't specify which space it is, but it appears that the next-door neighbor at 526 Massachusetts Ave., Rulls Clothing from Italy, closed recently.
Thelonious Monkfish's jazz theme extends from the restaurant's name (and some of the dish names — Mood Indigo Maki, Yardbird Maki, Bebop Roll, etc.) to the philosophy behind the menu. "We love to jam on Asian culinary themes," explains the website. "Our menu reflects both our respect for gustatory tradition and our sense of play and innovation." There's also live jazz during Sunday brunch every week.
UPDATE: The restaurant shares some details about the expansion via Facebook:
"Yes... it's true! We are expanding into the space next door, which will offer a larger dining room, a place for our wonderful jazz brunch performers to shine, and much more.
This is an exciting time for us and we can't wait for you to see it! We are hoping for the expansion to be complete by mid-July, but we'll keep you updated and share photos as we progress!"