From a cafe to an art gallery/performance space to a wine bar, The Middle Gray plans to be a lot of things. Opening as soon as July at 6 Station St. in Brookline Village, the project is the brainchild of Catalina Piedrahita and Alvaro Morales, who launched an online magazine two years ago highlighting visual art, music, literature, and more. The idea was to create a physical space eventually, but the duo wanted to spend time taking business classes and raising funds first, and an online magazine was an easier way to start building up their brand while the rest of the pieces fell into place, reports The Brookline Tab.
When The Middle Gray opens, it will function as a cafe by day and wine bar (with tapas and small plates) by night, as well as a gallery and performance space. (The recently opened Internal Matter in Fort Point functions in a similar way.) The team wants to highlight "young promising local artists," according to The Middle Gray's website.
The food will have a South American spin to it, courtesy of Piedrahita's mother, who will be drawing inspiration from generations of family recipes. The duo "sweet-talked" her into moving to the area from Indiana to help out, according to the Tab. The team has been sharing lots of photos of recipe testing on Instagram; potential dishes include a pineapple, creme, and cheddar dessert, a variety of arepas, paella, and lots more.
Approximate starting hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sunday is still up in the air, but it'll likely have shorter hours than the rest of the week, and there will be brunch eventually.