The forthcoming Tasting Counter has many unique aspects: The 20-seat bar, located inside the Aeronaut Brewing Company Foods Hub, will require tickets (at an inclusive price of $150 - $180, no less). Diners will face a completely open kitchen and be able to watch the action from start to finish. And there is no need to tip; the staff will earn a livable wage.
The wait to try this different type of restaurant will be over soon: The Dig reported that Tasting Counter plans to open at the end of this month.
The restaurant comes from Peter Ungar, chef/owner of private events company The Dining Alternative and formerly of the Bristol Lounge and the defunct Aujourd'hui. The idea for Tasting Counter stems from Ungar's catering business, but on a limited, public scale. The experience will be intimate in two ways: Guests will have a front row seat for their food preparation, and staff will be cooking and serving. Secondly, Ungar aims to leave no carbon footprint and source 50% of products directly from Massachusetts.
The Dig notes that in addition to sharing the bounty of its neighborly relationship with Aeronaut through its beer menu, Tasting Counter will also have a proprietary chocolate blend from fellow Foods Hub dweller, Somerville Chocolate CSA.
If you can't wait until the end of June to check it all out, the Foods Hub is hosting an open house tonight from 5 - 10 p.m., in celebration of Aeronaut's first birthday.