The former Mission Cantina restaurant at 1032 Beacon St. in Brookline is finally getting a new restaurant: "modern Irish bar" Waxy O'Connor's will open an outpost there, hopefully by October, the company's director of operations Buzz Karnbach confirmed.
Boston Restaurant Talk noted that that was the rumor; a Chowhound user who was interested in the active construction there posted the news yesterday, and BRT noticed Waxy's website indicates a Brookline site is coming soon.
The blog also noted a Kingston Waxy's is on its way; Karnbach said that location is targeting a September debut, making the Brookline restaurant the eventual fifth Waxy's in Massachusetts. The Foxboro-based company currently has outposts in that town, as well as Woburn and Lexington. It also has branches in Plainville, Conn.; Keene, N.H.; San Antonio, Texas; and its original location in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., which opened in 1997.
The existing Waxy's locations offer a typical Irish pub menu, with entrees like Guinness beef stew, lamb shepherd's pie, and baked haddock; appetizers including Irish nachos, calamari, and Irish sausage rolls; plus burgers, pizzas, and salads. The company website notes 2015 is a big year for Waxy O'Connor's, with the two news Massachusetts locations on the way as well as a second Connecticut outpost coming to Norwalk. The company adds it will "develop our new food and drink ranges across all of our bars" this year. Karnbach notes the Brookline and Kingston menus have yet to be confirmed.