The Frogmore takes inspiration from coastal South Carolina and Georgia fare and hospitality, and chef Jason Albus' menu makes that clear. There's hoppin' john — slow-cooked black eyed peas with Carolina Gold rice in a ham and scallion broth; fried green tomatoes; and succotash. The restaurant's namesake is a classic stew from the lowcountry, featuring sausage, shellfish, corn, and potatoes. Inspiration from Caribbean and African traditions will also find their way on the menu, as previously reported.
The kitchen and bar replaces Centre Street Sanctuary, which closed in the spring. Sanctuary owner Adam Rutstein joins Fairsted personnel Andrew Foster, Steve Bowman, and Alex Homans in ownership of the Frogmore, the JP News noted.
The new restaurant retains some of the Sanctuary's decor, including church pews as bench seating and a choir box at the bar area. The space at 365 Centre St. is on the grounds of the Blessed Sacrament Church, which shuttered in 2004.
The restaurant has a pineapple theme as well, a symbol of welcome in both the American South and in Latino culture prominent in Hyde Square, that also abounds on signage in the area near the Frogmore. Being a welcoming spot in the neighborhood is the team's first priority, Homans said.
The Frogmore will open tomorrow and every evening at 5 p.m. with dinner served until 1 a.m. Weekend brunch will start up in a couple weeks, a representative said, and when it does, it will be offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.