East Boston restaurant Cunard Tavern is still under construction and set to open next summer, but owner Philip Frattaroli plans to give the neighborhood a taste of what’s to come at an event this fall.
Though the restaurant’s website reveals little about the anticipated menu, its Facebook page says it will debut some of its food on October 8 at the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association’s Fall Fling, which showcases tastings, beverages, and music for the East Boston community.
Frattaroli, the owner of Ducali Pizzeria in the North End, garnered support for a new restaurant from the Jeffries Point neighborhood, where he plans to launch the gastropub. Frattaroli’s family has a deep history in the area: His father opened his first restaurant in East Boston in 1973, and Frattaroli’s late grandfather operated his own cabinetry company, Oscar’s Woodworking, for more than 50 years in the building at 24 Orleans Street, where Frattaroli will open Cunard Tavern.
"It's in a great area, with brownstones and great views of the city. There are not really that many restaurants where you can sit down there," Frattaroli said in an earlier interview with Eater.
Cunard Tavern will aim to change that. In a sponsor spotlight for the JPNA Fall Fling, Frattaroli said it was challenging securing all the approvals needed for the gastropub, but the time it took gave him a great opportunity to converse with the neighborhood and ensure the restaurant would fit the needs of Jeffries Point.
Work towards Cunard Tavern began in January 2014, and the restaurant is due to open about a year from now, in the summer of 2016. It will be accessible from the Blue Line’s Maverick stop.