An institution of Somerville's restaurant and music scene is set to close its doors for good at the end of this month, but its jazz brunch will live on, thanks to one of its neighbors in Davis Square. Johnny D's will be passing the torch starting March 20, when the venue's longtime jazz brunch act will take his talents down the road to Orleans.
Larry Kukers, who started playing Sunday jazz brunch at Johnny D's in 1997, will debut as Orleans' new brunch act later this month. Kukers is a bassist and has played with other musicians like Bo Diddley, Ronnie Spector, and Freddy Cannon, according to Boston Magazine.
Johnny D's is closing after nearly 50 years in business, starting out as a bar and evolving into a legendary music venue in Somerville.
The brunch menu at Orleans includes everything from omelets, hash, eggs Benedict, and a steak and egg pizza to breakfast burgers, pastrami pretzel reubens, salads, and cheese steak egg rolls.
Across the river in Back Bay, executive chef Douglas Rodrigues is now cooking up brunch at Liquid Art House, which will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Boston Magazine reported. On the menu: glazed donuts, soft-poached egg bao, brioche French toast, and more, including the classic brunch beverage: a bloody mary.
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