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Jody Adams' Back Bay Mediterranean Restaurant Will Be Called Porto

She's teamed up with Eric Papachristos and Sean Griffing

Eric Papachristos, Jody Adams, and Sean Griffing
Eric Papachristos, Jody Adams, and Sean Griffing

One of Boston's noted chefs will leave her post at Cambridge in Rialto in June, as previously reported, but it's just the start of another chapter. Jody Adams will open a Mediterranean restaurant called Porto in Back Bay with her partners Eric Papachristos and Sean Griffing, according to The Boston Globe. The restaurant is due to open in June, serving lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends.

The project has been unnamed to this point, but as previously reported, Adams and her team (also behind Trade at Atlantic Wharf) had filed for a new LLC in April 2015 at 780 Boylston St., where Porto will be. The high-end seafood restaurant takes its name for the Italian and Portuguese words for "port," the Globe reported.

Adams told the paper to look out for seafood dishes like whole roasted fish, seafood stew, lobster, and more, including a raw bar. It'll have a patio, too. And, per a press release, diners can also expect to see oysters, fried smelts served with lemon aioli, pastas, seasonal vegetables, steak, and a lobster roll with a touch of Mediterranean influence.

Porto's chef de cuisine will be Jon Sanchez of Ames Street Deli and Study, while Trade's Elissa Rae will serve as general manager and lead the restaurant's beverage program. Porto will have an open kitchen, a lounge, and a bar, with options for private dining, according to the release. The design will incorporate imported Greek marble, leather banquettes, and concrete ceilings, among other features.

At the end of April, Adams announced her upcoming departure from Rialto in Harvard Square, where she has been for the last 22 years, to focus on other ventures. Adams most recently opened a fast-casual Greek restaurant called Saloniki in Fenway with Papachristos and another partner, Jonathan Mendez, and it might eventually expand to new locations.


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