A longtime watering hole in Dorchester was renovated and reborn, thanks in part to Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey. Lower Mills Tavern officially opened this week, debuting a new interior and a new menu.
Casey and business partner Brian O'Donnell purchased The Lower Mills Pub in April of 2015, as previously reported, and O'Donnell's wife, interior designer Taniya Nayak, played a huge role in the renovations.
The menu at Lower Mills consists of New England-style pub fare, including starters like clam chowder, beer-braised pork sliders, and blistered shishito peppers; salads; daily oyster and charcuterie specials; and more. The main menu offers woodstone pizzas, sandwiches (including a black bean burger), seafood and meat entrees, and assorted sides.
Cocktails at Lower Mills are priced at $11 each and include drinks like the "uptown funk you up" with B&B, fresh lime, and pamplemousse, as well as the "rudy tudy fresh and fruity" made with bourbon, crème de cassis, sweet vermouth, and fresh lemon juice. There's also an extensive list of tapped and canned or bottled beers, as well as wine.
The team behind Lower Mills also owns McGreevy's on Boylston Street and a restaurant in Providence called Whiskey Republic, and they're working to open a restaurant called Scofflaw in the South End's Ink Block, according to the Dorchester Reporter.
Lower Mills Tavern will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.