Southern Kin officially opens at Somerville's Assembly Row today, as planned. It's the latest project from Boston Nightlife Ventures, which is also behind Wink & Nod, Griddler's Burgers + Dogs, The Tap Trailhouse, and the forthcoming Certified Meatball Company. As the name suggests, Southern Kin features a Southern-inspired menu, full of dishes like pimento cheese fritters, buttermilk fried catfish, frogmore stew, and a bucket of fried chicken and biscuits. (See the full menu below.) There's also a ton of whiskey, as well as boozy frappes ('tis the season), large-format whiskey cocktails, and non-alcoholic sweet tea poured tableside with various sweeteners.
Boston Nightlife Ventures' chief culinary officer Bill Brodsky, formerly of Boston's City Landing, previously spent years working in Charleston, South Carolina and is drawing upon his love of Lowcountry cuisine here. He also spent time in Dallas, Texas.
Southern Kin, which seats 100 inside and 60 on a seasonal patio, is currently serving lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch starting up soon. It's open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday.
The ever-growing Assembly Row development is also home to a number of other restaurants, including River Bar, Fuji at Assembly, and Ernesto's Pizza, and a couple more are on the way, including Totto Ramen and Mike's Pastry.
Here's a look at the Southern Kin opening menu: