A new restaurant has finally replaced a longtime Brighton diner that’s been out of commission since 2015. The space that once housed the iconic Mandy and Joe’s is now home to Brighton Bodega, the latest venture from a restaurant group that also runs Devlin’s, Orleans, Warren Tavern, and more. The new restaurant has officially opened at 328 Washington St., according to Boston Restaurant Talk, and it is serving up cocktails, street food-style dishes, and so much more.
The menu at Brighton Bodega features a number of small plates, plus raw bar items, cheese and charcuterie, and both meat and fish dishes. Options include sunchokes bravas with saffron aioli, a wagyu burger with kimchi slaw, tempura soft shell crab steam buns, and shrimp fried rice with bourbon bacon salami. There are also cocktails with names like “The Ol’ Methuselah” and “I’m Friends With the Owner,” plus a selection of local craft beer.
The Bodega opened earlier this month and serves dinner and drinks in a space with high ceilings and a modern design. It was home to Mandy and Joe’s from the 1960s through March 2015, as previously reported; Mandy and Joe’s opened elsewhere in 1948 before relocating to Washington Street. The Superior Dining Group purchased the space, originally intending to call the new restaurant The Puritan before switching to Brighton Bodega.