A Brookline Village restaurant that specializes in Sichuan cuisine will soon have its own cocktail bar with big shoes to fill. Sichuan Garden (295 Washington St.) will take a page out of its successful Woburn sibling’s book, introducing Blossom Bar, according to a post on Instagram.
The new resident bar is under development as the Brookline restaurant undergoes some internal changes. An agenda from July 25’s Board of Selectmen meeting indicates that Sichuan Garden will rearrange the dining area and build a new liquor bar, in addition to replacing the ceiling, flooring, and furniture. (Blossom Bar posted on Instagram last night that the plans were “approved by the town,” presumably referring to the aforementioned meeting.)
“We will focus on pairing comforting flavors with unique ingredients,” the bar’s website reads. “Our goal is to bridge the gap between different cultures to help our guests discover an experience with each beverage.”
Ran Duan, a former Eater Boston Bartender of the Year, leads the essential beverage programs at The Baldwin Bar and The Baldwin & Sons Trading Co., both of which reside inside of his parents’ restaurant, Sichuan Garden II in Woburn, which is inside of the historic Baldwin Mansion. Duan and his team have won plenty of accolades for his innovative cocktails and will bring that expertise to Blossom Bar at the Brookline restaurant, which is also owned by Duan’s parents.
The expansion of a craft cocktail program to the Brookline location of Sichuan Garden has been rumored for ages and more officially in the works for at least a year. In August 2016, Boston Magazine reported a potential winter 2016 opening for the yet-unnamed spot, describing it as a “rum bar [that] will feature several genres of tiki drinks, juleps, and flights of rum to pair with a menu of Southeast Asian small bites.” No word yet on whether those exact plans still apply, but keep an eye on social media for updates.
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