A taste of Southeast Asia arrives in Downtown Boston next week with the opening of Grainmaker at 91 Summer St. The new restaurant, with an entirely dairy-free menu and plenty of gluten-free-friendly options, will bring a menu of rice bowls, banh mi, salads, and sides to the neighborhood, offering another fast-casual, counter-service lunch and dinner option for the area. Opening day is Monday, October 2.
Grainmaker’s customizable main dishes feature a choice of protein (chicken, lemongrass steak, kale and pork meatballs, tofu, or vegetables) over a bowl of rice, salad, or noodles. Aside from the bowls, the restaurant will serve banh mi sandwiches, which will be made on Somerville Bread Company baguettes, and there will be tacos and sides like sticky mango rice and watermelon salsa. On the beverage side, look out for smoothies and Thai basil lemonade, among other options.
This is the first Grainmaker location from founder Chris Freeman, who plans to add more restaurants around the city following this flagship opening, as previously reported. With a focus on local producers and the community as a whole, Grainmaker partnered with a local potter for its dishes and will work with the Boston Rescue Mission to donate leftover food and reduce food waste from the restaurant.
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