Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette are launching a new venture this week, y’all. No, it’s not a new restaurant (sigh). But it is a tour through three of their existing restaurants: Toro, Coppa, and Little Donkey. And therefore, it’s a tour of both sides of the river.
Beginning this Sunday, March 4, eaters can book a crawl from Boston’s South End to Cambridge’s Central Square featuring stops at each of Oringer and Bissonnette’s local restaurants. And hey, have a couple of drinks, because JK Food Group — the restaurants’ parent company — will be providing patrons of the crawl with Ubers between each restaurant.
Oringer told Eater he wants his customers to have fun, because, “We’re always trying to have fun.”
According to Oringer, the impetus behind the project was twofold.
“We have such a creative team here, and we’re always trying to challenge ourselves,” Oringer said. “We’re always trying to develop interesting new ideas for the people that come into our restaurants. This is a way to do that and also to show people that while the restaurants may serve different food, they all share a common culture.
“All the restaurants have the same backbone, even if you’re eating different cuisine in different spaces and different neighborhoods,” he continued. “But there’s a common denominator — our staff all has the same good energy, each restaurant is fun, and each serves interesting food.”
The night is meant to begin at Toro, head to Coppa next, and finish at Little Donkey, but JK Food Group’s marketing manager Rachel Becker said they‘ll be able to accommodate a reversal of the route should anyone request it. The crawl will feature two levels: The first will run an eater $165 and will feature two courses and a dessert; the second costs $175 per person for three courses (but no dessert). Each stop will include drinks.
The crawl is designed for groups of four to eight people. Book online.
Fan of food crawls? Check out a series of Eater Boston-approved food and booze crawls right here.