A year ago, Inna’s Kitchen — a Jewish restaurant in Newton with a stall at Boston Public Market — closed down its original Newton location after six years. Owned by a mother-and-son team, Inna and Alex Khitrik, the restaurant served latkes, blintzes, and lots more, with a focus on gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or nut-free items. The Boston Public Market stall has carried on the tradition, serving shakshuka, latkes, “shakalatkes” (that’s a combination of shakshuka and latkes), knishes, and more, as well as frozen soups and pot pies.
Today, the Khitriks announced that they will return to Newton this summer, opening around July at 547 Commonwealth Ave., not too far from Newton Centre and about a half mile from the shuttered original location at 19 Pelham St. The new location — which will have kosher supervision — is a former kosher butcher shop and is located next to Blacker’s Bakeshop, a kosher bakery. The Boston Public Market location, meanwhile, is not under kosher supervision, but the Khitriks describe it as “more than kosher-style,” using glatt kosher meat and poultry and avoiding mixing dairy and meat. (The production kitchen is shared and non-kosher.)
In today’s announcement, the Khitriks describe the forthcoming location, which will not have seating, as a “culinaria,” a word used in Europe “to describe prepared foods” — noting that the takeout- and catering-oriented restaurant will be more of a culinaria than a deli since it won’t be serving sandwiches or cold cuts.
“We will have a rotating selection of family-style dinner items, frozen entrees like pot pies, soups, and some of our favorite items (like latkes and stuffed cabbage), a catering menu, and educational hands-on cooking programs,” the announcement reads. “We will continue our allergen-friendly practices and the kitchen will be dedicated gluten-free.”