A restaurant with a flair for the dramatic opens, appropriately, in Boston’s Theater District today. The Ghost Walks (57 Stuart St., Boston) sashays onto the scene with a nod to Hamlet and an atmosphere that’s just begging to be shared on social media. From drinks served in popcorn sleeves and from a champagne vending machine to neon wall decorations featuring the stars of old, the restaurant is ready to fulfill everyone’s showy restaurant dreams.
The Ghost Walks joins a family of restaurants under the auspices of George Aboujaoude, including Committee, Cafeteria, and Bijou, which is also located on Stuart Street, right above the Ghost Walks. General manager Peter Szigeti previously told Eater, “we’re not calling ourselves a restaurant, and we’re not calling ourselves a bar,” meaning there’s something for everyone, whether they’re looking for a small snack, a full meal, or an elaborate cocktail from bartender Moe Isaza.
Isaza comes to this not-restaurant-not-bar from Pammy’s, a pasta paradise in Cambridge. He used the theatrical location of the Ghost Walks to add “thematic nuance to the cocktail menu,” he told Boston Magazine. The “box office” cocktail — made with bourbon, butterscotch, chocolate wine, blood orange, and lemon — arrives in a popcorn sleeve topped with actual popcorn, while the “paparazzi” — tequila with maple, eucalyptus, lemon, and bitters — comes in a camera lens container. There are also classic cocktails like mojitos, palomas, and Moscow mules.
On the food side, chef Aaron Lhamon (Troquet on South, Pareja at Wink & Nod) is drawing upon some of his own family recipes and other classic items. There are cheese and charcuterie boards, hamachi carpaccio, and a baked bean dish made with chickpeas, bacon, molasses, and tomato. Main items include braised short ribs, duck à l’orange, and a chicken breast served with corn three ways — corn risotto, maize pudding, and garlic popcorn.
The Ghost Walks takes its name from “Hamlet,” referring to a moment in the first act when the ghost of Hamlet’s father walks across the stage, as previously reported. The restaurant debuts on Thursday, April 26, and will operate daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.