A chef with years of tenure in the Boston area just opened a takeout restaurant in West Roxbury. Johnny Burke — whose resume includes time at Barbara Lynch’s Butcher Shop in the South End and now-closed Cambridge establishments Belly Wine Bar and T.W. Food— now runs Johnny’s Takeaway in West Roxbury (168 Spring St.), exclusively focusing on to-go items, per Boston Restaurant Talk.
“We prepare insanely delicious meals ready for you to pick up to heat and eat,” the website reads. “We know work weeks are hard enough. We’ve got dinner covered. Stop into see our case full of soups, chef salads, and prepared meals.”
Burke has partnered with local farmers and producers to stock the pantries of Johnny’s Takeaway, and his menu includes items like tomato soup, farro and arugula salad, salmon with roasted Brussels sprouts, fried chicken, and steak tip salad. Weeknight meals range from about $14 to $18, while soups and salads go for about $6 to $9. The menu changes weekly, and both single-serving meals and family dinners are available.
“We’re not sacrificing flavor for health, and we’re also not sacrificing health for flavor,” Burke says in a video about the new business. He’s using recyclable takeout packaging that can be heated in either the oven or the microwave.
To get food from Johnny’s Takeaway, customers can place orders online or swing by the base in the former BakerBaker space near the VA hospital.
Prior to launching Johnny’s Takeaway, Burke put his name behind another business: a catering and consulting services company, Johnny Burke Catering & Consulting, where he offered a range of services, from private dinners to wedding catering. He has also worked as a personal chef and operated a meal delivery service in the Boston suburbs.