In Jamaica Plain, a longtime neighborhood favorite for sushi has a new sibling: Evergreen Eatery is now open in the former La Rana Rossa space (154 Green St., Boston), courtesy of the JP Seafood Cafe (730 Centre St., Boston) team — Phil Paik, his wife Kristen Hunter, and his sister Karen Paik.
While JP Seafood Cafe has been serving Jamaica Plain outstanding sushi for over two decades, the team’s new restaurant focuses on classic American diner dishes with some influences from Latin, Caribbean, and Asian cuisine, as Phil Paik previously told Eater. At the time, he also said that the restaurant would have the “same energy and friendly environment” as JP Seafood Cafe.
Early visitors have shared photos of banana pancakes and avocado toast (not to mention a leafy mural and nice-looking cafe setup), while Phil Paik noted in a Facebook conversation with fans that the restaurant has a variety of vegan-friendly and gluten-free options. Menu-testing photos from a few months back indicate that the menu might includes dishes like BLT spring rolls, chicken and waffle sandwiches, and more.
In addition to serving breakfast and lunch, Evergreen Eatery has an express coffee and juice bar for on-the-go drinks, sandwiches, pastries, and more. The restaurant has room for about 50 inside and almost as many on a seasonal patio outside.
To start, Evergreen Eatery is serving breakfast and lunch on the diner side from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed Mondays), and the cafe side is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.