Come January 8, the space once occupied by the Joshua Tree in Somerville’s Davis Square will be vacant no more. Elm Street Taproom — which is operated by Hawkeye Hospitality, the same group responsible for both locations of Five Horses Tavern as well as Worden Hall — will bring 40 draft lines, a long list of bottled and canned beers, and a menu of comfort food to Davis Square next week (256 Elm St.).
A press release from Hawkeye Hospitality describes the restaurant as a “vibrant, social atmosphere with shareable plates, sandwiches, and communal seating perfect for neighborhood gatherings and large parties.” (Elm Street Taproom’s sibling nearby, the original Five Horses Tavern location, fills a similar role in Davis Square — and it boasts an especially large beer list, too.)
Elm Street Taproom will offer customers the opportunity to join its mug club — drink every beer on the draft list, and every bottle and can (there will be 24 in total), and get a personalized 24-ounce mug that will hang above the bar.
The kitchen at Elm Street Taproom will be open each day from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. The restaurant also intends to be open for brunch in the not-too-distant future.
The menu will include items like kung pao duck drumettes, veal meatballs, olive tapenade, a steak tip sandwich, and whipped feta. Expect to see beers from local breweries such as Idle Hands, Fiddlehead, and Lord Hobo. See the full opening menu below.