Ran Duan — of acclaimed Boston-area cocktail destinations Baldwin Bar in Woburn and Blossom Bar in Brookline — has something new up his sleeve, although he can’t say where it is going to be located just yet.
His new venture will be called Ivory Pearl (it already has a nascent Instagram account fans can keep an eye on for updates), and it will be “a cocktail bar with a food program that focuses on seafood,” Duan told Eater. “Our focus is to pair not only wine but cocktails with seafood.”
“The cocktail program will be nothing like our current programs,” he continued. “No tiki or tropical influence. All I can say is it’s a style of cocktail that doesn’t exist in Boston.”
So for now, the cocktail style is a mystery and the location is a mystery, and the opening is a ways off, with construction slated to start in the spring if everything goes according to plan.
Duan, who was Eater Boston’s Bartender of the Year back in 2014, has a knack for winning awards and cultivating a team of bartenders who also win awards. Both Baldwin Bar and Blossom Bar were born out of his family’s Sichuan Garden restaurants and both serve Sichuan menus (with some Chinese-American classics, too), so it will be interesting to see what Duan and his team are building seemingly from the ground up this time and going all in on seafood.
Stay tuned for updates, but in the meantime, head over to Blossom Bar in Brookline Village for Duan’s Whip — a boozy Dole Whip — and an order of the restaurant’s irresistible Chong Qing dry hot chicken.