An entirely gluten- and dairy-free restaurant in downtown Boston will expand to Somerville this week. Grainmaker has taken over the former Amsterdam Falafelshop space at 248 Elm St. in Davis Square, and it will debut its menu of grain bowls, salads, and tacos on Friday, June 14. For the grand opening, Grainmaker’s first 25 customers will eat free, and the restaurant will have free sides of plantain chips available all day.
Allergen-friendly, customizable dishes comprise the menu at Grainmaker, which operates under a fast-casual, counter-service structure. In addition to bowls with pre-set ingredients, Grainmaker offers a build-your-own option. Bases include jasmine and cauliflower rice, rice noodles, volcano brown rice, and greens, with toppings like steak, kale and pork meatballs, and tofu, among others. There are also ahi tuna and salmon poke specials on Grainmaker’s seasonal menu. The Davis restaurant will also have a taco special on Tuesdays, where any three tacos will be available for $11.
Grainmaker arrived in Boston in October 2017, opening at 91 Summer St. downtown. Founder Chris Freeman replicated partnerships from the downtown restaurant for Davis, working with McMahon Architects (which is also responsible for Seaport’s Pastoral restaurant, among other local projects), along with muralist Mark Grundig and ceramic artist Tyler Gulden, who produced the restaurant’s dishware.
The new restaurant will operate seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. to start, with longer hours forthcoming when the restaurant secures a beer and wine license.