Update: Kitchen to Replace Pops in Boston's South End
[Ed note: This article was updated again on May 3 to reflect a slight name change to the place.]
A quick update on two earlier stories--according to Universal Hub, Kitchen [Ed note: Formerly Smithfield Kitchen] is indeed going to be replacing the now-closed Pops restaurant on Tremont Street in the South End of Boston, with the owner of Pops apparently staying on to run the new restaurant, while the chef at Grotto on Beacon Hill will apparently be managing the new spot.
Based on earlier articles posted here, it appeared that the folks involved with Grotto as well as Marliave in downtown Boston were going to be opening a restaurant somewhere in the South End, and shortly after this came out, it looked like a new dining spot called Kitchen was going to be opening at 550 Tremont Street, possibly above B&G Oysters. It turns out that the original address given for Kitchen was slightly off, and the dining spot will be at 560 Tremont Street instead, which is where Pops had been.
For more information on this story, please go to the Universal Hub link below.
Pops in the South End to get new name, manager
[May 3 update: The Boston Magazine Chowder blog reports that Kitchen will be featuring "historically-inspired fare" based on recipes from a huge collection of old cookbooks. A few items that will be offered include nightly roasts, a fish, clam, pork chowder with hardtack, Indian pudding, and sole. Drinks from the past will also be available, including the Queen's Park Swizzle (rum, simple syrup, angostura bitters, mint) and the Crusta (cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange Curacao, bitters). Expect Kitchen to open sometime later this month or in early June.]
[June 8 update: UrbanDaddy is reporting that Kitchen is planning to soft-open tomorrow (Saturday, June 9).]
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