Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Steve "Nookie" Postal Is Opening Commonwealth in Cambridge's Kendall Square

[Ed note: This article was updated on October 15 and October 19, and then again on July 31, 2013, to reflect new information that came in, including a location given to the upcoming restaurant.]

The executive chef for the Boston Red Sox who was also a finalist on a food-based reality competition show is planning to open a restaurant in Cambridge.

An article on the Skinny Beet site reiterates what an earlier interview on the Eater Boston site indicated, namely that  Steve "Nookie" Postal of Fenway Park and Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates is bringing a restaurant to the Kendall Square section of the city, as well as another dining spot to New York. No name has been given for the Cambridge eatery as of yet, but Postal says in the Eater article that "it's going to be pretty big and pretty awesome."

[October 15 update: The Boston Business Journal reports that the new restaurant from Steve Postal will be called Commonwealth, and it will be located in the upcoming Watermark II apartment building at 350 Third Street. The article mentions that Commonwealth will be a farm-to-table eatery where diners can create their own menus, and the place will have a feel "like a Vermont barn," according to Postal. In addition, part of the space will also be dedicated to a food market with a setup that may be much like City Feed and Supply in Jamaica Plain. Expect the new restaurant to be open sometime next fall.]

[October 19 update: According to a post in the Chowder blog of Boston Magazine, "Commonwealth" is just a working title, and the restaurant may end up having a different name. The article also mentions that the space is very large (6,500 square feet), with a private dining room and a private courtyard being part of the plans, along with the aforementioned main restaurant area and market.]

[July 31, 2013 update: A new Boston Magazine article mentions that the restaurant will indeed be called Commonwealth, and that it should be opening in late September or early October. Also, the address given is 11 Broad Canal Way.]

[October 31, 2013 update: The Restaurant Hub blog of The Boston Globe states that Commonwealth plans to open next week, with such items as Island Creek oysters, roasted Niman Ranch pork chop, Pineland Farm beef shortrib, Georges Bank swordfish, and duck fat fries being on the menu. Also, the article gives mention to Eater Boston's series on Steve "Nookie" Postal, which can be found here.]

[November 1, 2013 update: A new Eater Boston article indicates that Commonwealth will open to the public on Tuesday (November 5).]

Postal has worked at such restaurants as Casablanca, Chez Henri, Icarus (now closed), and Oleana, according to Eater Boston.

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