Thursday, June 06, 2013

Tasting Counter Is Opening in Somerville

[Ed note: This article was updated on June 23, 2014 to reflect new information given, including a home for the eatery.]

A new restaurant is on its way to the Boston area, and this one will focus on tasting menus.

Eater Boston is reporting that Peter Ungár of The Dining Alternative is looking to open a 20-seat place called Tasting Counter somewhere in or around the city. The article says that Ungár, whose current company sets up private dining events, plans to have the dining spot include a chef's counter where guests are seated, along with an open kitchen. Diners would have to get tickets in order to eat at the restaurant, which would get half of its ingredients from food producers in Massachusetts and would only offer wines that are naturally produced, according to EB.

It appears that Tasting Counter could be open by late this year or early in 2014.

[August 8 update: An email sent to us today from The Dining Alternative indicates that Peter Ungár is still looking for a space for Tasting Counter, with the note mentioning that "six potential sites have been analyzed and rejected due to various reasons." Stay tuned...]

[June 23, 2014 update: A new article from Eater Boston mentions that Tasting Counter will be opening within the Aeronaut Brewing Company space on Tyler Street in Somerville, which is just west of Union Square.]

[May 22, 2015 update: Boston Magazine states that Tasting Counter will be able to seat 20 guests at a time for its three-course lunch and nine-course dinner tasting menus, with lunch costing $50 to $60 and dinner costing $150 to $180 (prices includes tax, gratuity, and drink pairings). The hours for Tasting Counter will be 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.]

[June 18, 2015 update: DigBoston says that Tasting Counter will debut later this month within the Aeronaut Brewing Company space.]

[July 19, 2015 update: According to a note from The Passionate Foodie, Tasting Counter opens on Thursday (July 23).]

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