Wednesday, February 24, 2016

La Bodega by Salts Is Opening in Watertown

The couple behind a French-influenced restaurant in Cambridge that was destroyed in a flood two years ago will be opening a new dining spot in Watertown.

Boston Magazine is reporting that Gabriel Bremer and Analia Verolo of the now-shuttered Salts on Main Street are planning to open La Bodega by Salts in an as-of-yet undisclosed space somewhere in Watertown, with the dining spot being a new Uruguayan-inspired concept that will focus on wine and "wine culture," while also being a family-friendly neighborhood place that will be larger in size than Salts. Few other details on the upcoming restaurant are available as of yet (including when it might open and what its menu will feature), as it is in its early stages and the husband-and-wife team are finalizing the securing of the space, according to the article.

Salts, which first opened its doors in the late 1990s, was forced to shut down in January of 2014 after a burst water pipe caused major damage to the dining spot; the couple had hoped to rebuild the restaurant, but told the city of Cambridge in early 2015 that the landlord (MIT) decided not to renovate the space and no longer wanted a restaurant there.

[December 28 update: Eater Boston mentions that the people behind La Bodega by Salts have launched a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes to raise $40,000 for renovations needed for the space, which would allow them to open early in 2017. (EB also mentions that the place will feature seasonal farm-to-table items along with Uruguayan-influenced dishes.)]

[February 6, 2017 update: A new post from Eater Boston states that the Kickstarter campaign for La Bodega by Salts ended successfully--raising the money that was needed--though it is not yet known when the place might open.]

[February 8, 2017 update: According to sources (and confirmed in an earlier article from Boston Magazine), La Bodega by Salts will take over the space on Nichols Avenue where 21 Nickels had been.]

[December 11, 2017 update: A poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page indicates that La Bodega by Salts has had a soft opening, though it is not known when it will be officially open to the public.]

[February 6, 2018 update: Based on an article from Wicked Local, La Bodega by Salts continues to be in a soft opening phase, with hours being 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday, but the article does say that both hours and menu options will be expanded at some point in the future.]

[Earlier Articles]
Salts in Cambridge Is Looking for a New Home
Salts in Cambridge Is Apparently Still Hoping to Reopen

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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