Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Waban Kitchen in Newton Has Closed

A well-known local chef and restaurateur has closed one of his dining spots.

According to a source, Waban Kitchen in Newton is no longer in business, with a note on the restaurant's website confirming this, saying that "It's never easy to turn the page and move on but we've made the difficult decision to close Waban Kitchen following our last ​service on ​Saturday, ​March 26th." The note, which was written by owner Jeff Fournier, goes on to say that he will now focus on 51 Lincoln, an upscale restaurant in Newton Highlands that opened a decade ago, and that Fournier's team at the now-closed Beacon Street eatery will be moving there. (At this point in time, it is not known what may be going into the Waban Kitchen space.)

Waban Kitchen first opened in the fall of 2012, taking over the space where Kouzina had been. The restaurant focused mainly on New American fare featuring dishes using locally-sourced ingredients.

Before opening 51 Lincoln and Waban Kitchen, Jeff Fournier had worked at such places as Pignoli, the Linwood Grill, Locke-Ober, Excelsior, Sophia's, and the Metropolitan Club, according to a page within the BostonChefs.com site.

The address for this now-closed restaurant in the Waban section of Newton was: Waban Kitchen, 1649 Beacon Street, Waban, MA, 02465.

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