Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jay Silva Leaving Bambara in Cambridge, Becoming Owner of Restaurant in Winthrop

A well-known local chef who has worked at several top Boston-area dining spots is leaving his current post to run his very own restaurant.

A note sent from Jay Silva indicates that he is finishing up his job as Executive Chef at Bambara in Cambridge after nearly nine years, with his last day there being June 3. Once he leaves the restaurant (which is located within the Hotel Marlowe on Land Boulevard), he will set his sights on owning a place in Winthrop that will include a casual pizzeria, a full-service restaurant featuring seasonal food in a casual environment with beer, wine, and cocktails offered, live entertainment, takeout, catering, and function space. Silva tells us that Marc Orfaly (The Beehive, Pigalle) will be part of the opening team, helping with BOH operations as a consultant.

In addition to Bambara, Jay Silva has also been involved with such spots as the Boston Harbor Hotel, Pho Republique, Pigalle, the Ritz Carlton Boston, and Sage, according to

[June 30 update: According to a Facebook post from Jay Silva, he is going to become the new owner of JW's in Winthrop starting July 1, and he will be revamping and expanding the place over the coming months, with (as stated earlier) Marc Orfaly helping out with the changes beginning in the fall.]

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