Friday, September 08, 2017

Team Behind Sycamore and Little Big Diner Opening Buttonwood in Former 51 Lincoln Space in Newton Highlands

A new restaurant is on its way to Newton, taking over the space where an award-winning dining spot used to be--and the people behind it own a couple of other places in the city.

A job post within the site confirms what a source had told us last month, that David Punch and Shane Smyth of Sycamore and Little Big Diner in Newton Centre will be opening Buttonwood in the former 51 Lincoln space in Newton Highlands. Very little is currently known about the new restaurant other than a note on its website saying it will open sometime this fall.

[September 15 update: The Tables section of The Boston Globe states that David Punch plans to have Buttonwood be a "more laid-back, family-friendly version of Sycamore," with the place being casual with a "simple and rustic" menu.]

51 Lincoln, which shut down in June of 2016 after approximately eight years in business, was known mostly for its upscale New American fare; the place received various "best ofs" from The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and Dig Boston, according to its site.

The address for Buttonwood is 51 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA, 02461. Its website is at

[January 10, 2018 update: A Twitter post from @kcbaskin indicates that Buttonwood is now open.]

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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]