Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Stillwater Is Opening in the Former Townsman Space in Downtown Boston

by Marc Hurwitz

A new restaurant is opening in the heart of Boston, taking over the space where an award-winning dining spot had been until closing last year.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Stillwater is looking to open on Kingston Street in the former Townsman space, with the listing mentioning that the restaurant would have two rooms along with an outdoor patio that would be used during the warmer months. The notice shows the manager of the place being Sarah Wade, who appears to be the same person (Sarah Hutson Wade) who has been the general manager and executive chef of Lulu's in Allston and who is known in part for her winning on the Food Network's "Chopped" early last year. Very little is known on Stillwater at this point in time, so keep checking back for updates.

Townsman, which was a high-end restaurant featuring regional fare with global influences, closed last summer after being in business for approximately 3 1/2 years. The dining spot received much praise during its time in operation, including getting a "best of" from Boston Magazine in 2015 and being included in Food & Wine's restaurants of the year list for 2016.

The address for Stillwater is 120 Kingston Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

[June 25 update: Boston Magazine states that Stillwater will feature "reimagined comfort food" along with "sexy bar snacks" and beer and cocktails, with Sarah Hutson Wade planning a warmer and more cozy vibe for the space than that of Townsman.]

[August 26 update: A Facebook post from Sarah Hutson Wade indicates that Stillwater plans to open on Wednesday, August 28.]

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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]