Thursday, July 21, 2022

Lehrhaus to Open in the Former Kirkland Tap & Trotter Space in Somerville

A rather unique dining and drinking spot is on its way to Somerville.

According to a source, Lehrhaus is planning to open on Washington Street, taking over the space where Kirkland Tap & Trotter had been before closing in 2019. The website for the upcoming place simply says it will be a "Jewish Tavern and House of Learning," though its source code mentions the following:

Lehrhaus is a new kind of gathering space for 21st century Jews and people interested in Judaism: part Jewish tavern, part house of learning, it's a welcoming, smart, sociable neighborhood watering hole that brings people together to tap into the ancient, profound, and transformative practice of learning through Jewish texts--all while cultivating community and savoring great food and drinks.

No opening date has been given as of yet for Lehrhaus, though the website does say it is coming "soon."

The address for the upcoming Lehrhaus is 425 Washington Street, Somerville, MA, 02143. Its website is at

[March 6, 2023 update: According to a press release, Lehrhaus plans to open on March 13, and it will have a pescatarian menu while celebrating "the global diversity of Jewish cuisine" with Noah Clickstein (a Juliet alum) heading up the kitchen and James Beard award finalist Michael Leviton advising, while award-winning bartender Naomi Levy has designed the beverage program. The release also mentions that Lehrhaus--which is said to be "the world's first Jewish tavern and house of learning"--includes a library with more than 3,000 volumes.]

[March 14, 2023 update: A poster within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page confirms that Lehrhaus has soft-opened, though its full opening may not be happening until mid-April as a note from the place says that "a key member of our staff has had to deal with some serious medical issues, and while they are recovering and will be back with us soon, we've decided to open quietly...from now until Passover."]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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