Thursday, April 28, 2011

Some photos from todays adventures!

 The Neon showroom, see previous post.
 211B Baker St (sort of) Chelsea, MA. Elementary.

The local network, for real.

In opening this restaurant I have been very fortunate to be out in the hands of many other interesting Boston businesses. Local and sustainable is a lifestyle, not a fad. Where we spend our money, especially as a business, makes a big difference in the greater picture and when working with good business people, saves one money. Paying significantly more for local businesses versus the competition is debatable but I see it as charity, and in that category Partners in Health does more good then any business could ever do. if you don't know about them you should. But is what you buy better, healthier, personal, interesting, and guaranteed to come with a smile? Then it is probably an established local business. Here are a few stories about some of my favorites in the last months. I apologize for the lengthy blog but grab a beer, all are worth reading about

J. Freeman's inc.- The guru of thrifty ( and plumbing, much love sensei) JC came in with a huge stack of cutting boards at Coda one day that he had just cut. He led me to Freemans's for the same when we were opening. Passing the 90+ owner as he was leaving for the day, still doing business, I walked into a world of plexiglass, wood paneling, old calendars, and a sign announcing a consistent closing for lunch from 12:30 to 1. I like any place that respects regular meal times. Nice guys who from my rough estimate had 30 years in the business between them helped me choose, pay, and load these huge sheets of plastic onto my 240 Volvo, the Grey Rhino. Smiles, instructions, and the common farewell I've come to enjoy "When do you open? Good Luck!"

Seymour Green's
Local Rozzie T-Shirt printer that hooked me up with the original RnR custom T and who will be getting an order for the first generation of logo T's soon. Shirts, hats, printing, the man will do it and do it right. His name is on it. The price is right and you can't beat the service. I think Seymour will be seeing more greenbacks, pimp. Don't worry, you can get almost anything here without pork, Insha' Allah.

Light Design Neon, Chelsea
My trip today to meet Kevin about a neon sign I have always wanted to adorn this spot with was the experience leading to this post. Shabby, weathered facade with a clean plaque on the door reminds me of what I would have expected at 221B Baker Street, disarming you for who you are about to encounter. The door opens into a showroom of neon lights, old and new that spread from the standard beer sign to works bursting from the wall with color, topless women, comets, and dreams. Kevin is neon and all I love about it and I am excited to find a craftsman who upholds a time honored style because of love, dedication to a craft, and the pride in doing something original and doing it WELL.

These places are just a few of the one's I have worked with that I am proud to support because of their superior business practices and products. I hope to do the same.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Open and ready for you to check it out!

We are finally open at R n R! We had a small test evening that was crazy and a lot of fun. Who knew so many things could go haywire? This is the restaurant business. Thanks to all our relations that made themselves volunteers for experimentation and thanks for the feedback. Keep it coming.

My current favorites:
USS Richmond Punch (where have all the great punches gone? Bowls included) chicken liver toast, baked RI fluke, ramps all around, mojo risin on a Nitro pour (big ups to PDX and Mcmenamins for introducing me to the pleasure of dark beer with nitros. Just like a dead show parking lot), rhubarb crisp, dirty rice.

We are open for dinner
Tuesday - Thursday 5-10
Friday, Saturday 5-11
BAR - open everyday at 3 for drinks and snacks
(for the earlybirds who are ready for a snack and refreshment before 5)
Tuesday-Thursday close at 12
Friday, Saturday close at 1am
(for my fellow night owls, hootie hoo!)

4257 Washington St, Roslindale
website to come soon. Check it out.

Lets go B's!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

News from 4257

Renovations are moving along smoothly with new vibrant colors, beautiful wood exposed, and some nice clean tile work from a highly motivated group of chefs/ amateur tilers. The room is coming together with nice earth tones ready to set off the warmth and late afternoon sunshine. I'm very excited about the room and serving some great new dishes in the neighborhood. It has been great getting to know all of our neighbors through the construction like Tony our next door neighbor, everyone at Fornax who keep me fed and caffeinated, and the Greek baker across the way who's name I forgot but at least it is written on the doll above the case so I won't lose face.

A quick description about our food- Everyone asks in varying forms what type of restaurant we are going to be. R n R is going to be good and fun. Simple as that. All my ideas about dishes keep returning to "is it fun?" What is that?
Hopefully an evening or weekend afternoon shared with friends and/or family enjoying flavorful food and refreshing drinks that surprise you with how much flavor there is. A memory is revived from a past experience reminding you of the pleasures at the table, reinforcing the idea that good food is about being happy, satisfied, and refreshed.
Snacks and beer on the patio at 4 after getting off the train just because. Yup.
Second date now that you know this person can be counted on for a conversation through a meal. There you go.
Watching the Bruins battle their way through the playoffs at the bar with a good pint and roasted meat. Got it. Why can't good eats be in these situations as well as on Thursday night when you are ready to have a nice meal after cooking up your own for the last four nights? Good fun food is flexible and doesn't judge.

Hopefully the faithful of Roslindale have a little more to chew on about our new addition to the square. I am very excited to be here and what our little restaurant is shaping up to be and hope you are too. Oh, and by the way we are listening: vegetarians fear not, vegans as well, good seasonal cooking doesn't demand meat although I am a card carrying omnivore (ask my old camp friend Melissa a vegetarian for 20+ years); my charcuterie will continue with pates, hams, and terrines; Southern style represented RIP Bill Neal; ee cummings nod, We're not worthy but will pay our homage to Forest Hills Cemetery none the less and toast him at The Enormous Room and keep the stream of consciousness coming (pray I don't go as far as my fellow southerner Faulkner); spring is around the corner as I test new dishes with pork and ramps. It couldn't come at a better time. Our new grill is coming Monday with wood smoke along with it.

I promise more posts with better editing and as much fun. Stay tuned. Website and opening coming soon.
Chef Delicious