Chef Mario Capone Preps New Steakhouse, The BancroftBy Scott Kearnan
February 12, 2014
The one-time right hand man to toque Lydia Shire has something new up his sleeve. Zagat has learned that James Beard-nominated chef Mario S. Capone will helm The Bancroft, a chef-driven steakhouse and craft cocktail lounge opening this Spring in Burlington. That's very promising news for the upcoming chophouse, since Capone served as opening executive chef of Scampo at the Liberty Hotel (which Shire owns) and Towne Stove and Spirits (where she was formerly culinary director), and helped usher both to “Best New Restaurant” nods by Esquire Magazine in 2008 and 2011 respectively. (His history with Shire goes back even further, to the storied Bostonian Hotel and Biba days.) Capone has also brought his Italian sensibility to roles at Restaurant Daniel in New York and Neros at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He'll be joined by a fellow Scampo and Towne alum: Richard Brackett, one-time general manager of the former and operations officer of the latter, will serve as general manager of The Bancroft. Brackett is a veteran of the steakhouse world, having spent 13 years as a managing partner of Capital Grille.
Overall, sounds like the makings of a winning team for The Bancroft which will be an "edgy and urban" steakhouse with a "dramatic and sexy," environment, according to a rep. That sounds a bit different than the other entries from parent company Webber Restaurant Group, the team behind Groton's lauded, rustic Gibbet Hill Grill, house in a century-old barn, and the similarly cozy Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham. We're interested to see how this steakhouse ships up, but it sounds like a rare team is in place behind the scenes.