O Ya's Owners Will Open HojokoBy Scott Kearnan
August 1, 2014
Today is opening day for The Verb Hotel, a funky new property near Fenway with a cool look. Imagine a mid-century California motel, add some contemporary Pop Art chic, and picture it stocked full of rock & roll memorabilia curated by David Bieber, a Boston music historian who spent nearly 20 years working at The Boston Phoenix, the seminal alt-weekly paper that once had its office only a couple blocks from the Verb Hotel site. (Plenty of framed "Phoenix" covers are spread throughout the rooms.)
And with doors now open, the Verb announced today exciting plans for the hotel's restaurant. Coming this fall will be Hojoku, a "high-energy izakaya," according to a release. The Japanese pub will be the latest from O Ya owners chef Tim Cushman and his wife, sake sommelier Nancy Cushman. O Ya, of course, is consistently rated among the top restaurants in Boston. It's also among the priciest. So the combination of a Japanese pub in a young, trendy hotel, armed with an irreverent name (we suspect the "Hojo" is a nod to the Howard Johnson that once occupied the site), might suggest we'll soon have the opportunity to get some moderately priced Cushman cuisine. To that, we say: rock on.