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Bastille Kitchen Is Finally Coming, Brian Poe's Empire Expands

By Scott Kearnan  |  July 21, 2014
Credit: Joel Benjamin

Bastille Kitchen has an opening date. Finally! The opening seemed imminent when we took this tour of the space, complete with a glimpse at gorgeous plates, back in the beginning of June. Now Fort Point behemoth Bastille Kitchen (pictured) finally has an opening date: Monday, July 28. Next week you'll finally be able to grab one of the nearly 300 seats that fill a former textile factory, renovated for $4 million by hospitality honcho Seth Greenberg: the man who brought us Mistral. 30 Under 30 honoree Adam Kube, formerly of the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, has prepared what should be a show-stopping spread of French bistro fare.

Chef Brian Poe puts more on his plate. Poe is expanding his empire through a longstanding partnership with Wilcox Hospitality Group. The eponymous toque of Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake has already had ownership of the three restaurants he oversees. (Besides Rattlesnake, that's Estelle's Southern Cuisine and The Tip Tap Room.) Now he's taking an ownership stake in both locations of Bukowski Tavern. The Cambridge location closed last Sunday night to undergo several months' worth of renovations. It will reopen with an entirely new look that includes an open kitchen and around 50 draft lines, says a rep. (The famous Mug Club isn't going anywhere.) Poe is raising the game (pun intended) on its menu, aiming for a "neighborhood burger and beer bar" that will incorporate exotic and wild game meats alongside traditional beef patties; his stake in the Back Bay location will kick in by the end of the year, so expect a similar revamp there. And the Poe-Wilcox partnership isn't stopping anytime soon; they're next planning to open a new concept, Poe's Pub. The Boston Business Journal reports that it's slated for Downtown Crossing, though a rep tells us that the team is still scouting possibilities in the Back Bay and Seaport as well. 

Ribelle heads to the James Beard House. Brookline wunderkind Ribelle is the latest area restaurant to head to the James Beard House, and tickets are still available for the NYC dinner on Tuesday, July 29. Head here to scoop them up for $170 (use discount code THYME for a discounted members rate, according to a Ribelle newsletter), and expect a menu that includes spelt rigatoni, grilled polenta with seasonal accompaniments and more. If you can't make it to New York, check out the behind-the-scenes Kitchen Cam to watch everything in action.