North End's Ward 8 Opens Monday
On Monday, December 2, Ward 8 will open in the North End at 90 Washington Street (formerly home to Nebo, which relocated to Atlantic Wharf). The restaurant is the first from owner Nick Frattaroli, though he's no newbie: Frattaroli hails from the family behind neighborhood stalwarts Lucia, Filippo and Ducali. Executive Chef Kenny Schweizer, formerly of the Four Seasons' Bristol Lounge, has devised a moderately priced menu (all plates under $25) that still boasts an impressive-sounding array of appetizers, like the Carpetbagger Carpaccio with fried oyster; sandwiches, including a lobster roll with black truffle mayo and olive oil poached tuna melt with gruyere; and mains like ginger-miso salmon. There's also a raw bar and selection of sharable small plates available until 1 AM, including bacon caramel cashew corn and maple chili duck wings.
The 75-seat restaurant will be outfitted with exposed brick and white subway tiles, leather banquettes and smoky mirrors, and industrial accents like the upcycled pipes supporting the beer taps at the four-sided bar. There you'll find bar manager Mike Wyatt (pictured), formerly of Eastern Standard, commanding a vital beverage program; the restaurant is named, after all, for a classic cocktail that was created in 1898 at Boston's historic Locke-Ober. His cocktail menu will be divided into several spirit-based sections (rum, agave, brandy, whiskey and gin), and there will be over a dozen draft and bottled craft beers on hand. We'll drink to that.