West Bridge, serving New England cuisine with a French twist, opened Tuesday, joining a cluster of restaurants at One Kendall Square.
The 18-ft. ceilings and bar/lounge with booths and high tops, along with the spacious dining room, nicely occupy what was once the Boston Woven Hose company, a factory that made fire hoses, rubber lining for jars, and bicycle tires.
“We really tried to preserve what was already here,” says co-owner Alexis Gelburd-Kimler. To keep the funky factory feel, there are metal chairs, metal frames and a six-ft. tall canvas showcasing a real 19th-century ad for the factory.
Co-owner and chef Matthew Gaudet keeps the menu creative with options like lamb sausage; chicken with chanterelle, bacon and jus; and lamb shoulder with eggplant fig-purée and goat cheese. Prices run between $9-$15 for apps, and $23-$48 for entrees, with the pricier plates built to share.
Cocktails ($11) ride out the factory theme, such as the Wheel Wright, a drink made with fino sherry, Dolin Bianco, Galliano and Wray & Nephew.
West Bridge seats 120, with 17 seats at the bar. There are two outdoor patios - one at the restaurant entrance, which is open, and the other in the courtyard shared with other restaurants, including The Blue Room and Cambridge Brewing Company. The courtyard patio will open soon.
Dinner hours, 5:30 PM-midnight, with cocktails until 1 AM. Lunch is slated to start July 2.
West Bridge, One Kendall Square; 617-945-0221