|Jeffrey Fournier is opening Waban Kitchen this fall.|
Waban Kitchen's New American menu will be focused on simple, sustainable dishes that you’d find in a neighborhood place, such as a roasted five-spice half-chicken with fermented black garlic mashed potatoes, haricot verts and chicken jus. 51 Lincoln regulars will be happy to know he plans to carry over his popular Bolognaise to the new restaurant, but don't expect much else to be the same. “We’ll take everything we do [at 51 Lincoln] and go the opposite way with it, so Waban will have its own personality and feel,” says Fournier. Small plates and appetizers will run $8-$12; and entrees will be $23-$32.
As for beverages, Fournier was able to secure a full liquor license from the town, a step up from the beer-and-wine only when it was Kouzina. He says they’ll have a large beer program, with upwards of 30 beers in the bottle, including a focus on larger bottles like 750 ml.
Waban Kitchen will boast rustic charm - think exposed brick walls, gray and burnt-yellow accents, a reclaimed wood bar with 14 seats, butcher block tables - and paintings by Fournier, who is also a visual artist.
It'll be open five days, Tuesday through Saturday, serving food from 5-10:30 PM, and the bar will be open until midnight. “We’re committed here to creating quality life for our staff,” says Fournier, 44. Fournier is witnessing two births: that of Waban Kitchen, and one in his family - they are expecting their first child early next year.
Waban Kitchen will be located at 1649 Beacon St., where Kouzina still operates. Waban Kitchen is slated to open the end of October 2012. We could not confirm a closing date for Kouzina by this post's deadline.