Puritan & Company, Will Gilson's New American restaurant, is debuting tonight, November 30, earlier than the projected date of this coming Monday. The setting of the Cambridge-based restaurant is that of an “urban farmhouse” - the wallpaper would easily fit in Gilson’s family home living room; there’s vintage artwork, a focus on communal seating and the host stand is a 1920’s gas stove found in the Herb Lyceum, his family’s farm in Groton, Mass. The restaurant seats just over 100.
The menu of American eats features a seasonal, creative twist, including snacks (hogs in duvets - pork sausage in herb mustard); starters (bone marrow gratin, cod brandade with brown bread and baked soy beans), house-cured charcuterie, salads, soups; and hearty fare such as lamb chops and lamb sausage with hay roasted carrots. Prices range from $6 for snacks to $30 for entrees. As for the drinks program, there’s a nicely edited wine list, craft beers and an emphasis on sherry.
The restaurant is housed in the former location of the Puritan Cake Company in Inman Square. Combined with Gilson’s lineage - he’s a thirteenth generation Mayflower descendant - the name Puritan & Co. honors his roots along with the history of the space. Gilson made a name for himself as chef/owner of Garden at the Cellar.
Puritan & Company is open daily for dinner beginning at 5 PM, and will be open Sunday through Thursday until 11 PM, Friday and Saturday until 2 AM.
1164 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-615-6195