3/15/2013 03:45:00 PM

Tony Maws Will Go Casual With Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville

Tony Maws

Tony Maws, chef and owner of Craigie on Main, is going casual. The celebrated chef of the high-end French bistro is slated to open a more informal rustic eatery, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, in Somerville late this summer.

If you ask us, it's a name befitting of an English pub (though don't expect the kind of pub grub you'd find in England).

The Kirkland Tap will take over the space formerly occupied by the Kirkland Café at 425 Washington Street.

Maws will be cooking up rustic, hearty fare, the kind of cuisine he’d serve to family and friends on his days off, according to a publicist close to the project. A wood-fired oven will be central to his menu. And there will be a hot dog, the yang to Craigie's burger yin. As for beverages, expect wine on tap, craft beers and cocktails as part of the beverage program. “More casual, less expensive,” is how the rep described the overall experience.

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter will be about 115 seats, and serve dinner seven nights and brunch on the weekends. One more reason to look forward to summer...

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