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Food & dining

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Daddy Jones serves fine cocktails and Greek fare

The buzz about Daddy Jones, the new cocktail bar in Magoun Square, has been swirling around Somerville for months now. In a corner of the city known for its pubs, pizza places, and Chinese take-out shops, owner Dimitra Tsourianis, who grew up in Somerville, saw a niche she could fill. “There aren’t many Greek bars and restaurants where you can listen to hip-hop, and possibly watch the game,” she says. She wanted to create a space, she says, where “you could eat Greek-influenced food, but isn’t necessarily all blue and white, where everyone is drinking ouzo.”

If you ever visited the space when it was Little Vinny’s, the red-sauce Italian joint, you’ll be surprised by the transformation. The room is now dimly lit, with a stately black bar, in front of a plum-colored wall. Small tables line windows overlooking the street, and high-tops spill into a pocket of space toward the rear of the small restaurant. Daddy Jones is full of happy locals sipping drinks after work, or cozying up to the bar for TV and a bite.

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