Team behind Fairsted Kitchen opening JP restaurant

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Welcome news for Jamaica Plain residents: The team behind Brookline’s Fairsted Kitchen (1704 Beacon St. at Tappan Street) will open a Southern restaurant at 365 Centre St. this summer. The Frogmore replaces Centre Street Sanctuary, which closed last month. It will focus on Low Country cooking, an homage to chef Jason Albus’s childhood in South Carolina. Along with Albus, Frogmore is helmed by co-owners Andrew Foster and Steve Bowman, plus Fairsted bar manager Alex Homans. Bowman (pictured) says that Albus will serve the “rich flavors of the Carolina coast”: classic dishes such as Frogmore stew (a mix of shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes), shrimp and grits, and green tomatoes. Most entrees are under $30; there’s a 20-seat patio too.

Prolific restaurateur Garrett Harker will open Branch Line this fall at Watertown’s Arsenal on the Charles complex (3 Kingsbury Ave. at Arsenal Street). Branch Line is an “urban rotisserie with a focused wine and beer program,” says a release. Harker e-mails that he’s “very excited for Watertown.” He’s also a busy man: He runs Boston destinations Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne, and Row 34, which will soon expand to Portsmouth, N.H. Eastern Standard general manager Andrew Holden, a Watertown native, is a partner in this venture.


Fans of the Fenway’s Trattoria Toscana (130 Jersey St. at Park Drive) were sad to note that the Italian restaurant had suddenly shuttered. But all is not lost: Owner Irida Zaimi assures me the closure is temporary. Zaimi says the 10-year-old restaurant is simply undergoing renovations.

The Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave. at Forsyth Way) has a new executive chef: Brian Flagg will oversee the museum’s Bravo restaurant and New American Cafe. Flagg has worked under Todd English at Olives and was once executive chef at Cambridge’s Harvest, says a museum rep. KARA BASKIN


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