Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann — the dynamic couple behind Cambridge’s T. W. Food and Somerville’s Bronwyn — have opened a third restaurant. Inman Square’s Playska (243 Hampshire St. at Cambridge Street) is a Balkan-inspired sandwich shop and bakery. Sandwiches are topped with home-made condiments and pickles. The centerpiece of the menu is the playska: a beef-pork patty topped with red-pepper compote, cream-cheese sauce, red onion, and pickled cucumber atop pogacha bread. An early menu also showcases Balkan pies made with phyllo dough and stuffed with kale and feta; pickled carrots, quince, and eggs; and condiments like pomegranate mustard sauce. Playska replaces Rosie’s Bakery.
It’s a busy week for openings: In the South End, La Motta’s Italian Specialties just opened in the old Union Bar & Grille space (1357 Washington St. at Waltham Street). The “Bronx-style” Italian restaurant is the latest from the Aquitaine Group, responsible for neighborhood mainstays like Metropolis and Gaslight. Feast on baked clams, shrimp scampi, lasagna, meatballs, and thin-crust pizza seven nights a week.
In East Somerville, La Brasa’s market is now home to a 30-seat Italian pop-up restaurant, Fat Hen. (The restaurant will open permanently in the space next year.) Helmed by former L’Espalier chef Michael Bergin, the dinner series launches in November and repeats on the second Thursday of each month. Enjoy smoked burrata, a variety of pastas, and roasted meats and fish. The four-course menu is $55 per person. The series lasts through February, and Fat Hen officially launches in the spring.
Woburn’s Sichuan Garden has a cult favorite among the heat-seeking set (2 Alfred St. at Main Street), especially for its cocktail-and-appetizer lounge, Baldwin Bar. Proprietor Ran Duan tells me that the bar’s long-awaited second floor — complete with more creative drinks and an even spicier menu — officially opens on Nov. 12. Until then, pop a Tums and visit on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for a preview.