Food & dining


T.W. Food becomes Self-Portrait, Freepoint opens, and other restaurant news

Patrons at Spoke in 2013.
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Patrons at Spoke in 2013.

Openings: Cambridge’s T.W. Food is no more, but chef Tim Wiechmann plans to replace it with a new restaurant, Self-Portrait, by the end of April (377 Walden St. at Concord Avenue).

Wiechmann, who also runs Somerville German spot Bronwyn with his wife, also named Bronwyn, grew up in Switzerland and spent his childhood traveling to the French Alps. He spent part of his 20s and 30s living and cooking in Paris, and he says that this reinvention is a return to his roots, hence the name.

“I went back to France recently and hit on this idea to make a really killer French bistro again. The city doesn’t have many of those old-school, chef-driven French bistros anymore,” Wiechmann says.


The 22-seat restaurant will serve whole duck for two, foie gras and pig jowl rillettes, charcuterie soup, and sockeye salmon quenelles, among other delicacies, drawing from various parts of the country.

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“It’s really a French kaleidoscope,” Wiechmann says. He has a full liquor license to serve an extensive cognac menu; he’ll also offer a mostly French wine list.

It should open in late April.

Chef Matthew Gaudet, late of Kendall Square’s West Bridge, opens Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails in West Cambridge (220 Alewife Brook Parkway at Concord Avenue) this week, located in the old Best Western space. He’ll serve global comfort food, from whiskey-cured salmon in sambal date sauce to chorizo-stewed eggs in tomatoes and sweet peppers.

Coming soon: North Square Oyster Bar is slated to open in May, taking over the North End’s old Gennaro’s 5 North Square space (5 North Square at Prince Street), helmed by Nicholas Frattaroli from neighborhood gastropub Ward 8. Chef Douglas Rodrigues (Clio, Liquid Art House) will serve lobster rolls, sea urchin pie, and crudo for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.


Davis Square wine bar Spoke (89 Holland St. at Simpson Avenue) will reopen this spring, confirms partner Dave Jick (you know him from Dave’s Fresh Pasta down the block). Jick says it will have the same concept and the same name; former Spoke bartender Mary Kurth has bought the much-loved spot from owner Felisha “Flea” Foster, who closed it late last year for health reasons.

Peabody’s Northshore Mall (210 Andover St. at Cross Street) will add two restaurants in spring 2018. One is Bancroft & Co. from the Webber Restaurant Group, the team behind Groton’s bucolic Gibbet Hill Grill and Burlington’s swank Bancroft steakhouse. This version of the Bancroft will be similar to the Burlington location, with two floors and a menu that borrows from Burlington’s dishes. Chef Mario Capone will run the kitchen at both locations. Meanwhile, Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill will also move in, with comfort food and plenty of TVs (of course). The additions are part of a larger mall redevelopment project.


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