Openings: Downtown’s Cultivar opens the week of Memorial Day, the latest from Mary Dumont, until recently executive chef at Cambridge’s Harvest. It’s housed within the historic Ames Hotel (1 Court St. at Washington Street), Boston’s first skyscraper. Expect an earthy menu with ingredients sourced from the hotel’s hydroponic garden, plus sustainable seafood and dry-aged meats. Sup on unusual dishes that you probably wouldn’t make at home: Maryland soft-shell crab with pickled knotweed, cherries, cultured butter, pasta, and lemon verbena; braised pork cheeks with whey-braised carrots, turnips, morels, and lavender; and nettle bucatini with lamb-neck sugo, sheep’s milk yogurt, mint, and Pecorino. Robert Gonzalez (Bistro du Midi) is in charge of the dessert program, which includes house-made ice cream. The cocktail list leans toward gin.

Coming soon: Mastro’s Ocean Club opens in early June at the Twenty Two Liberty complex at Fan Pier in the Seaport. The swanky seafood chain is known for opulent shellfish towers, plump lobsters, and live entertainment.

Salem’s Ledger (125 Washington St. at Front Street) is slated to open in early June, the latest from Matt O’Neil, who runs The Blue Ox in Lynn. The restaurant specializes in 19th-century cuisine; fittingly, it’s housed in a historic bank once frequented by the likes of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Alexander Graham Bell. Feast like your ancestors on smoked fish, preserves, pickles, and berry cobbler. Executive chef Daniel Gursha comes from Cambridge’s Bambara.


Closings: Somerville’s Journeyman closes on June 3 (9 Sanborn Court at Washington Street). The Union Square spot, known for its rollicking multicourse tasting menus and ticketed reservation policy, signs off on a wistful social media note.

“In 2010, there were 3 places to get dinner in Union Square. The average price of a home in Somerville was half of what it is today, immigration reform and a new health bill were still on the horizon, and we were still celebrating the election of Barack Obama. It was against this backdrop that we opened Journeyman, and we look out on a very different world today as we announce its closing. There are more restaurants now than ever, but perhaps there is less desire now to think about what it is that we are eating and drinking, and why,” write owners Diana Kudajarova and Tse Wei Lim. Affiliated cocktail spot Backbar will continue on next door. The pair closed Kendall Square’s Study at Ames last year.



Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.