Housed in the historic former Boston Woven Hose & Rubber Factory and sporting the original name of the Longfellow Bridge, WB's the inaugural eat/ drinkery from a couple of Aquitaine alums who wanted to sling tasty 'tails alongside a lineup of mod French sustenance with "a New England perspective" -- so be prepared for your food to grumble suspiciously about this year's unseasonably mild Winter, then get yourself learned on:
The Room: The 121-seater boasts a "raw & exposed" industrial aesthetic and rocks floor-to-ceiling windows w/ wooden blinds, Edison bulbs hanging off thick ropes, a 6ft stretched canvas vintage ad for the original factory from 1827, plus communal tables built out of old bowling alley lanes with the guiding arrows still displayed, presumably because the owners want you to know how they roll.
The Libations: Behind the 17-seat, antique heart pine bar, they're pouring 25 beers (Lost Abbey Devotion, Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA, Boulevard Double-Wide), 50 vinos, and crafty 'tails like the Irish whiskey w/ Czech bitters Kitty Kiernan, and the "We'll take original names of Harbor Islands demolished to make room for Logan Airport for $1000, Alex", Conant's Island, which's a blend of cucumber-infused vodka, green Tabasco, and rice wine vinegar.
The Vittles: The three-section menu comes in small, large & table sizes (note: not actually the size of tables), and includes everything from crispy chicken skins w/ a malt vinegar aioli and their signature duck egg in a jar, to cider BBQ lobster w/ gnocchi & Brussels sprouts, and sumac-dusted venison with a rye crumble & summer squash, aka what that cynical New England perspective suggests the Weather Gods will do to make up for Winter.
Photo Credit: William Horne
Published: May 15, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
One Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
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