For centuries, Boston has seen a steady flow of Cleveland dreamers arrive to take their shot at glory: Manny Ramirez, the bassist for The Cars, and so many others, we can't even begin to think of who they are. Newest on the scene, Malcom Aalders' resto Circle's.
In the old Bob's Bistro space, Circle represents Aalder's penultimate vision, a culinary feat that would've liquified Cleveland's mind: a red-velveted, mosaic-bar'd, 88-seat lounge-aurant complete with red-bulbed dot lighting, creating the tension-filled atmosphere of a romantic submarine. The menu -- made in consult with a former Rialto chef -- tilts contempo-French with highlights like Roast Suckling Pig (w/ boudin noir/apple/Anson Mills grits), Coulette Steak en Sous Vide, and Butter Poached Lobster (you'd better butter him up, after kidnapping him and boiling him alive). On top of a 70-bottle wine list and an extensive cocktail menu, there're 10 beers on tap (Seadog Blue Paw, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Tetley's) and 40 mainly craft bottled brews from nine countries (La Fin Du Monde, Grimbergen Double, Celebrator Doppelbock, etc), including five from Italy, until recently the Cleveland of Europe's beer scene.
Circle does plan to honor Bob's jazzy musical vibe by spinning the likes of Duke Ellington/Miles Davis and eventually bringing back live music, all in an effort to please the locals -- because as we learned with Manny, you can leave the Lake and still make Mistakes.