8 Things to Know About Brass Union, New Union Square Restaurant/Bar

Brass Union is expected to open in June.

1.) THE BASICS: Brass Union, a new eatery and lounge, is replacing Precinct at 70 Union Square in Somerville. The restaurant/bar is expected to open in June.

FIRST LOOK: Inside Brass Union

Brass Union’s Opening Food, Cocktail Menu

2.) CONCEPT: The front of Brass Union will be reminiscent of a New York City-style tavern with a 24-seat bar. The back area will be a lounge with a 30-seat bar, live DJ and games.

3.) GAMES?: Yes, games. The lounge area in Brass Union will have a vintage Pac-Man tabletop video game, board games and a shuffleboard court. The restaurant’s patio will also have cornhole.

4.) FOOD: Executive Chef Jonathan Kopacz, formerly of Chez Henri in Cambridge, is in charge of Brass Union’s kitchen. His menu will feature American-style small plates.

5.) MENU HIGHLIGHTS: These four menu items ($12-18) were featured in Brass Union’s release:

  • Roasted natural chicken (dark meat “confit hash,” chanterelles, chicken liver mousse, mustard jus)
  • Spicy bay scallops (citrus garlic sauce, pea shoots, pea and mint mousse)
  • Steak tartare (lightly poached egg yolk, pickled ramps, Bloody Mary vinaigrette, toast)
  • Pulled beef brisket sandwich (creamy Brussels sprout “slaw,” housemade spicy mustard)

6.) DRINKS: Mixologist Paulo Pereira, formerly of Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington and Lansdowne Pub in Boston, will be in charge of beverages. Four cocktails highlighted in the release:

  • The Citadel (sherry, Maurin Quina, honey syrup, dash of dandelion Burdock bitters)
  • Rum & Smoke (Bully Boy aged rum, smoked lime juice, Orgeat Ginjinha, maraschino cherry garnish)
  • Esqueleto (Reposado tequila, coffee syrup, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon, chili peppers, topped with passion fruit soda)
  • Green Line Extension (bourbon, brandy, green chartreuse, sugar cube, bitters)

7.) HOURS & NUMBER: Brass Union will be open Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., serving food until midnight seven nights a week. On Sundays, brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it will remain open until 1 a.m. The number is 617-623-9211.

8.) MORE: For more information, check out Brass Union’s website, Facebook page and Twitter handle.


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