Tony Maws, chef and owner of the popular Craigie on Main in Cambridge, has announced the name of his new Somerville venture, and he's provided more details about what local food fans can expect.
The restaurant will be called "The Kirkland Tap & Trotter," according to an email Maws sent Friday morning to fans of Craigie on Main.
The email says the restaurant, in the 425 Washington St. space formerly occupied by Kirkland Cafe, will be a 115-seat eatery with a 12-person bar—about the size of Craigie on Main.
Maws wrote, "People have asked me the best way to describe the food and my answer is that it’s the way I cook at home for my friends and family."
He added, "I’m designing the menu so that you (and your friends and families) can eat there often. Think entrees in the mid $20’s, appetizers in mid ‘teens, $11 desserts. And, though the Craigie Burger is sacred and will only be served at Craigie On Main, you’ll find many funky and ever-changing variations on the burger (along with sons, daughters and cousins of the Craigie Burger.)"
He's also thinking of serving a "signature hot dog," he wrote.
The restaurant will feature a big hardwood grill at its center, and there will be a large beer list, cocktails and an "expansive wine by the glass list."
Maws wrote he's working with Peter Niemitz, an interior designer, on the space.
So, when does it open?
There's no set date yet, but Maws wrote they're hoping to open in late summer.
He also said, "You’ll still see me on the line most nights at Craigie On Main, just as you do now."
Boston Magazine also has a story about the new restaurant.
Craigie on Main's Tony Maws to Open in Old Kirkland Space in Somerville