A new culinary era is upon us: Fabled downtown restaurant Locke-Ober is now Yvonne’s (2 Winter Place at Winter Street). The supper club opened this week, named for Locke-Ober’s members-only, downstairs club. It has some of the restaurant’s old artifacts, like a restored 19th-century mahogany bar. (Managing partner Chris Jamison also says he unearthed old wine bottles and 100-year-old menus during the renovation.) Chef Juan Pedrosa — recently at Allston’s The Glenville Stops — oversees a menu that spans the Far East, Middle East, and the Mediterranean. At the adjacent Library Bar, enjoy punch and martini service.
Chef Rachel Klein will offset the glitz of the Back Bay’s Liquid Art House with her own restaurant in Needham. Klein plans to open RFK in the spring of 2016. The 100-seat spot (948 Great Plain Ave. at Highland Avenue) is down the street from her home; a release promises a “direct reflection of what she desires as a resident: a fun, eclectic, modern American, chef-driven, family-friendly dining experience.” Less money for
baby sitters means more money for food, Needhamites.
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Meanwhile, Sfizi is poised to open in the North End, replacing Mare restaurant (135 Richmond St. at North Street), which has moved down the block. Sfizi is the latest venture from restaurateur Frank DePasquale (Bricco, Mare, Quattro). The menu isn’t merely Italian — expect small, sharing dishes from France, Greece, Portugal, and Spain. The price is also nice: Plates top out at $14.
More openings: Boldfaced burger barons Donnie, Mark, and Paul Wahlberg have launched their restaurant chain, Wahlburgers, in Boston proper. Their first city outpost is conveniently located near Fenway Park (132 Brookline Ave. at Fullerton Street).
In Allston, Whole Heart Provisions (487 Cambridge St. at Brighton Avenue) opens with James DiSabatino (Roxy’s Grilled Cheese) and Rebecca Arnold (Sarma) serving veggie-focused bowls and hybrid potables like beet-apple-ginger-ade.
Kara Baskin can be reached at [email protected]