Published November 01, 2013
Share the Wealth
Gin and Groceries in Kendall Square
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economic connections with one another.
Funny, we just thought it was somewhere you could buy groceries while also hosting a private dinner party
and drinking gin cocktails.
Or maybe that’s just this Commonwealth
, a cavernous new
restaurant-cum-food-market-cum-cocktail-bar stocked with lamb steaks and porchetta for the road, opening
Tuesday in Kendall Square.
So it’s huge in here
. Should be. Has to be. Happy hour and dinner and your grocery
list are on the line. You’ve got your warehouse things like exposed brick walls and nine-foot-high steel
doors. Your non-warehouse things like a copper raw bar and a 25-seat private dining room.
As for how your dinner works: pick an entrée like a whole black bass
for you and some sides like sugar pumpkin or duck-fat fries served
family-style for the table. Then eat stuff and do the whole “Somebody get a wheelbarrow” thing. Then
somebody orders donut holes with homemade fluff. Then you’re good again.
Oh, and don’t forget there’s an entire other side to this place. A market side where you can pick up a
roast porchetta for four as you make your exit.
Beats “leaving” every time.
11 Broad Canal Way
Cambridge, MA 02142