Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The team behind Liberal Servings, the restaurant and club proposed for the heart of Harvard Square — in fact, intending to replace the basement-level Tannery clothing store — describes it ahead of its License Commission hearing Tuesday as “a neighborhood brasserie” with:

comfortable and simple elegance with old wood tables, booth seating and complimented by artworks and musical entertainment (mostly jazz) of local and international artists. The menu will combine hearty American and European dishes with moderately priced bistro fare. The bar will serve a range of house cocktails, wines by the glass, carafe or bottle. The restaurant will also be an ideal venue for private events such as group meetings, corporate/institutional events and weddings …

As a neighborhood brasserie, Liberal Servings will be open every day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining …

Music featured at Liberal Servings will be tasteful and appropriate to the neighborhood. The idea is to provide primarily live “background” music such as a jazz quartet that complements the dining atmosphere without being overwhelming and noisy. The operators have a wealth of experience managing live entertainment catered to mature clientele at The Beehive, where Downbeat Magazine rated it “One of the top 100 jazz venues in the world.”

Along with Jack Bardy, of Pho Republique and Beehive fame, the restaurant is to be run by Bertil Jean-Chronberg, also of Beehive. Bardy started Pho Republique in Cambridge before a fire forced a move to Boston’s South End; the Jean-Chronenbergs live on Hawthorn Street, according to a letter by neighbors.

The hearing is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the basement conference room of the Michael J. Lombardi Municipal Building, 831 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.