Chez Henri on Shepard Street in 2008. (Photo: Frank L. via Yelp)

I guess this week’s entry should be called “What He Will Be Having.”

I’ve written about Chez Henri pop-ups before and hope I can continue to do so. The next ones are coming up aon Thursday and on Aug. 19 thanks to Paul O’Connell, the chef and owner of the French Cuban eatery that closed its doors on Shepard Street nearly a decade ago.

The “Reunidos!” events take place at Warehouse XI, a multifunctional loft space just up the alley from restaurants The Independent and Bronwyn in Somerville’s Union Square. Tickets are $60. If that feels steep, it’s not; the price only starts with your choice of cubano – a traditional meld of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on hot-pressed French bread or – the roasted veggie version. Then there’s libations, including Henri’s classic rum drinks, the mojito and Hemingway-esque periodista (Spanish for “journalist”), mixed and poured by longtime Chez Henri bartender and current City Council candidate Joe McGuirk, whom I caught up with last week at The Lexington in North Point’s Cambridge Crossing. Finally, adding to the merriment is jazz from Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger, DownBeat magazine critics’ 2017 top pick as “Rising Star – Tenor Saxophonist.” Get tickets while they last.


Cambridge writer Tom Meek’s reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in WBUR’s The ARTery, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, The Charleston City Paper and SLAB literary journal. Tom is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere.

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