Sunday, June 23, 2024

The Puritan & Co. lobster sandwich is on the menu at the restaurant’s new next-door Puritan Oyster Bar. (Photo: Puritan & Co.)

Chef and restaurateur Will Gilson expects to open Puritan Oyster Bar in Inman Square on Jan. 10, directly next to his Puritan & Co. restaurant, he said Wednesday.

The menu will offer six rotating varieties of New England oysters on the half shell, composed oysters, caviar service, seafood platters, chilled seafood dishes, shareable plates and a few signature Puritan & Co. dishes such as the smoked bluefish melt ($17), lobster sandwich on challah bread ($30), salt cod brandade with Castelvetrano tapenade, thyme butter and  charcoal crackers ($16) and signature Parker House rolls ($4). Menu highlights include hot buttered lobster toast ($18), beef and oyster tartare with brioche soldiers ($18), yellowtail temaki taco ($17), caviar pie ($25) and scallop crudo ($18), according to a press release from Gilson.

In addition:

In addition to wines available by the glass or bottle, which classically complement the menu’s seafood offerings, the beverage menu will uniquely focus on cocktails that pair well with oysters, shellfish and fish. Many of our Puritan Oyster Bar’s cocktails will be served in pitcher format inside a signature Gurgling Cod – perfect for a table to enjoy. The large-format cocktails will be tailored to complement each week’s selection of oysters and will be called the “Glug Jug.”

The space has long belonged to Puritan & Co. and been used as storage space, with Gilson contemplating its use as private dining and for retail in 2015.

Puritan Oyster Bar will have 30 high-top seats, including 12 at a central bar, and be connected by a rear hallway to Puritan & Co.. It is expected to be open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. at 1164 Cambridge St., in Inman Square.

In other Cambridge dining news, the Boston Restaurant Talk site run by Marc Hurwitz reported Monday that Mary Chung’s at 464 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, is closing Dec. 31 after 40 years as its owners retire. The Chinese restaurant has “been a favorite for nearby MIT students, offering mostly Chinese-American dishes and Sichuan fare,” Hurwitz said.