Thursday, June 13, 2024

Feast & Fettle salads for sale. (Photo: Feast & Fettle via Facebook)

Unlike meal plans such as Factor or Blue Apron that deliver scheduled heat-and-eat foods to your door, a company called Feast & Fettle will sell entrees, sides and beer and wine pairings one-by-one from a long-vacant office storefront between Harvard and Porter squares, Cambridge license commissioners heard Thursday.

Feast & Fettle is expanding to a 1,324-square-foot site at 1699 Massachusetts Ave. in the Baldwin neighborhood and to one in Newton simultaneously from its first shop in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, attorney Thomas Miller said.

The Cambridge site isn’t expected to open until the end of the year, a Feast & Fettle representative said Tuesday by phone. (Update on Feb. 23, 2024: Another representative said that timeline was for the Newton shop, not Cambridge, and that Cambridge’s shop is expected to open in the spring.)

“They specialize in high-end quality, home-cooked style meals served family style,” Miller said. “Not everyone has the ability or the foresight to make these orders ahead of time, so Feast & Fettle found a demand for having these meals available onsite for quick pickup … I can stop at Feast & Fettle, grab a full meal and take it home and enjoy it that evening.”

Meals are prepared in a Feast & Fettle kitchen. (Photo: Feast & Fettle via Facebook)

A glimpse at the online menu for a week shows everything from baked cod with lemon and olives to sloppy Joe sliders, vegetarian and vegan items included, with sides such as roasted cauliflower with fennel and crushed pecans and roasted carrots with maple sea salt butter. There are kids meals, on-the-go snacks such as yogurt parfaits and cheddar egg bites, baked goods and soups and salads. The store promises at least eight entrees to choose from, all made offsite, with three of them being meat free.

An entree that’s supposed to serve two is $16 from the store, and sides are $12. A bundled entree and two sides serving two people is $36, according to the store’s help line.

Feast & Fettle will also deliver for between $65 and $235 a week, and there’s a dine-in option – a few small tables for salads, Miller said.

“They have some prepared salads, maybe a sandwich or two” for dine-in, Miller said, “but it’s extremely minimal, and that is not a very large portion of their business.”

It is also not a shop that will compete with the nearby wine bars or liquor stores: There will be perhaps a half-dozen wines on hand, red and white, only to make a meal pickup more efficient. Feast & Fettle liquor sales in Rhode Island account for only 3 percent of its business, Miller said.

Update from Oct. 5, 2023:

The limited sales were seen as a reason for commissioners on Sept. 28 to find against Feast & Fettle having beer and wine.

“Although the concept is great, I don’t think that they established a public need for the alcohol license,”  commission chair Nicole Murati Ferrer said.

There are 16 package stores within a one-mile radius of the site and three “significantly close” – two on the same side of the street and less than a block away, she noted. 

“I understand and appreciate the concept of a one-stop shop,” Ferrer said, but the city limits its alcohol licensing, and in this case “the business could pair up with a source nearby and still provide the service of informing their client what pairs well with the food.”

Her two fellow commissioners agreed: If Feast & Fettle opens, it’ll be without its own beer and wine offerings.

This post was updated Feb. 23, 2024, to correct incorrect information supplied by Feast & Fettle about its opening date in Cambridge.