February 29, 2016; Somerville, MA – Juliet, the first permanent concept from Bread & Salt Hospitality, today opens in Somerville’s Union Square. Co-owned by Joshua Lewin (Beacon Hill Bistro) and Katrina Jazayeri (The Blue Room, Belly Wine Bar), the neighborhood restaurant and café offers guests quick grab-and-go options as well as intimate dine-in and prix fixe alternatives throughout the day and operates on a service-included model that eliminates tipping from the guest experience.
Reflecting Lewin and Jazayeri’s personal histories, work experience, and neighborhood desires, the menu consists of a variety of take-out, sit-down, and full-service options that change throughout the day. Developed from the perspective that technique-driven, high-quality cuisine can be enjoyed in a casual setting, menus are concise and focused and will change regularly reflecting fresh and locally available products. Breakfast features a selection of commuter options like tartines, pastries (developed by consulting pastry chef Katie Kimble, formerly Area Four), and breakfast tacos, plus an all-inclusive prix fixe option available only at Juliet’s six seat counter. Globally inspired, these prix fixe options will rotate, with opening meals being in the Japanese and French style. Lunch has a broad variety ranging from snacks and charcuterie to soups & salads – like the kale caesar with charred cabbage – to sandwiches – like the lobster roll on saffron brioche. After 4pm, larger plates are revealed, including a ragu alla bolognese and half chicken with fennel cure.
All day, a wide selection of specialty coffees & espresso (Speedwell) and tea (MEM) is available, and guests enjoying a prix fixe meal at the counter can enjoy house-processed tea brewed with saffron and cardamom, full matcha service, and pour over coffee. In the future, limited beer, wine, and cocktails will likely also be available.
Designed by Jazayeri, who also created the restaurant’s logo and sign, Juliet evokes a homey yet elegant atmosphere and features upholstered dining room chairs, refinished tabletops, forged metal wall hooks, and custom-mixed walnut stained floors – all personally done by Jazayeri – as well as a collection of antique pieces, including a mid-century German jewelry case that serves as the pastry display. Serviceware features pieces that are one-of-a-kind, constructed specifically for Bread & Salt Hospitality, from local potter Michelle Barrett and Houston-based Mary Aldrich (Jazayeri’s aunt).
Juliet is located at 257 Washington Street in Somerville and is open for breakfast (7am-11am), lunch (11am-7pm), and dinner (4pm-7pm). Based upon neighborhood and guest feedback, dinner hours will likely extend later into the evening. For more information, please visit http://www.julietsomerville.com/.
The first brick & mortar operation from Bread & Salt Hospitality, Juliet is a neighborhood café and restaurant that offers guests quick grab-and-go options as well as intimate dine-in and prix fixe alternatives throughout the day. Owners Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri operate Juliet in the neighborhood where they live and approach the restaurant from the perspective that high quality cuisine can be enjoyed in a casual setting. The kitchen showcases a technique-driven style highlighting their preferences, experience, and personal proclivities and operates on a service-included model, eliminating tipping from the guest experience and offering employees a profit sharing incentive in lieu of traditional tip incentive. Juliet is located at 257 Washington Street in Somerville. For more information, please visit http://www.julietsomerville.com/ or call (617) 781-0958.