Thursday, May 29, 2008

Coming on Harford Road this Fall: The Parkside Fine Food & Spirits

This is what 4709 Harford Road looks like right now, but not for long. By early fall, The Parkside Fine Foods & Spirits will fill the 5,000square foot space where in recent months Cameo Lounge evolved into a blight on a neighborhood deserving better: much better. The Parkside's concept encompasses a restaurant, a delicatessan, and a bakery, as well as a an upscale bar and cocktail lounge adjoined by a childrens' play area. Its partners are Chris Cashell, his wife Colleen Cashell, and Vickie Johnson, all who met and cut their teeth at the Brewers Art.

Chris was the Brewer's Art's brewer. He will be in charge of The Parkside's bar where frequent beer/wine tastings and pairings are anticipated. All the spirits will all be high end. Present thinking is one brand for each individual liquor. The gin will be Boodles.

Colleen's cooking and baking skills will extend from the main kitchen to full responsibility for The Parkside's on-premises bakery. Vickie will oversee a deli component that will roast and smoke its own meats.

"The green thing: reuse, recycle, and repurpose," are Vickie's words describing the theme." Decor and and color scheme will complement The Parkside's logo. Expect the menu to offer a bit of history and education in addition to offerings of Amercian and European fare plus a few international items Vickie says "aren't seen that much." A childrens' menu is also planned.

I asked Vicki, a resident of Medfield, why this location? "Hamilton's the next neighborhood to take off," she answered. "Chris and Colleen love living over there, and they want a neighborhood hangout." For sure The Parkside will be a very different kind of hangout from what was here less than two years earlier. In these tough times for the industry, increasing numbers of new and interesting restaurants are blossoming along Harford Road through Hamilton and Lauraville. By all accounts it's a welcome dynamic.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Rachel said...

How awesome! That is literally on the end of my block so the idea of a fun place we can walk to is irresistable! I hope parking doesn't become an issue though.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Baltimoron said...

This is within walking distance of my house; how exciting! I suspect you'll find me here on any given weekend.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous loopis said...

As a resident of Rosekemp this can't come fast enough!

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Mama C-ta said...

It's at the end of my street too, we've been counting the days until it opens. We love anywhere with a kids play area but this place sounds extra awesome. I can roll right out of yoga class and grabe a bite.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Yahoo!!! Perfect! I do have high hopes for Hamilton... bought a house here 2 years ago and love it... and now a Brewers Art creation? OMG!!!!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

I've lived in this area my entire life and I am SO THRILLED we've got more things coming into the area. Hamilton and Lauraville.. even Parkville (where I am now) are filled with young, vibrant, food and drink loving people who are ready for places like this!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous steven said...

it's really good! I went last night and my meal was fantastic. Clearly they are still working things out a bit, but not to the foods detriment. Kids meal is $5.50 which includes drink and dessert. Speaking of dessert - their chocolate tofu thing (i know what you are thinking) is awesome. REALLY. The prices are also reasonable enough to be considered more than once in a while (like some of the other places i LOVE but a re a little spendy for a family night out..at least for me anyway). GO!!!

9:55 AM  

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