Restaurateur David Doyle—co-owner of Tres Gatos and Casa Verde—is poised to add another star to his constellation of Jamaica Plain concepts with the July opening of Little Dipper. Doyle teamed up with partners Mari Perez-Alers and Leila Asher as well as chef Robyn McGrath—previously of Sel de la Terre and Ten Tables—to bring this casual-dining endeavor with an outer-space theme to the neighborhood.
In the space formerly occupied by Doyle’s Centre Street Cafe, Little Dipper will be a departure from the Italian eatery, with celestial-inspired decor throughout the 30-seat space, including 40-50 model spaceships hanging from the ceiling and specially crafted panels that will open at night to give the illusion of being inside a spaceship.
“We don’t want to veer too kitschy,” McGrath says. “We do get that this concept is fun and a little bit silly, but we like that. We like the fact that you’re going to come in and you’re going to smile.”
Little Dipper will serve traditional American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The breakfast and brunch menu will include options such as a classic egg-and-cheese sandwich served on a homemade English muffin with add-ons like a sausage patty, applewood-smoked bacon, avocado or hash browns, as well as a breakfast bowl made with an acai puree blended with blueberries, bananas and guarana, topped with granola and fresh fruit. The lunch and dinner menus will feature appetizers such as deviled eggs made with smoked chili and chives and entrees like the roasted lemon-brined chicken, pan-seared with Brussels sprouts and served with a Parmesan-herb popover. The bar program will include sangria made with red wine, orange juice, citrus-infused brandy, cinnamon, lemon juice and Angostura bitters, along with an array of New England craft beers, including Zero Gravity’s Green State Lager pilsner—a subtle nod to the restaurant’s intergalactic interior.
“The menu is really inspired by American cuisine, whether it’s mac ’n’ cheese, meatloaf or pancakes—it’s really very traditional, very comforting,” McGrath says. “Then some of the healthier dishes are just about pulling in what’s seasonal and what makes sense for this community.”
Little Dipper 669 Centre St., Boston (617-524-9217)