It’s no surprise that the folks behind Article 24 are aiming to make their mark on the Brighton culinary scene when they open in April. But they’re also looking to contribute to the cultural scene. Works by local artists such as Markus Sebastiano hang on the walls inside the two-floor restaurant; an alcove of the upstairs dining area doubles as a spot for local bands to set up for late-night shows. And in another corner sits a DJ booth, which will rock from 10 pm till 2 am on Friday and Saturday nights when there’s no live music. Saturday brunch will have a different theme each week, with the focus ranging from EDM to reggae to ’90s hip-hop to a gay brunch with drag queens.
“We want to be a fun, energetic spot that is collaborating with the community in the arts, not just with the visual art but with the music,” says general manager Britney Achin.
The main focus, however, remains on the food, and customers can expect an eclectic menu similar to those of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s other eateries: Southie’s Local 149, Newton’s Biltmore Bar & Grille and Reading’s Biltmore and Main. Mark Allen (Le Soir, Towne) helms the kitchen, which will turn out a mix of entrees, shareable plates and bar bites. The mac-n-cheese fritters and hog wings (aka pork shanks) that are popular at the group’s other restaurants are on the menu alongside more than 40 other dishes, from toast to tacos and ramen to Asian-glazed salmon with housemade crab Rangoon.
“The idea is to have something for everyone. It’s an area that’s growing so fast, and there’s so many different types of people in that sort of crossroads of Brighton,” Achin says. “There’s a pretty hearty vegan and vegetarian selection as well because we want to make sure we’re appealing to that part of the community.”
Bar manager Gary Janes is planning to have a variety of craft cocktails with a focus on fun: Think wine slushies and adult milkshakes. That vibe should fit in well with the decor at Article 24, which Achin describes as “vintage garage with a rockabilly sensibility.” The upstairs island bar seats 20, while the dining area is expected to seat 90. The downstairs bar area will have a capacity of 35 and can cater to private events as well as offer a counterbalance to the upstairs atmosphere.
“Downstairs is going to be a little moodier,” Achin says. “There’s a fireplace; there’s going to be plush leather, wingtip chairs. It’s going to be a completely different mood from the frenetic energy of the upstairs.”
Article 24 458 Western Ave., Boston. article24boston.com