Restaurateur Mathew Freid—formerly of Capo, jm Curley and the Beehive—doesn’t want his latest venture, Idle Hour, pigeonholed by a label. With a constantly rotating menu and a neutral interior, Freid is leaving behind cliches as he prepares to open the quirky cocktail bar in burgeoning Quincy Center this August.

“The menu is going to be 16 items or less and it’s going to be changing frequently because I want anything to be able to be on this menu,” Freid explains. “We’ll go hyperseasonal down to the week and, honestly, if I wake up one day and decide I want to serve Chinese food for a month, we might do that.”

TIME TO IDLE: Mathew Freid says Idle Hour’s menu will be hyperseasonal.

Helmed by Ashley Gaboriault, former chef de cuisine at Drink, the kitchen will serve dinner seven days a week, with plans to expand to brunch. The menu will include shareable snacks and appetizers, with options such as pork dumplings made with ricotta, rosemary, black vinegar and pork jus, and black bass tostones with hot peppers, kale and cilantro, as well as bigger bites like a fried chicken sandwich served with collard green coleslaw and pickles on a cornbread biscuit. Mirroring the food menu, the bar program will feature a rotating selection of New England-based beers and eight seasonal cocktails, such as the Lewd Ink, blending Ghost Tequila, coffee and passion fruit, and the Madison Airship, a combination of rye, Cappelletti, lemon and ginger.

Idle Hour will open in Quincy Center this August. 

Located in the space formerly occupied by Clash of the Ash pub, the midcentury aesthetic inside will feature banana leaf wallpaper, a host stand made from a ’60s radio and a service station that repurposes an old veterinary cabinet. With seating for 84, including communal tables and a 24-seat marine teak bar, Freid hopes his latest concept will carve out a niche.

“I don’t have illusions of grandeur,” Freid says. “I don’t see people in downtown Boston always making the trip out to Quincy, but I see people from Quincy and the South Shore not needing to head into Boston to find something really cool.”


Idle Hour 1464 Hancock St., Quincy

UPDATE: Idle Hour opened on Aug. 23. 

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