The Fenway area is getting another taste of Tiffani Faison’s culinary creativity with her latest venture, Fool’s Errand, that’s set to open in late July. The restaurateur and former Top Chef competitor’s new concept will be a departure from her other Boylston Street hot spots—the funky, Asian-influenced Tiger Mama and Southern-inspired Sweet Cheeks Q—instead featuring a standing room-only space for 20 to 30 people and a tapas-style menu inspired by European cafes and pop-in bars.
“If you wanted to come in and stay for two-and-a-half hours, the menu is big enough to do that,” Faison says. “But if you just want a bite and want to come back later and go somewhere else for dinner, you can do that too.”
The intimate, 400-square-foot “adult snack bar” overseen by Faison, Sweet Cheeks’ Dan Raia and Ellie Roycroft—formerly of Tiger Mama—will serve nighttime noshes seven days a week from 5 pm till 1 am. The menu will include a selection of elevated finger sandwiches, such as a raclette and summer truffle iteration, as well as croquettes in flavors like corn and black pepper and seasonal “by-the-bite” offerings such as oysters with cucumber-jalapeño mignonette.
The bar program—spearheaded by beverage director Daniel Motsinger—will consist of international wines and aperitifs, “inviting a European sensibility of drinking,” Faison explains. Cocktails include the Choirgirl made with Montanaro Rosso vermouth, a housemade rhubarb shrub, sfumato rabarbaro (an amaro made from Chinese rhubarb) and sparkling rosé, as well as the Haht of an Ahtichoke, which mixes Malfy Gin con Limone (an Italian spirit infused with citrus from the Amalfi coast), Tommy Rotter vodka, Montanaro Bianco vermouth and lemon and is garnished with a preserved artichoke.
“I want guests to come in ready to take a load off and meet their neighbor and leave their worries at the door,” Faison says. “But also be ready to leave all of the expectations of a normal restaurant behind and the expectations of their lives behind—just come in and have a good time with us.”
Fool’s Errand 1377 Boylston St., Boston foolserrandboston.com
UPDATE: Fool’s Errand opened on Aug. 16.