The four guys behind Rogue, slated to open later this month in the shadow of TD Garden, believe the name for their forthcoming restaurant speaks for itself.
“We feel like what we’re bringing to the neighborhood is something completely different,” says co-owner Timothy Bartolomeu. “I feel like Rogue is a one-off. It doesn’t really conform to anything, to any special cuisine or any kind of format. It kind of does its own thing.”
Set to occupy the former North Star spot, Rogue will have a lounge area near the front windows for customers to enjoy a snack or drinks. Farther into the space is a 25-seat bar with a new front made out of 200 to 300 refurbished timbers. Tables fill out the rest of the space, with a 130-seat dining room to accommodate Garden patrons during any pregame rush. Those without tickets can keep an eye on whatever game is on thanks to 70-inch TVs that line the walls, and a DJ or live band will take over during late-night hours.
“The old space had three distinct, separate rooms in it, and you’re not going to feel that in the new space,” says partner Anthony DePinto. “We have a lot of standing space so I don’t see it being congested.”
Kevin Ye, who’s worked at a number of restaurants north of Boston, is heading up the kitchen, which will serve a full sushi selection as well as other Asian-influenced dishes such as a coconut chicken sandwich with pineapple sauce and Asian lamb lollipops. The menu will also have American staples such as wings and a burger as well as plenty of snacks and a small plates section that will change seasonally. The bar offerings will include 30 draft beer taps, half from New England breweries, and a sizable selection of aged rums and aged bourbons. There will also be a house mai tai available on tap.
“It’ll be not so much super craft cocktails, but more approachable,” Bartolomeu says. “I didn’t want you to have to wait 10 minutes to get a drink, but I did want you to still have some great options.”
Bartolomeu, DePinto and Ye, joined by Michael DeSousa, are aware of the changing neighborhood, which long ago was the thriving West End. It later became an area that mostly catered to the Bruins and Celtics crowds, and now it’s once again becoming more of a neighborhood with construction underway for the Hub on Causeway and Bulfinch Crossing projects.
“We do want to get all the people walking home from work—all these condos and everything,” Bartolomeu says. “We want to make it a spot where after work you can come in for a couple of drinks, snacks or a meal, whatever it might be.”
Rogue Restaurant and Lounge, 222 Friend St., Boston (617-723-3222) rogueboston.com