Restaurateur Pat McAuley is going green with his new concept Rewild Plant Food + Drink, the self-proclaimed first vegan beer hall in the U.S. Set to open in Quincy Center this September, the beer hall will feature a food menu comprised entirely of plant-based dishes and a bar program spotlighting South Shore breweries and other local craft beer favorites.
“About four years ago, I sort of stumbled into plant-based eating and it had a pretty profound effect on my health and life and just how I looked at things,” McAuley explains. “It’s not very convenient to keep a plant-based diet in Boston, and that’s very much my mission, to make it convenient here and, on top of that, make it fun and approachable to everybody.”
RE:PLANTS: Rewild offers vegan goodies to go along with local suds.
McAuley co-founded the spot with Marissa Hughes and Will Hernandez (both of vegan chain by Chloe.), who helms the kitchen. Daily lunch and dinner items will include appetizers such as cauliflower that’s tossed in lemon-pepper Buffalo sauce and served with a side of tofu-based ranch dressing. The menu will also feature shareable options like “scallop” tacos, made with trumpet mushrooms marinated in a saltwater brine and topped with lemon-marinated red cabbage and tofu crema, as well as a selection of pizzas such as a take on a pepperoni pie that uses eggless dough, cured beets and “cheese” made from crushed cashews and aquafaba.
With capacity for 250 guests, the beer hall will feature graffiti-adorned walls throughout the 128-seat interior, German beer hall-style tables and a stage for live entertainment, including tapings of McAuley’s Eat Green Make Green podcast. With 24 taps—including three dedicated to kombucha—the beverage program will highlight South Shore-brewed offerings, including beers from Castle Island, Widowmaker and Barrel House Z (where McAuley is a founding member), as well as a selection of Boston-area craft beers from breweries like Night Shift and Mystic. The space will also include a cafe serving coffee and pastries for daily breakfast.
“You can walk in and still have a social life and still have fun,” McAuley says. “But what you’re eating is a little bit better for you and a little bit better for the planet, so you can leave feeling good about that.”
Rewild Plant Food + Drink 1546 Hancock St., Quincy eatrewild.com
UPDATE: Rewild Plant Food + Drink opens Saturday, Oct. 6.