Best local spin off?
A recent thread asking about the worst local spin off had me thinking about what are the best. I know there are plenty of Boston chefs and restaurateurs who have expanded their business successfully (from a Hounds perspective not just a financial perspective) and I'd be interested in hearing what you all think. One that comes to mind immediately for me is No. 9 and then B&G (although it does seem like Butcher Shop might be an outlier for Barbara Lynch?). Others?
Clio - Toro
Mistral - Sorellina (I actually prefer the latter)
Arrows - MC Perkins Cove
Radius - Via Matta (prefer the latter)
Flour - Myers+Chang
Miracle of Science - Audubon Circle
Icarus - Ashmont Grill (I'm a rare fan here, I think)
Costello's - J.J. Foley's Cafe
Metropolis/Aquitaine - Union
Torch - Stella
Lala Rokh - Bin 26
Lucca - Sasso
Rangoli - Bhindi Bazaar
Mon Tien - Chilli Duck
Olives - Figs (prefer the latter now)
Oishii Chestnut Hill - Oishii Boston
maybe a distant...in-law type of relation. Years ago during my first visit there, the maitre'd explained to me that the Watertown location was owned by a group of 'investors' which included those who founded the original Ginza, although the founders' share was a minority interest.
But ownership could have changed since then, and I could be wrong also.
Summer Shack, though it catches grief from me and others really isn't so bad. I wasn't here for Jasper's earlier restaurant(s?) but I had heard of him thanks to Julia Child.
Kingfish Hall could be considered another success.
Would Locke Ober be considered a "spin-off," maybe this is taxonomy. As I understand it Lydia Shire moved there from some earlier wins.
Has Hammersley done any spin-offs?
Hamersley's moved across the street to bigger digs, but the chef/owner has (to his credit, I think) never extended beyond one venue.
Another one: Common Ground - Coda.
I would definetly go with the English restaurants. Olives, Figs and Kingfish are all great in their own ways. The Charlestown Olives is still a personal favorite, but they're all different restaurants, hard to compare.