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Outdoor Beer Garden at Charlies Kitchen

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Taralli Jun 11, 2008 04:44 AM

Last evening, noticed banner touting a beer garden to be built down the driveway in the space where they demo'd the old wooden garages in the back.

  1. MB fka MB Jun 11, 2008 06:44 AM

    I saw that this weekend, too. I bet red house ain't happy about it, but it would be a nice addition. chimay on tap and outdoor space.

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      mrsx Jun 11, 2008 06:46 AM

      My understanding is the Red House owner and Charlie's Kitchen's owner are brothers; and further, that their two kitchens are physically connected in some way. Can anyone else verify this?

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        Dea Jun 11, 2008 06:46 AM

        Actually Red House is owned by the same folks who run Charlies (they even share a kitchen), so I doubt they are unhappy.

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        Sterndogg Jun 11, 2008 06:56 AM

        Can't wait for this welcome outdoor addition to the square. I'm assuming the pressure-treated wood is for "plant growth." Does anyone know if it be standing room only or if tables/chairs will be positioned below as well? What's up with the Red House - new paint job?

        1. jgg13 Jun 11, 2008 08:43 AM

          Anyone hear anything about when to expect this thing?

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            jens05 Jul 11, 2008 05:51 AM

            hey has anyone been here yet? is it open?

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              Taralli Jul 11, 2008 06:45 AM

              Ok, walked by about 7:30 last evening & it was packed, standing room only. Didn't stop cuz was coming from an earlier dinner & drinks.

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                triple creme Jul 14, 2008 05:31 AM

                It was packed when we went there recently. There are too few tables for such a large space. The bar stools are terribly uncomfortable -- very tiny (and I do not have an especially big butt) with nowhere to rest your feet.

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                  neocx Jul 15, 2008 10:04 AM

                  I agree with triple creme. I went to Charlie's Beer Garden and I also found the bar stools uncomfortable and was surprised at the relatively few tables. I will also add that the service was terrible. Our bartender seemed far more interested in flirting with the boys at the bar than taking drink orders. The table service seemed equally bad. While we were at the bar, several people came up to complain that they were waiting a long time at their tables for service. But, as my friend said: You can't expect great service at a place that charges like $3 for a (really good) lobster roll.

            2. steinpilz Jul 11, 2008 07:31 AM

              If I had my choice there would be a lot more beer gardens, what a great tradition! Glad to hear that Charlie's now has one.

              1. enhF94 Jul 14, 2008 04:04 AM

                Bostonist says "yay," with pix:

                http://tinyurl.com/6yp369

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                  tamerlanenj Jul 14, 2008 07:29 AM

                  A little bit of Astoria comes to Cambridge. hurrah!

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                    Gabatta Jul 15, 2008 10:47 AM

                    Huge cheap beers.

                    Spotty service.

                    Great summer outdoor spot. I quit awhile ago, but it feels like you should be able to smoke there.

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                      elcaminogirl Jul 15, 2008 02:09 PM

                      Can you get food out there? Being that it's Mass., I can't imagine they could have alcohol only. But it IS called a Beer Garden.

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