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Aug 11, 2008 06:34 AM

No more bar/cafe menu at No. 9 Park

Presumably a sign of many changes to come with the advent of the new Fort Point venues:
No. 9 has scrapped its bar and cafe menu. There's now only one menu served throughout, the dining room menu, which has a $65 three-course prix fixe menu with a fair number of choices for apps and entrees (maybe 8 or 10); the apps from this menu can be ordered a la carte for $19, the entrees for $39.

Then there's a seven-course tasting menu for $96, $160 with matched wines; some of these courses have two options (like a choice between the prune-stuffed gnocchi and another starch, risotto, I think).

I can't say I'm thrilled with this. It makes dining at the bar a much more expensive proposition than before.

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  1. Thanks for the news, but I am confused - what's the connection between this and the Fort Point venues?

    5 Replies
    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      I suspect it's an effort to simplify No. 9's output, as many of the key staff, front and back, bar and restaurant, will be redeployed to the new, much bigger restaurant and the new, much bigger standalone bar/lounge on Congress Street.

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Thanks. Had no idea there was a new restaurant in the works by Ms. Lynch. We apparently will be assimilated.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Do you know which of the staff will be reassigned to the new places? And the names of the new restaurant and lounge? Also, it sounds like the new places are additions, not replacements, for the current No. 9?

          1. re: pollystyrene

            The party line is that No. 9 Park will remain open, which I fully believe; it's too prime a location to relinquish. But the new Fort Point restaurant clearly has to become Lynch's fine-dining flagship. I therefore expect that No. 9 will be reformulated as a slightly more casual, slightly less pricey (though still plenty expensive) restaurant. You'd also have to be surprised if most of the organization's A players both front and back don't end up in Fort Point; No. 9 becomes Pawtucket, the South End mini-mall the AA affiliate. It looks like a pretty good developmental system to me.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Thanks, Slim. I hope that means No. 9's prices will decrease somewhat with the opening of the new place. The Fort Point prices can't be higher than the current No. 9 prices. Can they? Not being a baseball fan, I can barely understand what your last two sentences mean, but I'm sure it's a fine analogy.

      2. Yikes! $65 for three courses is steep,especially when for $30 more can get a tasting menu. I hope the Fort Point place opens up soon and has some nibbles for us po' kids.

        1. I really can't imagine myself stopping in for a bite at those price points. Thankfully, we have plenty of other options.

          I appreciate the warning. It would have been really embarrassing if I had recommended it or invited friends to meet me there without knowing they would face this level of price increase.

          1. I go there pretty regularly, and this is a pretty big blow to continuing that routine. Looks like I'll have to stick to drinks and then migrate somewhere else. If only the Fort Point location was more convenient, it would be a lot easier to follow john there and leave no 9 for good.

            1. I heard this was happening.....I was at the bar there for my first time, and enjoyed some of the famous duck-fat fries with my neighbors there, they told me it was the last weekend for them and the other items from the old bar menu. I am sad...the bar there is fantastic, and I could see stopping in for a quick bite and one or two of the great cocktails, but you're right, the price point for what's now available is a bit steep.