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Mar 25, 2010 08:45 AM

Menton Interior

Grub Street is up with a first look at the Menton interior.

Pretty underwhelming from the pics, imo. I thought this place was going to be all about luxury and glamour. Doesn't look that way to me. Maybe I'd just want a more comfortable looking chair if I'm paying $200+ per person and eating for 3 hours.

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  1. I imagine those few pics don't tell the whole story, but No. 9 has always struck me as under-designed for its price point, too. There's richly understated, and there's just plain dull. I am more dismayed to see the fake customers not wearing jackets.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Lynch always seems to talk a lot more than walk. Or at least present her restaurants as one thing, and then deliver something entirely different. I remember describing Drink as being a neighborhood bar before it opened.

      As for the pics, they aren't fake customers. It's the service staff doing a dry-run.

      1. re: ecwashere7

        haha right, it was going to be a place where a southie construction worker would feel right at home!

        1. re: ecwashere7

          Yes, obviously the fake customers are staff. Der.

          I can tell you that Lynch's South End neighbors have not been happy with how she pitched The Butcher Shop as one concept and swiftly made it into something rather different. That violation of the neighborhood's trust has since hurt her efforts to develop other concepts on that block.

          I'm not sure how that applies to the Drink / Sportello / Menton project, Unlike her South End venues, she seems to be keeping to her word on her plans there.

          348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            How did she initially pitch the butcher shop?

            1. re: jgg13

              I wasn't there, but as I understand it, it was supposed to be primarily retail, a much larger emphasis on the actual butcher shop aspect, serving just a few small plates, mainly charcuterie and cold cuts and wine, with relatively limited hours. It didn't take long for the revamped concept and hours and a very different menu to appear. The abutting neighborhood associations that gave assent to the beer/wine license and operating hours felt kind of badly used.


        1. Totally underwhelmed.

          1. C'mon, it's three crappy photos. I'll be reserving judgment till I get an actual walk-through.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Exactly, three crappy photos and zero that look good so far. This is far from a final verdict and hopefully won't translation into a poor atmosphere when in the actual space, but it is all we have to go on thus far. If these photos are representative of the decor, it would be a disappointment to those of us who hoped that it might be the type of special occasion (food, service and setting) place to replace the old L'Espalier or Maison Robert. There is nothing wrong with having high expectations, particularly when considering the lofty goals that Lynch has set through her own PR.

            2. Haven't looked yet. Based on the photos, is it precious, or brilliant?