Shops, restaurants and new outdoor spaces–including a second Somerville location of J.P. Licks, LEGOLAND and the new Orange Line T stop–have been opening one after the other in the last few months at Assembly Row. And this weekend, Earls Kitchen + Bar, a Canadian restaurant chain that’s expanding into the U.S., had its debut.
The Earls space boasts a variety of seating options, including an outdoor patio, as well as large windows and beautiful fixtures. And there’s no doubt why the name is Kitchen + Bar–two drink stations anchor the restaurant, with the larger taking center stage.
At the pre-opening event I attended, the crowd dined on items from the raw bar, including sushi, as well as burgers and mini lobster rolls. Drinks like the Mad Hatter and the Bees Knees were being served in cute drinkware–seriously, check out the bear glasses. And a variety of wine and beer was available for sipping.
In addition to regular lunch and dinner service, during the week Earls will have an “Appy Hour” from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. with seven items prepared by the piece or as full-size appetizers priced between $2-$10 in the bar and lounge area. And on Wing Wednesdays, you can get the regularly priced ($13) chicken wings for only $10 starting at 3 p.m. in the main dining room.
Earls (698 Assembly Row) will also be open for brunch on the weekends with items like sourdough French toast and chorizo and mushroom hash. And the Earls Features menu will highlight local specialities like the aforementioned lobster roll and seasonal dishes like pumpkin pie.
Have you been to Earls at Assembly Row? What was your favorite dish or drink?