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Hydraulic Hearth announces opening, meatballs

Hydraulic Hearth, the Larkin Square restaurant masterminded by Harry Zemsky, opens Tuesday for dinner.

“It’s definitely nervous excitement,” said Zemsky, who has worked in restaurants, but never opened one before. “It’s great to see it finally come together, and we’re really happy with it.”

Hours will be 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The brick-oven-pizza centered menu lists 12 pizzas, from margherita (tomato, mozzarella, basil) to ragu (pork, beef, veal, onion, mozzarella). The 12-inch pizzas are $12-$16. Gluten-free pizzas are available for a $4 upcharge.

Starters include matzo ball soup, Swedish meatballs inspired by Albright-Knox director Janne Siren’s family recipe, fondue, salads and “bourbon wings.” There’s 12 beers on tap, craft beer with a heavy local selection, and a list of house cocktails, plus a small selection of wine and bottled beer.

Zemsky, son of Larkin principals Leslie and Howard Zemsky, has been working on the restaurant for the last year. Details include custom wallpaper sporting Larkin images, and ‘The World’s Smallest Art Gallery,” which is an augmented phone booth.

Eventually, other features will start working. The Community Beer Works satellite brewery in the building will start making beer in coming weeks. Friday lunch is a goal. Brunch with BreadHive products is in the works.

"Another thing we have going for us is great parking," Zemsky said. "We have a big lot right next to the building. Parking is one thing we don't have to worry about."

The Hydraulic Hearth's menu for its opening on Tuesday.

The Hydraulic Hearth's menu for its opening on Tuesday.

(Photo: Hydraulic Hearth)

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