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MidTown Kitchen opens May 23 in former Nektar space

MidTown Kitchen, which expanded the former Nektar space on Elmwood Avenue, plans to open May 23.

“We don’t even have the phone turned on yet, and through word of mouth and people stopping by, you can tell people are excited,” said Charles Barone, one of the owners of the restaurant, at 451 Elmwood Ave. “They like what we’re doing, and they want to hold some special life events in the place and we haven’t even opened yet, which feels pretty cool.”

Its mid-market New American menu from Chef Adrian Bylewski includes appetizers like farro salad with dried cherries and goat cheese, and a giant frico, or cheese crisp, with tomato-basil salsa (both $8). Entrees include beef short ribs with serrano chimichurri and jicama-radish salad and Arctic char with fennel and grapefruit (both $22).

A January fire set plans back by several months, but the finished restaurant will give Elmwood Avenue diners a fresh look. The new design has opened up the interior of the building. Windows facing Elmwood Avenue can open up from floor to ceiling, and windows facing Bryant Avenue can slide open in temperate weather.

[Read more details about MidTown Kitchen's expansion of former Nektar space]

The restaurant has about 120 seats, with about 72 seats in the dining room, including an expansion into the former parking lot on the Bryant Street side.

It will open serving seven days a week. The restaurant aims to start serving brunch by the end of June, and lunch in July, Barone said. The phone number is 322-1960.

Here's the food menu:

The MidTown Kitchen menu.

The MidTown Kitchen menu. Please click for a larger image.

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