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Pews and brews: Centre Street Sanctuary to open in Jamaica Plain

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  May 24, 2013 04:26 PM

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While this one spot was frequented for religious reasons at one time, it's now a destination for a different kind of retreat. Bostonians will be able to dine on 12-ounce Grass-fed New York strip steak and enjoy a libation (or two) at the old campus of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.

Welcome to Jamaica Plain's newest restaurant, Centre Street Sanctuary, which is set to open Tuesday, May 28. The atmosphere has been designed to be reminiscent of a church, complete with stained glass and a bar made of a 700-pound oak door from a shuttered church in Watertown, according to Urban Daddy.

On to the food: curried mussels, lamb satay, or an 8-ounce grilled hanger steak are all for your choosing. While a drink menu isn't posted yet, the restaurant tells us there will be 11 cocktails and 51 craft beers (with 12 on tap) available.

The owner of this 80-seat restaurant is Adam Rutstein, who has been in the restaurant business for years, but this will be the first venture he owns.

How do you feel about the restaurant's concept? Will you be wining and dining there? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Centre Street Sanctuary opens on May 28 at 365 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Reservations are not yet available, but walk-ins are welcome.

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