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Johnny D's gets a healthy little sister: kindred tea & tonic cafe to open in Davis Square

Posted by Kara Baskin  August 5, 2013 01:00 PM

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Johnny D's Carla DeLellis has big news: She's opening a sister restaurant next door to her beloved Davis Square pub. But instead of beer and burgers, DeLillis will focus on handcrafted tonics, accompanied by a vegetarian menu concocted by "gypsy" chefs.


"We'll be a beverage-centric cafe with a light vegetarian menu locally sourced and prepared by a wonderful group of amazing chefs from [locavore caterer] Cuisine en Locale — 'gypsy' chefs that do Once A Week Meals with a menu they develop from the bounty of our local farmers," she e-mails.

Beverages, namely tea and tonic, will be made using Somerville's very own water. "The municipal water is great. Why use fossil fuels when there are better options?" she asks. Many drinks will be sweetened with sugar alternatives. She plans to construct a takeout window overlooking Holland Street for time-strapped sippers, and she'll launch an online ordering system.

Community is also a priority for DeLellis: She hopes to work closely with the Somerville Homeless Coalition to set up an internship program. Most ambitiously of all, she wants to organize community groups to crochet teapot cozies.

Look for an October opening. In the meantime, stay up to date on her progress at ILoveKindred.

kindred tea & tonic, 11 Holland St., Somerville

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