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An opening date for Stoddard's

Posted by Devra First  October 16, 2009 05:36 PM

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Pushed back several times, the gastropub is now slated to open Nov. 17. Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale is on Temple Place in Downtown Crossing. The menu, developed by Mark Cina of Ivy, is meant to be booze-friendly. Dishes such as house-made charcuterie, oysters, burgers, chicken pot pie, and hanger steak complement an impressive list of beer (140 different brews!) and historic cocktails. Bartenders will mix the drinks with house-made block ice, a la Drink. (And with Sasha Petraske's role in the upcoming W Hotel bar, Boston's cocktail scene just keeps looking better.)

Stoddard's interior is historic, too. The building, which survived the fire of 1872, is decorated with original wooden clapboards and hammered tin, tricked out with a mahogany bar, an old safe, a shoe shine stand, and more.

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Stoddard's circa 1920. The former cutlery shop is now a gastropub. But I hope the staff will still sport awesome mustaches.

Dinner is served Tues-Sun until 1 a.m., and there's a Sunday cask ale brunch for $24.

There's also an invitation-only gentlemen's club on Fridays on the lower level. Girls keep out! No ovaries allowed! Gents: Does this seem appealing, or juvenile? I'm under the impression that men sallying out for beverages on a Friday evening often prefer to have the company of women, but maybe I'm wrong about that.

At any rate, for those who expected the long-awaited Lord Hobo to be the area's next beer bar, think again. It looks like the long-awaited Stoddard's could qualify instead. It's a race to the finish.

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