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Farm-to-table restaurant to open in Newton Centre

Posted by Laura Franzini  July 5, 2012 03:24 PM

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Farmstead Table, Chad and Sharon Burns’ farm-to-table restaurant, is set to open the first week of August in Newton Centre.

The restaurant will replace India Paradise, an 18-year landmark at 71 Union Street, directly across from the Newton Centre T station.

Embracing modern-American cuisine, Burns’ menu will feature ingredients from nearby Newton Community Farm, Second Nature Farm in Norton, and farms in Brookline and Needham.

“The concept is simple: three to four flavors on the plate that represent and celebrate local fishermen and farmers,” Burns said.

A highlight will be Burns’s grilled wild salmon, served with Calwhite potatoes, baby turnips, and Maine lobster gravy. Burns said the salmon will come from either Alaska or the Danish Faroe Islands, depending on the season.

Burns will serve as the “hands-on” chef, while his wife, Sharon, will be the pastry chef and bookkeeper.

Burns cultivated his art through a broad range of restaurant experience, working first as a line cook and eventually as executive chef at Radius in Boston under Michael Schlow. He has also worked at TPC Boston, a Norton golf club that hosts the Deutsche Bank Championship. Sharon’s resume includes World Trade Center Boston, Grill 23, and the Lenox Hotel.

“It’s my chance,” Burns said of his decision to open a restaurant of his own. “We found a partner willing to help us and we feel it’s the right point in the economy, and the right point in our careers.”

The 48-seat restaurant and bar will also feature hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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