Boston, MA - Tapas are hardly a novel concept in Boston. In fact, with long-standing heavyweights such as Dali, Estragon and Tasca dominating a good portion the skyline of Boston’s culinary landscape, one has to ask whether or not anything new can be done with them.
Ask notable chef and restaurateur Tiffani Faison after she opens her newest venture Fool’s Errand this Thursday, August 16th.
Faison — a former Top Chef contestant and James Beard award nominee — describes Fool’s Errand as an “adult snack bar, that will be a breath of fresh air for the city [sic].” The 25 - 30 person capacity bar will offer the ubiquitous small sharing dishes alongside an extensive craft cocktail list with one small exception; the bar will have no seating.
“I am excited by the conviviality and fun of Fool’s... it’s just the right balance of relaxed and raucous, and the kind of evening that Kelly and I crave,” said Faison, referring to her wife and business partner Kelly Walsh.
A preliminary peek at the menu includes a finger sandwich of smoked beef tongue with raclette, charred okra with tomatoes, corn and black pepper croquettes as well as an extensive offering of small seafood dishes.
Equally noteworthy are previews of the decor, which boasts crystal chandeliers, a deep wood bar, French style toile wallpaper and a small patio to accommodate the overflow of patrons anticipated in Fool’s Errand’s small, 400 square foot capacity.
The restaurant will be the third venture for Faison, who has also been operating the popular Boylston street hotspots Sweet Cheeks and Tiger Mama since 2011 and 2016 respectively. But she envisions that the difference in menus won’t be the only thing that makes Fool’s Errand stand out.
"We're not here for a relationship. The idea is to come in on a wait somewhere, whether you're going to a movie or waiting for a table at another restaurant, or if you just want a little bit of a snack or something that feels delicious and of the moment, and then you can move on to whatever you're doing… For us, it was about taking some of the seriousness away… Just come hang out with us.”
Fool’s Errand is located at 1377 Boylston St in Boston, and plans on being open daily from 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. For more information, visit foolserrandboston.com/
Photo Credit: Mike Diskin