Boston, MA– When Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri first went brick-and-mortar under the moniker Bread & Salt Hospitality in 2015, it seemed like expansion would have been anything but inevitable. While the duo had been staging pop-up events for several months prior, their first permanent venture—Union Square’s Juliet—was designed to either make a splash in local cuisine or fizzle away in obscurity. It succeeded in the former; with awards from Bon Appétit as one of 2016’s Best New American Restaurants and a Best of Boston award in 2017 from Boston magazine, Juliet’s focus on seasonal and regionally diverse cuisine regularly drew praise from both national food media (who deemed it a “destination restaurant”) as well as local customers.
Now, Lewin and Jazayeri have announced their next step—a Mediterranean-inspired establishment called Peregrine, slated for a springtime opening on the ground floor of the new Whitney Hotel on Beacon Hill.
Eater Boston reports that the team promises more of the same eclecticism and care that has marked Juliet, only with a broader focus on the coastal cuisines of Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia and Spain.
“We think of it as a little bit of a choose-your-own adventure,” said Lewin. “All of these things are possible through different arrangements of the menu we’re developing.”
But, as Lewin noted, despite the Italian influences, it will not be an Italian restaurant.
“Sardinia is kind of the bullseye of the inspiration. These are cultures that we love and flavors that we love,” he explained. “Most of those are based on personal experiences, things we really love and want to share and continue learning about. Peregrine is kind of the first experiment of that—recipes we’ve tested through Juliet but were never really permanent here. It’s a little bit of a return to a past project married with that love of the Sicilian and Sardinan culture as well.”
Juliet has also drawn attention not only for its rotating prix fixe menus, but a profit sharing model which allows them to pay employees substantially higher than minimum wage—at the expense of tips. It’s a policy he says he hopes to continue with Peregrine.
“We always wanted to open something without tips,” said Lewin. “And that was about building a career as a server, a job often thought of as menial or temporary. We wanted to create something that could be meaningful on its own. We love the industry, and we wanted to create an atmosphere that creates a career pathway for any job in the industry.”
No fixed date has been set for the opening of Peregrine.
Juliet is located at 257 Washington St in Somerville and is open Wednesday - Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sundays from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. For more information, visit www.julietsomerville.com