Plans for a second JP location of burger-and-milkshake joint Grass Fed are mooooving along.
Grass Fed's requests for an all-alcohol license, an outdoor patio, a 1 a.m. closing time, and takeout and delivery services were all recommended for approval by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee Tuesday evening. The restaurant's requests will next go in front of the City of Boston Nov. 18, according to Krista Kranyak, Grass Fed's founder and proprietor.
No neighborhood objections were raised at Tuesday's meeting, according to Michael Reiskind, the committee's chairman. "All the folks who came, mostly adjoining business people, were in favor of all parts of the application," he said.
As previously reported, Grass Fed is seeking to open a second location in the former Tonic restaurant and bar space in Forest Hills, directly across from the station.
A real "restaurant row" is emerging on this stretch, with the second Grass Fed slated to join sit-down restaurants The Dogwood, Tikki Masala, Eugene O'Neill's, Forest Hills Diner and Fazenda Coffee Roasters, which itself is looking to transition its space into a tastings-style restaurant called Brassica Kitchen.
"I'm really psyched," said Kranyak, who is also the restaurateur behind Grass Fed's Centre Street neighbor Ten Tables. "I've been looking for a couple of years to expand. My heart is really in JP, and I was excited when my broker discussed with me all of the renovation and development happening in the Forest Hills area."
Kranyak said she fell in love with the space because it was ideal for her brand of fast-casual service, while also allowing for an 18-seat bar and full-service dining. The menu will be very much the same as at the Centre Street location, although Kranyak doesn't rule out adding new offerings.
The all-alcohol license, if approved, would allow the new restaurant to offer a wider selection of cocktails than at the Centre Street location, which only has a cordials license. Yes, there will still be boozy milkshakes at the new location.
Kranyak also hopes to continue working with the same delivery-by-bike service that operates out of the Centre Street location.
If renovations and permitting proceed on schedule, the restaurant will hopefully open in February, Kranyak says.
"I'm really excited to get to know my neighbors," said Kranyak, who lives down the road in Roslindale. "I love this area and am excited to be part of it."