On Shawn’s travels, he has the opportunity to meet and connect with a lot of people including Misty Kalkofen. This Boston girl has already helped us out with the Homage Cocktail Friday menu for her previous spot of Drink. Now her new gig is that at Brick & Mortar, Boston’s latest bar that is the perfect blend of dive and class, a place where a cocktail looks just as good beside
a beer and a shot.
This is what Boston Magazine is saying “Fans of the much-beloved B-Side Lounge should rejoice — the spot will be a joint concept between Strack, B-Side founder Patrick Sullivan, and other yet-unnamed industry stalwarts. “We just really, really love bars,” Strack says. “It’s almost a religious kind of passion.”
Misty Kalkofen, a local bartender extraordinaire who got her start at B-Side and most recently tended bar at Drink, will be helping run the bar. Despite the obvious talent on hand, Strack told me that Brick & Mortar isn’t looking to be an upscale cocktail bar; it’s going for less fuss, and more fun. “It’s a neighborhood bar,” he says. “That doesn’t mean that the people involved aren’t at the highest level. We sort of feel that the [cocktail] culture has tipped over a little bit, and it needs to be more about hospitality and more about the patron.”
Strack couldn’t provide more details on the booze, but I expect a mix of creative and classic cocktails, plus a broad beer list. Food-wise, Strack says there will be shareable small plates, that will be “interpreting the things that are classic in our culture and other cultures to eat in a bar experience.”