'Naumkeag Ordinary' Opening Soon in Former Cafe Polonia Space
The Naumkeag Ordinary is expected to open sometime next month.
Work is underway inside the former Cafe Polonia space on Washington Street that will reopen next month as Naumkeag Ordinary.
The restaurant's co-owner, Matt Brady, was nice enough to invite us in for a quick tour of the progress Monday afternoon and painted a picture of a downtown hangout offering comfort pub cuisine made from all-organic ingredients.
Although he said interior work will be mostly cosmetic, Brady pointed out that one of the biggest changes will be moving the bar area to the center of the room.
"We're going to do some painting and get some new furniture in here," Brady said. "We're even going to be using the old bar as a tabletop."
Why Naumkeag Ordinary?
Naumkeag is the name of the Native-American tribe that lived in Salem and an ordinary was the Colonial term used to refer to a tavern.
Naumkeag Ordinary will offer primarily American pub cuisine with entrees ranging between $8 and $15, according to a menu that Brady said is still a work in progress.
The goal, he said, is to open by mid-April.
Brady will be opening the Naumkeag with fellow co-owner Dan Bitler. It will be his first time owning a restaurant.
The pair most recently worked together at Coda Bar and Kitchen in Boston's South End.
Is there a food item or beverage you're hoping will end up on the menu at Naumkeag Ordinary? What do you think of the name?
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Salem Patch will be sure to let you know when an opening date is set.