Friday, September 25, 2009

Abbey Lounge, remade

It was sad to see it go. And as much as I'm excited about new restaurants, especially those whose menus are inspired by the chefs at Green Street, it looks as if the Abbey's replacement -- the new "Trina's Starlite Lounge" -- will be as trite and overdone as anything else coming into Inman Square these days. Once the hipsters get ahold of something it's never the same.

That said, the cocktail list looks promising. And that's what got me coming back to Green Street over and over.
A sampling of the super cliched menu:
  • Pressed green apple, arugula and brie sandwich with horseradish dipping sauce

  • Applewood smoked turkey BLT

  • Mac n' cheese with Ritz crackers

  • Fried chicken and buttermilk waffles

One more thing I'll give the place, at the risk of totally trashing it: If this is supposed to be a burger and cocktail joint a la Silvertone in Downtown Crossing, I'm in. Silvertone is one of my favorites.

At first glance, however, this looks to be priced about twice as high, in a neighborhood with no parking, and in a venue whose previous clientele most likely won't transfer their allegiances to a trendy "it" bar.