Last fall, Redline abruptly announced its departure from the Harvard Square restaurant scene only to open up this Spring under the new name, Park. If you had visited Redline before it’s closing, you would be surprised to see the transformation that has taken place in this prime location – we know we were. Rickety floors have been smoothed over and glossed up, classic bar stools have been replaced by plush bar chairs and the space itself has seen much expansion, housing an extra living room-meets library space to the side, complete with inviting leather couches and detailed brick ceilings. The only similarities that Redline and Park share are that they are both part of the Grafton Group, with Russell House Tavern, Grafton Street and Temple Bar as sister restaurants.
In addition to all of the physical changes, the biggest change of all is in the kitchen. We had the opportunity to chat with Mark Goldberg, who took over the restaurant this spring when it opened. Formerly of Mistral and most recently, The Woodward, it’s clear that Chef Mark is having fun in the kitchen giving a new spin to comfort food classics. Fresh off a favorable review from the Globe’s allusive Devra First, into the kitchen we went to help prepare the patty melt (also mentioned by Boston Magazine) that’s currently on the menu. Read the rest of this entry »