Craigie on Main's Tony Maws is putting the finishing touches on The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, slated to open outside Inman Square next month. Maws has launched a Twitter account and Facebook page so fans can track his progress (and find jobs: he's hiring!) He's shared some details about the space, including his hope that patrons feel comfortable playing the air drums while dining at Craigie's more casual counterpart.
Mainstay dishes: Will come from a wood-fired grill in the center of the dining room. Such as: grilled spice crusted chicken wings; grilled red chile salmon head; and grilled sardines Provençale.
Wine list: Leans toward Old World terroir and funky wines "made by real people."
Philosophy: Maws "wanted to create a place where I could hang, and guests can embrace my jeans and a t-shirt philosophy, feeling comfortable enough to eat with their hands and play air drums," perhaps after a few glasses of funky wine. Also, there will be no "swooshing" on plates. (Swooshing, for the uninitiated, is the artistic drizzle of sauce atop a sparsely laid plate.)
And as for that famous Craigie burger: Maws told me this spring that the beloved Craigie burger won't appear on Kirkland's menu. "The Craigie Burger is sacred and will only be served at Craigie On Main," he said. However, "you'll find many funky and ever-changing variations on the burger (along with sons, daughters and cousins of the Craigie Burger)," he promised.
Opening date: August, at 425 Washington Street in Somerville.