Neptune Oyster has long been a North End favorite. Now the neighborhood will have even more bivalves, as Mare revamps itself as Mare Oyster Bar. Plans are for the new restaurant to open in the first half of February.
Executive chef Greg Jordan remains, as does a menu of pasta, meat entrees, and other cooked dishes. Because 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the burger, there will be one here, too. Oysters, however, are meant to be the main event. There will be six to eight Northeastern kinds on offer, from Massachusetts, Maine, and beyond. The bar area has been remodeled (the old look is shown above left), with a shucking station and more seating.
There will also be shrimp, Alaskan crab, octopus salad, and raw fish dishes. Oh, and a "signature hot or cold lobster roll." Hmm. Wonder how Neptune feels about that.
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