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Somerville’s Brass Union will become Vera’s, serving slushies and mozzarella sticks

The new restaurant debuts April 29.

The Brass Lodge at Brass Union
Brass Union will turn into Vera's. Brass Union

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After a year marked by constant pivots, Brass Union in Somerville is making one last major change: transforming into an entirely new restaurant.

On April 29, the Union Square space, which closed for hibernation earlier this year, will become Vera’s, a cocktail-centric neighborhood hangout with straightforward comfort fare.

Like its predecessor, Vera’s is part of the Independent Restaurant Group, which includes Foundry on Elm, Saloon, The Rockwell Theatre, and The Independent. The group’s executive chef, Shayne Nunes, joined forces with Vera’s chef de cuisine, Sandro Joseph, to curate a menu that will include buttermilk fried whole belly clams, a chicken parm sandwich, housemade fried mozzarella sticks, seasonal pastas, and a raw bar.


Dave Erickson, Kristin Callan, and Charles Coykendall, who are also part of the Independent Restaurant Group, have put together a drink menu featuring spritzes, seasonal slushies, and classic cocktails. Coykendall also curated a wine list highlighting sustainable, biodynamic, and organic wines.

“The team behind Vera’s has worked together for years, and after the past twelve months of absolute turmoil, we all wanted to do something soothing and fun,” said owner Jess Willis in a press release. “That’s what this project is for us and, we hope, will fulfill that need for our neighborhood.”

Brass Union hosted a couple pop-ups during the pandemic, including The Yacht Club, a tropical-inspired getaway, and The Brass Lodge, a “Twin Peaks”-themed bar.


Once Vera’s opens, it will operate Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 4 p.m., with expanded hours to come. Indoor and outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery will all be available. Follow Vera’s on Instagram for updates.

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