The Globe and Boston both have it that Parsons Table in Winchester will soon close. It always seemed to good to be true, really: a gem-like, seasonally driven, inventive restaurant deep within Ice Storm territory.
Chef Chris Parsons plans to head downtown, where he'll reopen Catch, his previous incarnation of Parsons Table, with a focus on seafood. He tells Boston that he wanted a bigger space. One of the persistent vexations of Boston's culinary landscape is our dearth of terrific seafood restaurants right in the heart of the city. To paraphrase that old parking space joke: The good ones are too crowded, the bad ones are really bad, and the close ones attract too many tourists. So we applaud Parsons's move, even if we do lament the fact that the re-concepted PT was only open for a year and a half.
Meanwhile, we can't feel too sorry for hungry Winchesterians: The Globe reports that Bistro 5's Vittorio Ettore will buy the space and turn it into an Italian restaurant called A Tavolo. The dazzling little restaurant by the West Medford train tracks has upped its profile lately with more p.r. outreach, so we expect to hear plenty about developments as this new restaurant ramps up. We'll keep you posted.
As for Parsons Table, expect a November or so closing.
Parsons Table Closing [Globe]
Chris Parsons to Close Parsons Table [Boston]
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