Watertown, Massachusetts’s new flavor of the South gourmet dining experience, Buttermilk and Bourbon, is a classic example of how redeveloped neighborhoods can incorporate original architecture and design into a new industry.
Nationally known chef Jason Santos (culinary consultant on “Bar Rescue” and “Hell’s Kitchen”, owner and operator of Boston’s Citrus and Salt, Abby Lane, and Marblehead’s B & B Fish, and author of the Buttermilk and Bourbon cookbook) opened this dining spot in early August as a tribute to New Orleans and southern cuisine. The project is homed in Watertown’s Arsenal Yards, the reformed retail, dining, and shopping creation themed after the area’s history as a Civil War arsenal replete with forge shops and foundries.
Buttermilk and Bourbon’s American southern menu features staples like fried chicken and biscuits, beignets, and both raw and roasted oysters. Cocktails include the infamous New Orleans hurricanes, Voodoo Priestess, and a bourbon-based chocolate praline Old Fashioned. Live music is also on the menu.
While the food is a reinvention of southern classics, the space is a reimagining of the spooky, jazzy, and fun history of New Orleans. Featuring a Garden District themed dining area, “Voodoo Lounge” dining area, and dim, bluesy central bar, the open-concept design is reminiscent of The Big Easy’s lively and mysterious history.
Interior details by Assembly Designs arrange the mural-covered brick walls, luxurious chandeliers, red velvet banquettes, and blue velvet seating and accents for a sultry orchestration of New Orleans playful grandeur. Although new construction, the restaurant retains classic details of New Orleans’s historic architecture, like the beautifully tall rounded windows.
Whimsical hanging lanterns are 1920’s English with original glass, a contribution from Olde Good Things. OGT also provided the crystal chandelier reclaimed from the Palace Theater — a historic venue hosting vaudeville and Broadway productions in Times Square, which lends to the overall charisma of atmosphere.
Indoor decadence flows to outdoor seating on a three-season patio, which brings the true flavor and melody of New Orleans, which flows from the jazz halls and balconies right into the streets.
For ideas on complementing the atmosphere of your bar or business, reimagining your home space with our architectural relics, or browsing our collection of historical reclaimed salvage and altered antiques, contact us today at Olde Good Things. We have an amazing selection of lanterns like the ones featured on Buttermilk and Bourbon, along with character lanterns from various ages in multiple whimsical or classic styles.