Not long after co-owners Tse Wei Lim and Diana Kudayarova announced that Journeyman would shutter after seven years in Union Square, we know what will take its place: Field & Vine, a neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal, locally sourced, shareable plates.
It’s a real Union Square success story for Field & Vine co-owners Sara Markey and Andrew Brady, who live just up the street on Columbus Avenue and met while working at Bronwyn. “He ran the back of the house—he was the chef de cuisine there—and I ran front of house, I was the manager,” Markey tells us. The two left Bronwyn to start Company Picnic, whose seasonal cuisine you may have munched on at farmers markets and restaurants throughout the region. Company Picnic often appeared at Night Shift Brewing in Everett, and at Journeyman and its Cambridge sibling, Study (which also closed within the last year).
“We’ve always had a really nice working relationship with them,” Markey says of Tse Wei Lim and Diana Kudayarova, “so it just seems fitting that we get to take over the space.”
After launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding effort earlier this week, the duo have already raised almost $9,000 toward their $25,000 goal.
“Our menu’s very much seasonally driven,” Markey explains. “It’s going to be mostly shareable plates with a real big vegetable focus.” Among the tentative offerings, you’ll find oysters and cured salmon, plus a whole host of fresh veggie-inspired plates, from grilled beets with peach, halloumi and basil to corn and ricotta toast with cilantro, urfa and sunflower. The pair plans to source from local farms—Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Hutchins Farm in Concord, Freedom Food Farm in Leonard. “And, living in Union Square, we go to the Union Square Farmers Market and the winter market at the Armory,” Markey says. “We’re hoping that grows even more.”
The Union love continues on the cocktail side; Field & Vine’s drink menu is being dreamt up by none other than Sam Treadway and the team at neighboring Backbar. In return, Field & Vine will be doing the food menu for Backbar, which is undergoing some changes after the closure of sibling spot Journeyman.
If all goes according to plan, the team hopes Field & Vine will open in August, bringing fresh ideas and fresh flavors to the square that aren’t available there just yet.
“We live here, and we always want to go out to eat here,” Markey says of Union Square. “We love to go to the Independent and get our drinks, if we feel like having sausages, Bronwyn is wonderful, and then cocktails at Backbar. We love the chicken at Machu Chicken—we just think that this is something that will add to the community.”
Field & Vine is slated to open at 9 Sanborn Ct. Check out the crowdfunding page—with a great animated video by Peter Mack that tells the Markey and Brady’s story—here.