Coming Soon: Changes to Central Kitchen, Paganini Taking Over Betelnut Space, Plus Naples on Union


The courtyard at Central Kitchen is a pretty sweet spot for brunch. Photo by Aubrie Pick.

There are some changes happening at ~CENTRAL KITCHEN~, which has closed its doors for a reboot and will reopen on Thursday July 21st. As chef-partner Thomas McNaughton shares, the plan is to be more of a neighborhood restaurant. Sections on the menu will reflect “our love for all things raw, cured, fermented, and smoked coming from our shared larder and Salumeria’s cure box,” plus vegetables, crudos, an expanded pasta and bread selection, and meats and fish prepared in their new wood-burning hearth. Dishes will be shareable and communal and will range in size from smaller plates to large-format dishes.

There is a taker for the former Betelnut space, and it’s Adriano Paganini’s restaurant group (Belga, Beretta, Delarosa, El Techo, Lolinda, Starbelly, Super Duper, and whew, Uno Dos Tacos). They will be unveiling the new casual dining concept this October; it will be open for lunch and dinner, and the front patio will be designed to be a lively space. 2030 Union St. at Buchanan.

Another project coming to Union Street will be ~NAPLES ON UNION~, a new 100-seat upscale Italian restaurant, “artisanal pizzeria,” and wine bar, opening late summer in the former La Cucina. Details are sparse at the moment, but we’ll keep you updated. 2136 Union St. at Webster.