By Seth Daniel
An exciting new entry in the Charlestown dining experience for lunch and brunch can be found in the historic 50 Terminal St. building with the new Prescott Restaurant and Scratch Kitchen.
After 10 months of buildout, owners Jack Hagan and and Jenny Tighe have been up and running for about a month and have gotten great results and reviews so far.
Hagan, who is a Charlestown resident and also a physical therapist at the Mass General Health Center in Charlestown, said he has always wanted to try his hand in the restaurant business. When the space opened up in the Terminal Street building, he jumped on the idea.
“Growing up and through college, I always worked in restaurants,” he said. “I always saw a need in Charlestown for an establishment like this and wanted to find something like this. The opportunity presented itself last year and I had a friendship with a great chef. It all came together. We serve American food with a Latin flair and it’s a scratch kitchen, meaning it’s all fresh and homemade. It’s been great so far.”
The chef he speaks of is Manuel Gutierrez, who has fine-tuned the menu and offers custom burgers to signature burritos and creative omelets.
“Everything is made by hand here,” he said. “Even for the burgers, you’ll find us making our own patties every day. I buy good quality chicken for the food and the salads. There are no hormones or anything like that in it. We understand that people want to eat fresh food. If you want to live longer, you want to eat better.”
The buildout of the space has resulted in a remarkable transformation.
The restaurant takes on a lot of history of the building, using a barn door with original hardware from the building to cover up the brunch menu during lunch – and vice versa. The sunny front windows give a lot of natural light and a lively vibe to the space. Likewise, the location also has a patio for dining during warm weather and Hagan said he expects to roll that out soon.
They offer dining in house or take out.
At the moment, Hagan said he is adjusting to the many roles he plays in the Town.
“It’s funny being the physical therapist in the Town and being a business owner and resident as well,” he said. “There’s a lot of crossover from the clinic and, living here, I see my neighbors too. I’m very Charlestown-centric these days.”
Hagan said once they get up and running, they will begin to explore new offerings and expanded hours. One possibility is offering dinner hours.
“If there appears to be a need for it, we could look to have evening meal hours,” he said. “Whether it’s offices or families, we’ll look to do that. We’re exploring it right now.” The Prescott Restaurant is located in the front entrance of the 50 Terminal St. building #2 and they can be reached by phone at (617) 398-6311. They serve lunch daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekend brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are online at www.prescottboston.com.