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An exciting new concept lights up Back Bay

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What may be the most exciting, dramatic new restaurant opening in a very long time happens this week in Boston's Back Bay. Ruta Laukien Jureviciute, director of C.W. Downer & Co., and Chef Rachel Klein, most recently executive chef of Boston's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, open Liquid Art House where regularly changing art installations and menus will keep diners stimulated.

The menus will be geared to the high end but there will be fare for the "starving artists," the owners say. From the location in an historic building that formerly house Boston Charter School and is now home to The Arlington, a luxury rental complex at 100 Arlington St., to the dramatic design, Murillo glass chandelier over the bar, and beautifully designed open kitchen, Liquid Art House makes a splash.

Complimentary bar bites include chili-caramel popcorn and a German pretzel while the lounge menu includes D'Artagnan French heritage breed Green Circle chicken feet with sweet and sour flavors and shishito peppers, crepes with duck confit, carmelized onions and shallot jam, and other creative fare from Chef de Cuisine Ensan Wong.

There's a communal table made from a whole tree trunk, reflecting the inclusiveness of the concept. The art, starting with the opening Street Art exhibit, will change regularly and is for sale. This is a place you will want to check out! It opens May 6th.

Other dishes reflect the street foods of eastern Europe - think German, Lithuanian, French. Romanian, and rotisserie dishes. It's an "approachable" menu, says Chef Klein, who's been draw to art and food since her childhood.

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